In a June 14th article for AP, Gary Gentile writes, "Although details remain sketchy, the effort worries privacy advocates, who fear the San Antonio-based company could become a beat cop, monitoring which Web sites customers visit and what computer files they share." Like other invasive maneuvers the initiative is apparently focused on those overseas, but who's to say that your own computer wouldn't be flagged for watching the wrong video on You Tube or downloading the latest mix-tape from your favorite hip-hop DJ?
A piece of land owned by Hewlett-Packard since 1963 was sold to two nonprofit groups for $4 million, according to the Associated Press.
The 534-acre property, known as Little Basin, is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and has long been used for company picnics, events and camping trips. The land is reportedly worth $13 million, and HP says it is selling it because the company's employees are not all located in or near the PC maker's San Francisco Bay Area headquarters.
"It's not a cost issue. Basically we had a minority of employees who were … Read more
A property case against Second Life publisher Linden Lab filed in a Pennsylvania court will not be dismissed, a judge ruled Wednesday, according to Valleywag.
The case, which was filed May 1, 2006 by Pennsylvania attorney Mark Bragg, alleges that Linden Lab illegitimately took away the items in Bragg's account and banned him from Second Life after he used a cheat to build up his in-world inventory of virtual items in the process of amassing thousand dollars' worth of assets.
Proposed expansions to criminal copyright law put forth by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday aren't exactly getting rave reviews from some inside-the-Beltway groups.
The Computer & Communications Industry Association on Tuesday blasted the sweeping proposal as "outlandish" and argued it would undermine the legitimacy of the nation's intellectual property laws.
"Will office workers be wiretapped for lingering too long near the photocopier?" CCIA president and CEO Ed Black asked in a statement. "Will music fans be sent to prison if they fail to secure their digital devices to the satisfaction of the … Read more
Many things have helped the virtual world Second Life grow, including behavioral freedoms, fantastical outfits, buildings and vehicles, complex socialization and more.
But it is perhaps users' ability to create content, own its intellectual property rights and sell it for profit that has helped it become one of the hottest digital environments around.
Now, that dynamic is being threatened. Software recently introduced into Second Life called CopyBot is making it possible to copy any object, including its textures, regardless of whether such action interferes with someone's intellectual property rights.
Apparently, a whole lot of Second Life content creators are … Read more