- EFF files comment with Copyright Office on pre-1972 sound recordings
No matter how much you learn about copyright law as a non-lawyer, there seems to be an infinite store of edge cases, oddities and exceptions. Abigail Phillips at EFF has a post about EFF’s comments to the Copyright Office with regard to bring sound recordings fixed before 1972 from a confusion of state laws under federal jurisdiction. Understandably, the EFF would like to see some heavy qualifications on such a move, especially in light of increasing abuses of federal copyright law.
- Pub patrons in Australia subject to biometric datamining
This story on Slashdot once again highlights the risks of focusing on technology rather than outcomes. Reducing violence is a laudable goal but using a tool that is apparently completely unregulated and carries significant privacy risks may invite more long term harm than it solves.
- New Firefox 4 Mobile beta for Android and Maemo
The H Open has the full list of new features and improvements. As promised the focus between the last build and this has been performance. Based on first hand experience of a few hours, it certainly seems competitive with Android’s built-in browser. Add in the ability for it to sync with my Firefox 4 instances everywhere else and I’ve now set it as the default on my notaphone.
- Tech giants to enable IPv6 on day dedicated to embracing the successor stack, Ars Technica
- Egyptians turn to Tor to organize dissent online, Slashdot
- VideoLAN celebrates ten years of open source, The H Open