law

Unintended Consequences: Seven Years under the DMCA

The EFF has published a paper called "Unintended Consequences: Seven Years under the DMCA". It contains a huge list of things which went wrong since the DMCA was introduced.

The conclusion:

Years of experience with the "anti-circumvention" provisions of the DMCA demonstrate that the statute reaches too far, chilling a wide variety of legitimate activities in ways Congress did not intend. As an increasing number of copyright works are wrapped in technological protection measures, it is likely that the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions will be applied in further unforeseen contexts, hindering the legitimate activities of innovators, researchers, the press, and the public at large.

(via Symlink)

Computer Forensics Wiki

For everyone who might be interested in computer forensics, data recovery (e.g. ext2/vfat undelete), file system internals, digital evidence, or just playing around with dd, The Sleuth Kit or similar tools:

Checkout Simson Garfinkel's Forensics Wiki which gathers information on the above topics and many more. The content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license.

Contributors welcome!

French Government Lobbied to Ban Free Software

From FSF France:

Friday November 18th, 2005, French Department of Culture. SNEP and SCPP have told Free Software authors: "You will be required to change your licenses." SACEM add: "You shall stop publishing free software," and warn they are ready "to sue free software authors who will keep on publishing source code" should the "VU/SACEM/BSA/FA Contents Department"[1] bill proposal pass in the Parliament.

WTF? This has got to be a joke... Please tell me this is a sick joke.

(via MJ Ray)

Lawrence Lessig's free culture presentation

Nat Friedman (co-founder of Ximian) is surprised that many people have not yet watched Lawrence Lessig's great free culture presentation. He calls it the "most brilliant and important presentation I have ever seen". I fully agree.

I didn't know the presentation, but I'm watching and listening to it right now, while I'm typing these words. Lawrence Lessig manages to make it very clear that we're about to lose many of our freedoms (think DRM, DMCA, software patents, ...) if we don't do something against it. And we need to do it now!

At the very least we can support organizations which fight for the cause, e.g. the EFF.

(via Nat Friedman)

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