STLR Link Roundup – December 18, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar:

  • The New York Times discusses the increasingly complex battle over e-book publishing rights.
  • True/Slant reports on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s glitch with his social network’s new privacy settings, and asks whether the changes might violate FTC regulations.
  • Misbehaving in the jury box: jurors researching on Wikipedia led to an overturned murder conviction, and jurors friending each other on Facebook is the subject of mistrial challenge, reports the ABA Journal.
  • Former state representative and convicted pederast Ted Klaudt claims his name is covered by “common law copyright” and says news organizations that use it in coverage have to pay him $500,000 in licensing fees, blogs The Legal Satyricon.  That’s TED KLAUDT making the claim.  TED KLAUDT.
  • Wired’s Threat Level reports on a new hacker application that deletes traces of illegal computer activity when it detects a commonly used suite of police forensic tools beginning to run.  If it doesn’t work perfectly, this could be a godsend for prosecutors looking to indict on obstruction of justice charges.
  • Microsoft dips its toes a little deeper into open-source waters with Moonlight 2, the Linux version of its web application framework Silverlight.  With the new version, Microsoft extends its Patent Covenant to End Users of Moonlight to users who get the framework from any third-party, including distributors like Red Hat or Ubuntu.
  • Apple-Psystar, the final chapter, on Gizmodo.
  • Europe drops its antitrust case against Microsoft after the software giant agreed to offer consumers a choice of web browsers installed with copies of Windows, says the New York Times.
  • Video sharing site Vimeo is sued by Capitol Records over user-posted lip dubs, reports NewTeeVee.
  • The Supreme Court will review employers’ access to employees’ text messages on company-owned mobile devices, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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