Problems with Congress’ Latest Anti-Porn Law

Congress’ latest anti-porn attack is codified in 18 U.S.C. 2257. a law which requires anyone producing or distributing pornography to engage in some costly and logistically-difficulty verifications and record-keeping. Kurt Opsahl at EFF explains how this law affects more than…

AP Story on Advertiser Responsibility for Adware

Michael Gormley of the Associated Press has finally released his story on advertiser responsibility for adware (I interviewed with him almost a month ago). The article does a good job recapping the issues. I have a lot more to say…

Is Copyright Infringement “Theft”?

The BBC reports on a study that the British do not equate downloading copyright material with theft. The British have specifically rejected one of the standard analogies that downloading copyrighted music is just like shoplifting a CD of the music…

FTC Goes After Another Bogus Anti-Spyware Remover

FTC v. Trustsoft, No. H05-1905 (S.D. Tex. complaint filed May 31, 2005; Stipulated Preliminary Injunction Order granted June 14, 2005). The FTC has busted another vendor of anti-spyware software for making false claims about its products–specifically, that the “SpyKiller” software…

Interview at Spyware Informer

Alex Morganis at Spyware Informer interviewed me about adware/spyware issues. Read the interview here. This ended up being a great way for me to articulate some of my latest thoughts. I hope you find the interview interesting, and I welcome…

EFF’s Legal Guide for Bloggers

The EFF has released the wonderful resource “Legal Guide for Bloggers.” It successfully strikes a delicate balance between being comprehensive, accurate and accessible to lay readers. If you’re wondering about the law of blogging, this guide will most likely answer…

Cybersquatter’s Press Release: “Please Sue Me”

If you’re a cybersquatter, one of the dumbest things you can do is issue a press release describing how you plan to make a lot of money on 23,000 different domain names that are variations of famous trademarks. Apparently subscribing…

Copyright Office to Have “Public Roundtables” About Orphan Works

The Copyright Office has announced that it will have public roundtables to discuss orphan works in DC July 26-27 and Berkeley August 2. This is interesting because, after receiving almost 900 submissions regarding orphan works already, I would have thought…

Grokster Press Releases

The Grokster media frenzy has reached a fever pitch. Not only is the war of words taking over the mainstream press, but we’re seeing a bubble of activity in the press release databases. A couple of examples. Orrick’s Press Release…

Some People Like “Spyware”?

I’m catching up on back reading, and I came across this December 2004 Wired News article by Michelle Delio called “Spyware on My Machine? So What?” [see update below about questions about the article] Anti-spyware advocates are wedded to the…