December 22, 2011
Great Media Gadgets For the Holidays
The Independent's David Phelan suggests some great gadgets for holiday presents. Along with the usual camera and phone, there's even--wait for it--a machine to help you floss. I want THAT! Too late to get your requests in for this year? There's always 2012.
Swedish Journalists Found Guilty On Terrorism Charges
Two Swedish reporters who crossed the Ethiopian border with rebel forces, were arrested, and who subsequently told an Ethiopian court they came to report on the human rights situation there have been convicted on terrorism charges by the court. They could be sentenced to 15 years in prison.
December 21, 2011
University of Manitoba Faculty Union Warns Students Not To Post Videos Of Classes Online
The University of Manitoba Faculty Union has warned the university's students that posting videos from classes to the web violates professors' intellectual property rights. Of particular concern is the website LocAZu, which hosts a number of such videos. More here from the Winnepeg Free Press and here from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
December 20, 2011
AT&T Drops Plan To Merge With T-Mobile
Faced with an expensive fight, AT&T has abandoned its attempt to merge with T-Mobile. Instead of completing the $39 billion deal, AT&T will pay Deutsche Telecom a $4 billion breach of contract fee. More here from Telecoms Europe. It will also continue to work with Deutsche Telecom through a roaming arrangement for its customers. A statement from AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson cited problems with the FCC and DOJ as reasons for failure to complete the deal.
Said representatives of the Department of Justice in part:
“This result is a victory for the millions of Americans who use mobile wireless telecommunications services. A significant competitor remains in the marketplace and consumers will benefit from a quick resolution of this matter without the unnecessary expense of taxpayer money and government resources.”
Here's a linkto the Department of Justice news release.
Agencies Here and Abroad Investigating E-Book Pricing
The US Department of Justice is beginning an investigation of e-book pricing, just like the EU and state attorneys general. The European Commission is investigating Apple for anti-competitive pricing, along with five e-book publishers (including Simon & Schuster and Penguin). More here from CNET.com.
Defendant Who Illegally Uploaded Copy of "X-Men: Wolverine" Sentenced To One Year Prison Term
From the Hollywood Reporter: a federal district judge has sentenced Gilberto Sanchez to one year in federal prison for uploading an illegal copy of the film X-Men: Wolverine, which had not yet been released to theaters, to the site Megaupload.com. More here from KTLA.com.
December 19, 2011
Do Individuals Have "A Right To Be Forgotten"?
Jef Ausloos, Electronic Frontier Foundation, has published The 'Right to Be Forgotten' - Worth Remembering? in Computer Law & Security Review (2012). Here is the abstract.
In the last few years there has been a lot of buzz around a so-called ‘right to be forgotten.’ Especially in Europe, this catchphrase is heavily debated in the media, in court and by regulators. Since a clear definition has not emerged (yet), the following article will try to raise the veil on this vague concept. The first part will weigh the right's pros and cons against each other. It will appear that the ‘right to be forgotten’ clearly has merit, but needs better definition to avoid any negative consequences. As such, the right is nothing more than a way to give (back) individuals control over their personal data and make the consent regime more effective. The second part will then evaluate the potential implementation of the right. Measures are required at the normative, economical, technical, as well as legislative level. The article concludes by proposing a ‘right to be forgotten’ that is limited to data-processing situations where the individual has given his or her consent. Combined with a public-interest exception, this should (partially) restore the power balance and allow individuals a more effective control over their personal data.
Download the text from SSRN at the link.
Somebody Get Me a Roget's
Are you an attorney who's creative, effective, dynamic, and motivated, with a track record showing innovative problem solving skills and extensive experience? If so, you might want to revise your resume immediately. You may well be all of those things, but the terms convey little or nothing about your abilities. According to Linked In, these words are the most overused words in the profiles of its 135 million users. "As one might expect, they’re terms that sound awfully nice but say almost nothing specific about a person. They’re the type of terms that are roughly the equivalent of listing “showing up to work” in your skills section," according to reporter Katy Steinmetz of Time.com.