This Video Explains How Patent Trolls Came to Be
If you listen to our news broadcasts here, you are very likely to hear stories about patent trolls and “copywrong” as Lumpy uses to refer to the current state of intellectual property law. It has reached the ridiculous point where trolls are laying claims to broad matters such as playlists and podcasting. This is about as logical as patenting the alphabet. The video below, explains how old law and new tech combined to create software patent trolls.
Happy Birthday Song Turns 90 and Warner Still Owns It
As we often comment here, the system is broken. Stephen Colbert, as usual, has a great take on it. Check out him poking fun at this “copywrong” situation in the video which follows.
Funny Editorial on “Text Book” Copyright Case
I rather liked “I don’t buy this first sale argument” but I will leave the punch line for you to see.
While the video is funny, the current state of copyright is dismal.
- Stephen Colbert’s Hilarious Explanation Of High Frequency Trading (businessinsider.com)
- The Colbert Report: ‘Israel Israel Israel’ (mondoweiss.net)
- Colbert shows what one can do with leftover SuperPac money (shh!). (elephantjournal.com)
A New Twist to the Remix – Sell It and Keep the Cash
I caught this story via TechDirt earlier this week. It got shove downward on my to do list and was interrupted by a turkey but I still wanted to let you all know about it.
The Band, Chapel Club is allowing people to download “stems”, the vocal musical parts of songs and then mix them to a song. The novel thing about this “Good Together” remix is that the person who mixes it is free to sell their mix and keep the money. Another condition is that, short of social media sites, the mixer is not allowed to give the mix away for free.
This past Monday, live on the Tech Net News and Opinion, we had mentioned that the search warrants regarding the Kim Dotcom raid had been unsealed. In our conversation, we had mentioned that numerous sites were reporting that there was no mention of any possible non infringing files regarding the warrants.
While that is grave enough, an article over at TechDirt adds more stench to the stink. It seems MegaUpload cooperated with the investigators in a previous investigation of NinjaVideo. In short they cooperated by not removing files at MegaUpload that were put there by NinjaVideo, as requested by the authorities. MegaUploaded cooperated only to have the same files used against them when it came time to go after MegaUpload.
I am curious. Would that be some form of entrapment?
- Megaupload Assisted FBI vs NinjaVideo, But Evidence Then Used Against Them (torrentfreak.com)
- U.S Court Partially Unseals Warrant Against MegaUpload (thedroidguy.com)
- Germany Denies Seizure of MegaUpload Assets (indienation.fm)
- A New Home for MegaUpload? (indienation.fm)
Being in the news is nothing new for Kim Dotcom. I recall the YouTube take down fiasco, his song to the president, the raid, and, as almost all of us at Indie Nation News believed, learning the raids were very likely illegal. If you need to catch up on this ongoing adventure, I suggest this page at TechDirt with lots of articles on Dotcom, otherwise wait for the movie. I am sure that someone is going to do one soon.
However, I wonder how many others remember “Megabox” and Mr. Dotcom’s pledge to take down the modern music industry?
2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Welcome to this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion. This week we accidentally/intentionally did things a bit differently. For those of you who have been asking for more news and less music, you got it. Brian, Knowles, Meshelly, Knunez (iPhone at Geekshed), OmniDragon and Lumpy start and end this week’s show with music but the rest is all news talk.
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2012.04.30 -Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion
Hello indienation listeners join Brian, Lumpy, OmniDragon, Cleta, Knowles217 and our special guest John Atkinson (Aka B00) For Tech Net News and Opinion as we bring you Copyright and hacking news in this show. You can find B00 at:
We started off with a set from Gavin Salkeld
- She Rox
Hasbro Offers Nerf Blogger Free Samples, Sends Lawyers And Investigators Instead
This horror story comes from a Nerf fan who says he was contacted by a Hasbro product manager who wanted his mailing address to send him free samples of a rare-in-Australia Nerf gun to offer as a promotional giveaway on his blog. He gave it to her, and soon after got something in the mail from Hasbro: a legal nastygram. It wasn’t the nastiest of legal grams in fact he made a point to say how nice it was and he he decided to comply with its request that he take down some photos of an unreleased Nerf gun from the blog, which Hasbro claimed were copyrighted and confidential. And he never did get that free nerf gun.
Cultural Insanity: You Can’t Show A Painting In A Movie Without Paying The Copyright Holder
An article from The NY Times has yet another ridiculous bit of copyright law, the fact that moviemakers have to license artwork, even if they own the physical piece to show it in a movie. And it gets even worse, when you find out that the ridiculous position of the Artists Rights Society (think the RIAA/MPAA for artists) is that the newly released 3D version of Titanic needs a new license, because its use of artwork is somehow not covered by the original license:
It is there in the new 3-D version of “Titanic,” as it was in James Cameron’s original film: a modified version of Picasso’s painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” aboard the ship as it sinks. Of course that 1907 masterpiece was never lost to the North Atlantic. It has been at the Museum of Modern Art for decades — which is precisely the reason the Picasso estate, which owns the copyright to the image, refused Mr. Cameron’s original request to include it in his 1997 movie. But Mr. Cameron used it anyway. After Artists Rights Society, a company that guards intellectual property rights for more than 50,000 visual artists or their estates, including Picasso’s, complained, however, Mr. Cameron agreed to pay a fee for the right to use the image. With the rerelease of “Titanic,” the society wants Mr. Cameron to pay again, asserting that the 3-D version is a new work, not covered under the previous agreement.
China deletes accounts on Twitter-like service as part of social media crackdown
Just two days after President Obama and the United States government hit Syria and Iran with new sanctions “to hold accountable those who assist in or enable such [human rights] abuses through the use of information and communications technology,” China has now stepped up its online crackdown in the wake of a political scandal. China has been embroiled in a massive political scandal involving Bo Xilai, a Chinese politician who had been seen as a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party prior to his abrupt downfall over obstruction of justice charges in a murder case involving his wife, as well as local political disputes. Last month, Bo was removed as party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing. However, on Tuesday, as discussion of the case continues to explode across the Internet, the Chinese clone of Twitter, Sina Weibo, deleted the accounts of several users, “including that of Li Delin, a senior editor of the Chinese business magazine Capital Week, whose March 19 post helped fuel rumors of a coup in Beijing,” according to The Wall Street Journal Li has since been detained by Chinese authorities.
Megaupload’s Dotcom gets money and Mercedes back, involved in political scandal
Kim Dotcom the head of the file-sharing website Megaupload will be getting some of his assets returned to him in the order of:
1.NZ$750,000 ($614,000) in cash that was confiscated from him.
2.His Mercedes-Benz G55AMG worth NZ$250,000 ($204,000) with the license plate “POLICE.”
3.He receives an NZ$20,000 ($16,000) monthly living allowance off of the interest of his NZ$10 million ($8.19 million) of government bonds.
4. His wife, Mona, will also get her living expenses and medical bills paid (she recently gave birth), and she will have the use of her seized 2010 Toyota Vellfire, worth NZ$60,000 ($49,000). And also Since early April, Dotcom has had the use of his mansion, including the use of his swimming pool for exercise. He is also able to use the Internet. And the the New Zealand Herald reported that Dotcom claims to have donated NZ$50,000 ($41,000) to John Banks, the head of the ACT New Zealand political party and the current minister for Small Business and Regulatory Reform, during his 2010 campaign for mayor of the city of Auckland.
No Record Label, But Amanda Palmer Raises Over $100k In Just Six Hours On Kickstarter
Amanda Palmer has had many sucess stories on Techdirt in the past even including her celebration of the fact that she finally got dropped from a record label two years ago.She has done a bunch of fun projects now she has decided it was time to do a “traditional” studio album again. So… of course, she turned to Kickstarter to help put together funds, seeking $100,000 in 32 days. Instead, she got it in SIX HOURS. Kickstarter has become a very popular way to raise money for projects like this and the details of what she’s offering are, quite interesting as well.Amanda’s offering has a lot of cool goodies and opportunities (including live events) for backers, allowing them to self-select in to how they’d like to support her. A lot of the offering is vinyl focused, which isn’t that surprising, given the renewed popularity of vinyl these days, but also the ability to do more artistic work in combination with a vinyl release. Of course, not everyone has a record player… but they’ve got that covered. At some of the higher level packages, they’ll include a USB-enabled Crosley turntable which they’ll custom-paint for you, making it awesome.
- Not Done Dancing Yet
Court: Britain’s ISPs must block Pirate Bay
File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled. The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly pirated free music and video. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site. “Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists,” the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said. A sixth ISP, BT, requested “a few more weeks” to consider their position on blocking the site. BPI’s chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale. “Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them.”This is wrong – musicians, sound engineers and video editors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else.”
Release of exploit code puts Oracle Database users at risk of attack
Oracle has declined to patch a critical vulnerability in its flagship database product leaving their customers vulnerable to attacks almost all versions of the Oracle Database Server released in the past 13 years contain a bug that allows hackers to perform man-in-the-middle attacks that monitor all data passing between the server and end users who are connected to it according to Joxean Koret, a security researcher based in Spain. When Koret pressed Oracle to explicitly say if engineers planned to allow the bug to remain in current versions, an Oracle employee responded:
“To protect the interest of our customers, we do not provide these level of details (like versions affected) for the issues that are addressed as in-depth. The future releases will have the fix.”
Oracle released its own list of mitigations and strongly urged customers to implement them right away.
UK, US seize 36 domains tied to financial fraud
ritish and US authorities have moved to seize 36 domain names associated with websites being used to traffic in stolen payment card data. The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said in a release issued today that the sites used Automated Vending Carts, a type of Web e-commerce software that allowed criminals to rapidly sell large volumes of credit card and banking account data. According to a report by Computerworld UK’s Anh Nguyen, two men in Britain were arrested on April 24 in a connected case. They were alleged to have made large-scale purchases of stolen payment data from AVC sites, and an AVC site operator in Macedonia was arrested by the Macedonian Ministry of the Interior’s Cyber Crime Unit.
90% of popular SSL sites vulnerable to exploits, researchers find
Less than 10 percent of the most popular websites offering Secure Socket Layer protection are hardened against known attacks that could allow hackers to decrypt or tamper with encrypted traffic, researchers said Out of the 200,000 sites examined, only 19,024 were configured to withstand an attack discovered in 2009 that allows attackers to inject data into encrypted traffic passing between two endpoints. What’s more, just 25 percent of the sites are able to withstand an experimental attack unveiled last year that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that is passing between a webserver and an end-user browser. He also said that SSL Pulse uncovered 19 private keys generated with 512-bit encryption, making them susceptible to brute forcing attacks that allow man-in-the-middle hackers to decrypt the protected traffic.
Microsoft patches major Hotmail 0-day flaw after apparently widespread exploitation
Microsoft quietly fixed a flaw in Hotmail’s password reset system that allowed anyone to reset the password of any Hotmail account last Friday. The company was notified of the flaw on April 20th and responded with a fix within hours—but not until after widespread attacks, with the bug apparently spreading “like wild fire” in the hacking community. Hotmail’s password reset system uses a token system to ensure that only the account holder can reset their password: a link with the token is sent to an account linked to the Hotmail account, and clicking the link lets the account owner reset their password. However, the validation of these tokens isn’t handled properly by Hotmail, allowing attackers to reset passwords of any account.
VMware confirms source code leak, LulzSec-affiliated hacker claims credit
VMware has confirmed a leak of source code from the ESX hypervisor. The code was posted on Pastebin on April 8 by a hacker calling himself “Hardcore Charlie.”VMware confirmed the theft yesterday, and said there is a “possibility that more files may be posted in the future.” The good news is that the code dates from 2003 to 2004. While VMware ESX is still heavily used, VMware is shifting customers to a newer hypervisor called ESXi, which has a smaller attack surface and is designed to be more secure.”The fact that the source code may have been publicly shared does not necessarily mean that there is any increased risk to VMware customers,” the company said. “VMware proactively shares its source code and interfaces with other industry participants to enable the broad virtualization ecosystem today. We take customer security seriously and have engaged internal and external resources, including our VMware Security Response Center, to thoroughly investigate. We will continue to provide updates to the VMware community if and when additional information is available.”
Google’s new search algorithm to crack down on “black hat webspam”
After changes to Google’s ranking and page layout algorithms they are pushing yet another update to its algorithms with the hopes of curbing “black hat webspam” from creeping into search results. The changes are targeted at sites engaged in tactics such as keyword stuffing, or “unusual linking patterns” where unrelated links are sprinkled throughout a fake or manufactured article. There have been at least nine major updates to Google’s “Panda” algorithms since they were introduced last February.
Backdoor in mission-critical hardware threatens power, traffic-control systems
Customers of Ontario, Canada-based RuggedCom have the bad news of there is a good chance those Internet-connected devices have backdoors that make unauthorized access a point-and-click exercise. Because the equiment that RuggedCom system is using has an undocumented account that can’t be modified and a password that’s trivial to crack. Researchers say, for years the company hasn’t bothered to warn the power utilities, military facilities, and municipal traffic departments using the industrial-strength gear that the account can give attackers the means to sabotage operations that affect the safety of huge populations of people.
Indicted BitTorrent group used FM, infrared receivers to record movies in theater
According to an indictment unsealed this week, the four alleged members of the BitTorrent movie release group IMAGiNE have now been charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Copyright Infringement,” four counts of “Criminal Copyright Infringement,” and one count of “Distribution of a Work Being Prepared for Commercial Distribution.” Each count brings a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. The group, which TorrentFreak called “one of the P2P scene’s most prominent release groups,” was busted up by federal authorities in September 2011. It is not very common for BitTorrent-related groups to be split apart with federal criminal charges brought against them. Court documents filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia report that the lead defendant, Jeramiah B. Perkins (aliases: “Butch Perkins,” “Stash,” and “theestas”) was arrested and then released on bail on Monday. The other defendants are Gregory Cherwonik, 53, of New York, Willie Lambert, 57, of Pennsylvania, and Sean Lovelady, 27, of California. The four are accused of running their BitTorrent ring from September 2009 to September 2011.
Skype exploit reveals user IP addresses
A simple Skype exploit can reveal IP addresses remote and local of any user. This Blog Post runs through the process of obtaining a user’s IP address apperently all someone has to do is start the process of adding a contact with a specific user name and instead of sending a confirmation the person can click on the information card to obtain the IP address of that particular user. But this only works if the user is on line and the IP address do not give a persons’s name or other specific information but does provide country and in some cases city of origin. Skype says they are looking into the issue
“We are investigating reports of a new tool that allegedly captures a Skype user’s last known IP address. This is an ongoing, industry-wide issue faced by all peer-to-peer software companies,” said a company representative. “We are committed to the safety and security of our customers and we are takings measures to help protect them.”
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2012.04.23 – Monday Night Tech Net News and Opinion
Hello Indienation listeners join us as Brian, Lumpy, OmniDragon and Cleta bring you tonight’s Tech Net news and Opinion and as always Knowles217 joins us in Teamspeak. Tonight’s news consists of Tech, Copyright, Hacking and Prize worthty news. As always you can find us over on irc.geekshed.net in #indienation you can join us there.
Starting it off with and featuring Christmas Music, Wish Background from Kevin MacLeod. After the nice 20 minute background track, we went to our first story: This week we will discuss Go Daddy, SOPA, Google Googles and more.
Boycott Makes Go Daddy Change It’s Stance on SOPA
After many people complained and many transferred domains away from the company, ARS Technica received a statement from Go Daddy. According to the post at ARS, part of it read:
“Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation—but we can clearly do better,” Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s newly appointed CEO, said. “It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.”
In a related post, CNET reports that 21,000 domains were transferred from Go Daddy in a single day. The same article also states that the next loss, due to how many still transfered in, was only 1,020 domains.
Below are some links suggested by people in IRC at geekshed.net #indienation
- Go Daddy Responds to Accusations.. posted by Cleta
- The Internet is Worth 8 Trillion from Pierce
- Regarding controlling the internet from Pierce
- World Internet Censorship World Map from Pierce
- Alternative to SOPA from blackspyder
- Torrents on Capital Hill from Lumpy
- Go Daddy Tries to Interfere with Exodus from Cleta
Back to Christmas Music. To start it off Derek K. Miller:
- What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
- We Three Kings
- Merry Christmas Baby
- The Christmas Song
Did HP “Mitigate” the Printer Flaw?
Remember late in November when we debated whether the HP laser jet printer flaw was real? According to a post CNET Security, HP has “Mitigated” the flaw. As the article states, mitigate means “to make less severe or painful” As we speculated back in November, the article states a lawsuit was filed against HP claiming that they were aware of the flaw and released the product anyhow. HP is still stating that there are no reports of the printers being exploited in the wild.
Back to Music
- Christmas Blues from Colie Brice (Mevio)
- Reindeer from Ein Astronaut and the YouTube Christmas Musicians Collab
- Two from John Stebbe
- Jolly Old St Nick
- God Rest Ye Jazzy Gentlemen
Hi Tech Eye Wear from Google
They will be branded “Google Goggles”… CNET has a story about some spectacular spectacles reportedly in the works by Google. They would enhance your view with information about your location and display it in 3D . The article also mentions that Apple is working on a similar product. The story, however, is speculative for they are only rumors and Google won’t comment on rumors.
More links from folks in chat:
- Pixar’s Lamp is an Infringement from Pierce
- Patent on the Hyperlink from Pierce
- The Hyperlink Patent from Pierce
- More Patents from Pierce
- From Rich Palmer (Mevio)
- Coventry Carol
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- Al Stravinsky (Mevio)
- Away, be a Stranger
- One Christmas
The New Cold War, Patents
Gone are the days of Nike missiles, bomb shelters and mutually assured destruction.. or are they? An article at ARS Technica, claims they involve trolls and lawsuits.
We closed with A Cool Christmas Jingle Bells from Natalie Brown
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Google Music Launches
Although pretty much everywhere, I caught the news of this via my EnGadget RSS feed. Google Music has launched and offered over 8 million tracks the first day. The selection of music will soon increase to over 13 million.
While the music program has been known and in beta, there was speculation as to which and how many labels would be on board, EnGadget reports that 3 major labels and 23 independents have signed on.
In conversation, we discussed how the MPAA likely cost Hollywood more than Torrents, MP3 vs Physical Media, why do people pirate and how these items relate.
Motorola Approve Google PurchaseFollowing up on recent old news, more specifically the recent “Google bought Motorola” stories. First off, to clarify what I have too often heard, Google did not buy Motorola in entirety, specifically only Motorola Mobility. In Lumpy’s opinion, likely for patents to defend the Droid phone.
They announced sticking to a “hands off” approach regarding operations. The purchase, however likely, needed final approval from the “actual” owners of Motorola.
According to a post at Physorg.com, Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility was given final approval by the Motorola stock holders. The deal was valued at 12.5 billion dollars. Of note however, though no problem is expected, the regulators has still not officially approved this purchase.
RIAA Does Not Like The Used Digital Music Sale Business
This is one we may wish to file under “no surprise”… After all other than there outdated-make-no-sense-lobby-and-sue-to-make-it-our-way business model what part of the music business does the music industry actually love? This is the same organization that tried to stop 8-tracks, cassettes and used record stores for they were all certainly going to destroy the music business.
Thanks to the ingenious strategy of “sue em all” and total alienation of their customers, the Racketeering Idiots Association of Absurdity has kept this dying business alive for decades. Unfortunately, when they are done paying the organization’s officers, legal fees and lawyers, there is nothing left for the artists.
Slashdot points to a few good articles relevant to ReDigi, a company which is claiming to re-sell digital music. The RIAA has sent ReDigi a letter, more or less telling them to stop. This one should be an interesting one to follow. Will it reverse the decision of Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc. or will the industries stance of “first sale” win?
Unfortunately, with both the US legal system and the RIAA involved, one has no clue what a court may decide. While I am not too sure, “re-selling” digital media is actually legal. The case referenced was more specifically involving software not music… software purchased and physically resold. As for music, sooner or later a line must be drawn in the litigious sand that fills the litter box of the current war over content, distribution and ownership.
SOPA Not Well Liked By Many
Mike Masnick of TechDirt posted that many have been expressing a dislike for SOPA. The “Stop On-line Piracy Act” or H.R. 3261 is currently in committee hearings. One of the more popular news stories which came out of the public reaction to this potential law was “Free Justin Beiber”. The bill would make on-line streaming copyright offenses a felony, with up to 5 years prison time. Ironically, Beiber sent a cease and dessist order to Free Beiber which was started by Fight for the Future.
The TechDirt article lists the following as opposing this bill:
- Hacker News who has actually put up a site so that you can send representatives a letter.
- The ACLU regarding free speech issues
- The American Library Association as part of the Library Copyright Alliance
- Association of Research Libraries (PDF of letter) as part of the Library Copyright Alliance
- Human Rights Watch
- New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative
- The Competitive Enterprise Institute over due process concerns
- EFF – Has many articles on this topic
- Public Knowledge
- Consumers Union
- Consumer Federation of America
- US PIRG
- The Brookings Institution
- ESET over security concerns
The EFF lists even more who oppose this bill, “including Facebook, Google, Twitter, eBay, Yahoo, AOL and Mozilla”.
The process of approving this bill has also come under scrutiny, TechDirt discusses that the committee is perceived as biased and, add to that, those opposed to the bill have not been permitted to attend the hearings. The EFF has more on those who are not permitted to attend and states that many of those who are permitted to attend actually helped draft the bill.
An additional link was also brought up during the live discussion:
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- Cautious Optimism Follows SOPA Hearings: Don’t Get Cocky (readwriteweb.com)
- SOPA copyright bill draws fire (news.cnet.com)
- TechFast: SOPA Backlash, Google’s Music Store, Tablet Wars (techland.time.com)
- Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act Now (dailyfinance.com)
- Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act Now (fool.com)
- ISPs versus SOPA: Anti-piracy bill could force severe privacy-invading measures (zdnet.com)
- Google Music debuts, with downloads and sharing (live blog) (news.cnet.com)
- Google Music debuts, with downloads and sharing (live blog) (news.cnet.com)
- How SOPA would affect you: FAQ (news.cnet.com)
- Tech Giants Take Out Newspaper Ad Blasting Net Censorship Proposition (ostatic.com)
- Google Buys Motorola (indienation.fm)
- RIAA goes after ReDigi for selling “used” iTunes tracks (electronista.com)
- T-Mobile may be part of Google Music launch (news.cnet.com)