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Politics

Submission + - Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet... (rasmussenreports.com) 1

masterwit writes: The story reads:
"American voters believe free market competition will protect Internet users more than government regulation and fear that regulation will be used to push a political agenda.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as it does radio and television. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed to such regulation, and 25% are not sure." Interesting as I did not think the opposition to regulation was this high.

Books

Submission + - Kindle 3 becomes best-selling Amazon product ever 1

destinyland writes: Amazon announced that their new Kindle has become the best-selling product in the company's history, in just four months after the product was released. The new Kindle 3 has surpassed sales of the last book in the Harry Potter series in 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Gallows, leading one Kindle blogger to speculate that Amazon has inadvertently revealed the Kindle's total sales figures. Earlier this month Bloomberg reported that Amazon projected sales of 8 million Kindles for 2010, attributing the statistic to "two people who are aware of the company's sales projections." It turns out that's also close to Amazon's estimates sales for the last Harry Potter book.
Censorship

Submission + - Museum Uses DMCA to Pull Photos Off the Web (thomashawk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In a blatant abuse of the DMCA the Miami based World Erotic Art Museum has been removing images that they do not hold copyright over from the photo sharing site Flickr. Last week the museum submitted multiple requests asserting copyright over hundreds of items in their collection, including items over 75 years old and out of copyright, works by anonymous or unknown artists, and even works by famous artists such as Pablo Picasso. They also included clearly transformative abstract photography of items in their collection. By using the DMCA to have these items removed, the museum, which allows photography, seems to asserting that physical ownership or an item automatically includes copyright. Flickr/Yahoo has complied with this request and removed all of the images, which were strictly personal and non commercial, from their photo sharing site. With millions of images from museums online, it is troubling to think that any museum can have these images removed simply by filing a DMCA request. http://thomashawk.com/2010/12/miamis-world-erotic-art-museum-fraudulently-uses-the-dmca-to-take-down-items-in-their-collection-from-the-web.html

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