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P-to-P vendors call for compulsory licensing

A representative of five peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendors have called on the U.S. Congress to force the entertainment industry to license content to P-to-P vendors if music and movie companies don't voluntarily license their products.

MS to change IE default in music feature

Microsoft will change its "Shop for Music Online" feature in Windows XP so that it does not automatically invoke the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, thus complying with a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) mandate.

W3C head Berners-Lee to be knighted

Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), will be named a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth of the U.K., the W3C announced last Wednesday.

Judge: RIAA can't subpoena file-trader info

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) does not have the authority under U.S. law to subpoena the names of alleged peer-to-peer file traders from ISPs (Internet service providers), a federal appellate court ruled Friday.

First test of IPv6 network goes well

An early test of a multisite, next-generation Internet, powered by IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) went well, and the coalition of groups working on the so-called Moonv6 project will conduct more comprehensive tests starting in February, said two ...

Senate approves spam bill, goes back to House

The US Senate has approved a national spam bill that would allow fines of up to $US6 million or five-year jail terms for some spammers, but the bill's legislative journey is not over yet.

Kazaa enlists users to counter industry

Sharman Networks Ltd., distributor of the Kazaa Media Desktop peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software, will launch a US$1 million advertising campaign Wednesday, hoping to mobilize its 60 million users to pressure the entertainment industry to agree to licens...

P-to-P partner accuses firms of patent violations

Altnet, a partner of Kazaa peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendor Sharman Networks, sent cease and desist letters to nine companies Tuesday, accusing them of improperly using Altnet's patented file-identifying technology to do such things as identify ...

Amount of data stored doubles in three years

If you're feeling overwhelmed by information overload lately, you may not be alone. The amount of new information stored on various media such as hard drives has doubled in the past three years, to five exabytes of new information produced in 2002, a...

Linux on the desktop: On the way, slowly

The adoption of Linux on the desktop is progressing, but there won't be a "David and Goliath" single blow that suddenly slays the dominance of Microsoft's Windows, Linux advocates said at an enterprise Linux conference Wednesday.

P-to-P vendors forge ahead with business plans

Under attack from the U.S. entertainment industry and some members of the U.S. Congress, the largest peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendors are forging ahead with business plans that some critics find ironic: the distribution of music and content lic...

RIAA: P-to-P vendors must filter content

The U.S. recording industry called on peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendors to filter out copyright content and a U.S. senator pressed the distributor of the popular Kazaa P-to-P software to cut off users who violate its end user license agreement d...

HP puts US$750m behind small business strategy

Hewlett-Packard plans to pump US$750 million into a new "Smart Office" initiative to market its computers, printers and services to small and medium-sized businesses, the company said Thursday.

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