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Michael Allison faces 75 years in prison for recording law enforcement officials without their consent in Robinson, Illinois.
Illinois is one of the states applying old eavesdropping and wiretapping statutes to new technologies like cell phones or anything else that records audio.
Those laws technically make it illegal to record on-duty law enforcement officials without their consent. The penalty for that crime here in Illinois, is a class 1 felony. ***CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO***
***shaking head*** I’m getting the feeling they don’t like being recorded…hmmm.
Thursday Oregon Senator Ron Wyden placed a hold on the controversial PROTECT IP Act, a bill many fear would open the door to Internet censorship.
The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, (PROTECT IP Act) is meant to protect intellectual property and combat copy right infringement. However, in so doing, the bill would give the U.S. federal government unprecedented power to force ISPs and search engines to block websites they believe to be infringing on copyright and intellectual property laws without due process.
Many, including Senator Wyden, find the bill draconian, and an intolerable threat to free expression on the Internet. ***READ MORE***
If this passes MOST Forums, Blogs and Political websites will be shut down.
They will claim “UNAUTHORIZED USE” similar to the Youtube claims that get peoples videos yanked or channels shut down… anyone can report you and you have to prove your innocence to get your site back!
Since they already hold this authority to shut down illegal sites, why would they need this? They are trying to slow down the speed of information being transferred!
We are winning and THEY are PISSED!
DO NOT LET THIS PASS!!!
An Oregon nonprofit did not infringe on copyrights when it posted without authorization an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal story on its website, a judge ruled Friday.
U.S. District Judge James Mahan said during a hearing he planned to dismiss, on fair use grounds, a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), in Portland, Ore.
The lawsuit was filed last year by Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the Review-Journal’s copyright enforcement partner that also enforces copyrights for the Denver Post.
Mahan, who last year raised the fair use issue in the CIO case without being prodded to do so by CIO attorneys, said the copyright lawsuit would be dismissed because the nonprofit used it in an educational way, the CIO didn’t try to use the story to raise money and because the story in question was primarily factual as opposed to being creative.
The judge also found there was no harm to the market for the story.
“The market (served by the CIO) is not the R-J’s market,” Mahan said.
Mahan also found Righthaven’s use of the copyright for a lawsuit gives the copyright less protection than if the Review-Journal were using it in the normal course of delivering the news.
“Here the copyright has been removed from its original context,” Mahan said.
“Righthaven is not using the copyright the same way the R-J used it. Righthaven is using it to support a lawsuit,” Mahan said.
This type of copyright use has a chilling effect on free speech and doesn’t advance a purpose of the federal Copyright Act, which is to encourage and protect creativity, Mahan said. ***READ MORE***
I LOVE IT!!! Hows that working out for you there Lamda Lamda Lamda?
Read this article here at WIRED.COM if you dont know about Righthaven…
A United Nations task force formed last week said it was considering the creation of a new inter-governmental working group to help further international cooperation on policies to police the Internet.
The bureau’s members, however, decided their task force would be limited to governments only, with no representation by civil or industry groups.