In the final days of a failing model, old media made one last futile attempt to save its fading way of life by trying to expand copyright law to exclude fair use and linking. Just this morning, my DaniWeb colleague, Sharon Fisher wrote a post called [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4479.html"]This Blog Post Could Be Illegal[/URL]. Seems Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has written a [URL="http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2009/06/the_future_of_n.html"]blog post[/URL] of his own (note the irony here) that copyright should be expanded to bar access to any copyrighted material without the copyright holders express consent …

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I wasn't surprised to read that the Apple iTunes store had been hacked. It was just a matter of time. I was even less surprised to see that the applications were a prime target for the hackers and pirates. I can see that peer to peer networks and illegal downloads will be appealing to some iPhone users (and iPod Touch users) just like any other. What did surprise me was to see in [URL="http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/03/iphone-develope.html"]Wired Magazine[/URL] that some of the developers not only tolerate it (we'll come on to why not in a second) but think it's 'cool'. That's an actual …

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I've never made it a secret that I'm a big fan of Apple products. I love my Mac Book Pro and my iPhone, but I have to say that Apple has been pissing me off lately. The company has decided to throw its legal weight around to protect its market share instead of letting the products speak for themselves. Two cases in particular stand out: the multi-touch patent and attempting to criminalize jail-breaking iphones. [B]Multi-Touch Patent[/B] At the end of January, it surfaced that Apple had scored a [URL="http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39605137,00.htm"]patent for multi-touch technology[/URL] and that it could, if it wished sue …

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The End.