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« on: May 03, 2009, 06:56:20 AM »

The Weekly Tech News
Hi all.
Be sure to check out The Hunt for Gollum, probably available by the time you read this Wink
As usual, you can find last week's news here.


1. Apple Sued Over Legal Threats to Wiki Operator

2. Windows 7 Will Feature "XP Mode"

3. RapidShare Hands Over User Info in Germany, Users Panic

4. EU Extends Musical Copyrights by 20 Years, Eyes Movies Next

5. "Pirate Google" Sets Sail to Show Copyright Hypocrisy

6. UK.gov to Spend ÂŁ2bn On ISP Tracking

7. Optical Disc Offers 500GB Storage

8. Fordham Law Class Collects Personal Info About Scalia; Supreme Ct. Justice Is Steamed

9. NASA's Swift Orbiting Observatory Spots Oldest Supernova Yet

10. The Hunt For Gollum


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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 12:05:02 PM »

thanks Ethyar Wink

I'm confused by #6 - you talk about the UK "assisting" ISPs to protect data and then the article is about bills in the US "to protect federal networks and electric power grids" ?
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 07:24:49 PM »

4. It's good to see that the EU is also bending over to allow their citizens to be well and truly shafted by corporate greed.

5. Am I missing the point here?

Surely the difference is that TPB actually provides the torrent files that enable the downloading of the copyrighted material, (although from what I remember reading of all this, the torrent files themselves aren't illegal since they're only hash values and pointers not actually copyrighted data).

Whereas Google doesn't host anything, they merely point to a site that does.

7. Still waiting for any form of holographic storage for consumers, they've been making the damn things for more than 4 years now.  (Not to mention waiting for citywide maglev trains.)
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009, 07:41:36 PM »

I'm confused by #6 - you talk about the UK "assisting" ISPs to protect data and then the article is about bills in the US "to protect federal networks and electric power grids" ?
Crap, I used the right heading with the wrong quote and link, sorry. Real article here.

5. Am I missing the point here?

Surely the difference is that TPB actually provides the torrent files that enable the downloading of the copyrighted material, (although from what I remember reading of all this, the torrent files themselves aren't illegal since they're only hash values and pointers not actually copyrighted data).

Whereas Google doesn't host anything, they merely point to a site that does.
You're correct. However, this defense was made in response to the prosecutions assertion that TPB provided a convenient way to search for torrents. This argument as used only to counter that specific claim.

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