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+ - UK government representatives solicit opinions on opt-out web filter-> 1

Submitted by martinux
martinux (1742570) writes "Representatives of the UK Conservative government are considering an opt-out web-filter. The promoters of the idea acknowledge that no method of filtering is 100% effective yet are maintaining it is necessary to block "harmful" material because parents may be unable.

Those who advocate personal responsibility may wish to take the time to submit reasons why such a filtering mechanism is harmful to society and ultimately ineffectual."

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Star Wars Prequels

+ - Andrew Ainsworth 1; Lucasarts 0->

Submitted by martinux
martinux (1742570) writes "The BBC reports: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12910683
Andrew Ainsworth — a prop designer from the United Kingdom — has bested Lucasarts in a lengthy legal battle. He created many of the props used in the StarWars film franchise, notably the Stromtrooper helmet.

Mr Ainsworth sells the props through his website http://www.sdsprops.com/ a venture that George Lucas considered to infringe upon his IP."

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