2012 Apr 18, 6:24
A House subcommittee has passed the Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA), which would require disclosure from companies about their human rights practices and limit the export of technologies that
“serve the primary purpose of” facilitating government surveillance or censorship to countries designated as “Internet-restricting.”
2012 Apr 18, 6:19
Specifically Twitter has said that they will only used these assigned patent rights defensively to protect themselves against hostile actions. And further that any company that acquires these
patent rights from Twitter will need the inventor’s consent to use them in an offensive action. Twitter has also provided the inventor with certain rights to license the patent to others for
defensive purposes. You can read the entire set of provisions on GitHub.
2011 Dec 31, 2:35
More amazing works entering public domain. A shame that US works take such an extreme amount of time.
2011 Mar 10, 6:14
Polar bears destroy hiddern cameras (filming them for Science!) It is a well known fact that polar bears are very protective of their rights to privacy.
2010 Sep 4, 7:40
"In the past, Lions Gate, which owns the rights to the “Mad Men” clip, might have requested that TomR35’s version be taken down. But it has decided to leave clips like this up, and in return, YouTube
runs ads with the video and splits the revenue with Lions Gate."
2010 Apr 21, 6:47
"After years of secrecy (and the occasional leak), a draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) treaty has finally been released by negotiators. We've delved deep into the treaty,
highlighting its numerous problems. Indeed, there's a lot not to like about the treaty: Internet disconnections, anticircumvention prohibitions, and even the ability for rightsholders to get
injunctions if they can show infringement is imminent."
2010 Jan 12, 7:10
Info on writing apps to work with low rights mode in IE7 and IE8. Includes info on elevation policy for applications
2009 Jul 15, 10:48
"With a little help from Bill Gates (who secured the rights using personal funds), Microsoft is presenting a series of lectures on physics by Richard Feynman." The videos have subtitles, annotations
2009 May 13, 10:17
"Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication has brought Kenneth Crews of Columbia Law School to talk about "Protecting Your Scholarship: Copyrights, Publication Agreements, and Open Access.""
2008 Aug 20, 9:48
Apple will or will not license the canvas tag? 'Apple Computer, Inc. ("Apple") believes it has intellectual property rights ("IP Rights") relative to WHATWG's Web Applications 1.0 Working Draft,
dated March 24, 2005, Section 10.1, entitled "Graphics: The bitmap canvas". At this time, Apple reserves all rights in its IP Rights and makes no representations as to Apple's willingness or
unwillingness to license these IP Rights. However, in the event that the Web Applications 1.0 Working Draft, dated March 24, 2005, becomes part of a formalized draft standard at W3C or IETF, for
example, Apple is prepared to address the disclosure/licensing rules of such organizations.'
2008 Jul 30, 10:45
"Reporters Without Borders therefore offers the following practical advice to foreign journalists to help them cover the human rights situation in China." Install Tor, use PGP and other interesting
2008 Feb 18, 6:09
zfrechette: "metal plates printed with the bill of rights. when you go through a metal detector they go off, and your rights are taken away."
2008 Jan 2, 4:41
Cory Doctorow the always entertaining and informative speaker talks on new business models, DRM, etc. FTA: "Cory Doctorow is an activist, a writer, a blogger, a public speaker, and a technology
person. He speaks about "Digital Rights Management" at LIFT0
2007 Dec 19, 2:56
New Creative Common licenses CC0 and CC+.
2007 Dec 7, 9:52
General info on US copyright
2007 Aug 6, 5:40
I was messing with the XSLT to XSL Converter
source which is a
that simply runs an XML file through
an XSLT. I also wanted to run this from the command prompt without writing "cscript ..." everytime. I decided to make like perl programmers I've seen and make a JS file that works as a batch file and
a JS file at the same time.
Here's a basic version of what I ended doing applied to a 'hello world' script named helloworld.cmd:
/* 2> NUL
Says 'Hello world.' when you run it.
var outText = 'Hello world.';
Running this on a command prompt gives the following:
However, after a little more experimentation I found this was slightly overkill for my purposes since if I rename the file to helloworld.js and just type its name like a command it is run by
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.7
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
So this time I didn't need all that but if ever in the future I need to run a batch file then a JS file I can do it with one file...
2007 Jun 17, 11:42 2007 Apr 13, 2:52
Shocking newsflash: Kids view adult content! OMG! FTA: "Commission investigators also found that youth access to violent fare had fallen since 2000, especially in video games. Only 42 percent of
unaccompanied young buyers were able to buy games rated M (f
2007 Mar 21, 12:38
NFL sends take down notice to person posting a video on youtube who turns out to be "law professor by day, is also staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) by night and founder of
Chilling Effects, a web site dedicated to educating the
2007 Feb 6, 2:39
The MPAA's suggested curriculum for LA Boy Scouts on 'Respecting Copyright' badge. It doesn't have them learn about copyright which might have been interesting rather things like watch a movie's
credits and think about the people who will be hurt by pira