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  • IT security in energy sector under scrutiny

    Posted August 21, 2003 - 2:01 pm

    In the wake of last week's devastating power outages, the U.S. Congress is demanding accounting on the state of the power grid - and that includes information on how vulnerable the IT subsystems of that grid are to deliberate cyberattack.
  • FCC phone competition rules may be finalized soon

    Posted August 21, 2003 - 10:57 am

    The final language on a broad set of regulations governing competition between telephone and Internet service providers in the U.S. may be finished by the end of this week, after a half year of waiting, according to U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials.
  • FTC chief says anti-spam bills won't work

    Posted August 20, 2003 - 8:52 am

    Internet users fed up with the seemingly endless flow of spam should pin their hopes on technological solutions rather than legislative ones, a top U.S. regulator said this week.
  • SCO's proof bogus, Linux advocate says

    Posted August 19, 2003 - 4:30 pm

    The first publicly released sample that The SCO Group Inc. claims was improperly added to the Linux source code has every right to be in Linux, according to open-source advocate Bruce Perens.
  • Report: FCC lifts AOL restriction on video IM

    Posted August 19, 2003 - 8:29 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to lift a restriction that has kept America Online Inc. from offering video entertainment over its instant messaging software, according to a report published in Tuesday's Washington Post.
  • Corporate copyright issues: How file trading could hurt your organization

    Posted August 19, 2003 - 1:08 am

    Napster may be dead, but file trading is alive and well, and most traders either don't know or don't care about which files can be legitimately shared online and which are subject to copyright restrictions. With recording industry associations beginning to launch legal attacks against file traders, you need to be extra careful about the software and files that resides on your company's computers. Unfortunately, many employees consider their work machines to be extensions of their personal lives, and use clients like Kazaa and Morpheus to download copyrighted material - along with malicious software that sometimes lurks on quasi-legal P2P networks. Read on to find out what to do if your company is afflicted by this all too common problem.
  • Porn a greater corporate worry than music downloads

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 11:28 pm

    While music MP3s are the first thing most people associate with illegal file trading, pornographic images and movies are also common on P2P file trading networks - and their presence on your company's computer can open you up to a world of legal problems. Read on to find out more.
  • Internet sparks a copyright fire: A short history of copyright in the digital age

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 11:21 pm

    Confused by the ins and outs of the digital copyright saga? This short history will bring you up to speed.
  • P2P file exchange: The law's not on your side

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 11:14 pm

    When speaking about P2P file swapping of copyrighted materials, a U.S. Justice Dept. official said, "A lot of people think these activities are legal, and they think they ought to be legal." But they aren't legal, and prosecutions are in the offing for those who make the mistake of thinking they are. Read on to find out how to keep your company out of the fray.
  • Penn State cuts off P2P file traders

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 11:10 pm

    Universities were among the first large organizations that needed to deal with the legal fallout of illegal file trading. Read on to find out how one university dealt with the situation - and if the lessons apply to your organization.
  • Tech firm nailed for internal MP3 sharing

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 11:03 pm

    With the RIAA putting legal muscle behind its anti-file-sharing crusade, companies need to watch their step. Last year, a tech company was forced to settle with the recording industry group over a server that shared MP3s internally.
  • Corporate P2P use is common, study says

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 10:59 pm

    Despite the recording industry's increasingly litigious crackdown, file-swapping software is still deeply entrenched in corporate networks: over 77 percent of surveyed companies had at least one instance of Kazaa or Morpheus on their systems, according to a recent report.
  • P2P file sharing: Ethics and the law

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 10:55 pm

    This page may fall under About.com's Teen Music site, but the information it presents is relevant to any business with young-at-heart employees who use P2P networks to download, share, and swap music on company equipment. The links here will help you figure out what steps you need to take to keep your network users on the straight and narrow.
  • Despite IT efforts, corporate P2P use rampant

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 10:51 pm

    This article examines a sad fact in modern IT: despite policies and admonishments, people are still using their companies computers to illegally download and share copyrighted material. Read on to find out about some potential solutions, both administrative and technical.
  • SCO makes legal case to its resellers

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 4:28 pm

    Mixing James Bond video clips with dry analysis of legal contracts and source code, The SCO Group Inc. made its legal case over IBM Corp.'s alleged misappropriation of Linux source code to 650 developers and channel partners at its annual trade show in Las Vegas on Monday.
  • Obscenitycrimes.org marks 1st anniversary with over 26,000 reports

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 10:15 am

    Launched just over a year ago, obscenitycrimes.org has received 26,000 alerts to potential illegal hardcore pornography on the Internet. The site's goal is to facilitate and encourage enforcement of the federal Internet obscenity laws (18 USC 1462 and 1465) throughout the U.S.
  • Proposed law for spam and cookies wins approval

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 10:06 am

    Proposed UK regulation to address unsolicited commercial e-mail, cookies and other privacy-related problems has received general support from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), the Alliance for Electronic Business (AEB) and the Advertising Association (AA). See a draft of the proposed regulations.
  • Nations move closer to anti-spam legislation

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:55 am

    Aussie spam lobbyists hope Australia's proposed "opt-in" legislation banning the sending of unsolicited junk electronic mail will put pressure on other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt similar measures.
  • Criminal sanctions needed in AU anti-spam laws

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:48 am

    Some say a new anti-spam legislation document for Australians does not go far enough in punishing people found guilty of spamming. It's a nominal fine, but it doesn't change the work practices. Also, a spam advisory member went so far as to say that companies, especially in the U.S., regarded fines for spamming as operating expenses.
  • Anti-spam legislation: Chocolate teapot or Holy Grail?

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:31 am

    Technology created spam, and some believe technology will solve the problem. The rationale - technology moves at the speed of light, compared to politics which frankly, doesn't.
  • Spam Summit: Laws flawed from outset - but still a step in the right direction?

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:07 am

    This summer, the UK government launched its first major offensive on the problem of unsolicited email with the All Party Internet Group's first Spam Summit. However, Steve Linford from Spamhaus raised concerns about the effectiveness of the legislation believing that many hard-core spammers will be unmoved by any changes in legislation. "These people are convicted criminals, with criminal records as long as your arm and they have no intention of stopping regardless of what changes are made in the law."
  • Overview of the "Can-Spam Act"

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 8:49 am

    The "Can-Spam Act" would let federal regulators and Internet service providers sue spammers who use forged e-mail headers, who do not let recipients unsubscribe, or who send bulk messages to e-mail addresses obtained through crawling the Web. See an overview of the proposed legislation.
  • Overview of the Criminal Spam Act

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 11:24 pm

    Recently introduced, the Criminal Spam Act (CSA) would punish repeat spammers with up to five years in federal prison and fines of up to $25,000 a day. See an overview of the legislation.
  • PeopleSoft expands Oracle lawsuit

    Posted August 13, 2003 - 9:07 am

    Continuing its efforts to block Oracle Corp.'s hostile takeover bid, PeopleSoft Inc. has added more allegations to its lawsuit against the database software maker, PeopleSoft announced Tuesday.
  • SCO signs up first IP Compliance licensee

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 8:06 am

    An unnamed U.S.-based Fortune 500 company has become the first major licensee of The SCO Group Inc.'s Intellectual Property Compliance License for SCO Unix, according to the Lindon, Utah, Unix vendor.

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