13 May

Network Solutions changed their domain name contract recently to allow them to take away your domain names at their discretion. To get an idea how idiotic and ridiculous their perspective on this issue is, check out this quote:

“Phil Sbarbaro, NSI’s legal counsel, offered a parallel to summarize prevailing law: ‘You don’t own a domain name any more than you own your phone number.'”

It’s renewal time for one of my domains, and I really want to use another registrar. But will NetSol screw me over if I try to move?

11 May

Microsoft is invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to get Slashdot to remove posts that MS claims violate its copyright. Whether the posts in question violate copyright is debatable — most of them seem to be fair commentary. Jon Katz points out:

“Under the worst provisions of the DMCA, you don’t even have to prove copyright infringement, just allege it… and the ISP can only avoid liability by booting the offenders or deleting the allegedly offensive material.”

Does that scare you? Maybe it should. Read the law for yourself, or read an overview.

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