3 Count: Yoga Fight

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1: Privacy Group Charges Apple Plans to Patent “Traitorware” and Spy on Users

First off today, the the U.S. Copyright Office may have created an exemption to make jailbreaking phones illegal, the game of cat and mouse is already continuing as Apple, according to the EFF, has applied for a patent on technology to monitor users and disable jailbroken phones. The tools would contain technology to listen to users, monitor heartbeat and other steps to make sure that an authorized user is using the phone. This technology could also be used to lock down jailbroken phones remotely, creating a concern that the implication of the recent USCO ruling could be very limited.

2: ‘Yoga Wars’ Spoil Spirit of Ancient Practice, Indian Agency Says

Next up today, India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, which is operated by the Indian government, has gathered Yogis from all over the country and has documented some 900 yoga poses, including videos of 250 popular ones, in a bid to protect the art form from what it sees as foreign parties committing “yoga theft” by attempting to copyright and trademark their own systems. The content will be submitted to the international patent system.

3: Notice of Ridiculous Activity

Finally today, in an image posted on Reddit, developer Dimitri Chestnykh of codingrobots.com sent in a take down notice to The Pirate Bay regarding a cracked version of one of his applications available on the site. However, he wasn’t requesting the takedown for copyright reasons, but because the crack was of extremely poor quality and, he felt, might “cripple” the user experience. He instead insisted that the torrent in question be removed and that a new, more basic one, be put in its place since the original was lazy and poorly done. No word on if The Pirate Bay has complied but it seems highly unlikely.


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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