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Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 331

The best compromise would probably be to treat extended copyrights more like trademarks. For the initial period, it could work much like copyrights do now, but after that it has to be actively registered (and then refiled periodically. Say, every ten years or so?) and utilized. Unless a work was actively registered, then it would be presumed to be in the public domain. So since the burden would be on the copyright holder to maintain, there would be no need to worry about monitoring royalties or distribution rights.

Submission + - TSA seized a travel blogger's laptop (

An anonymous reader writes: This morning two black sedans with TSA special agents came to the Connecticut home of blogger Steven Frischling and walked out with his laptop computer. They promised to return it, but later claimed that there were "bad sectors" on the drive.
The agents were looking for the anonymous source who leaked a TSA Security Directive which advised airlines to restrict passengers from getting out of their seats, concealing their hands, or accessing carry-on luggage an hour before landing.


Submission + - TSA Subpoenas Bloggers over New Security Directive

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that TSA special agents have served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott demanding that they reveal who leaked a TSA directive outlining new screening measures that went into effect the same day as the Detroit airliner incident. Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents for about three hours and was forced to hand over his laptop computer after the agents threatened to interfere with his contract to write a blog for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines if he didn't cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked the memo outlining new security measures that would be apparent to the traveling public. ''It literally showed up in my box,'' Frischling told The Associated Press. ''I do not know who it came from.'' Frischling says he provided the agents a signed statement to that effect. The leaked directive included measures such as screening at boarding gates, patting down the upper legs and torso, physically inspecting all travelers' belongings, looking carefully at syringes with powders and liquids, requiring that passengers remain in their seats one hour before landing, and disabling all onboard communications systems, including what is provided by the airline. In a December 29 posting on his blog, Elliott said he had told the TSA agents at his house that he would call his lawyer and get back to them."

Comment Re:Easy response (Score 3, Informative) 241

I disagree. While using another search engine certainly gives google and inventive to improve the search, it doesn't really help them to do it.

People switch services for all sorts of reasons. Fashion, apathy (if, say, they switch computers and it has a different default engine), etc. Dissatisfaction is just one reason, and since the process of leaving is silent, they have little enough way to tell why.

Reporting the trouble to them gives them the reason you're dissatisfied in a way that switching doesn't. Of course, they're always free to ignore it, but at least if they do then switching can be an incentive for them to improve rather than an enigma they have to puzzle out.

Comment Re:What constitutes libel in England? (Score 1) 754

As I understand it, an english court ruled that using the word "bogus" meant that he was claiming that they were knowingly engaging in fraud. So now since Sigh has no presumption of innocence, he must not only prove that the treatments are ineffective, but that they knew that and were fraudulently selling them anyways.

Amazon, MS, and Yahoo Against Google's Library 144

anonymousNR writes "From the BBC, 'Three technology heavyweights are joining a coalition to fight Google's attempt to create what could be the world's largest virtual library. Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo will sign up to the Open Book Alliance being spearheaded by the Internet Archive. They oppose a legal settlement that could make Google the main source for many online works. "Google is trying to monopolise the library system," the Internet Archive's founder Brewster Kahle said.'"

Comment Re:Bad Summary (Score 1) 249

As I understand it (and I'm sure someone will correct me if i'm wrong), the ban didn't just mean that researchers were unable to receive grants for stem cell research. They were also forbidden from using any equipment that had ever had been paid for with federal funding. For many labs, then, this was effectively a ban.

Submission + - Pirate Bay Acquired

pyzondar writes: The listed software company, Global Gaming Factory X, has announced that they will acquire The Pirate Bay and its domains in a 60MSEK (7.5MUSD) deal. However, the press statement also states that the deal will only go through "if GGF and its Board of Directors can use the asset in a legal and appropriate way." The consideration is split in 30MSEK worth of shares, and 30MSEK worth of cash.

Submission + - Global Gaming Factory buys The Pirate Bay 1

cibus writes: The Swedish company Global Gaming Factory has bought "The Pirate Bay website" for 60 millions SEK(about $7800000). They also bought Peerialism, a Swedish company specializing in p2p-based distributed storage.

From the pressrelease:
The listed software company, Global Gaming Factory X AB (publ) (GGF) acquires The Pirate Bay website, one of the 100 most visited websites in the world and the technology company Peerialism, that has developed next generation file-sharing technology. Following the completion of the acquisitions, GGF intends to launch new business models that allow compensation to the content providers and copyright owners. The responsibility for, and operation of the site will be taken over by GGF in connection with closing of the transaction, which is scheduled for August 2009.
"We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site, " said Hans Pandeya, CEO GGF.

Whatever happened to that idealism Sunde and Warg displayed?

Comment Re:Did he still steal stuff? (Score 5, Informative) 414

There is a legal principal known as Fruit of the poisonous tree. Essentially, any evidence that has been found due to an illegal search, even if it wasn't found during the search itself, is inadmissible.

So if the stolen property was discovered because of the gps, then it is likely inadmissible. The article didn't say one way or another, so it is tough to tell. If it had nothing to do with the gps, then it can still be used in court

Remember also that the judge merely ordered a new trial with the bad evidence excluded. If they still have enough evidence that was discovered independent of the illegal search, he may still be convicted.

Ultimately, there is no better way to defend our rights that to completely bar any evidence that has been found in violation of them. It sometimes has the unfortunate side effect or letting the guilty go free, but so long as police maintain their professionalism and act legally it should be a rare occurrence.

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