December 30, 2005
Sony Proposes Settlement in XCP DRM/Spyware Suits
Sony has reached a tentative settlement with consumers who sued the company over the installation of digital rights management software that left consumer computers susceptible to hacker attacks. The software also tracked consumer listening habits. The proposed settlement allows consumers to exchange Cds for copies without the DRM software, a cash payment of $7.50 and one album download from a list of more than 200 titles, or no cash payment and three album downloads. Sony would also agree to stop making CDs with XCP and provide an uninstall for the program.
December 28, 2005
R. Crumb Sues Amazon Over "Keep On Truckin'" Image
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that iconic illustrator R. Crumb is suing Amazon for unauthorized display of his Keep On Truckin' drawing. Whenever a search produced no results. Amazon stopped using the design when representatives for Crumb complained. However, the parties did not come to an agreement on compensation, hence the lawsuit.
The story is here.
December 27, 2005
Notice of Indictment by Text Messages in Korea
Koreans with cell phone text messaging will now receive notice of indictments from prosecutors via text message. Approximately 75% of the population carries cell phones. As a consequence, prosecutors expect to save $158,000 by reducing traditional forms of notice such as via the mail.
More from CNET on this here.
December 26, 2005
Internet Sales Tax Proposed Again in Congress
While Internet sales are climbing steadily each year, the fact that most purchases aren't taxed has really rankled the states. Every year there are attempts to introduce a collection scheme into law via Congressional action. This year is no exception. Senators Enzi and Dorgan have introduced separate bills that would force retailers to collect out-of-state sales tax on purchases made over the Internet.
The problems encountered by past attempts include the complicated sales tax system of the combined states, the lack of an infrastructure that can adequately track taxable transactions, and a desire on some part to see commerce grow online by keeping it more or less tax free.
At least one of these obstacles is starting to fade. 18 states are forming a compact that would simplify their sales tax structures. The are now part of an organization called the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP). Simplified sales taxes are one part of Quill v. North Dakota's requirements. The 1992 Supreme Court case also called for a federal law making the interstate collections possible.