cpu6502 writes: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO Cary Sherman wants big internet service corporations to block content he says is destroying a fossilized music industry. "Intermediaries like search engines would [negotiate] voluntary marketplace best practices to prevent directing users to sites that are dedicated to violating property rights." In other words, Sherman and the RIAA want Google to delist certain websites in Orwellian memory hole fashion. Sherman made his remarks before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing which is deciding if government should allow business to put FM receivers in the next generation of smart phones.
The RIAA and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are in the business of stigmatizing file sharing as criminal behavior despite the fact much of the content is original and is not in violation of copyright law. MegaUpload.com and HotFile.com represent a "business model that cuts out the legacy gatekeepers" and allows alternative content producers to distribute their products to consumers without the burdensome intervention of a middleman.
cpu6502 writes: Tech giant Mozilla has publicly slammed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) saying, "While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse."
Other companies Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon have all backed the bill. CISPA has been identified as a greater threat to privacy than SOPA, because it would mandate ISPs to share Internet data of users with government, while receiving immunity from civil and criminal liability in court.
cpu6502 writes: The streaming content giant has created its own superpac, FLIXPAC, whose main goal is to promote SOPA-like legislation. The last time anti-piracy legislation came close to approval, massive Internet campaigns stopped the bills from passage, but only after opponents practically waged a war against the entertainment industry and supporters of the bills. Netflix, a long-time opponent of online piracy, will now be able to endorse elected officials by way of big-time contributions, with the PAC now approved to hand out up to $5,000 per election.
Trade publication HIS Screen Digest released a study last week estimating that the 3.4 billion online viewings expected to occur by the end of 2012 will outweigh 2.4 billion DVD and Blu-Ray disc views, and NetFlix desires to protect that revenue stream. Among the newest bills authored out of Washington is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, which includes provisions to monitor internet uploads and downloads.
cpu6502 writes: The new Nintendo 3DS game "Dead or Alive: Dimensions" is being pulled from EU member states Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. The distributor said an in-game photography mode allows players to look-up the dresses of 17-year-old Ayane, Koroke, and Kasumi — which could be considered 'child porn' by local police.
cpu6502 writes: Robert Silverberg wrote a recent editorial about the dangers of robots & legal consequences for their programmers and engineers.: "Consider malicious kids hacking into a house that uses a robot cleaning system and reprogramming the robot to smash dishes and break furniture. If the hackers are caught and sued, but turn out not to have any assets, isn’t it likely that the lawyers will go after the programmer who designed it or the manufacturer who built it? In our society, the liability concept is upwardly mobile, searching always for the deepest pocket."