March 31, 2003

Tropics in March

Filed under: copyright — Wendy @ 7:50 am

I thought I’d left the tropics behind on returning from the ICANN Rio de Janeiro meeting where I was attending as a member of the Interim At-Large Advisory Committee. But as San Francisco heated up Sunday, Dolores Park became Dolores Beach (photos)!

March 30, 2003

Another Blog: Legal tags

Filed under: open — Wendy @ 5:52 pm

Legal Tags (notes on taking for a test drive)

Being a lawyer, the first link I clicked in Manila’s “Prefs” menu was of course the “legal tags” option. As will be obvious to the non-lawyers, that was a listing of the HTML tags acceptable in the blog layout. As I backed out from that menu item, however, I saw that the blog also features the kind of “legal tags” I was looking for — a Creative Commons license.


March 2, 2003

Automated C&Ds from the BSA

Filed under: copyright — Wendy @ 2:38 pm

The BSA has quickly retreated from its claim that distribution of infringes Microsoft’s Office copyrights, but not before underscoring the problems with these automated infringement searches. What if, per RIAA v. Verizon, they had been able to turn this into a subpoena without court oversight? What about the Chilling Effects of this kind of mailing?

From the initial BSA letter:

Dear Sir/Madam:

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has determined that the connection
listed below, which appears to be using an Internet account under your
control, is operating an FTP server to offer unlicensed copies or is engaged
in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted computer programs
published by the BSA’s member companies.


What was located as infringing content:
Filename: /mandrake_current/SRPMS/

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