- FCC chief may demand neutrality conditions in Comcast, NBC merger
- USCG dumps two of its lawsuits but only to refile against individuals
- Why USCG abandoned its first two law suits
- Achieving net neutrality by removing incentives
- The case against net neutrality
- AT&T keen on Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal
- Google-Verizon should prompt FCC to demand net neutrality
Via Hacker News.
- Protesting net neutrality proposal at Google’s HQ
- Viacom suit against YouTube continues
- Moglen sees Bilski as setting back patent reform a decade
- Further analysis of DMCA exemptions from EFF
- Next ACTA round yet again to be shrouded in secrecy
- ACTA agenda for round 10 revealed
This is news cast 221, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.
In the intro, my thanks to Mike for his donation for which he has earned a merit badge. A final reminder there will not be a feature cast this coming week, I’ll be out in San Francisco for most of the week. Also, a quick review of George Mann’s “The Osiris Ritual“. I reviewed his first novel, “The Affinity Bridge”, earlier in the Summer.
In this week’s news an algorithm to improve the energy efficiency of mesh networks, concerns over a citizen vigilante group monitor ISPs though the groups claims may be overstated, Google ends Wave development though is dedicated to learning from its failure in this case probably from its complexity despite adding more resources and opening up to more users, and unpacking what exactly went on between Google and Verizon especially as they deny claims of an anti-neutrality pact (even on Twitter). Odds are good they are still meeting and talking to some end which may be why the NYT is sticking to its story. Cringely has the most intriguing guess at their possible goal.
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- 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 couple of items crossed my feeds that bolster the strengthening trend of 3rd party lawyers issuing demand letters and pushing for settlements not as a means of deterring piracy but solely as a source of profit.
First is the astonishing disparity between what the RIAA paid its lawyers and what they actually recouped. As Ray Beckerman explains, they paid more than $16,000,000 and recovered only $391,000. Admittedly, their motives were more complex than recovering losses, as they tried to explain repeatedly they undertook their suits to send a message to file sharers. Still, given that they often trot out the tired rhetoric about their artists starving as CD sales plummet, this seems criminally irresponsible. I am sure that sixteen million could have helped those poor, suffering creatives being impoverished by the Internet.
Mike Masnick at Techdirt has a very informative infographic exploding how much money typically goes to whom in the music industry. This lop sided distribution could easily be used to bolster any number of rationales for a law firm looking to undertake its own massive demand and settlement campaign. They could offer a share of the proceeds to the impoverished band or seek healthy up front fees from the labels on promise of a juicy return. Clearly the model of profiting directly from punishing infringement isn’t any stranger than what is already going on with the business model of the big labels.
- 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
- EU rushing to ACTA agreed
- Report on meeting with ACTA negotiators in Lucerne
- EU action alert on ACTA
- USTR statement on ACTA makes no mention of releasing latest draft
- ACTA will reach final draft in six months
- UK rejects ACTA call to criminalize illicit file sharing
- VP8 codec coming to FFmpeg
- Flash to continue to have large role at YouTube, more so than WebM
- Bilski is affirmed though ruling is narrower than hoped
- EFF’s analysis of the Bilski decision
- Trying to divine the future of software patents in the wake of the Bilski decision
- White House wants more spectrum for wireless broadband
- King’s Quest fan project is back
- The latest between Google and China
- Google to end .cn redirect
- Congress examines US investment in Chinese censorship
- Some Google searchers now blocked in China
- EU launches its own net neutrality inquirt
- Judge orders user-friendly notices in USCG suits
- Judge rejected all of EFF’s arguments in USCG cases
- Broadband now official a legal right in Finland
- Vote to repeal Britain’s Digital Economy Act
- Internet Archive starts lending in copyright e-books
HT Tim Vollmer.
- Canadian copyright astroturfers own up to fronting US labels
- Woman accused of camcorder piracy sues theater
- Fight against telco immunity continues in appeals court