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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 01, 2013 Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?
QUOTE: On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, went into affect across the five biggest ISPs in the U.S. The system hopes to catch those pirating content over P2P networks, and send them a notice detailing their infringement. The hope is that those who are caught will start using legal alternatives. To better understand the CAS, we have to look at what the Center for Copyright Information is doing with it. First, there are three tiers to the CAS that consumers should be aware of with each tier having two levels within it. The three tiers are as follows – educational alerts, acknowledgement alerts and mitigation measures.
WebProNews Feb 21, 2013 Steps to Guard Against Identity Fraud
QUOTE: The annual report found that the incidence of identity theft overall was about 5.3 percent of consumers, compared with 4.9 percent the year before. Much of the increase was driven by so-called “new account” fraud, involving the unauthorized opening of general use or store brand credit cards, as well as “account takeover” fraud, in which the identity thieves may change consumers’ contact information — like their mailing addresses — to gain illegal access to their accounts
New York Times Dec 11, 2012 Scientists Propose Central Database for Disclosing Conflicts of Interest
QUOTE: a lack of standardization in COI disclosures increases the administrative burden on physicians and increases the chances of being accused of incomplete and misleading statements. As a solution, their committee — facilitated by the Institute of Medicine — recommends the creation of a centralize database for the disclosure and reporting of interests.
Scholarly Kitchen Oct 16, 2012 Greenwashing the Retina MacBook Pro
QUOTE: Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro – the least repairable, least recyclable computer I have encountered in more than a decade of disassembling electronics – was just verified Gold, along with four other ultrabooks. This decision demonstrates that the EPEAT standard has been watered down to an alarming degree.
Wired Jun 19, 2012 Online credit card complaint database to debut
QUOTE: A new online database...created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will begin by posting grievances against credit card companies...."Disclosing every complaint, without any indication of the veracity of the complaint, is inherently misleading," wrote Fred R. Becker Jr., president of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.
CNN/Money Magazine Mar 09, 2012 The Web Is Awash in Reviews, but Not for Doctors. Here’s Why.
QUOTE: RateMDs now has reviews of more than 1,370,000 doctors in the United States and Canada. But getting in the faces of the previously untouchable professional class has inevitably led to legal threats. He says he gets about one each week over negative reviews and receives subpoenas every month or two for information that can help identify reviewers, who believe they are posting anonymously.
New York Times Mar 06, 2012 Web Sites Shine Light on Petty Bribery Worldwide
QUOTE: similar sites are spreading like kudzu around the globe, vexing petty bureaucrats the world over. Ms. Ramanathan said nongovernmental organizations and government agencies from at least 17 countries had contacted Janaagraha, the nonprofit organization in Bangalore that operates I Paid a Bribe, to ask about obtaining the source code and setting up a site of their own.
New York Times Jun 29, 2011 Tom Petty wants Michele Bachmann to quit using his song. Can he make her?
QUOTE: Like thousands of other songs, "American Girl" is distributed by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, meaning that any entity that is licensed with ASCAP can play a song without getting the artist's explicit permission.
Slate May 25, 2011 PeopleClaim: Taking Complaints Public Via the Web
QUOTE: A site called PeopleClaim aspires to go beyond mere venting, to assist customers in filing a complaint with the service provider in question....PeopleClaim aims to provide an alternative to the legal system for consumers with beefs who may not have the time or money to go even to small claims court...
New York Times May 13, 2011 Google Is Said to Have Broken Internal Rules on Drug Ads
QUOTE: Google allowed rogue online pharmacies to advertise on its site in violation of its own advertising policies, according to one of the companies subpoenaed in the federal investigation of Google’s drug ad sales.
New York Times Mar 12, 2011 ‘Complaint Resolved’? Well, Not Exactly
QUOTE: The Austin area’s Better Business Bureau charges consumers $70 a mediation... At minimum, the bureau ought to disclose some of these facts in its online report about PC Drivers Headquarters, right?... The lack of disclosure about the fee only adds to the sense that the bureau is more interested in protecting dues-paying members than in helping consumers, does it not?
New York Times Feb 12, 2011 Customer Bites Retailer? That's the Argument
QUOTE: Unless somebody checks the claims’ veracity, he (Richard) said, a seller can earn black marks without doing anything wrong. Worse, because consumers know they can denigrate a seller with impunity, they regard the very threat of negative feedback as leverage — meet my insane demands or I’ll write horrible things about you.
New York Times Jan 31, 2011 Europe's Carbon Emissions Trading -- Growing Pains or Wholesale Theft?
QUOTE: this month's mass theft of E.U. allowances (EUAs) from some national registries has gotten the broader carbon trading community very much up in arms. Many are blasting some nation members of the European Commission for not taking the threat seriously...
New York Times Jun 10, 2010 Bringing Comparison Shopping to the Doctor’s Office
QUOTE: there has been no easy way for consumers to shop for the best deal on a colonoscopy or blood test. A start-up financed by prominent venture capitalists and the Cleveland Clinic, Castlight Health, aims to change that by building a search engine for health care prices.
New York Times May 09, 2010 Lyrics Sites at Center of Fight Over Royalties
QUOTE: For songwriters and their publishers, though, the ubiquity of lyrics on Web sites presents both opportunities and problems — especially when it comes to getting some of the sites to pay royalties for use of the lyrics.
New York Times Nov 25, 2007 Holocaust Survivors, Heirs Push Old Claims: Germany Long Ago Settled Most Cases, But Many Remain
QUOTE: More than 76,000 claims filed by Jewish families and other Nazi-era victims who had owned property in the former East Germany remain unresolved. About 60,000 Jews who applied for special pensions payable to people the Nazis forced to work for subsistence wages in ghettos were turned down. And owners of stolen artwork complain that efforts to find their collections have been stonewalled by German museums, despite a 1999 pledge to clear up the issue.
Washington Post Jul 10, 2007 Seoul Journal: Drinkers in Korea Dial for Designated Drivers
QUOTE: [the] service grew out of a compromise between competing forces in Seoul: the capital’s nightlife and a police force determined to crack down on drunken driving.
New York Times Dec 12, 2006 Protectors, Too, Gather Profits From ID Theft
QUOTE: Credit monitoring has quickly gained traction with consumers through aggressive advertising that often promotes its value in protecting against identity theft. But its abilities are far more limited than is commonly perceived.
New York Times Nov 29, 2006 Do you need a Web publicist? 'Identity managers' act as agents, lawyers, enablers – and enforcers – for lives lived increasingly online.
QUOTE: Online-identity management services range from agent and enabler to attorney and enforcer. ClaimID lets you pool information already online and claim it as yours. Other services, like Naymz, will promote you. ReputationDefender will try to clean up after you.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 22, 2006 The MPAA Surrenders in War Against Piracy
QUOTE: in February, the MPAA filed suit against sites including TorrentSpy and BTHub, arguing that even links to copyrighted content encourage people to download illegally. Meanwhile, Guba happily provides copyrighted content to the public. And the MPAA has utterly lost the moral high ground, if it hadn't already.
PC Magazine Aug 26, 2006 An Eye for Cool, and Cash: In the Hunt to Fill 'Social News' Web Sites, Contributors Now Compete
QUOTE: "PAYING PEOPLE to submit stories to a social news site is just plain wrong," wrote someone....Jay Adelson, chief executive of Digg, which helped pioneer the social news format with a focus on tech-related news, said his Web site will not pay contributors because he fears that will disrupt its online community.
Washington Post Jul 01, 2006 Suit calls unreported credit limits unfair
QUOTE: In a case with potentially far-reaching significance for home mortgage applicants across the country, a South Carolina consumer has filed class-actions against the three national credit bureaus, charging that they allow a practice that lowers millions of individuals' credit scores.
Washington Post Apr 12, 2006 Archives Kept a Secrecy Secret: Agencies Removed Declassified Papers From Public Access
QUOTE: Thomas S. Blanton, executive director of the National Security Archive, said the memo "shows that the National Archives basically aided and abetted a covert operation that whited out the nation's history by reclassifying previously released documents."...historians who previously obtained copies of records have said many date to the 1940s and 1950s and pose no conceivable security risk.
Washington Post Jan 11, 2006 Is This Brownstone A Lemon?
QUOTE: Matthew Haines depends on real estate brokers for much of his livelihood--but that doesn't mean he trusts them. "Brokers fill you up with sunshine," says Haines, founder of PropertyShark.com, a Web site that discloses the dirty details that are hidden in the shade.
Forbes Nov 18, 2005 Labor Web Site Keeps Tabs on Business: Workers Can Check Executive Salaries, Company Violations
QUOTE: An AFL-CIO affiliate yesterday launched an online database of more than 60,000 companies, listing information about their executive compensation, overseas job outsourcing, and violations of labor, safety and health standards. The Web site is operated by Working America...
Washington Post Sep 26, 2005 Copyright lawsuit challenges Google's vision of digital 'library': Authors and publishers balk at the firm's ambitious plan to digitize world's information, saying it needs their permission.
QUOTE: ...a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York last week against Google and its Google Print Project... Brought by the 8,000- member Authors Guild, the suit seeks damages and an injunction to halt Google's project, claiming it violates copyright because authors have not first given permission to use their works.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 19, 2001 Farm Subsidy Web Site Sows Discord: Listing of Payment Details Raises Questions in Congress and Angers Recipients
QUOTE: Since its public debut on Nov. 6, a new Internet-accessible database that ranks farmers by name according to the amount of federal subsidies they receive has recorded 10.1 million searches.
Washington Post Nov 06, 2001 File-swapping Case May Break New Ground
QUOTE: But MusicCity distributes advertisement-supported software that helps people create the [file-swapping] network on their own. Thus, the suit raises a question of software distributors' liability.
CNET Oct 14, 2001 The Ethicist: Group Dating
ABSTRACT: Is it proper for members of another religion to register for another religion's dating service?
New York Times Nov 15, 2000 Questions Arise About Internet's Public Records
QUOTE: some privacy advocates now question requirements that the site owners disclose their personal contact information.
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