"They are not claiming copyright on the instructions. They are claiming that the instructions violate the anti-circumvention clause of the DMCA. That clause specifically forbids telling people how to circumvent controls that restrict access to copyrighted material."
Are you sure? What part of the DMCA forbids instruction?
If you read the court's ruling in Berger v New York, it is apparent that eavesdropping upon a telephone call was treated as a "seizure" when addressing 4th Amendment concerns (e.g., "Likewise the statute’s failure to describe with particularity the conversations sought gives the officer a roving commission to ‘seize’ any and all conversations").
There may be later Supreme Court rulings that supersede Berger's ruling (I didn't search for one) but on the face of it, it seems that the deprivation of property is not a requirement within the legal definition of "seizure".
From a purely administrative standpoint, the "life of the author plus" formula needs to go. Copyrights should exist for fixed period from the point of registration (and, yes, copyrights should need be registered).
There needs to be some modicum of sanity in the law such that people can at least know whether or not a work is under copyright.
Even if the effort were to fail in getting the movement's candidates elected, the campaign may still be a success in forcing members of congress to commit to a stance for or against the issue of campaign finance reform.
In response to various “Amazon has no real choice but to remove the pre-order buttons” — on this I don’t agree. ... But I also believe removing the preorder buttons is, as I said in my post, a deliberate “shot across the bow.”
I am not familiar with Amazon bookselling practices but if they were to include a pre-order option, would that not have to specify a set price? If so, how should that price be determined?
I agree with the part about "ubiquitous data standards, to identify works and those who have rights in those works"; however, I would word it as 'all works seeking copyright protection need to be registered and have an archival copy submitted to the copyright office'.
We have determined that the fact of the existence or nonexistence of the materials you request is a currently and properly classified matter...
So when Congressman Mike Rogers denied the existence of these programs last July, he was actually revealing classified information concerning matters of national security. Further, when he admitted the existence of these NSA programs last August (after Glenn Greenwald released documents detailing their makeup), he similarly engaged in revealing classified information.
And who do you think Mr Beck turns to when he needs to find out how to access his email, print a document for his producer, or take a photo with his phone? Dollars to dumplings it's his son.
Defying all logic, these darn kids somehow seem to be learning something from these infernal gadgets beyond how to plan mass killing sprees -- they may even know of a means to get around the insuperable problem of searching an ebook for a particular passage without the benefit of "tactile memory".