May 2002 Archives

May 31, 2002

EFF’s Consensus at Lawyerpoint blog (via LawMeme): A long time ago, in an industry far, far away (testifying before Congress in 1982, MPAA president Jack Valenti attacked the “savagery” and “ravages” of VCRs, saying that “the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone”) (also see full transcript of Valenti’s testimony on Cryptome)
MSNBC (Brock Meeks editorial): Cannibals in cyberspace: Internet governing body feasts on itself (yay, more ICANN bashing!)

May 30, 2002

ZDNet Australia: Aussie spammer sues anti-spammer

Washington Post: Critics say ICANN should compete for net governance duties (groups challenging ICANN’s control over Internet domain name system include ACLU, CPSR, Consumers Union, EFF, EPIC, and others)

May 26, 2002

The Onion: Factual error found on Internet

May 25, 2002

Politech: Neulevel’s PostMinder tracks email without recipient approval (also see PostMinder) (isn’t this what e-mail marketers and spammers have been doing for a long time?)

May 22, 2002

AP: AT&T Broadband e-mail filter may work too well (ISP-endorsed spam filter blocks e-mail from the ISP itself — including a notification of a pending rate increase) (also see RISKS)

WeirdBytes: Info-security and privacy: a dog’s view (describing cats as “pathological individualistic privacy freaks”)

May 21, 2002

eWeek: Allchin: Disclosure may endanger U.S. (Microsoft exec tells a federal court that Microsoft code has so many flaws that disclosing it to competitors may threaten national security) (also see Slashdot)

May 20, 2002

CD crack: Magic marker indeed (also available via CNET) (Sony’s new copy-protection scheme for what it still claims are “compact discs” — an irritating scheme that distorts the data, preventing legitimate purchasers from played CDs they’ve bought and paid for on CD/DVD players, car CD players, and computers — apparently can be defeated simply by writing on the disk’s rim with a felt-tip pen. So, is the pen mightier than the RIAA, or will the RIAA seek to ban felt-tip pens next?)

May 18, 2002

Cosmiverse (via Fark): New technology creates realistic videos of false testimony (researchers at MIT can make videos of people appearing to say anything)

Reuters: Senate toughens up on spam (Commerce Committee marks up “CAN SPAM” Act, sends it to Senate floor)  (Memo to Congress: Please don’t pass yet another ill-advised Internet bill. A feeble spam law like this one would legitimize spam, making the problem much worse than it is now. Even those who support antispam legislation should prefer no law at all to this inept approach.)

May 17, 2002

Politech: Ninth Circuit rules 6-5 that Nuremberg files website is unlawful (see also decision [PDF])

May 14, 2002

Wired News: Another run to a deep-link suit

Politech: Criminal defendant insists his own name is copyrighted

May 01, 2002

Politechbot: Exciting new use of DMCA! Banning font-twiddling software! (commercial font vendors claim that a distributor of free fonts violated copyright law by posting a program that enabled him to easily change one character in his own font files … but never fear, ChillingEffects is watching)