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Submission + - Study: Fair use drives large part of US economy (

angry tapir writes: "Industries that rely on fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright law have weathered the recent slow economy better than other businesses, according to a new study released by a tech trade group. The fair use industries, including consumer device makers, software developers, search engines and news organizations, had US$4.5 trillion in revenue in 2009, up from $3.4 trillion in 2002, according to the study, commissioned by the Computer and Communications Industry (CCIA) Association. Fair use businesses make up about 17 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, according to the study. The study shows the importance of fair use exceptions in copyright law, said Ed Black, CCIA's president and CEO."

Submission + - Microsoft may lower hardware requirements for W8 (

jbrodkin writes: "With Microsoft previewing Windows 8 even as it begs users to upgrade from XP to Windows 7, the company today said it will keep hardware requirements the same or even lower them when Windows 8 rolls around. That means the PCs customers buy today to run Windows 7 can be upgraded to 8 next year, or whenever the next OS is released. Windows 8 is for "the hundreds of millions of modern PCs that exist today and for the devices of tomorrow," Microsoft said. Still, Windows 8 will be for tablets and PCs, but given the paltry state of Windows 7 tablets we can assume this advice should only be applied to desktops and laptops."

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