- Google expands license options for its code hosting service
- Clarification on anti-piracy’s supposed DoS attacks against infringers
TorrentFreak has some excellent quotes from the firm in question and one of its targets. The picture painted is only a little different from how the initial story break. AiPlex reserves the attacks as a measure to use only after escalating the complaints and as far as I can parse the quote, in cooperation with law enforcers. The targeted site mentioned in the article confirms they were attacked repeatedly but that the efforts ultimately failed, the implication being AiPlex wasn’t very good at denial of service, consistent with it also not issue clear and correct takedown notices to begin with.
- Russia uses piracy as an excuse to suppress dissent
From the New York Times, via Boing Boing. This is probably the biggest reach yet for using intellectual property law for censorship. Microsoft, whose software was used as the excuse for raids nominally cracking down on pirated copies, hasn’t acted to intervene in any way, even where some targeted have shown their software to have legitimate licenses. The fact that this is taking place where it is, in Russia, undoubtedly complicates the question of how to push back on a free speech basis. To me, this practice makes the normalization of enforcement, such as currently be negotiated under ACTA and incrementally ratcheted in a series of past trade agreements, all that much more fraught.
- Swiss court rules IP address tracing software broke data protection law, The Register
- App store for jail broken iPhones acquires competing store, The Register
- Anti-censorship tool, Haystack, halts operation to address security criticisms, Washington Post
- Project to produce free classical recordings secures funding, Ars Technica
- Gamers make faster, more accurate decisions than non-gamers, Ars Technica