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More Feedback from Number 10

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| Those e-petition replies just keep on coming.
|
| In response to the following:
|
|
| “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to not force internet
| service providers to act as legal representatives for the RIAA and be
| treated like a common courier.”
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http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/20...number-10.html

Music stars unite to seek control

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| UK pop and rock stars are taking action to try to gain ownership and control
| of their work from record labels.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7652053.stm


Recent:

British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…
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http://slated.org/british_government_violates_copyright


Bad Phorm: UK Police give green light to Internet spying

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| The email is quoted by El Reg and states that "it has been decided that no
| Criminal Offence has been committed" and there was a "lack of Criminal Intent
| on behalf of BT and Phorm Inc in relation to the tests."
|
| The best bit, though, is the revelation that BT customers would have given
| implied consent to being spied upon without their knowledge because the aim
| of the tests was to enhance product quality.
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20759/1054/


Police close file on BT's trials

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| The City of London Police have said there will be no formal investigation of
| BT over its secret trials of an ad monitoring system.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7634210.stm


Accused of tolerating scammers, an ISP goes dark

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| Intercage president Emil Kacperski said Pacific did not tell him why his
| company had been knocked offline, but he believes it was in response to
| pressure from Spamhaus, a volunteer-run antispam group, which has been highly
| critical of Intercage's business practices. A spokesman for Pacific could not
| immediately comment on why the company terminated Intercage's service.
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http://www.softophile.com/links-2209...cation-uk-govt


Bad Phorm: UK Police give green light to Internet spying

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| The email is quoted by El Reg and states that "it has been decided that no
| Criminal Offence has been committed" and there was a "lack of Criminal Intent
| on behalf of BT and Phorm Inc in relation to the tests."
|
| The best bit, though, is the revelation that BT customers would have given
| implied consent to being spied upon without their knowledge because the aim
| of the tests was to enhance product quality.
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20759/1054/


Police drop BT-Phorm probe

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| The European Commission is now the last authority that could move against BT
| and Phorm, or punish UK authorities for their failure to enforce privacy
| regulations. Responsibility for enforcing those rules belongs to the
| Information Commissioner's Office. In letters to BT earlier this year,
| obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, it agreed with the firm that
| its customers were too stupid to understand what the tests were about, and
| said it did not intend to pursue the matter.
|
| Commission lawyers are currently analysing the UK government's explanation of
| why no action has been taken. Last week the Department for Business,
| Enterprise and Regulatory Reform said it believes future Phorm deployments
| can be legal, but refused to make public what it told Brussels about the
| secret trials.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09...m_police_drop/


UK government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...-stole-website


Number 10 and the Creative Commons

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| I can only assume that Number 10 have requested, and received, permission of
| the author to remove all traces of this license and attribution from their
| Wordpress site. I have left a “contact us message” at the author’s website to
| see if this is the case…
|
| [Update] Anthony Baggett, the theme’s author, has just confirmed that No 10
| have not requested that the attribution be removed. That’s not playing fair
| by my book.
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http://www.theopensourcerer.com/2008...ative-commons/


More on Number 10’s website fiasco

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| The original stylesheet4 is 612 lines in length and is 9234 bytes in size
| (9KB).
|
| The modified stylesheet5 is 3826 lines long and weighs in at a frankly
| astonishing 63724 bytes (63KB)!
|
| [...]
|
| “If” the developers have modified the Wordpress engine, as is being suggested
| as a possibility here, and then sold it to the Government, in my humble
| understanding that means they have distributed their modifications. That
| means those modifications must also be licensed under the GPL. I had a quick
| look on New Media Maze’s web site and couldn’t find an area for software
| downloads or mention of the GPL. That doesn’t say anything to be honest and
| there might be nothing to this, but it would be interesting to find out a bit
| more… Is there a real Wordpress guru who can look at the “footprint” of the
| XHTML the site generates and tell if it is different? Or are there any other
| ways to tell if it has been modified?
|
| Anyway, what a wheez this all is for us bloggers: It just isn’t Gordon’s year
| is it…
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http://www.theopensourcerer.com/2008...-on-number-10/


US presidential candidate is a pirate

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| THE PRESUMED Republican US presidential candidate John McCain favours
| draconian copyright enforcement, except when his own election campaign uses
| other people's music.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...tial-candidate
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