“Newzbin2 shall go on, it’s users shall continue to access the site and its facilities and as the UK lackeys of the MPA roll over other NZB sites like nzbsrus and nzbmatrix they will realise that nothing has changed and they have no change after paying millions of dollars in legal fees,” notes Mr White.
Archive for 2011/11/03
UK Internet service provider BT didn’t need the flexibility of a full 14 days to begin their censorship of Usenet indexing site Newzbin2. According to an administrator at the site the court-ordered blockade has already begunPosted: 2011/11/03 in Blocking, Education / Awareness
Verizon will publish an API that could allow consumers to turbocharge the network bandwidth their smartphone apps use for a small feePosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
Users could have the option to pay for the extra bandwidth via a separate microtransaction API Verizon is developing and hopes to have in place by the end of 2012.
What is of use is that any files put into the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder will automatically upload to iCloud and push to any other Mac you have that is signed in to the same iCloud account and has the ‘Document & Data’ iCloud preference checked. Lion even notifies you of version conflicts and allows you to resolve them when you open the document.
Ever wondered how many internet-using young men in Denmark watch TV while using their smartphone? No? Oh. Well, anyway, now you can find out, thanks to a new survey and analysis service from GooglePosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
The Apple Store worker had made derogatory comments about Apple’s brand and products on his Facebook wall. Although his posts were not public, one of his unfriendlier ‘friends’ – also a colleague in the store – printed the comments out and showed them to their boss, who fired the man for misconductPosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
Apple was right to fire an employee of one of its UK stores for saying rude things about the company on his Facebook wall, an employment tribunal in Bury St Edmunds ruled.
Google is among 26 companies that have signed up to the government’s latest effort to create a British business sector out of the handling of private data and an individual’s online identityPosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
Are new media companies ‘digital parasites’? The author of ‘Free Ride’ tells Salon piracy is killing artPosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
Stanford researchers say that captcha security codes, asking Internet sign-up users to repeat a string of letters to prove the users are human, can be thwarted, and they have successfully defeated captcha at big name sites such as Visa, CNN, and eBay as proofPosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
In fact, they found that thirteen out of 15 high-profile sites were vulnerable to automated attacks
Amazon has launched the Kindle Owner Lending Library. It offers bestsellers to Amazon Prime members that can be borrowed at no costPosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
Google, Amazon, and Yahoo began life as websites, but they’ve evolved into something more. Now, they share their underlying infrastructure with the outside world, letting other businesses take advantage of the complex hardware and software systems they’ve erected over the yearsPosted: 2011/11/03 in Education / Awareness
The availability of high quality, comparatively inexpensive e-readers stimulates the market for illegal e-book copies, claims research firm MarkMonitor. Their research shows that on average each of the top ten best-selling books was downloaded illegally for about eighty thousand times in only one month worldwide. Furthermore, the study shows that the tempation to illegaly download an ebook even occurs within some of the most unlikely social groups.
The Internet file-storage business accused of helping millions around the world to store pirated videos, music, and software, has settled a copyright suit filed against it in January by Perfect 10, a porn studio with a long history of accusing tech companies of copyright violations.
Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed and representatives from the two companies did not respond to CNET’s requests for comment. Megaupload is the parent company of multiple services, such as Megaporn, MegaVideo and MegaPix.
This may not be the end of Megaupload’s copyright troubles, though. Megaupload was on a list of companies recently handed to the U.S. Trade Representative by the Recording Industry Association of America. The companies on the list are accused of profiting from piracy.
The International Intellectual Property Alliance unveiled a new report. During the recession of the last few years, the report shows that copyright-based businesses have far exceeded the US economy as a wholePosted: 2011/11/03 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The report is bullish on the copyright and creative industries. Nothing in it suggests that radical expansions of copyright power are necessary, though MPAA Vice President Michael O’Leary used the report to argue for them anyway. “Strong protections for intellectual property—both in the United States and abroad, where a growing portion of our revenues are being generated—is critical if we want to protect these jobs and be able to continue offering consumers innovative content,” he said. “Here in the United States, it is imperative that Congress passes legislation halting content theft by rogue websites, which will help sustain the crafts that historically and consistently make such a valued contribution to America’s economy.”
Rights holders who don’t want their works freely distributed should have the ability to enforce that position, but only a true crisis could possibly justify such draconian enforcement measures. For an industry doing so well, it’s an absurd overreach—but one with dangerous consequences for intermediary liability, for private rights of action online, and for the Internet itself.