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The Courts

Submission + - Parts of Patriot Act ruled unconstitutional

proverbialcow writes: Two parts of the Patriot Act were ruled unconstitutional by federal Judge Ann Aiken on Wednesday. Quoth the judge, "In place of the Fourth Amendment, the people are expected to defer to the executive branch and its representation that it will authorize such surveillance only when appropriate."

The government "is asking this court to, in essence, amend the Bill of Rights, by giving it an interpretation that would deprive it of any real meaning. The court declines to do so," Aiken said.

Submission + - DRM versus market forces

proverbialcow writes: Lately, there's been a lot of talk about the evils of DRM; specifically, that Apple's DRM tie-in to the iPod grants them a lock on the iTunes library, forcing people to buy iPods who would otherwise buy something else. However, Steve Jobs last year effectively stared down the record companies when they demanded variable pricing structures, in large part because he was able to leverage the popularity of the iPod. My question is: would you be willing pay more for popular songs ($2.49 or more, compared to $0.99 for less popular works) in exchange for the absence of DRM? Why or why not?

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