- FCC’s third way plan isn’t bringing the two sides of net neutrality any closer together
- Next round starting against initially named defendants in USCG’s massive demand campaign
- US caves on anti-circumvention demands for ACTA
- Winamp gains WebM and VP-8 support
- Understanding geographic indications the EU desires be protected under ACTA
- China says Google agreed to obey censorship rules in exchange for license renewal
- US States’ top law enforcers question Google over WiFi data snafu
- RIAA appeals reduction of Tenenbaum damages
- GOP senators move to block FCC on net neutrality
- Sony now facing single class-action suit for removing PS3 other OS option
- Could the EU walk away from ACTA?
- A badging framework for non-profits
Glyn Moody pointed this out over on his blog, Move Commons. I tend to agree that helping communicate applicable principles, even netting it down to a recognizable badge image, is useful but in what way is this a commons, other than it uses a mechanism like Creative Commons? There is a sharing component but why not just use a standard CC license, well placed and well advertised for that and call the project Move Framework or Altruism Policy or something catchy but entirely more accurate.
- YouTube starts experimenting with embeddable HTML5 video
As Marshal Kirkpatrick at RWW explains, this is distinct from their testing of HTML5 and WebM on the site proper. It is a bit of a reversal from their previous stance on only using Flash to share, or embed, video on other sites. Good news for the adoption of HTML5’s video capabilities even if we still have to push on the underlying issue of video codecs, specifically whether a patent encumbered or unencumbered format should rise to the level of de facto standard.
- Law suit tries to compare mobile media messages (MSS) to file sharing networks
- WP theme maker backs down and adopts GPL license
Via Hacker News.
- Tornado web server framework hits 1.0
- ACTA consensus on transparency breaking down
- WIPO worried at why countries felt ACTA needed to be handled outside of WIPO
- An update to the interactive ACTA timeline
- MP Angus calls out Moore, Clement over aspects of C-32
- Mediation in the Thomas-Rasset case fails
- USCG plaintiffs to get 28 IP addresses a month
- Another in-depth comparison of VP-8 and h.264
- SCO appeals
- Comcast settlment now final
- Germany challenging Facebook over privacy of non-users
Via Carey Lening
- FCC broadband plan would put US in 2nd tier of countries
- Lawyers pressing NSA warrant-less wiretap cases demanding more then $2MM
- China renews Google’s license to operate
- Australia bows to public pressure, delays plans to filter the net
- Damage verdict in Tenenbaum case reduced ten fold
- Judge says damages in Tenenbaum case were unconstitutionally excessive
- Google found guilt of privacy breach in Australia
- Law firm steps in to defend folks from USCG
- IEEE still flogging DRM scheme it thinks consumers will accept
- State department has incorporated internet censorship into its policy priorities
- Senators urge FCC to fast track white space devices
HT gpsilberman on Twitter
- Proposed amendments to fix C-32
- Industry minister defends C-32
- Pro C-32 astroturfing uncovered
- Optimizations for the VP-8 codec
- FFMPEG release with support for codecs used commonly with HTML5, including vorbis, webm
Via Hacker News.
- Opera beta with webm support now open
- AT&T threatens to stop investment in U-verse if net neutrality moves ahead
- Verizon avers not to block P2P while arguing for a long term net neutrality plan
- New study predicts massive job losses in the wake of net neutrality
- FCC opens its discussion period for “third way” net neutrality plan
- Music labels set to get three strikes enacted for two-thirds of Irish broadband
- WTO report on TRIPS council and ACTA
- Key dates for the EU Parliament to act on ACTA
- RMS on taking a stand against ACTA
- Google, others respond to call for comments in support of “third way” for net neutrality
- Privacy experts think Facebook critics are unrealistic
- Google WiFi detail includes passwords, email content
- Australian police to investigate over Google WiFi scanning
- Criminal intent revealed by probe of Google WiFi scanning
- Google releases WiFi sniffing audit
- Google would rather face a single, large law suit over WiFi sniffing snafu
- Former FCC chair won’t testify at Comcast-NBC merger hearing
- Video explaining the latest Canadian DMCA
- More on digital locks under Canada’s C-32
- Redline version of Canadian copyright law merged with C-32
- IFPI doesn’t think C-32 is severe enough
- Targeted comments on the Boucher-Stearns privacy draft
- RIAA says LimeWire is on the hook for $1B
- RIAA may be demanding as much as $1.5 trillion from LimeWire
- Last chance for hacker, Gary McKinnon, to avoid extradition
- IP addresses of first Hurt Locker demand letter victims revealed
- More targets of US Copyright Alliance speak out
- EFF helps coordinate defense against US Copyright Group’s mass of subpoenas
- Firefox 4 gets WebM video
- More legal analysis of advice to doctors to use copyright to stifle criticism
- India speaks out against ACTA at WTO
- European privacy officials state Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are still breaking the law
- Judge rejects SCO’s motion for a new trial
- Linux wins SCO vs. Novell case
- Judiciary Committee still has questions for Facebook
- Diaspora’s proposed social model
- Changes in response to Google’s WiFi snafu may reach farther
- Google starts handing over WiFi data
- Lawyer claims Google data capture was not accidental
- History of mass suits by US Copyright Group to date
- Filings, even hand written ones, not slowing mass infringementcampaign
- EFF steps in to request squashing of subpoenas in mass infringementsuits
- EFF in hearing Monday on right to resell promo CDs
- WebM license changes to improve compatibility
- Blizzard/Glider case set to resume
- Firefox Sync to be built into future version of the browser
I want to say I had read this suggestion before though I cannot find evidence of commenting on it previously. Ryan Paul has some details of a move that makes good sense given comparable features included or closely bundled with competing browsers.
- Canadian copyright firstly motivated by satisfying the US
Many have suspected that efforts like C-60 and C-61 were politically motivated, bowing to pressure from the US. Professor Geist links to a paper with some analysis that bears out this interpretation, including some quotes that make the prime motivation starkly clear.
- Microsoft patents fonts with feelings
I am at a loss for words or understanding of this patent that Slashdot explains. First, how is this even patentable? Are the animations described automated in some way, using natural language processing to associate some stock animations to words based on their meaning and context? Second and more importantly, who the hell would actually use technology like this? It would be like having Clippy assaulting every paragraph you push through the silly thing producing text/sprite hybrids that would constantly induce eye bleeding.
- Miro releases converter to help make WebM video
Cory at Boing Boing has the news, that of a bit of software from the fine folks who make the wonderful Miro player. Now we have Miro’s converter alongside the recent VLC release candidate. The standard appears to be taking off fast from a technology stand point. It should make whatever comes out of the patent rumblings all the more interesting if it ever comes to a head.
- French senator proposes outlawing anonymous blogging
Mike Masnick at Techdirt has the story, though there is not much more to it than the headline. I don’t know how strong free speech traditionally is in France but the stated reasons, ease of suing, seem a rather poor argument against the inherent value of being able to speak anonymously.
- H.264 and VP-8 compared, with still frame examples
- WebM data points, mostly positive
- More criticism of Genachowski’s “Third Way” for net neutrality
- Rep. Doyle backs Title II reclassification
- Three strikes starting in Ireland this week
- Peter Watts discusses his arrest at the US border
- US Copyright Group now threatening protective ISPs with inducement
- US Copyright Group initiates 5K suits on behalf of “Hurt Locker”
- EFF guide to maximizing privacy with new Facebook settings
- User is suing Facebook in wake of changes
- Google dragging feet over requests for WiFi data from regulators
- KTorrent first to adopt uTP
- Larger stakes of Google/Viacom case
- Creators step in to defend YouTube
- UK three strikes could threaten coffee ships, libraries
- Canada’s not very privacy friendly privacy refrom bill
Michael Geist has all of the pertinent details. Cory at Boing Boing likened this to the US’s PATRIOT Act but it actually reads like a subset of the US law, focusing in on handling of disclosures and some coordination between companies and law enforcers. As such, the consumer protections are indeed very disappointing, much like the erosion of civil liberties by the PATRIOT Act.
- VLC release candidate drops, with WEbM, VP-8 support
This should prove less disruptive than a nightly build of a browser. Now all I need to do is find some content to try with VLC and put claims for and against WebM/VP-8 to my own test.
- RIAA case makes it to the Supreme Court
I hadn’t heard of this case before reading this Wired article by David Kravets. At issue is the lower court ruling the defendant, a teenager at the time, qualified for the innocent infringer exemption to the minimum statutory damages. The Supremes haven’t agree to hear the case, it merely has made it into their hopper for a decision to proceed or decline to hear it.
- Japan moves towards blocking child porn online
Slashdot has a link to the story where the truly critical element is that mere possession is not illegal in Japan. As ticklish as it is to talk about problematic censorship when it is being considered under the auspices of preventing exploitation of this kind, a less fraught solution would be to criminalize possession.
This is news cast 214, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.
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This week’s security alerts are Chrome’s private mode leaks info and FTC looks into privacy concerns with digital copiers.
In this week’s news opening of VP-8 video codec becomes so much more including news event Microsoft will support it (kind of) and YouTube will switch to it for larger videos going forward, a technical analysis of VP-8 now that it is open, Facebook’s urge towards social utility will invite regulation, and an early, official history of NSA computers.
Following up this week The Pirate Party steps in to host The Pirate Bay and EFF issues a strong criticism of Google’s latest privacy mistake.
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