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RIAA Strikes Again: Master Blaster!

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Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

Can’t you see? He has the mind of a child!

Or rather, the RIAA does.

Seriously, this is just getting ridiculous. The RIAA has done it again, and yes, they made bunny cry. Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing explains this very well in his brief commentary, and I’m too frustrated right now to add anything substantial to it that does not consist of naughty words.

Boing Boing: RIAA shuts down machinima site

EDIT: It turns out that the letter to RPG films was a forged document. You can read Cory Doctorow’s follow-up here.


No Enforced RFID In My State!
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Via /.: Wisconsin may soon become the first state to ban the practice of mandatory microchip implants in human beings. State Representative Marlin Schneider has authored a proposal that will make it illegal for governments and companies to require RFID chips, or implanting them in employees without their knowledge.
Phillips Wants To Force Commercials On You
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Phillips, the entertainment technology corporation, has recently applied for a patent on a new software for your digital receiver/recorder that will force you to watch commercials. The software looks for digital flags which would be embedded in the broadcast that will lock your channel in place when commercials begin, restricting you for flipping to another station during the ads.
DMCA: The Next Generation… Coming Soon
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The Bush administration has a new version of DMCA to offer you, and it’s so much worse. In this article, Declan McCullagh of CNET news describes the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006 that the administration plans to propose via their lackey Representative Lamar Smith.