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New Year in Spyware

Sears adds surreptitious tracking software to its catalogue

Netflix Prize Anonymous Dataset Broken

Two computer scientists have found a way to associate some anonymized Netflix users with individual identities, showing just how fragile our data privacy is.

Amazon Rebuffs A Subpoena

When a federal prosecutor tries to subpoena the book-purchasing records of thousands of customers, Amazon stands up for its customers' First Amendment Rights

What The Romantics Don't Like About Guitar Hero

The Romantics try an end-run around the Copyright Act by claiming a cover song sounds too much like them.

Altlaw.org Wants You

An upstart database of judicial decisions puts the public back in public domain, but it needs your help.

Colleges as Copyright Cops?

A new federal financial aid bill includes unprecedented copyright provisions calling on universities to curb students' filesharing.

Facebook Ads Put You in the Spotlight

The social network's new "social ads," which create the appearance of user endorsement, could run afoul of state law.

Immunity for Telecom Compliance in Warrantless Spying ?

The Senate debates whether to grant retroactive immunity to the phone and internet service providers who allegedly illegally turned over massive amounts of customer data to the NSA.

Fair Use in Filtering

Copyright-maximalist and fair use-protecting principles for filtering user-generated content for copyrighted material butted heads this week.

Senators Call for Probe of Private Censorship

After several telecommunications companies are revealed to be discriminating which content they'll transmit, two senators start the investigative ball rolling.