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Privacy

Submission + - Mobile Phone as Tracking Device a Reality (hindu.com)

MissingRainbow writes: "In India, privacy issues are not taken very seriously. Thats why the news, that a big telecommunications company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), is providing a service named 'Target Subscriber Notification', which can be used to track subscribers, did not surprise me much. This is touted as a value added service and is available for both police and common subscribers. There are two problems with this. One is that the procedure for the police to avail this facility against an individual is not very clear. I think it will be available for the asking. Since the news article, doesn't even bother to mention the word privacy anywhere, you know the kind of importance it is given in India. The other problem is in the family. I foresee lot of trouble between husband and wife, parents and children, and between lovers because of this service."
Patents

Submission + - Copyrights Are Not Patents (blogspot.com)

MissingRainbow writes: "A group of people in Kolkata, India constructed a pandal (consider this a temporary building used during festivals) based on the Harry Potter theme. The pandal was constructed for a famous festival called Durga Pooja. The Harry Potter theme was used because of its popularity with the neighborhood children. This was a non-commercial use. This should have made the creators of Harry Potter proud. But sadly it didn't. Instead of considering this as free marketing, they have sued the organizers of the Durga Pooja function. Is this how ardent fans are rewarded?"

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