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Submission + - US DOJ claims it did not entrap Megaupload (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The U.S. Department of Justice did not mislead a court and attempt to entrap file storage site Megaupload on copyright infringement charges, the agency said in a new filing in the case. Megaupload's charges that the DOJ conspired to entrap the site on criminal copyright charges are "baseless," an official with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia wrote in a court document filed last week. Earlier this month, Megaupload filed court documents saying that in 2010 the DOJ asked the site, through its hosting vendor, to keep infringing files as part of a DOJ investigation, then later charged Megaupload with copyright infringement."

Submission + - Hillcrest Labs: Wii Infringes Our Patents (gigaom.com)

Chris Albrecht writes: "Hillcrest Labs, a Rockville, Mnd.-based startup, says it has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., and a separate patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court in Maryland, against Nintendo, related to the Wii video game system. You can see a video demo of the Hillcrest remote in action here: http://blip.tv/file/1021681."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA assessed $107,834 in attorneys fees (blogspot.com) 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Tanya Andersen, the disabled single mom from Oregon who's been fighting the RIAA since 2005, has just been awarded $107,834 in attorneys fees against the record companies. This eclipses the $68,685 awarded in Capitol v. Foster and will no doubt inspire many more RIAA targets to fight back, and encourage many more lawyers to take these cases on. Jon Newton of p2pnet.net, who has been covering the Tanya Andersen case from Day 1, writes that "RIAA nemesis Tanya Andersen has achieved another milestone victory. She fought Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG's RIAA to a standstill, forcing it to drop its spurious file sharing case against her, and now an Oregon court has awarded her close to $108,000 in fees and costs.....[L]awyers representing RIAA victims....[wi]ll be able to proceed with counterclaims bolstered by the knowledge they'll be paid their work.""

Submission + - Jazz now illegal? (ft.com)

An anonymous reader writes: James Boyle has a column in the Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f531a57c-939a-11dc-a884-0000779fd2ac.html arguing that, under current law, the practices of musical borrowing in jazz (and blues and in classical composers particularly people such as Charles Ives) are now illegal. "Music copyright has gone nano-scale." He argues that "the permissions culture" is poised to move beyond the world of rap. "Get a license or do not sample." Two great video links, too, to show what we'd lose. And while established art forms (like jazz) are safer from this kind of craziness... what about the next genre, the thing that would be the new jazz, blues, soul of the 21st century?

Submission + - Sneaky White Hats Pull Surveillance Cam Switcheroo (wired.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If you've seen a Hollywood caper movie in the last 20 years you know the old video-camera-spoofing trick. That's where the criminal mastermind taps into a surveillance camera system and substitutes his own video stream, leaving hapless security guards watching an endless loop of absolutely-nothing-happening while the bank robber empties the vault.

Now white-hat hackers have demonstrated a technique that neatly replicates that old standby.

Amir Azam and Adrian Pastor, researchers at London-based security firm ProCheckUp, discovered that they can redirect what video file is played back by an AXIS 2100 surveillance camera, a common industrial security camera that boasts a web interface, allowing guards to monitor a building from anywhere in the world.


Journal Journal: Microsoft's fast track bid for OOXML standarization rejected 1

Microsoft's push for fast-track approval of its OOXML document format as an ISO standard has failed, according to a news article from PC World. The proposal now must be reworked to address comments made during the voting process and will be up for another vote by ISO members early next year. Details on the voting outcome can also be found at Groklaw, and yo

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