- Class action law suit aims to fight back against copyright troll
Nate Anderson at Ars Technica explains how one publisher victimized by Righthaven’s spurious shakedown scheme has raised a complaint of extortion litigation and is seeking to form a class. The specific claims described in the article seem sound. If the action is successful it could make trolls think twice about pursuing infringement exclusively for profit.
- Quantum lithography may be dead on arrival
Chris Lee at Ars Technica has a detailed write up of one technique being explored to overcome impending limits on lithography as used in producing chips at smaller and smaller scales. The idea is to use entangled photons that would greatly enhance the sharpness of masked features at scales where regular photons experience fuzziness. Unfortunately it looks like results in a similar but unrelated experiment call into question whether the entangled pairs behave as required for this technique to be feasible.
- RIAA pushes for warrantless searches
Mike Masnick at Techdirt has the details of the latest grasp by the content industry in the form of movement for a new law in the State of California that would allow the trade association to search any site involving the pressing of CDs or DVDs without a court order or warrant. Their reasoning? Since the 4th Amendment is increasingly tattered, the standards here must of necessity be weaker. Sadly there are strong if not recent historical precedents for this sort of industrial search and seizure though I doubt with this sort of brazen rational.
- World’s smallest 3D printer, Vienna University of Technology via Slashdot
- University of Michigan Library kicks off project to identify all orphan works in its collection, Techdirt
- Robots successfully invent their own language, Slashdot
- Another indie filmmaker turns to p2p for distribution, crowdfunding for support, ReadWriteWeb