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Comment Re:Stop the INSANITY! (Score 1) 342

What I'm wating for now is for a defense lawyer for anyone accused of file sharing by the RIAA or MPAA to produce this document in court.
From the report: The major file sharing programs have hidden features that allow all files on a host hard drive to be indexed and shared, unknowingly and unwittingly, by the owner of the machine.

Defense attorney: "This is an authoritative document [ok, suspicions aside, think of this in the context of a court presentation for the defense] prepared by the USCPO, contributions from "experts" (etc., etc.,) discussing various P2P programs, such as the one that my client had installed on his/her machine to download (file$foo), and their shortcomings in respect of security and "hidden" features. They were completely unaware that the program search indexed their hard drive and offered the entire contents for outwards sharing. My client had (songs$foo) on the hard drive as he/she is partial to listening to music whilst using the pc and had made a compilation of songs from original cd's that he/she had legally purchased. As the report shows, there is a mechanism for sharing files through this P2P program that operates without either notification to nor the explicit approval of my client. I submit that my client had no intent of infringing copyright and indeed he/she had no idea that the files were being shared at all. I believe that the burden of proof that my client, deliberately and with intent, shared these files to the P2P network falls to the prosecution and that would require disproval of this report which, in part, relies quite heavily upon information and quotes supplied directly and indirectly from their own clients. The defense rests."


Submission + - UK government cancels central Identity Database

meringuoid writes: After a good deal of controversy, it seems the British government have decided to abandon their plans to centralise all information on citizens in a single central database. Instead, when they do bring in their planned identity card system, they'll use existing databases. This will apparently mean losing out on some of the advantages the Government claimed for the new system, but it will save them a great deal of money...

Small Businesses Worry About MS Anti-Phishing 291

prostoalex writes "Ever get that warm feeling of safety, when the anti-phishing toolbar on Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 turns green, telling you it's safe to shop on the site you're visiting? Well, you probably don't, but the millions of Internet users who will soon be running IE7 probably will be paying attention to the anti-phishing warnings. WSJ.com is reporting on how Microsoft is making it tough for small businesses to assure they're treated properly by the anti-phishing algorithm." From the article: "[S]ole proprietorships, general partnerships and individuals won't be eligible for the new, stricter security certificates that Microsoft requires to display the color. There are about 20.6 million sole proprietorships and general partnerships in the U.S... though it isn't clear how many are engaged in e-commerce... 'Are people going to trust the green more than white? Yes, they will,' says Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner Inc. and an expert on online payments and fraud. 'All the business is going to go to the greens, it's kind of obvious.'"

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