Legal Web/Tech

Copyright “offense” ruled invalid

The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that Lexmark, the second largest printer company in the U.S., cannot invoke the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in its lawsuit against Static Control Components (SCC). The opinion is not binding on the Federal Court that is reviewing the case. SCC, a small North Carolina firm, sells a chip […]


Info deluge

The worldwide production of information has increased by 30 per cent each year between 1999 and 2002, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The team started measurements with terabytes, but quickly found that insufficient; they also measured information by exabytes, each equal to a million terabytes. In 2002, we produced about five […]

Personal Technology

Court rules on digital TV

A federal appeals court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), upholding a ruling that all television tuners larger than 13″ must have digital tuners by July 2007. The court noted the catch-22 — consumers aren’t buying digital TVs because of the paucity of digital programming; programmers cite lack of receivers as a reason […]