A German man convicted of murder has demanded that Wikipedia remove his name from all articles about the killing of his victim, Walter Sedlmayr.
Hollywood executives have made a lot of noise about wanting ISPs to implement "three strike" policies for online piracy, but haven't made much headway with network providers. Now, however, a town in Ohio has taken matters into its own hands by instituting a one-strike policy -- against itself.
In a stunning show of disrespect for civil liberties, the federal authorities recently attempted to subpoena the IP addresses of Web visitors to the left-wing news site Indymedia.us, the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation reports.
The Georgia newspaper Columbus Ledger-Enquirer can't post Twitter updates about a drug trafficking trial, a federal judge has ruled. In a remarkably expansive interpretation of rules banning broadcasts of criminal cases, U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land found that tweeting was a form of broadcasting because it "would result in casting to the general public and thus making widely known the trial proceedings."
Music fans often lament that Apple Corps. has so far refused to allow Beatles songs to be sold as digital downloads. So when BlueBeat.com started offering downloads of Beatles tracks last week, observers immediately wondered how the site could have secured the rights to the tracks. The answer soon emerged: BlueBeat didn't own the rights to the catalog. Instead, the company said it used "psycho-acoustic simulation" to rerecord the originals.
Google today breathlessly announced the launch of its new Dashboard, which lets users see all of the information associated with their Google Account. "Transparency, choice and control have become a key part of Google's philosophy, and today, we're happy to announce that we're doing even more," the company boasts, in what is one of the biggest overstatements it's ever made.
Entertainment companies have been saying for a while that they'd like to see Internet service providers deal with piracy by developing "three strike" plans that could result in disconnecting copyright infringers. So far, however, U.S. ISPs haven't been all that receptive.
European privacy regulators are continuing to press the U.K. to take action regarding secret tests conducted by controversial behavioral targeting company Phorm. The European Commission, which commenced legal proceedings in April, has now taken the case to the next level, according to The Register. If the U.K. government doesn't satisfy the European Commission within the next two months, the agency will take the case to the European Court of Justice, The Register reports.
Things are looking up for bloggers, with lawmakers once again talking about enacting a reporters' shield law that would cover journalists who aren't employed by a mainstream media outlet.