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  • Take a look at how Apple Computer is abusing the DMCA to sell more hardware. Core to the Apple claim is that if you use a non-Apple DVD recorder with your Mac you must be using it to circumvent the DMCA, but if you use an Apple drive you are not trying to break the law. Sounds rotten to the core to us!
  • SONY is threatening to pull the plug on the Internet to save Revenue Stream
  • Microsoft is threatening take your computer away to protect music business!
  • IBM is threatening to spy on everyone to help save us from copyright piracy!
  • See this article at or our archive copy if it disapears at and learn how a big business can abuse the DMCA to shut down web sites of it's critics. It seems that the United States of America may no longer be the Land of The Free.
  • A Russian Law designed to protect Fair Use puts Young Programmer in Jail. Read The coverage of this important even Here.
  • While You Sleep - RIAA takes your rights away Has declared th e RIAA the winners in the fair use wars as they are poised to take on software developers from making peer to peer networks and to firewall the internet. Where were you when the lights went out in Georgia? Your children will want to know why you let them down...

    " The recording industry's approach to the digital music business appears to have been to wallop the competition with lawsuits until they gave up -- and then pick up the bruised remains to use to their own advantage. "The music industry looked at legal maneuvers as simply a business strategy," says Robertson. "And, quite frankly, years of lobbying have helped them construct a labyrinth of laws and rules and complexities and advantages. When you look across the digital music space, they've outmaneuvered Scour, Napster, -- I don't think we're the only company that has suffered from being sensitive to legal maneuvers. "

  • New - IBM to make good Sony's threat to Firewall your Hard Drive
    IBM is making it's new hard drives able to track everything you ever write to your drive in order to prevent copying to the media.

    E00148R2 1 Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) Proposal To: Technical Committee T13From: Jeffrey Lotspiech

    IBM Corporation650 Harry Road San Jose, CA 95120408-927-1851 6 December 2000

    Introduction With the widespread conversion of many content types (such as music, movies, etc.) to digitalformats, the content owners' concerns about unauthorized casual copying by end users have greatly increased. For example, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) has definedrequirements which media devices must meet to be acceptable targets for download of legitimately obtained music. CPRM (Content Protection for Recordable Media) technology was developed jointly by IBM, Intel,Matsushita, and Toshiba ("4C"), and was designed to meet the requirements of SDMI. This proposal extends CPRM and similar content protection schemes to ATA devices and is strictlyoptional.

    See - For Details It is IBM's clear objective to prevent fair use. Combined with Vital Books desire to end public education, and Sony's threat to firewall the internet, we are quickly reaching the end of free discourse in the west.

  • New - Microsofts Secret policy to destroy Fair Use What happens when the biggest software company in the world decides to prevent you from seeing inforamtion freely..... Sounds like 1984 .....
from VitalBook and NYU which was largely missed because of late posting by VitalBook Vital Book is a major Copyright Abuser.

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge backed the movie industry Thursday in its battle to stop DVDs from being copied on computers. The ruling came in a case brought by eight Hollywood movie studios that sued to stop a Web site from providing or linking visitors to software that descrambles the code meant to prevent DVDs from being copied. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled that the posting of the code violates federal copyright law. The ruling was a loss for Eric Corley, who had already been forced by a preliminary injunction to remove t he DeCSS code from his Web site. The software, developed by hackers, helps computer users copy full-length movies from digital versatile discs onto their hard drives or other media. Kaplan rejected a defense argument made during the trial last month that computer code is a form of expression protected by the First Amendment. "Computer code is not purely expressive any more than the assassination of a political figure is purely a political statement," Kaplan said. Leon Gold, a lawyer for the motion picture industry, did not immediately return a call for comment. Martin Garbus, a lawyer for Corley, said: "We understood that this was an issue that has to be resolved by the Supreme Court. The judge's First Amendment analysis is wrong."