Bysshe (1330263) writes "Ferrari, having been very successful in offline branding, had a criminal copyright case filed against them by a fan who's built up their most popular Facebook page over the past years. Ferrari took control of the page despite no money ever being made off the page. Ferrari's attitudes are much like the music industry's archaic approach to protecting their intellectual properly. The law (at least in the EU, where Ferrari is based) clearly states that fans have the right and own the intellectual property of their fan pages and yet companies that are highly dependent on fans seem determined to use legal tricks to enforce protectionist attitudes instead of taking the more successful route of accelerating the activities of their fans through clear and enthusiastic support." Link to Original Source top
Bysshe (1330263) writes "The latest project by encryption guru Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP and privacy champion, is well on its way to revolutionize how we make our voip calls. The public beta has been available for quite a while but I haven't seen news of it on slashdot yet. Considering that PGP Corp has now been sold off to Symantec, it would be great to lend Phil a helping hand and make his newest project even more successful. His dedication to open source and personal rights, even in the face of government pressure demands our respect and our support." Link to Original Source top
Bysshe writes "Half the charges against the Pirate Bay have been dropped. The industry side claims it simplification of the process while the defence claims a significant victory early in the battle.
Industry: Peter Danowsky, legal counsel for the music companies in the case, said: "It's a largely technical issue that changes nothing in terms of our compensation claims and has no bearing whatsoever on the main case against The Pirate Bay.
Defence: "This is a sensation. It is very rare to win half the target in just one and a half days and it is clear that the prosecutor took strong note of what we said yesterday," defence lawyer Per E Samuelson told the TorrentFreak website, which reports on developments in the BitTorrent file-sharing community." Link to Original Source top
Bysshe writes "Looks like Wozniak is getting a bit bored with his day job and is going for a top spot at Fusion-io as Chief Scientist. Let's hope his involvement means good things for the company, they have some impressive ambitions." Link to Original Source top