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Submission + - RIAA Suing User for Copying CDs to Hard Drive 2

tigerhawkvok writes: "Everyone has some gripe about the the RIAA. Well, here's one that we can all partake in, more than usual: The RIAA has officially started suing people for copying CDs to their hard drive. Yes. You read that right. They want you to fill up your PMPs with just content downloaded from their label websites, Microsoft's marketplace, iTunes, or what have you. No CDs allowed.
No, this is not just the famous side-comment of "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Copying a song you bought is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy' " as said by the Sony/BMG chick. This is an actual lawsuit.

This disgusting trend brought to your attention courtesy Engadget."
The Courts

Verizon Being Sued for GPL Infringement 195

darthcamaro writes "According to the SFLC, Verizon can be added to the list of companies infringing on the GPL. They filed a lawsuit in New York yesterday (pdf) alleging that the company is handing out routers using the GPL'd software 'BusyBox' without accompanying source code. Today the SFLC spoke to the media to lay out its case: 'The legal action against Verizon come as the fourth action that the SFLC has undertaken this year on behalf of BusyBox on GPL issues. The GPL is a reciprocal license that requires users of GPL-protected technology to make their source code available to end-users. To date, the SFLC has settled with one defendant out of court. Two actions, facing Xterasys Corporation and High-Gain Antennas, are ongoing and Ravicher said he's optimistic about negotiations resulting in a resolution with each.'"

Journal Journal: SCO says GNU doesn't have a license

I was browsing SCO's website trying to figure out development tool options for SCO OpenServer 5.0.6 (I know, I know) and stumbled across this.

It describes one of the three options for OpenServer 5.0.7 as:


Submission + - AT&T/Cingular Blocking legitimate phone number

kickassweb writes: "PennPIRG is reporting that AT&T/Cingular is blocking calls to the popular, and competing, service, FreeConferenceCall.com, as well as other similar services.

PennPIRG has learned that AT&T/Cingular recently began blocking phone numbers on its wireless service used by consumers to access free conference call services, such as those provided by Free Conference Call.com. The telephone giant has argued that calls to free conference call services are resulting in millions of dollars in losses to the company due to re-routing and termination fees, and has sued free conference call services and local phone companies in Iowa over the fees.

The article goes on to state that the free conference call service being blocked competes directly with Cingular's conference call service, and that this is the type of anti-consumer action we can expect on the internet if Net Neutrality is not mandated."
The Courts

Submission + - Judge Grants e360's Motion to grab Spamhaus Site

Anonymous Coward writes: "From the e360 site:
"Wheeling, IL — February 20, 2007 — Judge Charles P. Kocoras granted e360's motion to enter its judgment against Spamhaus in the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi. e360 made the motion because spamhaus.org, a domain and asset owned by Spamhaus, is registered with Tucows, Inc. Tucows was previously served with a court order at its offices in Mississippi to freeze the domain. This ruling is significant because it enables e360 to ask the court to execute on the writ and transfer ownership of spamhaus.org to e360."

"The court's ruling today is an important step in defending the rights of legitimate marketers," said Dave Linhardt, e360's President and Founder. "Amazingly, Spamhaus continues to believe it can operate above the laws of the United States. Based on Mr. Linford's refusal to comply with the permanent injuction, it is my opinion that Spamhaus is nothing more than a vigilante, cyber terrorist orgainzation with a dangerous God complex."

When I see stuff like this, I so thankful to be Canadian. Something like this would booted from the courts for wasting their time.

Why doesnt one or more companies try to support spamhaus or launch suit against e360 for its known involvment in known spamming operations (Microsft etc)?

Is anyone standing up against e360 or supporting spamhaus against them?? Or better yet force e360 to justify it actions in the media as to its previous spamming operations."

Submission + - Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update

An anonymous reader writes: Apple on Tuesday released Mac OS X 10.4.9 as a recommended update for all PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running versions of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. The release delivers improvements to RAW camera support, handling large images, mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts, font handling, DVD Player playback quality, and USB video conferencing cameras with iChat. It also offers fixes for Bluetooth devices, the Apple USB modem, Windows-created digital certificates, and Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs. The update was accompanied by the release of Mac OS X 10.4.9 Server.

Submission + - Sunlight modifies spin of asteroids

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times reports that light can change the way asteroids spin. The research by Queen's University Belfast and Cornell University scientists appeared on Science Express, which provides electronic publication of selected Science papers in advance of print. The spin period of asteroid 2000 PH5 was observed to decrease by a millisecond per year. This is enough to double the spin rate of the asteroid in half a million years, and it is hypothesized that the asteroid could eventually break apart, forming a binary. The change is due to re-radiated heat from absorbed sunlight, the so-called YORP effect, named for the researchers that predicted it. The asteroid in the study will be named YORP.

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