Senator Hatch’s INDUCE Act is gaining more coverage as each day passes, though I have yet to spot anything from the major media outlets. Are you surprised? No, I didn’t think so. I’m not. Wired has posted a story this morning covering the backlash titled File-Trading Bill Stokes Fury and other sites have started to report the Senator’s plans to fundamentally change copyright law in favor of the media conglomerates. Ars Technica has also published a piece: Induce Act seeks to eliminate innovation.
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Just a quick follow-up to my previous post about the INDUCE Act. The esteemed Lawrence Lessig has provided some commentary on the situation and added a little more information in the form of Senator Hatch’s floor remarks regarding the bill. His statements are worth a read, assuming you are up for translating politician-speak.
Mr. Lessig, also notes that “there is talk that this massive new layer of federal regulation of technology will happen without hearings — indeed, that it will be passed in the next weeks.” So, not only are we at risk of losing our rights to use media that we own in a manner we so choose, we may lose it by the whims of a small group instead of Congress as a whole. But hey, the bill is bi-partisan! We can blame these members of both parties for bowing to the will of the media industry instead of the people the are supposed to represent:
- Senator Orrin Hatch (R- Utah)
- Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) – Ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee
- Senator Bill Frist (R – Tennessee) – Senate Majority Leader
- Senator Tom Daschle (D – South Dakota) – Senate Minority Leader
Senator Bob Graham (D – Florida)I listed the wrong Senator Graham. My apologies.
- Lindsey Graham (R – South Carolina)
- Barbara Boxer (D – California)
Isn’t it good to see our tax dollars at work…?
In one of my recent projects I had to compare disparate time formats within an archiving script. As always, Google proved immensely helpful, leading me toPHP Function Libraries: Date and Time on FAQTs, which provides solutions to many (un)common date/time manipulation questions.
The PHP Knowledgebase should prove to be a great resource down the line.
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
Author: Mark Twain
While this isn’t the least bit surprising, the Kobe Bryant case has brought to light the fact that the major cell phone carriers keep copies of text messages sent via their networks. In this case, the judge has ordered AT&T to hand over the transcripts of text messages sent by the alleged victim shortly after she had sex with Bryant. Engadget has a short write-up of the issue: AT&T Wireless keeps all your Text Messages.
According to this post at Engadget, Sprint and Cingular do not retain copies of yoru text message:
>[T]he guy who designed and implemented the SMS text messaging systems for Sprint and a large part of what is now Cingular gave us the scoop on how both carriers offer considerably more privacy than AT&T Wireless:
>>While the Sprint system is MUCH more sophisticated and does retain some data for a long time (billing and usage info, and similar) neither of these systems retain the actual content of SMS messages. Sprint’s system lets the user have a web based SMS mailbox (like an web mail but for SMS messages) and messages can be kept, at the user’s choice, in their mailbox but once a message is deleted, it’s gone. In Cingular’s case there is no retention at all. So, while the piece is true as relates to AT&T, it definately isn’t for Cingular and Sprint.