3 Count: Zombies and Porn

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1: SCO Appeals. Yes. Them Again.

First off today, the SCO Group, which recently lost its bid to claim that Linux was an infringement of its UNIX operating system, is appealing the verdict hoping that the Appeals Court will again grant them a reprieve. The company had sued IBM claiming that the company had unlawfully used its Unix code in Linux only to have Novell sue them claiming that SCO didn’t hold the rights to their version of Unix. After a trial, the verdict came back in favor of Novell, effectively ending the case but SCO, which is currently deep into bankruptcy, is not appealing that ruling.

2: Porn CEO: Don’t Fight Piracy With DRM

Next up today, Ilan Bunimovitz, CEO of the Private Media Group, a company that produces adult content, has said that media companies should not “punish” consumers with DRM and, instead, target sites redistributing their work legally. This comes as the company is launching an iPad application which, since Apple will not allow adult content in their app store, is built using HTML5 and is completely DRM free. According to Bunimovitz, pirated and free content is available no matter what, making DRM useless for fighting piracy.

3: Pirate Bay Hacked, 4 Million User Records Looted, Site Is Down

Finally today, The Pirate Bay suffered some downtime recently but it wasn’t due to any action by copyright holders, instead, a cracker used a SQL injection to gain access to private information of The Pirate Bay’s users. The site rectified the security hole but took the site down for maintenance while they were making some repairs. The attacker has said he will not give the information to the MPAA or the RIAA and that he is not trying to sell the data at all.

Suggestions

That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.

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