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The Courts

Submission + - Record labels appeal award of attorneys' fees

Fishing Expedition writes: To no one's surprise, the RIAA has decided to appeal a judge's decision to award attorneys' fees to defendant Debbie Foster in Capitol Records v. Foster. If the award stands, the RIAA could find itself in trouble in numerous other cases, and they know it. 'This is an important issue for the RIAA and the stakes are high. Even if the RIAA changes its legal tactics and decides not to press secondary infringement claims in future lawsuits, there are still numerous lawsuits wending their way through the courts where the record labels have used the exact same tactics seen in Capitol v. Foster. The labels recognize this, noting that "defense counsel in other cases like this across the country are already citing the Court's statement, albeit out of context, in an effort to suggest that this Court has found that contributory and vicarious infringement claims in cases like this one are not viable."'
Television

Submission + - Sex doesn't sell

An anonymous reader writes: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1060 Sex won't sell ads, say British researchers who found that sexual content in a TV show prevents viewers from remembering accompanying ads.
Security

Submission + - Ex-judge Gets 27 Months on Evidence from Hacked PC

netbsd_fan writes: A former California judge has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for possession of illegal pornography, based entirely on evidence gathered by an anonymous vigilante script kiddie in Canada. At any given time he was monitoring over 3,000 innocent people: "I would stay up late at night to see what I could drag out of their computers, which turned out to be more than I expected. I could read all of their e-mails without them knowing. As far as they were concerned, they didn't know their e-mails had even been opened. I could see who they were chatting with and read what they were saying as they typed."

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