This American Life on Patent Trolls
Jul 27th 2011 at 11:44 a.m.

The superb NPR program This American Life turns their attention this week to the patent troll industry and specifically Intellectual Ventures, one of the more…

Tennessee passes law making sharing logins a crime
Jun 6th 2011 at 9:11 p.m.

Having solved all other critical issues in the state, Tennessee lawmakers have now made it a crime to share login accounts for entertainment services such as…

Apple does iOS developers a solid
May 25th 2011 at 12:13 p.m.

One seedy aspect of doing business in the digital age is the rise of the patent troll. Large companies unfortunately encourage patent trolling by paying…

Limewire lawsuit presents data with no basis in reality
Apr 18th 2011 at 3:53 p.m.

The recording industry is suing Limewire for copyright infringement, and briefs have been submitted to the court in advance of the trial beginning May 2. An…

UPDATED An interesting view on copyright infringement
Nov 4th 2010 at 10:05 p.m.

Occasional food writer and blogger Monica Gaudio was contacted by a friend who spotted her byline in a magazine called Cooks Source (not linked for reasons…

DMCA takedown as competition squasher
Sep 23rd 2010 at 4:17 p.m.

Slashdot posted a story today about ZenMagnets' legal wranglings with the much larger Buckyballs company. (Note - I will not be posting links to anything…

HDCP protocol cracked, another blow to DRM
Sep 18th 2010 at 3:11 a.m.

As part of the arms race involving digital media and copy protection, the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) protocol was developed.  The aim of…

In the long run, Don Henley doesn't want to police his copyrights
Aug 31st 2010 at 5:52 p.m.

One of the provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) is that content carriers (such as YouTube, Facebook, or ISP's) are not required to verify…

RIAA ROI on litigation? -97%
Jul 16th 2010 at 11:33 a.m.

Via Slashdot , I came across some interesting statistics regarding the music industry's attempts to stop music piracy through litigation. In 1995 the mp3…

Gizmodo banned from WWDC 2010
Jun 7th 2010 at 2:04 p.m.

PC Magazine is reporting that Gizmodo has been banned from Apple's 2010 WWDC .  As a result Gizmodo will have to resort to reviewing other WWDC liveblogs. …

A more reasoned approach on piracy
Apr 19th 2010 at 10:56 a.m.

Via ArsTechnica , a report is out from the US Government Accountability office concluding that it is "difficult, if not impossible, to quantify th…

It's time to get absolutely angry and motivated
Apr 16th 2010 at 7:51 p.m.

CNET's Molly Wood, one of my favorite sensible digital freedom commentators, has written a long but deeply meaningful commentary on recent submissions by the…