July 29, 2005
WSJ Writes About The (Il)Legal Uses of The Wayback Machine
David Kesmodel of The Wall Street Journal has written an interesting article on the uses, both legal and possibly illegal, of The Wayback Machine (Alexa Internet's free archive of the Web) in forensic investigations and litigation. Worth thinking about.
An In-Depth Article on the Issues Surrounding the Piracy of Music
In his recent article, "P2P and the Future of Private Copying," Professor Peter K. Yu embarks on an in-depth review of the issues faced by the recording industry regarding digital piracy. It is a detailed and thorough coverage of the recent history of this situation and provides a thoughtful analysis of suggested solutions. It is cited at 76 U. Colo. L. Rev. 653 and can be found on Westlaw or LEXIS.
Deceptive Advertising? Company Sued for Sex Scenes in Game
According to the Washington Post, an 85-year-old woman has brought a lawsuit against video game manufacturer Rockstar Games because she claims she was unaware that the game entitled "Grand Theft Auto" contained scenes of a sexual nature when she purchased the game for her 14-year-old grandson. The grandmother accuses the manufacturer of "false advertising, consumer deception and unfair business practices."
July 28, 2005
Small Firms Leading the Way in California Privacy Law Suits
July 26, 2005
Foreign Relations Committee Advances Cybercrime Treaty
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, July 26 approved the advancement of a treaty with Europe on cybercrime issues. The CNET article is here; the Electronic Privacy Information Center's letter opposing the treaty's ratification is here. You can find the actual Convention on Cybercrime at this link.
July 25, 2005
Terrorist Subjects Use Encryption For the Files
From the July 20th Times of London, an article on how terrorism subjects are using encryption to conceal information on computers which are seized by police. Nothing new here, either in the use of encryption or in the desire of criminals to hide what they're doing in some way, but one wonders if this might generate new life in the restrictions on encryption technology.
By the way, we've been on a bit of a hiatus, but hope to be posting with great frequency into the future.