- New Apple terms allow collection, share of precise, real time location
Cory was the first in my feeds to post this story at Boing Boing. Firstly I am glad that I am moving away from OSX so avoiding this upgrade is an easy choice, especially since my iPod won’t run iOS 4. The second thought I had was how this compares, poorly, to similar data collection I allow from a couple of software projects I use daily. Those projects don’t collect anything but usage and crash data on the applications in question and require an opt-in. That Apple is collecting such fraught information, regardless of anonymization, and not giving users a choice is frankly quite horrid.
- Appeals court rules works can be pulled back out of the public domain
Mike Masnick at Techdirt has the bad news. The appeal was in the Golan case which is a bit more complicated than usual as it involves a trade agreement, the means through which a lot of copyright expansion occurs under the guise of normalization. As Masnick explains, the lower court ruling decided in favor of the First Amendment, reigning in the URAA’s attempt to allow re-enclosing some works. The appeals court’s logic in reversing the lower court is non-existent, merely declaring that copyright law “addresses a substantial or important governmental interest.”
- A few examples of using Google’s new command line tool
Via Cory at Boing Boing. Sadly, I have to wait for or manually compile a library update before I can try these out for myself. Still think it is kewl as all get out.
- EFF, others speak out against expansion of rights to cover “hot news”
- Tech companies also step in to speak against “hot news”
- Major labels start astroturfing for three strikes in the US