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  • MPAA gets injunction against The Pirate Bay’s ISP
    TorrentFreak has the story that they claim to have verified with credible sources. It seems reasonable given the years of taunting by The Pirate Bay in response to C&D and other demand letters. What remains to be seen is if the site will move on to another provider or the injunction will have its intended effect.
  • ACTA official draft may be a one time deal
    Mike Masnick at Techdirt points out the comments from one of the negotiators that indicates the troublesome trade agreement may scurry back beneath its veil of secrecy. The only silver lining is that suspicions about contention at the negotiating table appear to be accurate.
  • Facebook gathering internally to discuss privacy complaints
    All anyone knows, including Curt Hopkins at RWW, is that privacy will be at the core of the meeting and it will take place at 4PM, PDT, tomorrow. It would refreshing to say the least if they heed the advice of Kurt Opsahl at EFF and follow the principles they set out earlier on when trying to deal with user backlash.
  • Judge rules waiver of software liability not reasonable
    The Register has details of the case which I find a bit unsettling. The disclaimer in the vendor’s license is uncomfortably close to the “as is” clause in most free software and open source licenses. I believe the key difference is the software in question was sold, triggering a law covering sale of goods, and that there may be some issues around other claims of fitness for purpose implied by the vendors actions. All the same, it makes you wonder how a similar suit would fair for an open source project.
  • History of infrastructure policy as it informs broadband
    Mike Masnick links to an article of a kind I especially enjoy, pulling in historical examples that can serve to inform our current policy debates over technology. The examples are not always perfect but at least the tension between public good and markets is always helpful to consider in my view.

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