Patry’s Books, Update on Patriot Act Committee Review, and More

  • William Patry’s next book
    His latest book, “Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars” is not surprisingly on my list to be read. Undoubtedly his planned new book will be even more provocative, clearly intentionally so, as he explains he is going to actually layout ideas for actively reforming copyright.
  • And a review of Party’s current book
    Nate Anderson has the review at Ars which warns about Patry’s particularly strong bias in this discussion. Regardless, I am personally encouraged by the characterization as not being a popular book. I’ve already read several of those on the subject of copyright so even more look forward to a potential challenge.
  • Live blogging of Patriot Act committee review
    According to this very current post, a live blog essentially, from the EFF, it looks like the committee vote is still pending. So far, it looks like there have been more wins in terms of which amendments are making it in, very few that preserve or broaden the scope of the law.
  • NY AG sues Intel over protecting its monopoly
    According to this WaPo piece by Cecilia Kang, this is not the first time the chip maker has gotten into this sort of trouble. The EU has been taking them to task for some time, apparently over the same tactics of disguising preferential payments to resellers as rebates. I am not a fan of Cuomo’s efforts on other fronts, though, where his motivates seem to be more paternalistic and over-protective than minimally invasive on issues of regulation.
  • Problematic precedent over private domain registration
    At Techdirt, Mike Masnick is careful to explain that even under CAN SPAM the relevant law under which this ruling was made, private registration being falsification of info is not enough to get one in hot water. But it is troubling as it could be built upon, at least in the ninth circuit, to yield unintended and potentially over broad consequences for a service that has plenty of legitimate uses especially around privacy online.
  • Google expands its use of OAuth
    I think this Register piece confuses the correct application of OpenID, which obviates repeated logins, from OAuth, which confers trust between applications. Regardless, that Google is backing the specification should help its adoption as well as easing consumer annoyances with managing data sharing. I also suspect that this could ease the portability efforts of Google’s own Data Liberation project by providing for secure, direct data exchange rather than the need to export and download before re-importing data into a competitive service.
  • MPAA encourages FCC to consider three strikes, filtering
    Wired has the details on the trade associations filing to the FCC on its broadband plan. Their position is hardly surprising and is just part of a lot of heated rhetoric on a very of fronts they’ve been spewing lately. Unfortunately, big content is building a lot of momentum, if not necessarily success, behind both three strikes regimes and filtering, at least abroad.

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