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Aug 27, 2001

[humorix] Finally, A Solution To The DMCA!
Humor-Amusing
'The mission of the church is to make digital copies of every music CD, every movie DVD, and every printed book and then grep the digital version for any tell-tale signs of 'The Meaning Of Life'."'

 


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Aug 27, 2001

This is a Radio Userland weblog post, made from within Jabber.

It looks bad because I've set my site up to expect titles and departments and stuff, not flat text. (That's actually why I created CustomWeblogPost.) But it worked, and on most blogs, this content would be indistinguishable from the rest of the content.


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Aug 23, 2001

Excite\@Home snoops on user downloads
Privacy from Companies
'Excite\@Home Australia users are up in arms over the telco's random raids on their broadband accounts in search of pirate activity, with many saying it's an invasion of their privacy.'

'The ISP informed users of its Optus\@Home broadband service that it would terminate customer accounts found to be downloading pirate software or copyright material. A message posted on a public newsgroup service from Cable & Wireless Optus, which half-owns Excite\@Home, said its network security team would investigate claims into activities such as downloading protected movies and "immediately terminate" a subscriber's account without any prior warning. It is not clear whether the policy extends to the company's other international operations.'

 


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Aug 23, 2001

Lobbyists Tied to Microsoft Wrote Citizens' Letters
Humor-Amusing
'Letters purportedly written by at least two dead people landed on the desk of Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff earlier this year, imploring him to go easy on Microsoft Corp. for its conduct as a monopoly....'

'The campaign, orchestrated by a group partly funded by Microsoft, goes to great lengths so that the letters appear to be spontaneous expressions from ordinary citizens. Letters sent in the last month are printed on personalized stationery using different wording, color and typefaces--details that distinguish those efforts from common lobbying tactics that go on in politics every day. Experts said there's little precedent for such an effort supported by a company defending itself against government accusations of illegal behavior.'

Just when you've almost forgiven your favorite software monopolist, they come up with another way to outrage you. Are these people good or what?!?

 


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Aug 22, 2001

Fingered by the movie cops
DMCA
'This article does have a point, but it's not about piracy. It's about a flawed piece of legislation that allows a person to be penalized for an alleged action before he has the chance to defend himself. The moral of the story is that the DMCA allows you to be tried and judged guilty before you even know what has happened. The MPAA could have my account shut down immediately -- or yours -- and there's nothing any of us could do to stop it.'

Sounds like some over-zealous computer-aided law-enforcement may have been at work here.

 


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