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Submission + - Saul Williams Continues with Free Download Model

Asterax writes: Artist Saul Williams continues the trend in major artists releasing albums for free download from the artists' website. Not surprisingly, Trent Reznor (of NIN) who already stated his own opinion on downloading music, has produced the entire album. Williams' album is free to listeners at 192 kbps and for $5, listeners can download the album in 192kbps, 320kps and FLAC formats. This is the first time an major artist has offered CD quality music for download, but will the trend continue?
The Courts

Submission + - Boston Judge Denies RIAA Motion for Judgment

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In a Boston case, Capitol v. Alaujan, the defendant is representing herself, without a lawyer. Nevertheless, the Judge denied the RIAA's motion for summary judgment, which the RIAA had based upon the defendant's alleged failure to respond to the RIAA's Request for Admissions. The Court's decision (pdf) held that the RIAA had served its requests for admission prematurely, prior to the conduct of any discovery conference. The Court also noted that the RIAA had upped the ante quite a bit, trying to get a judgment based on 41 song files, even though it had originally been asking for judgment based on 9 song files. This would have increased the size of the judgment from about $7,000 to about $31,000. The Judge scheduled a discovery conference for October 23rd, at 2:30 P.M. and ordered everybody to attend. Such conferences are open to the public."
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - WOW

R00BYtheN00BY writes: u n00bs did it again STOP REJECTIN my stories i swear 2 god

Submission + - Lawyers shafted by windows on NY bar examination

An anonymous reader writes: Over 5000 aspiring lawyers who took the New York bar examination on laptops using windows, word and a software from a company called SecureExam ended up with lost essays and computer problems. The New York Board of Bar Examiners released a statement and the company responsible released a second statement. Possibilities at this point might entail a software company being held liable for licensed software under a EULA for the first time. Bar examinations in Georgia reportedly had problems as well. It seems the software created a single file with all the answers and either discarded the file rather than upload it or mixed parts of the essays together.

Submission + - SpaceShip 2 Test Explosion Kills 2, Injuries 4

quizdog writes: CNN reports that an explosion during the testing of the hybrid rocket engine destined for SpaceShipTwo has killed two people and seriously injured four others. Names of the victims are not given but Burt Rutan, president of Scaled Composites and designer of SpaceShipTwo is reported not present at the test.

Submission + - Sun spot activity at a 1,000 year high

Burnhard writes: A new analysis shows that the Sun is more active now than it has been at anytime in the previous 1,000 years. Scientists based at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich used ice cores from Greenland to construct a picture of our star's activity in the past. They say that over the last century the number of sunspots rose at the same time that the Earth's climate became steadily warmer.

Submission + - Net Radio "Day of Silence" June 26th

thisjustin writes:
On June 26, major webcasters such as,,, and popular Santa Monica, California-based KCRW are among those who will silence their feeds for 24 hours in a show of solidarity against the upcoming July 15 rate hike on net radio royalties. Though regular programming will indeed be interrupted, the broadcasters won't simply be broadcasting silence; many stations will run intermittent PSAs detailing the current plight of net radio interspersed with ambient noise to give listeners an idea of what they'll be hearing should the royalty increases stand.

Submission + - Toshiba's HD DVD Player Sales Spin Game

An anonymous reader writes: In a sign that high-def disc adoption rates are not quite as strong as recent reports may have suggested, in the same week that Toshiba has issued not just one, but *two* press releases crowing about strong HD DVD player sales, the manufacturer has separately announced that that it is reducing its HD DVD player sales projectionsby 44% for the 2007 fiscal year. Things that make you go hmmm...
United States

Submission + - New copyright fees threaten streaming radio

DebateG writes: The United States Copyright Royalty Board has just released its new royalty fees for streaming radio. Rather than charging a fixed portion of the station revenue, the fees will consist of a fixed amount of money for each song streamed to each listener and will more than double over the next five years. Moreover, the fees will be retroactive. These onerous fees threaten to completely bankrupt small broadcasters; a station with 1000 listeners will have to pay around $150,000 per year in licensing fees, which is often more than the station's profit. This is in stark contrast to analog radio stations, which do not pay any fees at all. Is this the end for independently-owned streaming radio?
United States

Submission + - Gore accused of energy hypocrisy

ems2004 writes: Former US Vice-President Al Gore has been accused of hypocrisy for apparently guzzling energy while he lectures the world on climate change. A Tennessee-based free market think-tank said Mr Gore's home used more than 20 times the national average of gas and electricity.

Submission + - Judge rulest that IBM did not destroy evidence

UnknowingFool writes: "From the latest in the SCO saga, Judge Wells ruled today that IBM did not destroy evidence as SCO claims. During discovery, SCO claims it found an IBM executive memo that ordered its programmers to delete source code, and so it filed a motion to prevent IBM from destroying more evidence.

The actuality of the memo was less nefarious. An IBM executive wanted to ensure that the Linux developers were sandboxed from AIX/Dynix. So he ordered them to remove local copies of any AIX code from their workstations so that there would not be a hint of taint. The source code still existed in CVMC and was not touched.

Since the source code was still in CMVC, Judge Wells ruled IBM did not destroy it. Incredulously, SCO's Mark James requested that IBM tell SCO how to obtain the information. IBM's Todd Shaughnessy responded that all during discovery (when IBM gave SCO a server with their CMVC database) SCO never once said that they were unable to find that information from CMVC. Judge Wells asked IBM to help SCO out in any way he could. I'm guessing she probably said "pretty please" so that SCO does not have much to appeal."

Submission + - Web vulnerability disclosure

Scott writes: I'm submitting my own story on an important topic: Is it illegal to discover a vulnerability on a Web site? No one knows yet but Eric McCarty's pleading guilty to hacking USC's web site was "terrible and detrimental" to tech lawyer Jennifer Granick, who believes the law needs to be at least clarified, if not changed to protect those who find flaws in production Web sites as opposed to those who "exploit" production Web sites. Of course, the owners of sites often don't see the distinction between the two. Regardless of whether or not it's illegal to disclose Web vulnerabilities, it's certainly problematic, and perhaps a fool's errand. After all, have you seen how easy it is to find XSS flaws in Web sites? In fact, the Web is challenging the very definition of vulnerability and some researchers are scared. As one researcher in the story says: "I'm intimidated by the possible consequences to my career, bank account and sanity. I agree with [noted security researcher] H.D. Moore, as far as production websites are concerned: 'There is no way to report a vulnerability safely.'"

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