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22 January 2006

Some current political news

First, there is an article over at the Washington Post: As Elections Near, Officials Challenge Balloting Security where some election officials are purposely hacking the results to test it.

Second, an article at the EFF: New Senate Broadcast Flag Bill Would Freeze Fair Use. This one is a little scary. From the article:

Well, that's not what the entertainment industry has in mind. According to them, here's all tomorrow's innovators should be allowed to offer you:

"customary historic use of broadcast content by consumers to the extent such use is consistent with applicable law."

Had that been the law in 1970, there would never have been a VCR. Had it been the law in 1990, no TiVo. In 2000, no iPod.