NetDanzr writes "And you thought you had it back with the RIAA... On special occasions, such as religious holidays, villages all over Slovakia customarily have children concerts of centuries old folk songs. SOZA, the Slovak version of RIAA, has started sending invoices for these performances, despite the fact that the songs are hundreds of years old, have no known author and would have been considered public domain even before the country existed (if there were a concept of music copyright back then). SOZA's argument: Because the villages did not notify the organization about the concert, along with the list of songs to be performed (as required by the law), they had to assume the villages were planing to include copyrighted songs, and as such are guilty and must pay. Here is a Google translation of the story." Link to Original Source top
How do you deal with priorities inflation in IT projects?
NetDanzr writes "I work for an IT company that has a steady stream of projects, new features to our existing products and technical support issues. As it is customary, though, our development resources are not sufficient to cover the amount of projects. As a result, our delivery dates are slipping, and as a result the average priority of projects is rising. Where the goal was to have only 10% of projects rated high, within a year nearly 50% of projects is rated as such. Our solution is to completely wipe out the project list once per year and start a new, properly prioritized list. How does your company deal with this inflation of priorities?" top
NetDanzr writes "TV Links, a Web site that provided links to hundreds of movies, documentaries, TV shows and cartoons hosted on streaming media sites such as Google Video and YouTube, has been raided by UK authorities, which also arrested the site's operator, The Guardian reported. Even though the site has not hosted any pirated content, it was a thorn in the side of movie and TV studios, thanks to having links to newest movies and TV shows. As the largest site of its kind, it showcased the power of user-driven Internet, with the site's visitors helping to keep links to content constantly updated." top
NetDanzr writes "According to this article in PC World, at least four US states have passed or are considering legislation that would curb the resale of used CDs. In Florida, for example, a store that wishes to sell used CDs must post a $10,000 bond, fingerprint CD sellers, hold onto the CDs for 30 days and only offer store credit (no cash) for CDs. While these rules are in line with existing pawnshop laws, they haven't been applied to used records and book stores previously. Used video and video game resellers have gotten a break, though: they'll have to hold onto the merchandise for only 15 days." top
NetDanzr writes "Last night, SWAT, Atlanta police and the RIAA jointly raided the studio of DJ Drama, a radio personality and mixtape artist. Tyree Simons, also known as DJ Drama, was selling his mixtapes over the Internet, which caught the attention of the RIAA and the Atlanta police. Even though an RIAA representative claimed massive copyright infringement, footage from the raid shows that only DJ Drama's mixtape CDs were found and confiscated. Altogether, over 50,000 CDs, studio equipment and a car were impounded, and two people were arrested." top
NetDanzr writes "Michael Chertoff, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, has warned that the Internet could be used to recruit and train terrorists. On a meeting of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, Chertoff said that potential terrorists "can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination. Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites." I guess it's only a matter of time before only outlaws use the Internet."