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DMCA Ruling Against 321 Studios

The most egregious aspect of the vile DMCA is the anti-circumvention provision that says you cannot abet copy-protection circumvention, even though the consumer has the right to make a fair use copy of a DVD. This catch-22 mentality has now been reaffirmed by a San Francisco federal judge: In a ruling released Friday, Judge Susan Illston granted Hollywood studios’ request ... Read More »

How Much SPAM do you receive these days?

SPAM is getting worse and worse. The Canned Spam law is not working, or if it is, I am not seeing its benefit. So tell me (vote in my poll) what percentage of your email is spam. My POPFile statistics say 85.60% of my mail is SPAM. The filter is 99.13% accurate at distinguishing that SPAM. I have not had ... Read More »

New Amendment

According to what I’ve seen on the televisor, in an effort to prevent same sex marriage and the smokage of the dope, the US government has recinded the right of women to vote, and made slavery legal in the former Confederacy, enjoy. What? He’s your Bush, you put him in office, deal with it, bitch! If you didn’t vote, you ... Read More »

“Sound and fury, signifying nothing”?

Very interesting column from Plain Dealer TV critic Michael Dawidziak today on the perils of 24-hour television news and the whirlwind news cycle: Perhaps Shakespeare, writing 400 years ago, somehow envisioned the era of 24-hour news channels when he coined that line about “sound and fury, signifying nothing.” It could be the motto for what passes for discussion and commentary ... Read More »

Netflix business model

NetFlix has found a great niche; allow people to rent DVDs at a set monthly fee; no late fees, no hassle, just movies in the mail. They have been wildly successful, and for good reason. It’s a good product at a decent price. I used NetFlix myself last year when I was laid off. Unlimited movies in the mail at ... Read More »

12,754 Reasons Email is Dying

Proof that email, as we know it today, is nearly six feet under. The Spam Zone: submitted for your perusal, nine real world solutions for webmasters and netizens to protect against the insidious onslaught of spam ... Read More »

“Grey Tuesday” to Protest Remix Suppression

We mentioned the controversy over the DJ Dangermouse remix of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles White Album. This is very interesting, and I am very willing to help publicize it although I am not willing to host the actual files: I do not wish to break the law, but I am willing to support efforts to change bad law ... Read More »

“The Paper Chase” Legal News Resource

Via the always informative Resource Shelf, an excellent way for the interested layman to keep track of “legal news worth reading about,” The Paper Chase. Researched and reported by Professor Bernard Hibbitts and law students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, here is a glimpse of what’s up right now: Second Zimbabwe high court judge resigns Bernard Hibbitts ... Read More »