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the simurgh (1327825) writes "A man who claims to be an independent journalist films has been arrested by New Jersey police officers for his refusal to give in to their demands for his video camera. In most cases such as this, the authorities immediately jump to defend the outrageous behavior of the officer. In this case, however, it is different. the citizen and his camera were released. Moreover, Ocean County prosecutor told the local NBC affiliate: "It would be my opinion that we'll probably be dismissing the charge."" Link to Original Source top
the simurgh (1327825) writes "As the controversy surrounding Sony's handling of it's hack, the movie The Interview and it's aftermath continues, a singer is claiming that after failing to reach terms with Sony, the company put her music in the movie anyway. Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. she and her label claim that her track we learned that the track 'Pay Day' has been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts. So, while Sony is trying to destroy the internet to combat piracy, it’s now facing copyright infringement allegations of its own." Link to Original Source top
the simurgh (1327825) writes "Stopping money flowing into the pockets of 'pirate' sites has been one of Sony's top goals in it's war on the 'pirates', but it's something that's honestly can't be done and is damaging american freedoms in their attempts. In fact, despite sony's claims to the otherwise, it's so complex and hard to tell a legitimate site from 'rogue site' that during the first five months of 2014 Sony paid for almost two million ad impressions on "rogue" sites." Link to Original Source top
Authorities Disrupt Utility services And Pose As Repairmen for Illegal search
the simurgh (1327825) writes "a federal case in Las Vegas now working its way through the court docket now hinges on the question can federal agents disrupt utility services and masquerade as repair technicians. do federal agents have a right to create a reason and to deceive the occupants to enter and covertly search the premises in hopes of finding evidence that might later justify a search warrant against the occupants?
The defendants in this case are not your everyday homeowners or even Americans. They are, in fact, Chinese gamblers who were staying in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace earlier this year. almost as if a plot from a movie, being unable to obtain a search warrant, the FBI came up with a plan to gain entry to the suit by cutting off the utilities after a second plan was a foiled due to an uncooperative butler." Link to Original Source top
Encryption Keys for Kim Dotcom's data Can't Be Given to FBI, court rules
the simurgh (1327825) writes "as many who follow the Dotcom saga knows in 2012, New Zealand police seized encrypted computer drives belonging to Kim Dotcom, copies of which were illegally passed to the FBI. fast-forward to 2014, Dotcom wants access to the seized but encrypted content. A New Zealand judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, the encryption keys cannot be forwarded to the FBI." Link to Original Source top
High court rules dotcom have assts and money returned
the simurgh (1327825) writes "The High Court in New Zealand today ruled that the police cannot keep possession of assets seized during the raid on his mansion 2012. this ruling means that barring a potential (most likely inevitable) appeal aside, Dotcom may soon be reunited with millions of dollars, his luxury car collection, multimillion dollar art collection, and other assets." Link to Original Source top
the simurgh (1327825) writes "Lawmakers is urging President Obama to fire his intelligence chief for allegedly misleading Congress about the scope of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
the letter, is signed by six House lawmakers. They include Republicans Darrell Issa of California, Paul Broun and Doug Collins of Georgia, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Ted Poe of Texas and Democrat Alan Grayson of Florida.
Lying to Congress is illegal. but, Ironically, Clapper himself could rely on the defense that he was misleading the public, rather than Congress. earlier this month the director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, wrote that the Senate intelligence committee couldn’t have been misled by Clapper, because they already knew the truth." Link to Original Source top
Nintendo defeats and assumes control of "troll's" patent portfolio after victory
the simurgh (1327825) writes "Nintendo has acquired the entire patent portfolio of now-defunct IA Labs following its victory in court, the Japanese gaming giant has announced. Nintendo obtained the patents during a sheriff's sale in Montgomery County, Maryland on Tuesday.
IA Labs originally sued Nintendo for patent infringement in 2010, claiming the Mario maker's Wii controller and Wii Fit technology infringed on two separate IA Labs patents. Nintendo successfully defended itself as part of a court battle in 2012, also winning various fees related to the case.
IA Labs appealed the ruling, but an appellate court sided with Nintendo in June 2013. At this point, IA Labs was ordered to pay Nintendo additional fees, and when the company failed to do so, a sheriff's sale was commenced." Link to Original Source top
Area 51 officially acknowledged, CIA admits it's behind infamous base
the simurgh (1327825) writes "Area 51 has long been a topic for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but recently released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed. Area 51, about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is synonymous with government secrecy, and many have theorized that it holds the answer to one of the greatest questions plaguing mankind: Are we really alone in the universe? But the documents make no mention of alien autopsy rooms or spaceship parking lots.
The map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005. oddly enough the map that was released in the CIA documents mirrors the one that appears after a simple Google Maps search for "Area 51."" Link to Original Source top
Judge upholds verdict in ex-cheerleader libel case
the simurgh (1327825) writes "A federal judge on Monday upheld a nearly half a million dollar verdict against the website thedirty.com, saying the operator of the site "played a significant role" in developing the content that libeled a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader.
U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman concluded that under the federal Communications Decency Act, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based gossip website and its founder, Hooman Karamian, are not exempt from responsibility for what is posted. Passed in 1995 by Congress, the law was designed in part to provide immunity to website publishers from liability for content that comes from third parties.
In the 12-page ruling, the judge concluded that Karamian, went beyond simply allowing others to post and encouraged the comments."That is, a website owner who intentionally encourages illegal or actionable third-party postings to which he adds his own comments ratifying or adopting the posts become a 'creator' or 'developer' of that content and is not entitled to immunity," he wrote." Link to Original Source top
the simurgh (1327825) writes "A Texas teen who's been jailed more than four months for a Facebook comment he jokingly made during a video-game argument is finally getting a day in court that could let him go home. Justin Carter, who was 18 when he was arrested, will appear in Comal County (Texas) District Court on Tuesday, July 16, for a bond hearing, according to his lawyer. his lawyer will argue to have Carter's $500,000 bond, which his family cannot afford to cover, reduced.
his lawyer, who is working the case for free, met with Carter for the first time on Tuesday. He said Carter is not doing well, and his family says he has been placed on suicide watch. "Justin is in bad shape and has suffered quite a bit of abuse while in jail, We will likely bring out these issues at the bond hearing."" Link to Original Source top
the simurgh (1327825) writes "A military judge cleared the way Wednesday for a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden's compound to testify at the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning charged in the WikiLeaks massive classified document leak.
Col. Denise Lind ruled for the prosecution during a court-martial pretrial hearing. Prosecutors say the witness, presumably a Navy SEAL, collected digital evidence showing that the al-Qaida leader requested and received from an associate some of the documents Manning has acknowledged leaking.
Defense attorneys had argued that proof of receipt wasn't relevant to whether Manning aided the enemy, the most serious charge he faces, punishable by life imprisonment. "The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the intelligence is given to and received by the enemy," Lind said.
the simurgh (1327825) writes "SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, has been prominent in certain parts of the news of late. Introduced in the USA House Of Representatives back in October, it attempts to curb the actions of internet pirates by, it seems, curbing the actions of pretty much everyone. Or that’s what its critics would have you believe.
It would ban online adertising on sites deemed to be piracy distributors, get their listings deleted from search engines, even remove their DNS listings from servers so that users would be unable to visit the sites in question. And streaming copyright material could be punished by five years in jail.
A number of businesses have declared their support to the bill – sometimes to their detriment. GoDaddy walked back their support for this specific bill, after Wikipedia threatened to remove all their domain names from GoDaddy’s registration service.
Well, now it’s time for the internet to turn on Marvel. Who, along with their parent company Disney, have come out in support of this bill. They are the only specific comic book publisher to have done so, although they are joined by comic-publishing book publishers like Hachette, Macmillan, Harper Collins, Penguin and Random House, and by DC Entertainment’s parent company Time Warner." Link to Original Source top
the simurgh writes "It’s not often that we hear a former singer think that music should be run like the National Basketball Association or National Football league but for Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, he believes that the music industry should follow some of the aspects that the leagues have provided for younger athletes.
hey it's an interesting idea that would spur competition in the industry instead of this spirit of complacency. wonder how long it takes the industry to publicly denounce the idea" Link to Original Source top
the simurgh writes "The DMCA is just not providing the kind of protection against online piracy that Congress intended, Pariser said at a conference here on Thursday... The judge in Universal Music Group's copyright suit against Veoh as well as the judge in EMI vs. MP3tunes.com issued similar findings. The courts have now determined the burden of policing the Web for infringing materials is the content owner and not the service provider... Content companies think it is unfair for them to be required to spend resources on scouring the Web when their pirated work helps service providers make money. What they complain about almost as much is that after they notify a service provider of an infringing song or movie clip and they're removed, new copies appear almost immediately.
basically they are complaining the the DMCA doesn't allow them to break the internet and strip people of thier rights for their own profit and they have to legally police their own content at their expense." Link to Original Source top
Anneke Wills, Polly From Doctor Who, Fires Her Pub
the simurgh (1327825) writes "about to celebrate her seventieth birthday she still does Doctor Who shows and published projects. Such as her two volume autobiography, Self Portrait and Naked published by Hirst Publishing, run by Tim Hirst.
That’s published, as in past tense. On stage, Anneke made a series of allegations over unreceived messages, books being labelled out of print, and paid orders taken for a promised third volume that she never agreed to, that culminated in her firing her publisher on stage to the cheers of the audience.
the simurgh (1327825) writes "the scandal ridden and under fire quasi governmentl agency the TSA is getting futher into the fire as Three TSA agents and at least two police officers have been arrested, accused of being involved in a massive oxycodone trafficking operation between Connecticut, New York and Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice." Link to Original Source top
the simurgh (1327825) writes "microsft has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy the Internet phone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission said in a website posting Friday.
Microsoft announced in May it was buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest-ever acquisition, placing a rich bet on mobile and the Internet to try and best rivals such as Google Inc.
The approval was announced in a listing of deal approvals that comes out several times a week. Microsoft's interest in the money-losing, but popular service highlights a need to gain new customers for its Windows and Office software." Link to Original Source top
the simurgh (1327825) writes "Three weeks after signing off on the PROTECT IP Act, the Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, which classifies illegal online streaming of copyrighted content a felony. The bill essentially cleans up the language to make illegal streaming the same level of crime as illegal peer-to-peer downloading, which is already a felony. The move was praised by the Hollywood creative community, which is backing the tougher law. "The illegal streaming of motion pictures and television programming is as financially devastating for our industry as is illegal downloading," said Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of the IFTA, which is part of an industry coalition that includes the MPAA and NATO." Link to Original Source top
the simurgh writes "Why are the nation's largest TV networks teasing viewers? In what might be their dumbest move yet, Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS) ABC and CBS(NYSE: CBS) are among those giving limited access to some episodes of their most popular shows but mostly through their own websites.
By contrast, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube have built-in search and tagging systems that make it simple to find related content. They help us discover and try new shows. They get us hooked, to the point where we'll set up our DVR just to find the next live episode.
But don't tell this to CBS, ABC, and the other networks. They aren't interested in the free advertising. All they want is to sell. Embrace streaming before it's too late, Tinseltown." Link to Original Source