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EFF White Paper Outlines How Businesses Can Avoid Assisting Repressive Regimes

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.”

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A VC: The Twitter "Patent Hack"

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.

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James Joyce and Virginia Woolf copyrights expire tonight

2011 Dec 31, 2:35

More amazing works entering public domain. A shame that US works take such an extreme amount of time.

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BBC News - Polar bears get the better of spy cameras

2011 Mar 10, 6:14Polar 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.
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YouTube Deal Turns Copyright Videos Into Revenue - NYTimes.com

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."PermalinkCommentsad advertising copyright economics google internet tv video youtube article

Ars Colloquium: the official ACTA treaty draft and your reactions

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."PermalinkCommentsarstechnica acta privacy internet todo government politics piracy technical

Understanding and Working in Protected Mode Internet Explorer

2010 Jan 12, 7:10Info on writing apps to work with low rights mode in IE7 and IE8. Includes info on elevation policy for applicationsPermalinkCommentstechnical programming ie ie7 ie8 security elevation msdn microsoft windows

The Messenger Series - Microsoft Research

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 and links.PermalinkCommentsrichard-feynman video bill-gates microsoft research physics education via:kottke

Joho the Blog - [berkman] Kenneth Crews on academic copyright

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.""PermalinkCommentsharvard kenneth-crews berkman david-weinberger blog copyright talk live-blog

[whatwg] Web Applications 1.0 Draft

2008 Aug 20, 9:48Apple 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.'PermalinkCommentsapple patent html ip html5 canvas whatwg browser browser-war

Reporters sans frontieres - Beijing Games 2008

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 things.PermalinkCommentscensorship china internet privacy olympics journalism

Bill of Rights Security Edition - Gizmodo

2008 Feb 18, 6:09zfrechette: "metal plates printed with the bill of rights. when you go through a metal detector they go off, and your rights are taken away."PermalinkCommentshumor legal politics travel bill-of-rights gizmodo via:zfrechette product

Cory Doctorow on LIFT Videos || The presentations of the LIFT conference delivered to your desktop.

2008 Jan 2, 4:41Cory 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 LIFT0PermalinkCommentsvideo cory-doctorow drm music piracy

Creative Commons Launches CC0 and CC+ Programs - Creative Commons

2007 Dec 19, 2:56New Creative Common licenses CC0 and CC+.PermalinkCommentscopyright creativecommons legal rights business cc+ cc0 law via:felix42

SEOmoz | Why You Should Go Through the Trouble of Registering Your Copyright When Everyone Tells You That Your Work is Protected Automatically

2007 Dec 7, 9:52General info on US copyrightPermalinkCommentsbusiness copyright howto legal rights ip via:felix42

Two-for Script File

2007 Aug 6, 5:40I was messing with the XSLT to XSL Converter source which is a javascript file that can be run with cscript.exe. I've changed it to be like a very basic version of xsltproc 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
@echo off
cscript /e:javascript /nologo "%~f0" %*
@goto :eof

    Hello World
        Says 'Hello world.' when you run it.
*/

var outText = 'Hello world.';
WScript.Echo(outText);
Running this on a command prompt gives the following:
C:\Users\davris>helloworld

C:\Users\davris>/*  2>NUL
Hello world.

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 cscript:
C:\Users\davris>helloworld
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.7
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Hello world.

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...PermalinkCommentscmd js technical cscript batch xslt xsl javascript

Teen Arrested for Videotaping Police | Citizen Media Law Project

2007 Jun 17, 11:42PermalinkCommentsvideos legal rights politics via:felix42 law privacy

Report Says the Young Buy Violent Games and Movies - New York Times

2007 Apr 13, 2:52Shocking 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 (fPermalinkCommentsarticle business censorship government rights violence videogames

NFL fumbles DMCA takedown battle, could face sanctions

2007 Mar 21, 12:38NFL 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 thePermalinkCommentsarticle cool copyright eff ip legal law rights news fairuse dmca nfl youtube

RESPECT COPYRIGHTS: Curriculum for the Los Angeles Area Boy Scouts of America

2007 Feb 6, 2:39The 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 piraPermalinkCommentsmpaa copyright humor boy-scouts
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