Daily Archives: March 11, 2017

Tales from the Public Domain: BOUND BY LAW?

A documentary is being filmed. A cell phone rings, playing the “Rocky” theme song. The filmmaker is told she must pay $10,000 to clear the rights to the song. Can this be true? “Eyes on the Prize,” the great civil rights documentary, was pulled from circulation because the filmmakers’ rights to music and footage had expired. What’s going on here? It’s the collision of documentary filmmaking and intellectual property law, and it’s the inspiration for this new comic book. Follow its heroine Akiko as she films her documentary, and navigates the twists and turns of intellectual property. Why do we have copyrights? What’s “fair use”? Bound By Law reaches beyond documentary film to provide a commentary on the most pressing issues facing law, art, property and an increasingly digital world of remixed culture.

download the book here: CSPD Comics | Duke University School of Law

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Theft! A History of Music

A graphic novel laying out a 2000 year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap. The comic, by James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins and the late Keith Aoki, is available as a handsome 8.5 x 11″ paperback, and for free download under a Creative Commons license.

download the book here https://law.duke.edu/musiccomic/






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WikiLeaks: We’ll Work With Software Makers on Zero-Day

When WikiLeaks on Tuesday dumped thousands of files documenting hacking tools used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, many feared WikiLeaks would soon publish a trove of so-called “zero days,” the actual computer code that the CIA uses to exploit previously unknown flaws in a range of software and hardware products used by consumers and businesses. But on Thursday, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange promised that his organization would work with hardware and software vendors to fix the security weaknesses prior to releasing additional details about the flaws.“After considering what we think is the best way to proceed, and hearing these calls from some of the manufacturers, we have decided to work with them to give them exclusive access to additional technical details we have, so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” Assange said in a press conference put on by his organization. “Once this material is effectively disarmed by us, we will publish additional details about what has been occurring.”

Source: WikiLeaks: We’ll Work With Software Makers on Zero-Days — Krebs on Security

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Legally blind Tasmanian furniture maker invited to exhibit work at international light show 

A Tasmanian furniture maker has been selected to exhibit his work at an international light show in Italy.Duncan Meerding, who lost most of his vision at 18, makes lamps from tree stumps that would usually be treated as waste wood.Mr Meerding’s workshop is full of lamps he is making for a new upmarket hotel in Hobart, some of which he will show at the Euroluce lighting show in Milan in early April.But he is determined that his story of success does not fall into common narratives around disability.”I think the media and the public in general have a real issue with disability in general, where there’s either the ‘hero’ mentality or the ‘poor person’, as in the pity mentality,” Mr Meerding said.”It is part of the journey I’ve been on and without my vision being degenerated when it did, I wouldn’t have designed the designs I have.

Source: Legally blind Tasmanian furniture maker invited to exhibit work at international light show – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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21% of websites still use insecure SHA-1 certificates 

New research from Venafi Labs shows that 21 percent of the world’s websites are still using certificates signed with the vulnerable Secure Hash Algorithm, SHA-1.On February 23, 2017, Google affiliated security researchers announced they cracked the SHA-1 security standard using a collision attack. The incident proved that the deprecated cryptographic secure hash algorithm still used to sign many website digital certificates can be manipulated.Newly issued certificates using the SHA-2 family of hash functions solve these problems, but Venafi Labs’ research shows that many companies have not replaced all their certificates with ones signed by SHA-2. This leaves organizations open to security breaches, compliance problems, and outages that can affect security, availability, reliability and even profits.

Source: 21% of websites still use insecure SHA-1 certificates – Help Net Security

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World’s Tallest Teenager Gets 3-D Printed Shoes For His Size-28 Feet – 

The world’s tallest teenager now has the world’s largest pair of 3-D printed shoes.

Source: World’s Tallest Teenager Gets 3-D Printed Shoes For His Size-28 Feet – All That Is Interesting

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EFF Applauds Amazon For Pushing Back on Request for Echo Data

The number of Internet-enabled sensors in homes across the country is steadily increasing. These sensors are collecting personal information about what’s going on inside the home, and they are doing so in a volume and detail never before possible. The law, of course, has not kept up. There are no rules specifically designed for law enforcement access to data collected from in-home personal assistants or other devices that record what’s going on inside the home, even though the home is considered the heart of Fourth Amendment protection. That’s why it’s critical that companies push back on requests via currently existing rules for data collected via these new in-home devices.[1] EFF applauds Amazon for doing just that—pushing back on a law enforcement request for in-home recordings from its Echo device.The widely-publicized case involves a first-degree murder investigation out of Bentonville, Arkansas. The victim, Victor Collins, was found in November 2015 his friend’s home. The two had been drinking and watching football with a few others at the friend’s home the night before. The friend, James Bates, was charged with first-degree murder. He pled not guilty and is currently awaiting trial.During a search of the defendant’s home in December 2015, police found an Amazon Echo in the kitchen. The police seemed to think that the device—which is “always listening” to its surrounding for its “wake” words, Alexa, Echo, or Amazon—may have recorded what went on inside the home. They seized the device and later served Amazon with a warrant for any “audio recordings, transcribed records, or other text records related to communications and transactions” between the Echo device and Amazon’s servers for a 48-hour period surrounding the incident, along with subscriber and account information. Amazon turned over the defendant’s subscriber information and purchase history, but it refused to turn over any recordings or transcripts.

Source: EFF Applauds Amazon For Pushing Back on Request for Echo Data | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Ohio city says pet pot-bellied pig Olive is not allowed | New Carlisle

A New Carlisle family has less than a month to get rid of their beloved 100-pound pot-bellied pig Olive.City officials recently sent the family a letter telling them pigs of all types are considered livestock and not allowed to live inside city limits.“She’s in our family; she’s like a dog, a cat,” said Misti Hedrick, who added that she plans to start a petition to bring changes to the livestock ban before voters as early as the August ballot. Meanwhile, Hedrick is seeking a temporary home for Olive.

Source: Ohio city says pet pot-bellied pig Olive is not allowed | New Carlisle

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Panic as 16ft King Kong model catches fire at premiere in Vietnam

Crowds gathering for the Vietnam premiere of the new King Kong movie fled in panic after a huge model of the famous gorilla caught fire.Flames, which had come out of a nearby simulated volcano as part of the evening’s entertainment, quickly spread, according to reports.The 5m (16ft) tall ape then caught alight and within five minutes the whole of the stage outside a cinema had burned down.Onlookers at the scene – a shopping centre in Ho Chi Minh City – had originally thought the spreading of the blaze was part of the programme.But then realising the fire was serious, they scrambled to escape.

Source: Panic as 16ft King Kong model catches fire at premiere in Vietnam

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State DMV backs allowing self-driving cars with no human on board – San Francisco Chronicle

Self-driving cars with no human behind the wheel — or, for that matter, any steering wheel at all — may soon appear on California’s public roads, under regulations state officials proposed Friday.The rules represent a delicate balance, trying to ensure the safety of a new technology many people don’t trust while avoiding tough restrictions that could send car companies fleeing to other states.Until now, California has required all 27 companies testing autonomous cars in the state to have someone in the driver’s seat, ready to take over, when testing on public roads. And those vehicles needed to have steering wheels and brake pedals, even if some self-driving car engineers didn’t consider them necessary.Both of those requirements would disappear under the new regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.Instead, automakers would need to certify to the state that their own testing — either on closed tracks or through computer modeling — shows the cars are ready to operate on public roads with no one behind the wheel. Tests with no driver would require an operator monitoring the car, ready to steer via remote control if necessary.

Source: State DMV backs allowing self-driving cars with no human on board – San Francisco Chronicle

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FBI Used Best Buy Repair Technicians as Secret Agents | OC Weekly

Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.To sidestep the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, for example, potential child pornography on customers’ computers without any prodding by the government. Assistant United States Attorney M. Anthony Brown last year labeled allegations of a hidden partnership as “wild speculation.” But more than a dozen summaries of FBI memoranda filed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this month in USA v. Mark Rettenmaier contradict the official line.One agency communication about Geek Squad supervisor Justin Meade noted, “Agent assignments have been reviewed and are appropriate for operation of this source,” that the paid informant “continues to provide valuable information on [child pornography] matters” and has “value due to his unique or potential access to FBI priority targets or intelligence responsive to FBI national and/or local collection.”

Source: FBI Used Best Buy Repair Technicians as Secret Agents | OC Weekly

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California State Bar bans sex between attorneys and clients

SAN FRANCISCO The State Bar of California approved an ethics rule that would subject lawyers to discipline for having sex with their clients.California currently bars attorneys from coercing a client into sex or demanding sex in exchange for legal representation.But voluntary sex between attorneys and clients is not prohibited as long as it does not cause the lawyers to “perform legal services incompetently.”The new rule would completely ban sex between lawyers and clients with some exceptions.As of May 2015, 17 states had adopted a blanket sex ban drafted by the American Bar Association, according to an ABA committee that looked at implementation of the group’s ban.Still, California’s proposal was divisive.Supporters said the relationship between a lawyer and client is inherently unequal, so any sexual relationship is potentially coercive. But some attorneys said the blanket ban was an unjustified invasion of privacy.The bar’s Board of Trustees passed the rule Thursday as part of a long-awaited overhaul of attorney conduct standards that revised or crafted 70 ethics rules. The new rules approved Thursday will now go before the California Supreme Court, which has final say over them.The bar’s ethics rules for attorneys were last fully revised in 1987. Lawyers who violate the regulations are subject to discipline ranging from private censure to loss of their legal license.

Source: California State Bar bans sex between attorneys and clients | The Sacramento Bee

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Papa John’s blames poor restaurant sales on bad NFL ratings

Papa John’s, the official pizza sponsor of the NFL, didn’t exactly score a touchdown when it came to 2016 pizza sales.Following weak same-store sales in the fourth quarter of last year, the popular chain saw its stock drop 8 percent on Feb 22.Same-store sales are utilized to figure out the amount of sales growth that can be credited to new store openings. That’s based on sales made by stores open longer than 12 months.

Source: Papa John’s blames poor restaurant sales on bad NFL ratings | Fox News

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Fugitive gives himself up to police – but changes his mind after they take too long to arrive

A man suspected of breaking his ex-partner’s jaw tried to give himself up to police – but changed his mind when they took too long to arrive. Benjamin Partridge, 35, went to his brother-in-law Andreas Thomas’s house in Kings Norton, Birmingham last Tuesday and was apparently ready to hand himself in. But after waiting 45 minutes for police to arrive, he gave up and left, taking two cans of cider from the fridge with him.Police frantically searched the area but could not find him.  Mr Thomas, 47, said he even left his front door unlocked so police didn’t have to kick it in.

Source: Fugitive gives himself up to police – but changes his mind after they take too long to arrive

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Saint Laurent ordered to remove ‘degrading’ posters

Paris (AFP) – France’s advertising regulator has ordered fashion house Saint Laurent to remove posters of extremely thin models in “degrading” poses after an outcry over their appearance around Paris.The campaign features a reclining woman in a fur coat and fishnet tights opening her legs and another of a model in a leotard and roller skate stilettos bending over a stool.Stephane Martin, head of advertising regulator ARPP, told AFP Tuesday that his organisation had received 120 complaints over the way the posters depicted women.The authority bars all “degrading and humiliating” representations of people.It has written to Saint Laurent asking them to “stop the use of these images, to withdraw them or to change them,” Martin said, explaining that a more detailed assessment of the campaign would be made on Friday.Britain’s advertising watchdog banned a Saint Laurent advert two years ago that featured an overly thin model whose ribcage was showing.

Source: Saint Laurent ordered to remove ‘degrading’ posters

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