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Tuesday Evening Links
by Revcb 07:34PM Tuesday Nov 15 2011
Google Wi-Fi opt-out method mocked by analysts [eweek.com]
US Treasury Would Take in $60B If Spectrum Left With Stations [multichannel.com]
US copyright chief: Online piracy threatens whole copyright system [multichannel.com]
Foes of anti-piracy take to Capitol Hill [multichannel.com]
Sprint Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Launch Wireless Emergency Alerts on its Mobile Network [mobileburn.com]
Net neutrality is a distraction. If the FCC focused on creating real broadband competition, net neutrality would solve itself [informationweek.com]
Time for transparency on music streaming rates? [paidcontent.org]
Frontier Communication to resell AT&T service [fiercewireless.com]
Verizon Maintains Lead In U.S. Wireless Market [informationweek.com]
Moto Mobility CEO: 4G Can't Do It Alone [lightreading.com]
European Commission claims 95% of citizens have broadband access [v3.co.uk]
Public Safety LTE market to grow 298% annually through 2015 [marketwire.com]
Steve Jobs Envisioned Using Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum for Apple Mobile Phone Network [macrumors.com]
Clearwire gets a boost from China Mobile's TD-LTE progress [fiercewireless.com]
Harman and Sierra Wireless to begin road testing of in-car 4G/LTE broadband system [traffictechnologytoday.com]
Cox to stream live TV to tablets [lightreading.com]
Congress considers legalizing "informational" robocalls to cell phones [rcrwireless.com]
Devastating protocol flaw could paralyze Bitcoin system [theregister.co.uk]

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carpetshark3
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Legalizing info calls to cell phones.

Ban the telemarketers from even lobbying, dammit!
We went cell only just to get rid of the jackasses and have no desire to hear from them again.
I'll have to get a duplicate SIM for one phone and give the marketers that number then leave the phone OFF!

FFH5
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Re: Legalizing info calls to cell phones.

said by carpetshark3:

Ban the telemarketers from even lobbying, dammit!
We went cell only just to get rid of the jackasses and have no desire to hear from them again.
I'll have to get a duplicate SIM for one phone and give the marketers that number then leave the phone OFF!

Congress want to create jobs? Then don't pass a robocalls bill - make them use human beings to dial the calls.
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ArrayList
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I just use a whitelist for calls I want to accept. everything else gets sent to voicemail. If it is important, I will call them back.
Kearnstd
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any laws that prevent someone from trying to act like the Jerky Boys with a rudely timed sales call?
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jseymour

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Waterford, MI
said by carpetshark3:

Ban the telemarketers.

Fixed it for you.

It's just phone spam. Pure and simple. It should have been against the law from Day 1. I pay for my phone service for my use, not somebody else's. Same with my email.

I am thoroughly fed up with being constantly bombarded with marketing garbage--much of it on my dime.

Jim
Kearnstd
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Spam especially costs businesses of all sizes tons of money because they have to maintain systems to fight it and spend time cleaning up the inevitable mess it creates when that one guy actually opens a spam and starts a virus infection.
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IowaCowboy
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Debt Collectors

You still have rights with third party debt collectors and debt buyers like the ability to send a cease and desist letter and they cannot cause you to incur telephone charges. The law is called the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Not to mention various state laws regarding the matter. Here in Mass, you have the right to not receive collection calls at your place of employment by notifying them in writing. This is in addition to the federal protections.

If you qualify, you can get rid of the debts by filing bankruptcy.
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Copyright should ultimately fail

We really should just let its current incarnation totally crash and burn in glorious hellfire.... Copyright as we know and hate it today has nothing what so ever to do with protecting the artist who came up with the idea and everything to do with making sure a corporation controls the IP for the next 100+ years.

Current copyright rules stifle creativity just like current patent laws do. they prevent innovation, prevent progress of America itself.
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Link Logger
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Re: Copyright should ultimately fail

And what would you replace copyrights with? As one of those artists (software), I'm always interested in hearing what people would replace the current copyright system with.

One problem I have is patents seemed to be used where copyrights used to be enough, but since copyright lacks teeth, I can see why some companies are using patents, even though its wrong.

Blake
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Rekrul

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Milford, CT

Re: Copyright should ultimately fail

said by Link Logger:

And what would you replace copyrights with? As one of those artists (software), I'm always interested in hearing what people would replace the current copyright system with.

Copyrights should last for a much shorter period of time, but be renewable for a yearly fee. The fee would start out small, but increase every year. At some point, preferably in a fairly short period of time, the copyright owners would have to decide which of their properties were really worth renewing the copyright on and which should be let go.

I propose a five year copyright term, with the renewal fee starting at $1 and doubling each year. This would not only make it impossible for companies to hold on to copyrights forever, it would be an additional source of income for the government.

In addition, copyright holders would be required to give a copy of each work to a special government agency who would release the work as soon as the copyright expired. This would prevent works from being "lost".

Also, copyrights would apply to each work as a whole, not to every little piece that is included. If a TV show included copyrighted music, it could still become public domain, even if some of the music it uses is still copyrighted. Then you wouldn't have cases like WKRP in Cincinnati, where they replaced all the music for the DVD release.

Of course, I'm sure you won't like any of these suggestions as they would benefit the public more than the copyright holder, however that's how copyright was originally supposed to work. Besides, in today's world, what version of a piece of software remains profitable for more than a few years anyway? You've probably released a dozen different versions by now and under my proposed plan, each would be considered a new work, with five years of copyright coverage. However the older versions would be released to the public domain.
Kearnstd
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A reformed copyright system, which is why I said the current version should crash and burn.

I'd like to see the return of shorter copyrights and no extensions. the whole life+75 is harmful.

id say copyright should be 20 years for an artist and 6 years for a corporation. since a corp has far more potential for right away profits they do not need a longer term. the artist copyright would be a hard 20 years though... if they die after publishing that copyright still holds for 20 years.

Patents are a whole different issue because right now you can patent everything. the method I interact with my computer should not be patentable... the actual code and actual engineering in the hardware should be. basically the technology of the touchpad in this MacBook should most certainly be patentable... the "Action of clicking icons to launch programs" should not be... but most likely is.

*Copyright lengths id say are negotable too, maybe move up to 30 years... basically id just like to see them shorter, right now people will live and die and content they have consumed will possibly still be under copyright when their grandchildren hear it.
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Link Logger
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Re: Copyright should ultimately fail

Here is the problem in a nutshell around duration of copyright, how many commercials, shows, movies etc have you seen that use music from the 70's or earlier should the movie company be able to use that music without payment, or a musician today be able to re-record or digitally sample a song from the 70's without payment? Whoever is using that song is making money or is trying to, why should the original artist get some of that?

To make it worse most musicians sell the artist's rights (ie the copyright) to the company and one of the reasons they do this is as an individual they don't have the resources to market or protect the song's copyright (ie you don't see individual artists going after music pirates, you see their industry going after them).

Now everyone seems to be concerned about duration of a copyright, but people who create content are concerned about the lack of teeth in copyrights, and neither comment thus far has anything about what to do about copyright infringements which was the initial reason for copyrights.

I have software which has sold for over ten years (if it does something truly useful and its well written (ie I took the time to design, develop and test it thoroughly)), you can have software sell for a long time. In fact every piece of software I've built in over twenty years is still in use today.

As I've often said software patents are just wrong and the idea behind a patent was you could patent an expression of an idea, but not the idea itself, but today the patent office is completely screwed and incompetent and we have tons of patents which are trying to protect an idea which is not what patents were for, but like I've said since copyrights don't have any teeth content creators and companies have little choice left but to patent their stuff in order to have some protection.

Blake
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Kearnstd
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Re: Copyright should ultimately fail

You add a good point that I failed to make in my copyright reform idea.

Copyrights would hard expire after 20 years.. but only for non commercial use.

But how can you give it more teeth? piracy already technically can bring a 250k fine that is certainly teeth. the simple fact is you cant enforce copyright on the net without breaking the net.

I honestly care more about my ping to the WoW servers than the ability of WB to protect their latest film. as such I would not want Comcast to have to sniff every packet just to look for piracy.
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newview
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Take back your phone ...

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Now, for the first time you can register your phone number with the non-profit non-partisan National Political Do Not Contact Registry (NPDNC) so we can add you to the Political Do Not Call list.
»www.stoppoliticalcalls.org

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Politicians robocall you. Now you can robocall them.

Welcome to the Robocall Revolution. We believe that voters should have access to the same technology political groups use to get their message across; so we built a simple web-based robocall tool to literally give citizens back their voice in the political discourse. What better way to exercise your rights to to speech, than to actually speak truth to power?

ReverseRobocall.com provides voters an easy way to communicate with one or hundreds of politicians or political groups using the same technology politicians use, the robocall or automated phone call.
»www.reverserobocall.com

DaveRickmers

join:2011-07-19
Canyon Country, CA

Google Admits Stealing WiFi Data for $$

That's a felony violation of ECPA and the Wiretap laws.