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+ - Harvard Law Prof Urges University to Fight RIAA

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Distinguished Harvard University Law School Professor Charles Nesson has called upon Harvard University to fight back against the RIAA and stand up for its students: "Students and faculty use the Internet to gather and share knowledge now more than ever....Yet "new deterrence and education initiatives" from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) threaten access to this vibrant resource. The RIAA has already requested that universities serve as conduits for more than 1,200 "pre-litigation letters." Seeking to outsource its enforcement costs, the RIAA asks universities to point fingers at their students, to filter their Internet access, and to pass along notices of claimed copyright infringement. But these responses distort the University's educational mission....... One can easily understand why the RIAA wants help from universities in facilitating its enforcement actions against students who download copyrighted music without paying for it. It is easier to litigate against change than to change with it. If the RIAA saw a better way to protect its existing business, it would not be threatening our students, forcing our librarians and administrators to be copyright police, and flooding our courts with lawsuits against relatively defenseless families without lawyers or ready means to pay. We can even understand the attraction of using lawsuits to shore up an aging business model rather than engaging with disruptive technologies and the risks that new business models entail...... But mere understanding is no reason for a university to voluntarily assist the RIAA with its threatening and abusive tactics. Instead, we should be assisting our students both by explaining the law and by resisting the subpoenas that the RIAA serves upon us. We should be deploying our clinical legal student training programs to defend our targeted students......""
Censorship

+ - Illegal Hex Code in Indelible Tattoo Ink

Submitted by SPQR_Julian
SPQR_Julian (967179) writes ""So... how do you DMCA a tattoo off of a person?" Body Modification E-magazine(BME) is fairly well the premier authority and source of information for modified people. So when the owner Shannon Larratt put out the call to see if anyone had (or would get) the HD-DVD code tattooed on their skin, it was only a matter of time before someone did. Now the question is, what will the MPAA do in response?"
The Internet

+ - Singer Keith Urban sues Keith Urban over Web site

Submitted by Ec|ipse
Ec|ipse (52) writes "Yahoo is running a story about Country singer Keith Urban who has filed a lawsuit against a painter of the same name, claiming that the lesser known Keith Urban's Web site infringes trademark and cyber-squatting laws. The singer, 39, wants the other Web site to be shut down and its domain name transferred to his ownership. He also seeks unspecified monetary damages.

The only thing I know about Keith Urban is that he's married to Nicole Kidman. Doesn't mean he's more popular, just means he's "the guy who married Nicole Kidman after that shorter guy left her"."
Music

+ - Steve Jobs 'Apple would drop DRM in a heartbeat'

Submitted by
Dhrakar
Dhrakar writes "Apple has posted a truly fascinating open letter from Steve jobs on its website: http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic In it Apple lists the reasons why the cannot license FairPlay and also calls on folks who do not like DRM to take it up with the music companies "Convincing [music companies] to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace. Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly"."
The Courts

+ - music "artist" Keith Urban sues artist Kei

Submitted by someone reading cnn
someone reading cnn (666) writes "The country singer Keith Urban has decided it best to sue Keith Urban the oil painter. Apparently music artist Keith Urban is offended that another soul with his name would dare try to sell his work online with the cleverly named website keithurban.com. From the Article: "Keith Urban, the country singer, has filed a lawsuit against Keith Urban, the painter from New Jersey, claiming the painter's Web site violates federal trademark laws. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, says Keith D. Urban of Wayne, New Jersey, is using his keithurban.com domain in a deceptive manner and for commercial purposes.""
Media (Apple)

+ - Open letter from Steve Jobs regarding DRM

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple has posted an online open letter from Steve Jobs regarding his thoughts on DRM and where we are headed. In it, Steve sees three choices on where we go from here. Either things continue as they are with each vendor using DRM to protect against music piracy, Apple opens its DRM to all competitors (and attempts to deal with the ensuing headaches resulting from the likely compromise of the DRM that would eventually follow), or the big 4 labels endorse selling music online without copy protection. Jobs also notes that approximately 22 billion songs were sold last year — 2 billion with online DRM, and 20 billion with no DRM on the standard CD format. He goes on to say that Apple would welcome getting rid of all DRM should the record labels allow it. Is this just a PR move by Apple or an indication of where they would like to see online music sales go in the future?"
The Courts

+ - The Beginning of the end for Jack Thompson?

Submitted by Buzzsaw5
Buzzsaw5 (1047078) writes "Looks like anti video game activist and jackleg lawyer Jack Thompson's unscrupulous actions in his crusade to bring down Take-Two (publisher of the Grand Theft Auto game series), and anyone who disagrees with him, may have finally caught up to him. As reported at GamePolitics, Thompson "faces a disciplinary hearing before a referee appointed by the Florida Supreme Court. The pending judicial review follows a recent recommendation by the Florida Bar that five counts of professional misconduct against Thompson should proceed to the state's high court for action. If the charges are eventually upheld, Thompson could face disciplinary action up to and including disbarment." Thompson has assured GP that the Florida bar is in more trouble than he is (presumably for daring to sully his prophetic image). The sad thing is that regardless of the beat down he's facing, clueless and/or sensationalist media outlets and activists will continue to give credence to Jack Thompson's inanity, slander and outright lies. Don't expect Thompson to go down without a fierce fight, as he will do anything to remain relevant."
IBM

+ - IBM assures the future of Moore's Law

Submitted by Teilo
Teilo (91279) writes "Moore's Law is safe once again, as IBM announces a major breakthrough in the fabrication of IC transistors. The new method allows a critical component of the transistor to be replaced with a new material that will allow for smaller, faster, and lower-powered transistors. Even better news: The new process can be integrated into the existing fabrication lines without retooling."
Biotech

+ - Cancer cure Ignored due to not being profitable

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10971-cheap- safe-drug-kills-most-cancers.html It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their "immortality". The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe. It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs. Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and his colleagues tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body and found that it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but not healthy cells. Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several weeks. DCA attacks a unique feature of cancer cells: the fact that they make their energy throughout the main body of the cell, rather than in distinct organelles called mitochondria. This process, called glycolysis, is inefficient and uses up vast amounts of sugar. [.........]"
Toys

+ - Ultimate anti-burglary alarm: FOG and LIGHT wall

Submitted by
aariasp
aariasp writes "Burglars can clean out a surprising amount of merchandise or property with a Smash and Grab, where they target specific items, and run way before the Police has time to arrive. A typical high-end computer setup costs $10,000 + and two guys can take it in 3 minutes. FlashFog is a pretty extreme technology that neutralizes burglars by filling the whole room with incredibly thick fog while making it glow with a 1500W of plasma strobe light. The fog makes a loud hizzing sound as it comes out. The smallest model pumps 117 cubic feet of pea-soup dense fog per second, easily filling an average room in about 30 seconds. Plasma converts electricity much more effectevely into light than incandencent lights bulbs do, therefore the 1500 watt, 12 pulse per second light creates a blinding effect that multiplies the apparent density of the fog, keep the eyes in constant shock and immediatedly upon break in show that the owner has an extreme security system. The fog looks like a rollling cloud. The vast majority of burglars run right away, but those who stay risk getting caught, as the Police is dispatched normally. The fog is stable for 45 minutes and leaves absolutely no residue, and its non toxic. It is activated by the installed alarm. To see an article recently published: http://www.defensereview.com/modules.php?name=News &file=article&sid=976 www.flashfogsecurity.com"
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - New Duke Nukem Forever screenshot released

Submitted by Datamonstar
Datamonstar (845886) writes "Gametrailers.com reports a confirmation of sorts for the existence of Duke Nukem Forever. According to the article:

"In what almost feels like a sick joke, the guys at 3D Realms have appeared out of the ether to reaffirm the existence of the vaporware that is Duke Nukem Forever."
The picture's authenticity was confirmed "After finding an image of Duke on a Gameasutra jobs posting for a programmer at 3D Realms, members of the Shacknews messageboards discussed its authenticity until George Broussard, co-creator of the franchise, popped up to verify it as an in-game image." The article is quick to admit that "The screenshot offers little in terms of information. It simply shows Duke in typical fashion: grimacing behind a pair of sunglasses while holding some pistols." But it also states "It took 'em 10 years to make this screenshot, so you'd better appreciate it." If this event is any indication at all, it would seem that the game's production is still moving (somewhat) forward after all."

How eBay Sellers Fix Auctions 556

Posted by Hemos
from the the-accussed-hereby-stand dept.
Boj writes "The Times online is carrying stories on fraud carried out on eBay using shill bidding. Citing eBay's changes to security as aiding the shill bidders and this fraud: "Last November eBay changed its rules to conceal bidders' identity — making it even more difficult for customers to see whether sellers are bidding on their own lots.""

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