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Comment Re:Ideas want to be public (Score 1) 539

If the guy took his idea to every major car maker, he wasn't keeping it a secret. He had the proper protection in place. I don't think that many companies would try to steal an idea right out from under you now as they all know they are going to get sued, and if you have your patent in place then you ideas are protected.

Oh and before Apple made it big, Steve Wozniak was giving away plans for the Apple I and Microsoft got it start by developing BASIC and DOS, neither of which were actually originally Microsoft ideas.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - This number plate sold for $ 6.8 Million dollars

cooltopten writes: "Number play sold for $6.86 Million dollars A car registration plate was auctioned off for more than 6.8 million dollars in Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. So what was this fantastic number plate I hear you ask yourself,it must of been really cool. well this is it:- http://cooltopten.blogspot.com/"

Submission + - iTunes Censorship - Artists, Lyrics and Videos

Apple Employee writes: "iTunes Censorship is out of control — S**k my Kiss by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Such Great Heights video has been altered. Thousands of Artists iTunes won't let you hear. They won't even let you search for certain key words — So why carry Explicit Albums.?"

Digital Film Distribution System Coming 124

aniyo~ writes with word of a collaboration of movie studios with distribution companies to come up with a system for rapid digital distribution of movie masters. Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., and a company called Digital Cinema Implementation Partners are working on technology that will allow much more responsive film distribution based on local needs. DCIP is wholly owned by the Regal, AMC, and Cinemark theater chains, which among them run 14,000 screens in North America. The new system would be available to those and other interested theater operators. About 2,200 U.S. theater screens currently show digital films, and today these are, by and large, delivered on hard drives.
The Internet

Submission + - U.S. Senators Pressure Canada on Canadian DMCA

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. copyright lobby brought out some heavy artillery last week as it continued to pressure Canada to introduce a Canadian DMCA. U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins gave a public talk in which he described Canadian copyright law as the weakest in the G7, while Senators Dianne Feinstein and John Cornyn wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to urge him to bring in movie piracy legislation.

Submission + - Making a Ruckus in the Music Business

Jonathan writes: As college students all over the country devoured pirated music and movie files, Herndon-based Ruckus Network formed more than two years ago to provide a legal way for kids to get their download fix. The concept: Put entertainment files on a server and park it on a college campus — for a licensing fee — so students could download legitimate media files. They've updated their business model since then, and now anyone with an e-mail address that ends in ".edu" will now have free access to 2.1 million music tracks — all supported by advertising, on the website and on the proprietary player. The advertising is sufficient because the record labels have allowed Ruckus lower licensing fees than usual in exchange for a possibility to win college students back to legitimate sources of music. Or will this just verify college students' expectations that music should be free?

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