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It's a cheap legal trick -- one that even the US government isn't above using to escape cases where it may be found liable for legal fees. When the pushback arrives, dump the case. Standard m.o. There's very little margin in their normal shakedown work. That's why they try to bundle up as many Does as possible in every filing. And that's why they move to dismiss as soon as they encounter a little friction.

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IP trolls are about 90% cardboard facade. They puff themselves up with blustery legal threats written on serious-looking legal letterhead, but it's really no different than the defensive mechanisms of many creatures found on the lower end of the...
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Recent years have seen a rapid resurgence in AI leading to an increasing impact across many industries, such as finance, as more companies use algorithms or 'neural networks' that learn from data, allowing computers to make better predictions and take smart actions in real time. https://re-work.co/blog/deep-learning-in-finance-top-5-key-areas-to-be-impacted


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Recent years have seen a rapid resurgence in AI leading to an increasing impact across many industries, such as finance, as more companies use algorithms or 'neural networks' that learn from data, allowing computers to make better predictions and take smart actions in real time.
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But the decision underscores a broader trend in these cases: courts across the country, faced with unfamiliar technology and unsympathetic defendants, are issuing decisions that threaten everyone's rights.

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In a dangerously flawed decision unsealed today, a federal district court in Virginia ruled that a criminal defendant has no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in his personal computer, located inside his home. According to the court, the federal government does not need a warrant to hack into an individual's computer.
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This means that the Netflix library in one country can be entirely different from that of a neighboring nation.

This is a direct result of the territorial licensing deals the movie industry is built on. However, now that people are more connected online these restrictions are also an increasing source of frustration.

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MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd fears that Europe's plans to limit geo-blocking will "cause great harm" to the movie industry. In a keynote address at the CineEurope convention, Dodd warned that broad access to movies and TV-shows will result in fewer films and higher prices for consumers.
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From ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, this week, Intel Corp. announced that its new Xeon Phi product family, formerly code-named Knights Landing, is now shipping for high-performance computing and machine learning workloads. The company had been shipping to early customers for the last six months and was waiting to ramp up production before making the product generally available. The window also gave OEMs time to complete their readiness, said Int...
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The evidence obtained should have been suppressed because the officer had no reason to stop Strieff and demand his ID. The state of Utah has already conceded this was an illegal stop. But it has appealed it all the way to the nation's top court because it wants the fruits of the illegal search to remain unsuppressed and, more importantly, the government wants the precedent. It got it. (emphasis added)

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The Supreme Court hasn't necessarily been kind to the Fourth Amendment in recent years. While it did deliver the Riley decision, which instituted a warrant requirement for searches of cellphones, it has generally continued to expand the ability...
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A Slate article? blink What dimension did I wake up in?

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We get distracted and move on to the next shiny thing. But one important point: The mainstream media lobbies hard for gun control, but it is very, very bad at gun journalism. It might be impossible ever to bridge the divide between the gun-control and gun-rights movements. But it’s impossible to start a dialogue when you don’t know what the hell you are talking about.
It’s like clockwork. Sick, twisted clockwork. A mass shooting happens. There is a flurry of confusing reports. A death toll is announced, a shooter ide ...
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Opening up more markets and more users, while having less overall friction will be bad for the film industry? Only if it's run by complete idiots who don't know how to take advantage of a larger market. But, I guess that's the MPAA way!

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MPAA Chris Dodd has apparently decided to take the fairly insane stance that what's good for the public is clearly bad for Hollywood. That's the only conclusion that can come from the news that he's actively campaigning against the EU...
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While it's nice to see PS3 owners get a little something after six years of litigation, the overall trend in technology remains one where consumers can't tinker with the hardware they "own," can't be sure the hardware will adhere to day one marketing promises, have no guarantees that the gear will even work even one year down the line, and can't sue if what they own is intentionally downgraded or crippled by the manufacturer. Progress!

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We've noted countless times how in the modern computing era, you don't really own what you think you own. You don't really own the music or books that can arbitrarily disappear on your devices, and you no longer really own a wide...
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Fine ... they want a "takedown and staydown" system... Give it to them with the following conditions:

1) A fool proof system that takes into account fair use, and is cheap and easy for the normal person to counter in the case of "mistaken" notices, goes into place. Not this ContentID crap, not this DMCA with no teeth on crap notices ... no, if you're claiming something, you better damn well own what you're claiming.

2) Revert Copyright to 12yr (paid registration) + a single 12yr extension (paid extension).... No more automatic copyright, no more copyright after death... none of that crap. If you can't monetize it after a 24 years, you were doing something wrong.

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Huge Artists Coalition Piles Pressure on Congress Over DMCA - For the past several months the effectiveness of the DMCA has been under the spotlight from two separate but unavoidably linked perspectives. Firstly, copyright holders are tired of the endless game of whac-a-mole which sees them taking down copyrighted content from pirates sites (and even search engines like Google), only to have it reappear in the future. They argue that game can never be won and the only solution is a “takedow...
A coalition of 186 artists, bands and songwriters have penned an open letter to Congress complaining about the ineffectiveness of the DMCA. From Taylor Swift, Trent Reznor, deadmau5 and U2, to Sirs Paul McCartney and Elton John, the message is clear: The DMCA allows tech companies to make huge profits while artists and creators suffer.
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Perhaps it may not be "in the scope" of the current charter, but it sure as hell is relevant to, and directly affected by, what's being done...

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Linux Weekly News reports on the latest turn of events: I proposed that the group take up the discussion before moving to recommendation, and the chairman of the working group, Microsoft's Paul Cotton, refused to consider it, writing, "Discussing such a proposed covenant is NOT in the scope of the current HTML Media Extensions WG charter."

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W3C DRM working group chairman vetoes work on protecting security researchers and competition
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