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Apple

Submission + - iTunes Match Available in most of Latin America, N (apple.com)

Sir Mal Fet writes: iTunes Match, Apple's service that allows re-downloading all your music, ripped CDs, and other music files across all your libraries using the iCloud service, has been made available in most of Latin America, the Netherlands, and the Baltic states. A nice review of one user can be found here. So fellow slashdotters, is it worth the $25/year? Do you use the service?

Submission + - Law That Allows Summary Closing of Websites Passed (elpais.com)

Sir Mal Fet writes: In a very polemic move by the Spanish parliament, the infamous 'Sinde' law, already discussed here, was passed on December 31st. Albeit modified from their original version, the law will allow the Spanish government to request ISPs to summary close a website due to copyright infringment (Original in Spanish, Google translation). If the ISP refuses, then it's passed to court where a judge can order the website closed. It seems it's one good, one bad over there. The law is in public consult until March, and No Les Votes, a Spanish organization that opposes the law, has already started a campaign to boicot it (Original in Spanish; Google translation).

Submission + - P2P Ruled as "Completely Neutral" in Spain (publico.es)

Sir Mal Fet writes: In line with previous rulings discussed here, a judge in spain has ruled that P2P technologies are "completely neutral" (original in spanish ; Google translation ), thus dismissing a lawsuit originated in 2008 from the Spanish Association of Musical Producers (Promusicae), Warner, EMI, and Sony suing Pablo Soto, a spanish man who created the Blubster, MP2P y Piolet programs to share files. The labels demanded 13 million euros in damages arguing that the mere existence and distribution of P2P technologies violated copyright, but the ruling stated the technology itself was neutral, so the creator could not be held responsible for how the software was used, and demanded that they pay for legal expenses. Promusicae said it was going to appeal the ruling.
EU

Submission + - VP of EU Comission Questions Current Copyright Law (europa.eu)

Sir Mal Fet writes: In an insightful blog post Neelie Kroes, vicepresident of the EU commission, doubts of the usefulness of current copyright laws. Her arguments include that copyright laws should create a framework for innovation, not protect business models, that artist are receiving little to no money for their work, and that new ideas "often are killed stone dead by rigid, pre-digital legislation". It's nice to see common sense in authorities, so let's hope this translates into real law proposals.
Twitter

Submission + - Twitter to Developers: Stop Building Clients (readwriteweb.com)

Sir Mal Fet writes: On a classic case of the effects of the growth a company, Twitter's platform/API leader Ryan Sarver has released an official statement in which tells developers to stop building clients, the same clients that pushed the growth of the company: "Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no.". According to the company, the idea is aimed at unifying the user experience, and does not affect services such as Foursquare. The move comes after the temporary suspension of ÜberMedia clients a few weeks ago for violating their terms of service.
One can now wonder what will be the future of these third party clients (I for one use one because of Firefox/iDevice sync), and it also sheds some light on the dangers of constructing a business model off of someone else's business.

The Internet

Submission + - Chile first to approve net neutrality law

Sir Mal Fet writes: Chile has become the first country in the world to approve, by 99 votes in favor and one abstention, the law guarantying net neutrality [camara.cl, in Spanish]. The law states that: "No [ISP] can block, interfere with, discriminate, hinder, nor restrict the right of any Internet user of using, send, receive or offer any content, application, or legitimate service through the Internet, as well as any activity or legitimate use conducted through the Internet" (own translation). The law also has articles that forces ISP to provide parental control tools, clarify contracts, guarantee user's privacy and safety when surfing, and forbids them to restrict any liberty whatsoever. This is a major advance in the legislation of the country regarding the web, when just until last year almost anything that was performed in it was considered illegal.

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