The EFF is suing the Feds to see if they are over stepping any boundaries when it comes to tapping social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to investigate possible criminal activity.
The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, seeks information from a number of federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) who are listed as defendants in the case.
The EFF is asking for records from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, the CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concerning their use of social networking Web sites as investigative, surveillance and data collection tools.
more info: http://www.internetnews.com/government/article.php/3851051
I have just read RMS’ “How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software” http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/pirate-party.html and I’m still formulating my opinion on this but in general I am ABSOLUTELY against the way copyright is done currently. When Copyright was introduced to America it was a “Creators Monopoly” and only lasted 14 years. The originators thought that was more than ample time for you to create something, make back the money that it cost you in creation, and fund you next idea. I also think that is more than enough time.
No matter what DRM is evil and douchbaggary
More thoughts to come [as soon as I have them :)]
I really want to see @doctorow and @lessig weigh in on this 🙂