Archive for November, 2005

MediaWise Foolishness Won’t End

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

The National Institute on Media and the Family issued its Tenth Annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card. The Report begins with quite a bit of the same foolishness that has characterized past endeavors, as it addresses a “problem” that can only exist in problem families.
They have for years complained about the Entertainment Software Ratings […]

Texas Attorney General Sues Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Today, the Texas Attorney General filed suit against Sony BMG under the Texas Consumer Protection Against Computer Spyware Act, seeking redress for the recently-reported practice of surreptitiously installing “cloaking” software that is very difficult to remove and reportedly leaves computers vulnerable to third parties who would use it to hide malicious code.
This may be terrific […]

Yale Weighing Whether to Burden Speech or Burden Speech

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Thanks to a major flaw in our patent system, Yale University is, as reported in the Yale Daily News, is weighing whether to pay Acacia Research Corporation an annual sum to make a questionable patent claim over streaming technology go away, or pay lawyers possibly more to prove that Acacia’s claim is baseless.
Acacia has […]

When a lawyer seeks to abridge freedom of speech

Friday, November 18th, 2005

LiveJournal reports the good news that a law-breaking lawyer has been kicked off of a case (Jack Thompson Thrown off Alabama Case by Judge). Attorney Jack Thompson has abused his own freedom of speech in seeking to abridge the freedom of speech of buyers and sellers of a popular video game. Attorneys ordinarily […]

iTunes flexible pricing may be a good thing, but only if iTunes controls the price

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

CD reports that EMI Group expects iTunes to offer flexible pricing within a year . The report suggests growing pressure from some record companies to control iTunes’ retail price in the name of “flexible pricing.” The problem is that if this is true, it may be illegal.
Record companies are already free to […]