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Daily Archives: February 22, 2014

Canadian Court Decision on Copyright Trolls and P2P Lawsuit

Via Michael Geist: “The federal court has released its much anticipated decision in Voltage Pictures v. Does, a case involving demands that TekSavvy, a leading independent ISP, disclose the identities of roughly 2,000 subscribers alleged to have downloaded movies without authorization. The case attracted significant attention for several reasons: it is the first major “copyright troll” case in Canada involving Internet downloading (the recording industry previously tried unsuccessfully to sue 29 alleged file sharers), the government sought to discourage these file sharing lawsuits against individuals by creating a $5,000 liability cap for non-commercial infringement, TekSavvy ensured that affected subscribers were made aware of the case and CIPPIC intervened to ensure the privacy issues were considered by the court. Copies of all the case documents can be found here. The court set the tone for the decision by opening with the following quote from a U.S. copyright case: “the rise of so-called ‘copyright trolls’ – plaintiffs who file multitudes of lawsuits solely to extort quick settlements – requires courts to ensure that the litigation process and their scarce resources are not being abused.” The court was clearly sensitive to the copyright troll concern, noting that “given the issues in play the answers require a delicate balancing of privacy rights versus the rights of copyright holders. This is especially so in the context of modern day technology and users of the Internet.”

Release of Federal Reserve Financial Crisis Documents Shines Light on Government Response

CNNMoney: “If it wasn’t already obvious, it certainly is now: The Federal Reserve didn’t see the Great Recession coming until it was in the thick of the crisis. “I think there are a lot of indications that we may soon be in a recession,” former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told his colleagues in January 2008,… Continue Reading

Extensive DHA Licence Plate Data Collection Exists – Expansion Planned

Follow up to previous posting – EFF – A Massive Expansion of Plate Data Collection, via ACLU – Setting the record straight on DHS and license plate tracking: ” First of all, contrary to widespread understanding, DHS’ solicitation for bids had nothing to do with asking a contractor to build a nationwide license plate tracking database. Such a… Continue Reading

Joint Statement by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Attorney General Eric Holder on the Declassification of Additional Documents Section 501 of FISA

DNI News Release – February 12, 2014: ” On Jan. 3, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence declassified and disclosed publicly that the U.S. government had filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that, on Jan. 3, 2014, the court renewed that… Continue Reading

Maryland Stream Health

“Maryland has over 10,000 miles of rivers and streams that reach through every corner of our State – from the Appalachians to the Eastern Shore. They range from the mighty Potomac to small, unnamed creeks in our backyards. Our streams serve as the capillaries and arteries carrying water, life, and pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay.… Continue Reading