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30 Nov 2005
In one of the more peculiar developments at this week's ICANN meeting, the ICANN
board took the contentious .XXX domain off the agenda for the board meeting at
the end of the week. Multiple sources say that the European Union threatened
to withdraw all of their delegates to the Government Advisory Committee if
the board didn't do so.
But Stuart Lawley, head of the ICM Registry that is proposing .XXX has told me
that he spoke privately to the EU delegates, all of whom told him that they have
no objection to .XXX, but are using the domain as a hostage in an argument with
ICANN about ICANN's processes and the accuracy of information provided by ICANN
to the EU.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/euxxx.html
Update: The court denied the TRO request, saying that CFIT "has
not shown that the need for immediate relief is clear."
Instead the judge treated the request as notice for preliminary
injunction, with papers to be served by December 5th, and a hearing
on February 10th.
Yesterday, two separate suits to stop the settlement were filed by
newly created organizations,
Coalition for ICANN Transparency
World Association of Domain Name
I'm reading the complaints and will post an analysis when I have a
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/suit.html
20 Nov 2005
In a hitherto little noticed case, Florida spammer
Peter Moshou was sentenced to a year
in jail and a $120,000 fine for violating the CAN SPAM act.
Like the Jaynes case in which I was
a witness, this case was only possible because a large ISP did most of
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/moshou.html
Months of political maneuvering have led up to the ITU WSIS meeting
in Tunis, with increasing political pressure to pry control of
the Internet from ICANN and the US government.
Even if you grant that ICANN had the control to give up (which it
doesn't, but we'll talk about that some other time), all the arguing
about governance distracted from the original goal of WSIS which was to
improve Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the third
The day before the meeting started,
meeting's agenda appeared, cleverly phrased so that
everyone can declare victory even though nothing's changed, and they
can get back to the real work of WSIS.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/wsis.html
16 Nov 2005
The Knowledge@Wharton newsletter published by the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania has
interesting article on the Google Print cases.
Professor Kevin Werbach offers a fine capsule summary of the case:
"Google is clearly going out on a limb with respect to copyright. The
limb may well hold, which I think would be the better result as a
matter of public policy. On the other hand, the limb could
easily break. The courts will decide."
They also excerpt an interview with Pat Schroder, president of the AAP
which filed the second case:
"snippet" isn't a legal term and could evolve from meaning a
sentence to meaning a complete chapter.
I read that to say that what Google is doing is OK, and even though
there's no evidence that they plan to do anything else, we need to
stop them just because of what they might do.
I hope the judge has enough sense to recognize a cloud of smoke when
he or she sees it.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/wharton.html
06 Nov 2005
An article in CNET reports that Google hasn't resumed
scanning library books.
They say it's ``an operational thing'' and confirm that when they do resume,
they'll be scanning older books rather than those that are still in print.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/googlenotresume.html
02 Nov 2005
There's so many bad things in the proposed settlement and contract
that it's hard to keep track, so I'll try to make a list.
If you can think of things I left out, drop me a note and I'll update it.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/settlementlist.html
01 Nov 2005
An article on page B1 of today's Wall Street Journal reports that
Google is resuming their Google Print for Libraries project.
They say they're concentrating on books that are out of print,
and now say that was always the plan.
For books in print, they say they're asking permission, presumably
for the existing publisher's program.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/googleresume.html
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