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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.

July 29, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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.

July 29, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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."

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July 28, 2005

Small Firms Leading the Way in California Privacy Law Suits

As reported by Justin Scheck in The Recorder (available online here), when it comes to the recent California privacy breach disclosure law (also known as the "Shine the Light Law"), the larger class action plaintiffs firms are letting smaller firms test the waters when it comes to litigation.  This law is of major import to direct marketing firms, not only because of the disclosure but because of the requirements it places on privacy policies in Section 1798.83.  As a result of this law, many Web site owners have added a section entitled "Your California Privacy Rights" to their privacy policies (see USA Today's privacy policy for just one example).

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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 26, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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.

July 25, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack