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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 17, 2011 Global raids shut boylover.net, arrest 184 men, rescue 230 kids
QUOTE: Police around the globe have wrapped up the largest child sex abuse case in history after three years of investigation into the website boylover.net... boylover.net tried to stay legal by hosting only "discussions" about its members' sexual desires. But members used the site to make contact with one another, after which they "would move to more private channels such as e-mail in order to exchange and share illegal images and films of children being abused."
Ars Technica Mar 08, 2011 Supremes to decide if public domain works can be re-copyrighted
QUOTE: And advocacy groups say that free speech is at stake in this fight. Congress' decision to uphold an international treaty allowing for public works to be "restored" into copyright will create an atmosphere of uncertainty for libraries, they warn, caretakers of the public domain.
Ars Technica Dec 06, 2010 Can you defame someone with a hyperlink?
QUOTE: Crookes says that, by linking to defamatory articles, Newton became a "publisher" of that material. It's an argument that raises questions about the nature of the hyperlink. Does it "incorporate" all the linked material into the original post? Is it a suggestion to go read the linked piece? Is it merely a bibliographic footnote?
Ars Technica Jun 02, 2010 The RIAA? Amateurs. Here's how you sue 14,000+ P2P users
QUOTE: why have P2P lawsuits against individuals spiked dramatically in 2010? It's all thanks to the US Copyright Group, a set of lawyers who have turned P2P prosecution into revenue generation in order to "SAVE CINEMA."
Ars Technica Dec 01, 2009 Sprint fed customer GPS data to cops over 8 million times
QUOTE: Christopher Soghoian... has made public an audio recording of Sprint/Nextel's Electronic Surveillance Manager describing how his company has provided GPS location data about its wireless customers to law enforcement over 8 million times.
Ars Technica Nov 20, 2009 Arrests made in massive, $390/hour Video Relay Service scam
QUOTE: Dealing with some technology is challenging enough for the hearing-impaired without scammers taking advantage of federal dollars meant to help them. That's exactly what has happened with the Federal Communications Commission's Video Relay Service (VRS), however...
Ars Technica Oct 25, 2009 Court case shows limits of anonymous blogging
QUOTE: US courts have historically looked on anonymous bloggers and commenters with a sympathetic eye, but there are exceptions.
Ars Technica Oct 21, 2009 Sequoia e-voting code reveals possible FEC rule violations
QUOTE: Though still in its initial stages, the review [by the Election Defense Alliance] has already uncovered evidence indicating that the [Sequoia] voting machines are programmed in a manner that falls afoul of rules and guidelines established by the Federal Election Commission.
Ars Technica Oct 09, 2009 FCC to investigate "gating" role of middle-mile access lines
QUOTE: As DSL or cable customers, consumers usually pay directly for that last-mile access. But large businesses and other ISPs shell out humongous sums for middle and secondary transport services to connect their networks or cell towers with the Internet backbone.
Ars Technica Oct 08, 2009 File-hosting site up in arms over Firefox plug-in
QUOTE: One of the latest incidents in the ongoing battle over advertising involves file-hosting sites, which support the service by showing ads to users as they download files. One of these sites, MediaFire, is bothered by a Firefox plugin called SkipScreen which automates the user straight past the ads.
Ars Technica Oct 06, 2009 Anonymized genetic research data still carries privacy risks
QUOTE: as the number of people genotyped grows, data sharing might be able to increase the statistical power of these experiments. But researchers are now cautioning that sharing the data might allow someone to learn about the people who contribute DNA samples to these studies.
Ars Technica Sep 23, 2009 Warning: this unrealistic image has been Photoshopped
QUOTE: one such member of [French] parliament, Valerie Boyer, has proposed a law that would require "enhanced" images to sport a warning, making it clear that viewers are not looking at an unretouched image.
Ars Technica Sep 22, 2009 Netflix Prize 2: (Privacy) Apocalypse Now?
QUOTE: security researchers found a way to link the anonymous movie recommendations with data from other sites in order to identify individual Netflix users.
Ars Technica Sep 21, 2009 If spectrum isn't scarce anymore, can you say $#!% on TV?
QUOTE: the brief [filed by the Center for Creative Voices and the Future of Music Coalition] also grapples with a very sticky wicket that the Second Circuit [Court of Appeals] may or may not take up: whether there's a scarcity of broadcast spectrum any more, and whether the legal precedent empowered by that assumption—a case called Red Lion—still authorizes the FCC to regulate the airwaves.
Ars Technica Sep 21, 2009 Science behind US coercive interrogations missing in action
QUOTE: An article released by an academic journal today argues that the psychology equivalent of folk wisdom drove the decision to use coercive interrogation techniques during the Bush administration.
Ars Technica Sep 18, 2009 DRM's tentacles snare British HDTV
QUOTE: DRM watchers are sounding the alarm about a proposal to bring what they fear amounts to a "broadcast flag" to the UK's over-the-air digital Freeview television service.
Ars Technica Sep 13, 2009 FTC forces Sears, Kmart out of the spyware business
QUOTE: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has busted a strange set of spyware purveyors—US retailing giants Sears and Kmart.
Ars Technica Sep 09, 2009 Did Family Guy cause 179,997 FCC indecency complaints?
QUOTE: Whose fault is it that the FCC received 179,997 indecency complaints in March?
Ars Technica Sep 04, 2009 Expelled student sues over "unreasonable" cell phone search
QUOTE: The organization [American Civil Liberties Union] has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Mississippi middle-school honor student, alleging that a 2008 cell phone search and the sixth-grader's subsequent expulsion were not only unnecessary, but also unconstitutional.
Ars Technica Sep 02, 2009 Movie studios again demand HDTV disabling powers from FCC
QUOTE: "The vast majority of consumers would not have to purchase new devices to receive the new, high-value content contemplated by MPAA's" request, the group [MPAA] assures the FCC.
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