Monday, June 4, 2007

Technology stranglehold news

RIAA and Universal accused of extortion
A Florida victim of RIAA lawsuits is striking back, accusing Universal Music Group of being extortionists: In a new Tampa, Florida, case, UMG v. Del Cid, the defendant has filed the following five (5) counterclaims against the RIAA, under Florida, federal, and California law:

1. Trespass
2. Computer Fraud and Abuse (18 USC 1030)
3. Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices (Fla. Stat. 501.201)
4. Civil Extortion (CA Penal Code 519 & 523)
5. Civil Conspiracy

via BoingBoing

China puts moratorium on new internet cafes

China is "placing a ban on the licensing of new internet cafes for 2007 while officials investigate supposed breaches of their restrictive rules. Specifically, the thought police want to find out how widespread the illegal renting of licenses and failure to register customers really are, as part of a larger crackdown on internet culture"
via engadget

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