Can copyright restrictions be circumvented by contract law? At the moment there is an interesting legal case pending on the matter in America. It concerns the relationships between the U.S. fair-use copyright doctrine and the limits set by a Creative Commons license (CC license).
Archive for 2010/07/12
Optional ‘panic button’ agreed
Ads origin must be clear
The implications of this decision are huge, creating potential liabilities for anyone who distributes anything en masse: libraries, booksellers, or your local DVD or video game rental store
eBay already uses Microsoft’s public Windows Azure hosting for its iPad listings
AT&T was insanely profitable in 2009, with $34.4 billion in revenue and $12.5 billion in net income. The company even returned most of this cash ($9.7 billion) to investors as dividends. So why did the US government direct $435 million into the company’s coffers?
MarkMonitor has carefully analyzed this most recent version of the DAG and developed the resources necessary to easily understand the changes to the Guidebook. Comments on this version of the Guidebook must be submitted to ICANN no later than July 21, 2010.
- Role and purpose of public comments
- Restrictions on Registrar / Registry cross-ownership
- Clarification surrounding “Community” definitions and guidelines
- Registry operator “Expectations”
- Addition of Trademark Clearinghouse (TC), Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), Post Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures (PDDRP) and Registry Restriction Dispute Resolution Procedure (RRDRP)
Uniform Rapid Suspension Overview (URS)- Intended to provide a cost-effective and expedited approach for the suspension of clearly infringing domains
- Clearly infringing domains are those that are confusingly similar to those of the rights holder, in which the registrant has no legitimate right, and are being used in bad faith
- Fees per claim are expected to run $300
- Domains that are successfully suspended as a result of the URS procedure are only suspended for the remainder of their registration term, or for and additional year at current market registration rates
- After suspension ends, domains become available for registration again
- Review of URS procedure will be initiated one year after the first determination is issued
Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure Overview (PDDRP)
- Provides TM holders with the right to file complaints against registries who have acted in bad faith
- The intent to profit form the systematic registration of infringing domains
Registry Restriction Dispute Resolution Procedure Overview (RRDRP)
- Designed for community members to file complaints against registry operators who have not met obligations as set forth in registry agreements
Full analysis: http://www.markmonitor.com/topleveldomains/dotBrand_DAG4.php
The Hackers Profiling Project
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In a Dutch language article it is described how criminals social engineered themselves into emptying the bank accounts of a Dutch family.
They called up a 14 year old family member when the parents weren’t home, pretended that he need to help out with an emergency transaction and had him look for the so called TAN code (two factor authentication requires one to use a secondary, changing code, sometimes printed on a piece of paper, which is snail-mailed to the customer by their bank).
The kid finds it for them and they do not merely use it for a single banking transaction, but in stead they use it to apply for “mobile banking”, meaning that the criminals will be able to use their mobile phones to arrange for money transfers AND they will now receive new TAN codes on their mobile phone too.
Result: 48,000 euro gone and a number of very stressful days before the bank does what appears to be standard operating procedure in these cases (but did not immediately admit): they cover the losses for the family.
Dutch language article: http://webwereld.nl/nieuws/66529/e–n-telefoontje-en-de-ing-rekening-is-leeg.html
(Events have been confirmed by the ING bank which will issue an official statement later today)
UPDATE: ING bank states “Despite warnings and customers being vigilant, it sometimes happens that a customer will hand over his personal information and sometimes such customer will be subject to the damages resulting from that. That is what happened in this case”. “We have responded within a week and reimbursed any costs. To us that seems to be a reasonable timeframe.” ING does not confirm nor deny that it is reviewing the TAN code system. (Source in Dutch: http://webwereld.nl/nieuws/66536/ing-past-zwakste-schakel-internetbankieren-aan.html )
Gmail fake ruse comes unstuck