December 2003 Archives

Unexpected twists in Internet law

Senators stand up for spam bill

Senators Wyden and Burns: Why we've finally canned spam

In the end, fighting spam is going to require a multipronged approach. It will require improved technology, which is why we welcome the recent announcement that Yahoo is working on technology to authenticate the source of e-mails. Greater cross-border cooperation is needed, which is why we joined three U.K. Parliament members to urge our respective governments to engage in bilateral cooperation on spam enforcement. Of course, kingpin spammers must also face tough criminal and civil penalties, which is why we proudly co-authored the Can-Spam Act.

No injunction for pop-ups

Boston.com: Judge says Internet company can send pop-ups for now

A federal judge ruled Monday that a California company can send ''pop-up'' Internet ads that regulators have called ''high-tech extortion'' at least until the matter is decided at trial.

U.S. District Judge Andre Davis said there was insufficient evidence for him to grant a preliminary injunction sought by the Federal Trade Commission. Regulators wanted to stop San Diego-based D-Squared Solutions LLC from selling its ad-blocking software.


Oh Canada

Canada Copyright Board decides that downloading from p2p is legal (although uploading is not): Copying for Private Use: Decision and Levy Rates.

News.com: Canada deems P2P downloading legal

Virginia indicts spammer

News.com: Virginia files felony spam charges

Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore announced Thursday that his office had made its first felony indictment under the state's antispam law.

Get your voter data here

Wired News: A Vending Machine for Voter Data 

Aristotle International used a website to sell the lists, which contain details about registered voters from nearly every state. The data includes birth dates, home addresses, phone numbers, race, income levels, ethnic backgrounds and, in some cases, religious affiliations.

Although voter-registration data is a matter of public record, more than 22 states have laws restricting the purchase or use of voter lists. Yet Aristotle, based in Washington, D.C., sold lists online to anyone who wanted to buy them.

More CAN-SPAM

E-Racketeering

BBC News: E-commerce targeted by blackmailers

"Criminal syndicates operating from Russia have targeted large online payment systems that belong to gambling sites," DK Matai of MI2G, which monitors unauthorised computer hacking, told BBC World Service's Analysis programme.

"In some cases the criminal syndicates have made subsequent phone calls and said, 'look, you have to pay us $40,000 or $50,000 before we will stop mounting these DDos attacks. If you don't pay us, then be ready for another day of disruption for your customers'."

FTAA IP Chapter

IP Justice analyzes the problems with the IP chapter of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement: "Excessive Force": Report fron the FTAA Miami Ministerial

Intellectual property rights will continue to be one of the most hotly contested chapters in the FTAA Agreement with pressure from the US to increase rights. However, the US is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that is a net-exporter of intellectual property. All 33 other countries are overwhelmingly net-importers of intellectual property from the US . It makes little sense for these countries to enact laws that will only send scarce domestic resources to Hollywood and Redmond

(via Tech Law Advisor)