The good folks at FFII are announcing that the software patent directive will once more be presented as an A-Item in the Agriculture and Fisheries meeting next Monday. Yes, you heard right, Europe’s agriculture ministers will decide whether we are stuck with software patents. I apologise in advice for the bad pun, but there is [...]
A report by the BBC says that legal music downloads are up almost tenfold during 2004 . In other news, snow is cold, rain is wet, and young people have no taste in music.
A new bill in California is asking for jail time for P2P developers. That’s right, if you produce some software that can be used to exchange files through a network, then you can be thrown to jail. The stupidity of this bill is monumental for so many reasons, and works on so many levels. For [...]
Some people fear that the net may be suffering from a balkanization of the internet, with a broken up network consisting of people who inhabit a space that only accepts trusted users, coming from trusted domains. This is made evident by some ISPs blocking email from Europe, and also about a decision by Google to [...]
This is a very good article in The Economist talking about the problems with the American patent system and IBM’s 500 patent handover. They state that studies claim that 30% of all patents awarded in the United States are duplicate claims.
30%? I am surprised, I thought that the figure was much higher!
Open biotechnology continues to gather momentum in the press. This is a new article in Wired, very similar to many other articles that have been showing up since The Economist produced an article where the phenomenon was explained. The article doesn’t really say anything new, but it is nice to see that the issue is [...]
This sounds like a badly written zombie movie. A man in Scotland is being held under suspicion of keeping a zombie network. A zombie is netspeak for a computer that has been hijacked to produce a certain effect, such as serving spam, serving viruses or sending DoS attacks (denial of service).
This is the first UK case of a man being fired because of something that he wrote on a blog. Joe Gordon, was a senior bookseller at Waterstone’s store in Edinburgh, and had been with the company for 11 years. He has a blog called the Woolamaloo Gazette, in which he referred to his employer [...]
Jailed for a song is a new campaign in the U.S. that is trying to get sensible IP legislation passed through the American Congress. The idea is to turn the tide of IP protection to regain liberties and freedoms enjoyed by the public, and to attack preposterous legislative proposals that attempt to further criminalise infringement.
Those singing the demise of the Bittorrent network should not get ahead of themselves. The existing technology can still be used for countless purposes where the sharing of large files is needed. There is also a lot that can be done with a system that marries torrent technology with the distribution of seeds that can [...]