Proposed internet copyright penalties ‘extreme’ NZ National Busines Review
Cutting off internet connections for illegal downloads is akin to cutting off power or phone access, the Commerce Select Committee was told this week. The committee sat this morning to hear further submissions on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, designed to curb illegal music and video downloads and replace the controversial section 92A of the Copyright Act. The proposed legislation will require internet service providers to suspend the account of repeat offenders for six months, if requested, and will allow copyright holders to apply for up to $15,000 compensation after three notices have been served.
Julian Assange: is ‘Wikileaker’ on a crusade or an ego trip? Telegraph
Julian Assange, the man who published the Afghan war files on his Wikileaks website, is unlikely to be chastened by Admiral Mike Mullen’s claims that he might now have ‘blood on his hands’. He has already said he would ‘deeply regret’ any lives being lost as a result of the leak, but stood firm in his conviction that it was a risk worth taking because of its importance ‘to the history of the war’.
Microsoft to Issue Emergency Patch for Critical Windows Flaw Threat Post
Microsoft will issue an out-of-band patch on Monday for a critical vulnerability in all of the current versions of Windows. The company didn’t identify which flaw it will be patching, but the description of the vulnerability is a close match to the LNK flaw that attackers have been exploiting for several weeks now, most notably with the Stuxnet malware. The advance notification from Microsoft on Friday said that the company is patching a critical vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and affects all supported Windows platforms. The LNK flaw in the Windows shell was first identified earlier this month when researchers discovered the Stuxnet worm spreading from infected USB drives to PCs. Stuxnet has turned out to be a rather interesting piece of malware as it not only uses the LNK zero day vulnerability to spread, but it had components that were signed using a legitimate digital certificate belonging to Realtek, a Taiwanese hardware manufacturer.
Election 2010: Q&A with the Australian Christian Lobby’s Jim Wallace on filters and classification ARN
ACL managing director on what he wants from the upcoming election and why he thinks people against the filter are either misinformed or suffering from ‘extreme liberalism’ The Australian Christian Lobby represents church groups from around the country. ARN spoke with its managing director, Jim Wallace, about what he wants from the upcoming election and why he thinks people against the filter are either misinformed or suffering from ‘extreme liberalism’.
U.S. Copyright Group ‘Steal’ Competitor’s Website TorrentFreak
The U.S. Copyright Group (USCG) has been all over the news in recent months. The lawyer group sued thousands of BitTorrent users who allegedly file-shared motion pictures belonging to their clients, including the Oscar-winning Hurt Locker. However, it turns out that USCG are not copyright purists either, as they have blatantly copied the website of a competitor without permission.
Gay-bashing on the rise in Vancouver: councillor Globe and Mail
With a high rate of hate crimes against gays and lesbians, is Vancouver the ‘the gay-bashing capital of Canada’ or just the city where violence gets reported?
Man jailed after getting 12-year-old pregnant The Local
A man in his early twenties has been found guilty of child rape after impregnating a 12-year-old girl he brought home from a party in Tranås in southern Sweden in January. The rape would likely not have come to light had it not led to the young girl’s pregnancy. The man, who denied committing an offence, was convicted on Friday by Kalmar district court and sentenced to two and a years’ imprisonment, local newspaper Barometern reports.
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