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Submission + - Canada's Supreme Court ruling scraps fee for downloading music (www.cbc.ca) 1

Maow writes: Canada's Supreme Court has issued 5 rulings regarding copyright today.

The Supreme Court today scrapped the royalty paid to songwriters and music publishers for downloading music but maintained the tariff for the streaming of music.

Gamers might be interested in this part:

The court also overturned another lower court decision that allowed SOCAN to collect a tariff when video games are downloaded over the internet.

Government

Submission + - EU Commission: CETA 'Totally Different From ACTA' (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Slashdot readers will remember the hullaballoo that arose yesterday over a leaked version of CETA containing key clauses that were 'nearly identical to ones found in ACTA.' Now the European Commission is saying you shouldn't believe every leak you see and that the 'language being negotiated on CETA regarding Internet is now totally different from ACTA.' Well, maybe with the exception of language that appears in both CETA and ACTA but didn't 'originate' in ACTA and therefore doesn't count."
Science

Submission + - Satellites expose 8,000 years of civilization (nature.com)

ananyo writes: By combining spy-satellite photos obtained in the 1960s with modern multispectral images and digital maps of Earth's surface, researchers have created a new method for mapping large-scale patterns of human settlement. The approach was used to map some 14,000 settlement sites spanning eight millennia in 23,000 square kilometres of northeastern Syria — part of the fertile crescent of the Middle East (abstract). Traditional archaeology has focused on the big features such as cities or palaces but the new technique uncovers networks of small settlements, revealing migration patterns and sparking renewed speculation about the importance of water to city development.
Earth

Submission + - Millions of Sunflowers Soak Up Fukushima Radiation (inhabitat.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Nearly six months after the devastating tsunami hit Japan, communities are turning to nature to help restore theirs homes and hopes. Sunflowers plants are known to soak up toxins from the soil, so Koyu Abe, chief monk at the Buddhist Joenji temple has been distributing sunflowers and their seeds to be planted all over Fukushima. At least 8 million sunflowers and 200,000 other plants have been distributed by the temple and are now sprouting between buildings, in backyards, alongside the nuclear plant, and anywhere else they will possibly fit.

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