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Aug 02, 2000

'Uncle Spam' wants you!
Spam & E-Mail
8/2/2000; 2:02:48 PM 'Uncle Sam could become "Uncle Spam" if the government follows through with plans for creating an "official U.S. e-mail box" for every address in America, say industry executives briefed on the proposal.'


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Aug 02, 2000

Is a Stitch Online a Crime? - Napster Case More Then Music
Misc.8/2/2000; 12:31:16 PM 'If the $40-billion global music business thought it had problems with the emergence of a revolutionary Internet tool called Napster, consider the now-terrified needlepoint industry. 'For years, grandmotherly hobbyists, hungry for doily-and-swan patterns, have forked over $6 and $7 for them. Without a peep of complaint, they have provided a steady stream of revenue to pattern publishers such as Cross My Heart and Pegasus Originals. ...'As the clash continues, people on both sides of the pattern debate say they are closely watching the Napster case unfold in San Francisco. Their future, they say, is ultimately tied to the fate of a technology start-up that has wrestled control over distribution from major entertainment conglomerates.'


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Aug 01, 2000

"If You Can Put It On A T-Shirt, It's Speech"
DVD & DeCSS8/1/2000; 1:32:46 PM 'We got word last night that Copyleft has joined the ranks of the named defendants in the DeCSS suit - they received their subpoena yesterday, because they "distribute" the DeCSS source code - on t-shirts.'I suppose this is their reward for being used as an example by Touretzky.It's the logical conclusion of the testimony. What's interesting to me is that this is almost an implicit admission by the MPAA that there are indeed speech issues involved... since it nearly torpedos their case to admit that, it's wierd that they'd do this. Yet I suppose they had to, since they can't afford for this 'loophole' to remain open. I suspect they are doing this with heavy hearts, knowing this is probably the loss of the case for them either way...


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Aug 01, 2000

Market researcher sues AOL, others for blocking email
Spam & E-Mail8/1/2000; 1:03:18 PM 'Harris Interactive said it is suing Internet service providers including America Online for blocking the online market researcher's email from reaching registered participants.'Also named in the suit are Microsoft's HotMail, Qwest Communications International and other Internet service providers. Harris said its email is being blocked even though it contacts only those who have registered to take part in its surveys. It doesn't send unsolicited mail.'Keep an eye on this case, it's another one that will probably be under-reported because the implications are too subtle to be seen immediately by the press.This is similar in many senses to the eBay cases (filter on eBay if you have IE5+ or Mozilla M16+)... do I have a right to access your computers for communicating to others, which is then violated if you block me? Also, the Yesmail vs. MAPS that has been left unresolved touches on many of the same access issues.


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Aug 01, 2000

Net marketing firm receiving personal information
Privacy from Companies
8/1/2000; 12:56:50 PM 'Columbus, Ohio-based Interhack founder Matt Curtin said he found four sites that forwarded personal information to Coremetrics, despite the companies' privacy policies: toy retailer Toysrus.com and its babies' products site, Babiesrus.com, and sportswear sites Lucy.com and Fusion.com.'


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