The Internet Still Isn’t Going to Meltdown, A Repository of FOIA Documents, and More

  • EMI drops suit against Grooveshark
    Some good news, reported by Eliot van Buskirk at Wired. While he does a good job rounding up the competitors in the space and the states of various licensing deals, what is not clear is whether Grooveshark sought any sort of licensing deal when it started. I know there are such services out there, I’d just like to see this sort of arrangement happen without the infringement suit. We also don’t know how the terms rank against the webcaster royalty rate that is crippling other players.
  • Bandwidth crunch cassandra keeps wailing
    Nate Anderson at Ars points to the latest from Nemertes and previous communications consistent with this flawed notion of the internet crushing under its own bandwidth. Nate’s concluding section nicely rebuts this sort of angsty hand waving, in this case with a new network neutrality wrinkle.
  • Repository of documents freed through FOIA
    News of an interesting new site from Cory, consistent with RECAP and other recent efforts. Only thing is, there isn’t much information about who is acquiring these documents and whether or how the public can contribute.
  • Astonishingly clueless remarks from Canadian collection body
    Cory points out the deep lack of clue in comments Access Copyright submitted as part of Canada’s copyright consultation. Worse, I find a huge flaw in their argument that law should explicitly not follow norms. There is certainly a tension between the two, but too wide a gulf makes enforcing law very problematic, especially when it comes to something as largely abstract as copyright.
  • 3D finger printing
    Two sets of researchers seem to have succeeded in implementing this holy grail of identity verification. I am skeptical, it seems like while this technique would be resistant to some attacks on current finger print scanners, it would be just as vulnerable to others. It also does nothing to solve how you revoke a fingerprint that has been spoofed, something much easier to do with traditional RF card based systems.

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