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Submission + - Danish Labels Consider Flat-Fee Download Service (

ronadams writes: "Ars Technica's Nate Anderson reports that the International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) has voiced serious ideas about a flat-fee music download service, hoping to stem the tides of piracy and recover their losses from faltering record sales. "It's good that they admit that they cannot solve the problem of falling CD sales by suing their own fans," said Sebastian Gjerding from the Piratgruppen, a local "free information" advocacy group. This interesting proposition marks an early start of what could be recording industries finally recognizing that the model for media distribution (and the legal issues surrounding it) needs to change."
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Submission + - Making your hot car a wireless network node (

coondoggie writes: "With all of the electronic gadgets and components in cars and trucks these days is it possible they could become mobile wireless network nodes too? That's the idea behind a project at UCLA that uses about $1,000 of wireless technology deployed in cars which enables them to act as nodes in a truly mobile network. UCLA Engineering's Network Research Lab is looking at using cars to form a communications network based on the principles of technology known as a mobile ad-hoc networking platform, or MANET. The MANET platform lets moving vehicles within a range of 100 to 300 meters of each other to connect and, car by car, create a network with a wide range. As cars fall out of range and drop out of the network, other node-equipped cars can join in to receive or send signals. 1"

Submission + - Life Imprisonment for Copyright Infringement

ronadams writes: "P. Parameswaran writes in his AFP article:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he proposed comprehensive legislation to Congress Monday against copyright thieves, including raising the maximum penalty to life imprisonment and seizing the illicit profits of offenders.
Nick Ferrel at the Inquirer confirms the reports and adds a few interesting insights of his own. Good to know RIAA is a vital part of the US Government. I must have been asleep when my Government & Law professor glossed over that one."

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