My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

February 5, 2013 7:59 pm
Site plagiarizes blog posts, then files DMCA takedown on originals


A dizzying story that involves falsified medical research, plagiarism, and legal threats came to light via a DMCA takedown notice today. Retraction Watch, a site that followed (among many other issues) the implosion of a Duke cancer researcher’s career, found all of its articles on the topic pulled by WordPress, its host. The reason? A small site based in India apparently copied all of the posts, claimed them as their own, then filed a DMCA takedown notice to get the originals pulled from their source. As of now, the originals are still missing as their actual owners seek to have them restored.

» via ars technica

One of the many loopholes in a seriously outdated piece of legislation.

October 2, 2012 10:12 pm
Judge decries “excessive” copyright and software patent protections | Ars Technica

“The problem of excessive patent protection is at present best illustrated by the software industry. This is a progressive, dynamic industry rife with invention. But the conditions that make patent protection essential in the pharmaceutical industry are absent. Nowadays most software innovation is incremental, created by teams of software engineers at modest cost, and also ephemeral—most software inventions are quickly superseded. Software innovation tends to be piecemeal—not entire devices, but components, so that a software device (a cellphone, a tablet, a laptop, etc.) may have tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of separate components (bits of software code or bits of hardware), each one arguably patentable. The result is huge patent thickets, creating rich opportunities for trying to hamstring competitors by suing for infringement—and also for infringing, and then challenging the validity of the patent when the patentee sues you.”

June 30, 2012 2:19 am
Samsung Barred From U.S. Nexus Phone Sales in Apple Suit

I don’t understand how this is any more infringement than any other android device.  This better not result in the Galaxy S3 getting blocked or I’m going to be pissed.

May 8, 2012 6:45 pm
Adam Yauch Sued Over Beastie Boys Sampling the Day Before He Died - Hollywood Reporter

I’m sorry but if you actually need a special machine to even tell a piece of audio is being sampled and it’s still not acceptable then I don’t even know what fair use is.

May 7, 2012 3:24 pm
Google-Oracle Jury Reaches Impasse on Key Issue; Google Did Infringe Some Oracle Copyrights -

Not all that surprising. This is the legal equivilant of not being able to decide so just giving both sides a little of something. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the patent portion, I predicted that Oracle would have an easier job with that argument. Google is going to have to essentially prove that Java never should have been patented.

March 15, 2012 8:20 pm
RIAA chief: ISPs to start policing copyright by July 12 | Media Maverick - CNET News

This seems to be appearing in enough sources to be credible, but I don’t understand the ISP’s motives. Unless I greatly misunderstood all 3 internet policy classes I had, the DMCA and it’s ‘safe harbor’ rules give ISP’s no liability to any copyright infringement they aren’t specifically made aware of, are they forfeiting this?

January 20, 2012 4:16 pm
What Megaupload's Demise Teaches about Cloud Storage | PCWorld

Honestly I’m not so sure you could say this wasn’t a case of overreaching. Even by calling Megaupload a cloud service you are acknowledging a legal use for the site and therefore based on precedent (read,_Inc.) the product can not be legally shut down. I do recall maybe once learning about a security requirement in a similar case where there must be reasonable measures to protect against infringing uses. In this case it’s true that Megaupload didn’t require a password or other forms of protection that would put liability solely on the user like many other cloud services do. The cloud overall should be okay whether the password issue is a factor in this case or not as most cloud services use such a feature and would not be as open as Megaupload.