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The NSA's Weird Interest In File Sharing Programs

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another large Snowden document dump from The Intercept uncovers many more off-brand uses of NSA surveillance tools. The pile of documents come from the NSA's "SID (Signals Intelligence Directorate) Today" files, of which there are apparently thousands of available pages. Show More Summary

Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Call For Taxpayer-Funded Software To Be Licensed For Free Re-use

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Free Software Foundation Europe has a new campaign -- "Public money, public code" -- which poses the following question: Why is software created using taxpayers' money not released as Free Software? And goes on: We want legislation requiring...Show More Summary

Court Allows San Diego Comic-Con's Suit Against The Salt Lake City Comic Con To Move Forward

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few months ago, we alerted our readers that a trademark dispute between the San Diego Comic-Con and a company producing a Salt Lake City Comic Con, originally filed in 2014, was still going on. In fact, the district court hearing the...Show More Summary

HP Brings Back Obnoxious DRM That Cripples Competing Printer Cartridges

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Around a year ago, HP was roundly and justly ridiculed for launching a DRM time bomb -- or a software update designed specifically to disable competing printer cartridges starting on a set date. As a result, HP Printer owners using third-party...Show More Summary

Techdirt Podcast Episode 138: When Godwin's Law Met The Streisand Effect

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

On Friday, we posted video from last week's World Hosting Days, in which Mike Masnick sat down for a talk with Mike Godwin — a.k.a. the originator of "the Streisand Effect" meeting the creator of "Godwin's Law". As promised, we've got...Show More Summary

Senator Blumenthal Happy That SESTA Will Kill Small Internet Companies

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So, earlier today the Senate Commerce Committee held a two and a half hour hearing about SESTA -- the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. The panelists were evenly split, with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Yiota...Show More Summary

Shockingly, NY Times Columnist Is Totally Clueless About The Internet

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's fairly stunning just how often the NY Times Opinion pages are just... wrong. Nick Kristof, one of the most well known of the NYT's columnists, has spent years, talking about stopping sex trafficking -- but with a history of being...Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Ultimate Windows File Management Suite

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Ultimate Windows File Management Suite will help you manage, backup, and safely delete your information. O&O DiskImage 11 lets you back up an entire computer or individual files any time you want — even while the computer is being used. Show More Summary

Is There A Single Online Service Not Put At Risk By SESTA?

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier today, I wrote up a list of the many problems with SESTA and how it will be abused. Over and over again, we've seen defenders of the bill -- almost none of whom have much, if any, experience in managing services on the internet...Show More Summary

Why SESTA Is Such A Bad Bill

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've been talking quite a bit about SESTA -- the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act -- and why it's so problematic, but with hearings today, I wanted to dig in a bit more closely with the text to explain why it's so problematic. There...Show More Summary

California Sides With Comcast, Votes To Kill Broadband Privacy Law Favored By EFF

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You'll recall that earlier this year, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast successfully lobbied the GOP and Trump administration to kill consumer broadband privacy protections that were supposed to take effect last March. While big ISPs engaged...Show More Summary

EFF Resigns From W3C After DRM In HTML Is Approved In Secret Vote

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This is not a huge surprise, but it's still disappointing to find out that the W3C has officially approved putting DRM into HTML 5 in the form of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). Some will insist that EME is not technically DRM, but it is the standardizing of how DRM will work in HTML going forward. Show More Summary

The Most Popular Mod For Fallout 4 Is The One That Removes The Title Screen Crawl For Bethesda's 'Creation Club'

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You may recall that a few years ago, Valve attempted to rollout a platform for video game modders to make money from their efforts. It was an altogether messy attempt for any number of reasons, but chief among them was that the modding...Show More Summary

Arizona Motel 6 Branches Start Handing Out ICE To Unsuspecting Customers

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Motel 6 sure seems to love handing over guest info to law enforcement. A couple of years ago, a Rhode Island branch decided to start faxing its guest list to local police every night -- something the PD had never asked it to do. This pleased the mayor, who proudly noted he knew everyone who was staying at the motel every night. Show More Summary

The Senate Is Close To Undermining The Internet By Pretending To 'Protect' The Children

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Protecting children from harm is a laudable goal. But, as we've noted for many years, grandstanding politicians have a fairly long history of doing a lot of really dangerous stuff by insisting it needs to be done "for the children."Show More Summary

Yes, You Can Believe In Internet Freedom Without Being A Shill

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You may have noticed lately that there's an increasing (and increasingly coordinated) effort to paint today's biggest and most successful companies as some kind of systemic social threat that needs to be reined in. As veteran tech journalist John Battelle put it, tech companies frequently are assumed these days to be Public Enemy No. Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Martian mVoice Smartwatches with Amazon Alexa

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Martian mVoice Smartwatches present a precision appearance through an uncluttered 24-hour analog clock display, and is packed with smartwatch features. You can get push notifications from hundreds of your favorite apps, and place or accept a call. Show More Summary

EFF, ACLU Sue Government Over Warrantless Electronic Searches At The Border

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If all goes well, we might have the US border join the rest of the United States in recognizing citizens' Fourth Amendment rights. The Supreme Court's Riley decision made it clear law enforcement needed to obtain warrants before searching people's cellphones. Show More Summary

Yet Another Report Says The Rate Of TV Cord Cutting Is Worse Than Anybody Thought

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years the traditional cable and broadcast industry has gone to comedic lengths to deny that cord cutting (getting rid of traditional cable TV) is real. First, we were told repeatedly that the phenomenon wasn't happening at all. Next,...Show More Summary

Government Drops Facebook Search Warrant Gag Order At Eleventh Hour

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Facebook has won its challenge against a warrant gag order. Unfortunately, it's more of a case of the government forfeiting than the social media giant raising a successful challenge. Details from the case are limited, but the warrant appears to target protesters arrested during Trump's inauguration. Show More Summary

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