Around the IT Industry 4/16-4/20

by Modis on April 20, 2012

 

Filesharing Under Fire

Most people in the tech industry have heard of the case of MegaUpload which had its cloud servers seized by the FBI for distributing copyrighted materials by now. Other cloud-sharing services are scrambling to distance themselves from MegaUpload’s model to avoid being the next target in the RIAA’s crosshairs. One such service, RapidShare, has proposed a business model in which content is pre-screened before being allowed for storage on their servers. If this model becomes adopted by RapidShare and other services as a satisfactory means of complying with copyright law, it could mean a serious blow to Internet privacy.

Are Antiquated Patent Laws Holding Technology Back?

American patent laws grant exclusivity for a period of 20 years, often extendable by another 5 years in certain circumstances. Andy Kessler of the Wall Street Journal says that in the tech industry, 20 years is an eternity. In order to keep up with the rapidly changing face of technology, patent laws, he argues, must be adapted to the industry in which they apply, lest they directly impede progress.

Antitrust in Silicon Valley

An antitrust lawsuit has been levied against numerous tech giants in Silicon Valley recently, stating that these companies stifled lucrative job movement by agreeing not to raid their rivals for employees through a series of secretive, bilateral agreements. The trial, which targets Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, is scheduled to take place in June of 2013.

What Does CISPA Mean for You?

The infamous Internet privacy bill CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) has been a hot topic lately, coming in so rapidly on the heels of similar bills such as SOPA and PIPA. But what does CISPA really mean for Internet users? This article explains in detail what the bill does and how it could affect your life and your business online.

How to Delete Yourself from the Internet

A lot of companies these days will use information gathered from social networking sites, previous employer newsletters, and hundreds of other methods to build up as much information on you as they possibly can without even asking. Some of this information can, at times, be damaging to your reputation or maybe you simply don’t think they have any business with it. Now, with a little help from this article, you can effectively delete yourself from the Internet. It is a time-consuming process, but if Internet invisibility is the order of the day, this is the way to go.

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