September 2, 2006

How long will BombOrNot last?

Filed under: events — Wendy @ 11:15 pm

BombOrNotI’m sure I’m not the only person to see Bomb Or Not? Training For Government Agents! and wonder how long it will be before they get a cease-and-desist threat.

My guess, it won’t be HotOrNot, who can recognize a good parody when they see one, but the Department of Homeland Security, which tends to see humor as a security risk.

DHS has already raised trademark claims against the Federation of American Scientists for, a critique-by-improvement of DHS’s anemic They could even crib from this href="">White House complaint about use of the Presidential Seal.

We need a bit of Franklin D. Roosevelt here: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Or as Bruce Schneier puts it, “The surest defense against terrorism is to refuse to be terrorized.”

ICANN: When Contract Means Expand

Filed under: phone — Wendy @ 11:13 pm

ICANN has posted proposed registry agreements for the .org, .biz, and .info registries — contracts that would allow registry operators to raise prices arbitrarily or introduce tiered pricing, as well as giving incumbents a nearly-perpetual right of renewal. Strangely, given ICANN’s mission “to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems,” the new agreements elevate the registries’ interests above the stability interests of domain name registrants. Under the proposed contracts, registrants would face considerable uncertainty about the future costs of domain name renewal.

I submitted comments, included after the jump.


Blog Holiday Over

Filed under: copyright — Wendy @ 11:10 pm

Summer’s over, and so’s the blog holiday. (Not much of a holiday, really; I’ve been writing about abuses of the DMCA safe harbor and the “fictional friction” of technical protection measures.)

This fall, I’m teaching Internet Law, continuing my visit at Brooklyn Law School.

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