Protests against the arrest of jailed Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov have spread oversees. The US Embassy lobby in London will be the focus of a demonstration this coming Friday August 3.
As Stanford's Lawrence Lessig pointed out in yesterday's New York Times, Sklyarov broke no copyright laws, nor did he steal any 'intellectual property'. But he did publish details of how Adobe's flawed eBook encryption program may be circumvented, and so falls foul of the US DMCA.
Post-Napster Pirates Commandeer Computers; Internet's Digital hackers hold grab-fests on private systems. There's been a wild party at the New York City Board of Elections. With plenty of movies--"The Green Mile," "Braveheart" and "Unbreakable"--and pop music from Willa Ford and R.E.M., plus MTV videos. All free and all illegal.
Travis Willis, a soccer star and honor student at Waynesville High School, faces the prospect of a felony conviction that could affect the rest of his life. The 18-year-old faces two to eight years in prison if convicted of posting nude pictures of a local girl on the Internet. Willis told the girl and her mother that the photos were a practical joke, according to court records. Meanwhile, the girl involved must face the prospect that the images could have been seen online worldwide.
A former systems administrator for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pleaded guilty to sabotaging several databanks at the agency after supervisors disciplined him by taking away his security clearance.
Microsoft, the Government and the FBI will co-chair a press conference Monday to persuade web users worldwide to update their security software. The worm was identified on July 19 and causes infected computers to send floods of bogus traffic to US Government websites. The Government routinely works with private companies to issue warnings but they have never made such a high-profile stand together