- Paper on user rights under copyright
Mike Masnick at Techdirt indirectly links to a new paper from law professor John Tehranian. His previous work looked at gap between the current copyright laws and the social norms around use and sharing of copyrighted material. This time around, he looks at how the push towards treating intellectual monopoly like a property right is depriving users of the rights of action they would otherwise be able to exercise if they were vested in tangible goods.
- Why Mozilla doesn’t back a FOSS Flash players
JZB at NetworkWorld confirms what I’ve suspected to be the case, namely that backing projects like Gnash does little to defray the control Adobe exerts over Flash. Ultimately, it is a distraction from improving open standards to the point where proprietary technology becomes irrelevant.
- Appeals court holds email privacy protected by 4th Amendment
EFF has the good news in the appeal of the Warshak case. As their releases notes, this is the only federal appellate decision currently on the books that directly address the question of the protection of messages stored at a third party service provider. This is the 2nd time the 6th circuit has ruled along these lines after the first judgment was vacated on procedural issues.
- Hand-off, reconnect to Verizon LTE can take 2 minutes , Slashdot
- Apple accused of selling pirated ebooks in its store, TorrentFreak
- Google patents browser highlight all button, Slashdot
- Pay what you want for pack of indie, DRM-free games and help support EFF, EFF