Accused pirates to indie filmmakers: Sue us CNEt News
The independent film studios suing thousands of alleged file sharers for copyright violations may soon face their own version of Jammie Thomas-Rasset. The makers of “Far Cry” were among the indie filmmakers who have filed suit against alleged film pirates. Attorneys representing some of the people accused of illegal file sharing told CNET yesterday that several have refused to settle with the indie studios–which is what Thomas-Rasset did when she was accused of illegal file sharing by the music industry. By taking this stance, the accused film pirates are challenging the filmmakers to take them to court. So, that is what the studios will do, according to their attorney, Thomas Dunlap. Dunlap is one of the founders of Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, a Washington, D.C. law firm that has made news this year by overseeing the litigation campaign on behalf of the indie studios, a group that includes the makers of the Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker.” [Also see Jammie Thomas to judge: 'No groundhog day!']
Student filmed bullied youth’s suicide attempt The Local
A school in Linköping in central Sweden has reported an incident to police that culminated in a student using his mobile phone to film the attempted suicide of another boy at the school. Just prior to the attempted suicide, bullies had bound the boy onto a set of wall bars with a jump rope and left him there, according to the incident report filed by the school’s principal with the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket). The boy then attempted to hang himself with a gym bag in the locker room.
China unveils own mapping service BBC
China has launched an official online mapping service called Map World. The web-based service gives people access to increasingly detailed satellite images of China and high-level images of other nations. The flat maps can be viewed in 3D if visitors download and install a browser plug-in to convert the images. China said the service was still in development and would be updated regularly. It said it could currently handle about 10 million visits per day. Map World has been created by China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping from satellite images collected over the last four years. It said the information depicted would be updated every six months.
Every email and website to be stored Telegraph
Every email, phone call and website visit is to be recorded and stored after the Coalition Government revived controversial Big Brother snooping plans. It will allow security services and the police to spy on the activities of every Briton who uses a phone or the internet. Moves to make every communications provider store details for at least a year will be unveiled later this year sparking fresh fears over a return of the surveillance state. The plans were shelved by the Labour Government last December but the Home Office is now ready to revive them. It comes despite the Coalition Agreement promised to “end the storage of internet and email records without good reason”.
Google must name YouTube cyber bullies Reuters
A US court has ordered Google to reveal the identities of anonymous YouTube users who posted unauthorised videos of a business consultant with offensive comments about her. The company, which owns YouTube, has two weeks to provide Carla Franklin with the users’ identities and contact information. Franklin said she hoped her case would help others with similar problems. “The internet cannot become a safe haven for harassers and stalkers,” she said in an email after Tuesday’s ruling.
Top court to rule on press rights QMI Agency
Canada’s top court is expected to render a judgement Friday on a controversial press rights case between a Globe and Mail journalist and an ad firm linked to the sponsorship scandal. According to the Globe, press freedoms — fundamental to a functioning democracy and recognized as a charter right — hang in the balance in this case. “It follows that freedom of the press must include the right on the part of a journalist to gather information from a source on the conditions of a promise not to divulge its identity,” the newspaper argued in court documents. The case centres on Globe and Mail journalist Daniel Leblanc’s decision to protect a confidential source who helped him expose the federal sponsorship scandal.
Sex.com sells for $13m The Register
The storied domain name sex.com is set to be sold for $13m, The Register has learned. Bankrupt Escom LLC sex.com’s current owner, has sealed a deal to hand over the domain to a company called Clover Holdings Ltd, according to documents filed this week in a California court. Escom purchased the domain from its previous owner in 2006. The price then was variously reported as being between $12m and $14m, making it one of the most expensive domains of all time.
Terrified feds try to bar Bunnie Huang from testifying at Xbox jailbreaking trial Boing Boing
Bunnie “Chumby” Huang, whose Hacking the Xbox is a reverse-engineer’s bible, has been asked to testify at the trial of Anaheim’s Matthew Crippen, who faces three years in prison for jailbreaking Xbox 360s (that is, modding them so that they could run software that Microsoft hadn’t authorized). But federal prosecutors have asked the judge to prevent Bunnie from testifying.
Clayton uses captive crews for foreclosure cleanup Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For more than a year, Frank Heiselman watched the vacant house next door slowly disappear behind a thicket of four-foot-high weeds and grass. But recently, that eyesore of Chase Woods subdivision became the showpiece of the Jonesboro neighborhood, courtesy of a new Clayton County program and an unusual crew of landscapers. An hour after arriving, a dozen county jail inmates had transformed the yard in a flurry of mowing, raking, trimming and debris removal. And for good measure, they tidied up Heiselman’s driveway with a leaf blower when they were done.
European online risk study shows many parents clueless, kids blasé Deutsche Welle
More than one in eight European children has been upset by online content, a new EU study on Internet risks shows. But the study also showed that most children had had no upsetting experiences with the Internet at all.
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