Category Archives: Law

Cut off the Pirate’s Electricity

So the Digital Economy Bill is looking like it’s going to sail through after some heavy duty lobbying. The government and the opposition seem to be in heated agreement that “something must be done!” But, I wonder if the Digital … Continue reading

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DRM for Real World Objects

Imagine if real world objects, like paintings, photographs, digital cameras, etc had DRM. I just got a new camera and I’ve been having fun taking pictures of my daughter. But every time I take a picture, I’m probably violating somebody’s … Continue reading

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Apple TV Killed by the DMCA

There have been a number of reports in the media about the failure of the Apple TV. While right, none of them have correctly identified the problem. Namely the DMCA. The DMCA makes it illegal to break an encryption key … Continue reading

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Is George W. Bush a Copyright Criminal?

In a Washington Post article dated Friday, December 16, 2005, available online at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/15/AR2005121502378.html, President Bush is asked about the music on his iPod. President Bush is quoted as saying, in part, that one of the artists on his iPod … Continue reading

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Microsoft Just Blinked

Wow. I’ve been in the IT industry for over ten years and one of the things I’ve learned is that strong companies compete and weak companies sue. Microsoft’s sabre rattling over possible patent violations in Linux and other open source … Continue reading

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