The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is "a kind of digital straight-jacket" violating the rights of individuals to make fair use of copyrighted materials, Stanford University Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan argued to the Second Circuit US Court of Appeals in Manhattan Tuesday.
IT distribution is a stressful business at the best of times. In bad times, it's a pretty horrible place to be, with reseller customers going titsup all over the place, inventory going off more quickly than pears, suppliers squeezing co-operative marketing funds, the constant grind to shave operating expenses.
BT announced this morning that it is to get £4.8 billion for its shares in Japan Telecom, J-Phone and Airtel. The sale to Vodafone will make more money than expected and help take a chunk out of BT's £30 billion debt.
VIA has updated its processor roadmap to confirm the arrival of the successor to Ezra, itself the follow-up to the current C3 - aka Samuel II.
Apple launched a new iBook consumer notebook - codenamed P29, incidentally - yesterday, as expected.
Linuxcare and TurboLinux look ripe candidates for acquisition after a planned merger between the two companies collapsed on Monday. Both CEOs warned that further job losses were now likely.
Updated First division and soon-to-be Premiership football club Fulham has won a WIPO case over the domain name www.fulhamfc.com.
Emulation specialist Connectix - the company that ran into so much trouble by daring to allow Mac and PC users to run PlayStation games - has released a preview version of its upcoming Virtual PC for Windows software.
We're beginning to wonder if Microsoft's strategy for its Windows Media Player 8 beta is a canny piece of viral marketing, and no more.
Ok, you've convinced us. We're going to give you a helping hand with our fiendish Codebreaker II competition. Let's face it, you need it, if Jeffrey Kane is anything to go by:
Microsoft's security patch for Outlook, which is designed to protect users from the effects of another Love Bug-style virus, has come under fire from no less a body than the US Air Force.
Yahoo's much-publicised new clampdown on porn has left Web users laughing due to its Beavis and Butthead approach to filtering.
BT is to move out of its cathedral-like offices opposite St Paul's to help reduce overheads and raise cash.
PC World is carrying on with old style misleading monitor advertising until the last possible second.
Microsoft's product activation process doesn't know who you are, and is, says the company, entirely anonymous. So if you try to activate with an invalid product key, or after you've done a little cracking you're using an invalid key, there isn't actually anything Microsoft can do about you - or is there?
Apple has quietly added the ability to burn CD recordable media to Mac OS X. The feature is part of the 10.0.2 patch which slipped out yesterday. Apple was widely criticised for omitting the capability from the initial OS X release in March - particularly as it meant that Apple could only fulfill two thirds of the promise it makes made in its global ad campaign - 'Rip. Mix. Burn' - in its new OS.
Come Independence Day, the hills of Silicon Valley will be particularly alive with holidaying tech workers.
One of the early Net successes, which has since slipped into bankruptcy - eToys.com - has been given a sarcastic send-off by namesake eToy.com.
You may well have heard that the West End of London (where we are based incidentally) was all but shutdown yesterday thanks to a massive over-reaction by the Metropolitan Police towards Mayday protesters.
Worldwide semiconductor sales slipped seven per cent in March as the industry waited for oversupply to dry up.
IBM has updated its PowerPC roadmap with plans to take its G3-class processors to 2GHz and beyond - a move that will see the company finally re-seal the breach with PowerPC partner Motorola and incorporate AltiVec technology into its microprocessors.
High Street retailer Woolworths blocked the receipt of external email yesterday amid fears that it might be targeted by virus writers during Mayday anti-capitalist protests.
Well, it's been quite an afternoon down here at the Vulture Central encryption department. Not two hours after we gave you an apparently much-needed leg up, we got an triumphant e-mail from one Mark Wutka.
Jerry Sanders today said AMD did not expect a chip price war, despite recent cuts from itself and rival.
CNET, the world's biggest IT portal, blames "short-term pressure" in the technology marketplace for falling sales, and losses in Q1.
More than 60,000 subscribers to CA's anti-virus alert email list received a spam message this morning.
Venture Capital investment tumbled 40 per cent in the first quarter of 2001, the biggest sequential drop on record.
Are you addicted to the Internet? The easy way to find out is to throw your computer out of the house for a day or two and see if you suffer withdrawal symptoms.