d-r0ck writes: Students boycott class after principal jams cellphones — illegally
Fed up with students using cellphones in classrooms, Port Hardy Secondary School principal Steve Gray ordered a jamming device from China, but it didn't take long for students to figure out their calls were being blocked by the illegal gizmo.
"On the first day, we thought the Telus tower was down. On the second day, we suspected the jammer. On the third day, we had the protest," said Destiny Herman, a Grade 12 student who organized a demonstration against the device.
"Some teachers said it was the humidity, but my cellphone works in the rain," added Grade 11 student Amber Wright, who helped organize the protest.
About 90 of the school's 343 students skipped classes last Thursday to let Mr. Gray know that the small tin box with four antennae, sitting in the school library, was outlawed under Sections 4 and 9 of Canada's Radiocommunication Act.
d-r0ck writes: The internet will get a chance to watch live as lawyers spar in a Recording Industry Association of America file sharing lawsuit this month, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Massachusetts granted over-the-internet coverage for a Jan. 22 motions hearing in the RIAA's lawsuit against Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum and others. The defendants are seeking to dismiss allegations they shared copyrighted music over peer-to-peer networks.
The RIAA opposed the broadcast, requested by the defendant's attorney, Charles Nesson, a Harvard University legal scholar. On Wednesday, the judge called the RIAA's position "curious."
"At previous hearings and status conferences, the Plaintiffs have represented that they initiated these lawsuits not because they believe they will identify every person illegally downloading copyrighted material. Rather, they believe that the lawsuits will deter the Defendants and the wider public from engaging in illegal file-sharing activities. Their strategy effectively relies on the publicity resulting from this litigation," she ruled.
The ruling is groundbreaking. Federal trial courts rarely, if ever, permit still pictures or live feeds from their courtrooms, though appeals courts are more open. Most states allow some type of photography, and vest the decision exclusively with the judge presiding over the case.