Results for December 2011
  • Backlash Spurs GoDaddy To Change Stance On SOPA
    Faced with boycott threats, domain registrar GoDaddy said this afternoon that it no longer backs the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. "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," CEO Warren Adelman said in a statement.
  • FCC Moves Toward 'WiFi On Steriods' By Approving 'White Spaces' Devices
    The prospect of "WiFi on steroids" took a big step forward today with the Federal Communications Commission's approval of the first database and first device for "white spaces," or the unused spectrum between TV channels.
  • ScanScout Finalizes Flash Cookie Settlement
    The Federal Trade Commission said today that it finalized a settlement with ScanScout for allegedly using Flash cookies to track Web users. The deal calls for ScanScout to give users an easy way to opt out of the collection of many types of data, including IP addresses. The company is still allowed to collect data from opted-out users for some purposes, including frequency capping, fraud prevention and age verification.
  • Law Prof: Terms Of Facebook's Privacy Settlement Not Stringent Enough
    Facebook's recent privacy settlement with the Federal Trade Commission isn't sitting well with everybody. UC Berkeley law professor Chris Hoofnagle, for one, thinks the terms aren't stringent enough.
  • Universal Claims Right To Remove Clips -- Even When They Don't Infringe Copyright
    Record labels have made no secret of their distaste for cyberlockers like Megaupload which, the labels argue, contribute to piracy by making it easy for people to share music. So Universal Music Group couldn't have been thrilled when a clip showing celebrities like Will.i.a,m, Sean Combs and Kim Kardashian endorsing Megaupload went live on YouTube earlier this month. Even so, it was surprising to learn that Universal demanded the clip's removal shortly after it appeared online.
  • House Judiciary Committee Delays SOPA Vote
    The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee decided this afternoon to delay voting on the controversial anti-piracy bill Stop Online Piracy Act until at least next week. As of now, the committee is scheduled to resume the markup on Wednesday.
  • Carrier IQ Meets With FCC, FTC About Keystroke Logging Allegations
    Executives from Carrier IQ met with officials from the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission this week to discuss allegations that the company's software can be used to snoop on users. The talks -- first reported on Wednesday by the Washington Post -- mark the latest development in the controversy that has surrounded Carrier IQ since last month, when researcher Trevor Eckhart posted a video showing how the company's software can log keystrokes. Carrier IQ's software currently is installed in around 150 million phones.
  • Silicon Valley Backs Wyden-Issa Approach To 'Rogue' Sites
    A coalition of nine of the largest Web companies are backing the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act -- an anti-piracy proposal unveiled last week by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif).
  • Righthaven's Copyrights To Be Sold At Auction
    Copyright enforcer Righthaven suffered another blow this week, when U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro in Nevada granted a request to auction off the company's assets -- including its portfolio of copyright registrations for newspaper articles.
  • User Tries To Salvage Privacy Lawsuit Against LinkedIn, Argues Information Is Property
    Web user Kevin Low has revised his complaint against LinkedIn, in a last-ditch attempt to keep alive a lawsuit accusing the social networking company of violating his privacy by "leaking" information about him to advertisers.
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