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Attacks Escalate As Microsoft Announces Emergency Patch

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Copyrights And Copy Wrongs
2. Today's Top Story
    - Attacks Escalate As Microsoft Announces Emergency .ANI Patch
    Related Story:
    - Microsoft First Notified Of .ANI Bug In December
3. Breaking News
    - Report Documents Video Game Addiction
    - Spam Soars In 1Q, Small Businesses Under Fire
    - Oracle Ships New Software For Manufacturers
    - Spam Costs $712 Per Employee Annually
    - Microsoft's Windows Vista In At Department Of Interior
    - Microsoft Offers Windows Vista License For Thin Clients
    - Apple's iTunes To Sell EMI Music Catalog Without DRM; Beatles Not Included
    - Will Intel's Planned China Fab Start An Offshore Exodus?
    - Small, Fast, Cool: IBM's Optical Chip Set Has It All
    - Goosing Windows Vista
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - Yahoo And Microsoft Fight For Mobile Search While Google Pushes For The Entire Third Screen
    - LG Shows Off Phones With Google At CTIA, But No Google Phone
    - Google's Arms-Length Embrace Of Windows Vista
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Fund Raising And Record-Keeping Software As A Service: A Total Communications System
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done." -- James Fenton


1. Editor's Note: Copyrights And Copy Wrongs

Anyone who downloads music or videos from the Internet should read David DeJean's analysis of copyright laws, how they impact you, and how to enjoy creative works without breaking the law. Really good stuff.

But given all the confusion (much of it generated by the big media companies) over what constitutes fair use of copyrighted material, it might be helpful to revisit some key tenets of copyright law -- some of which might surprise you.

For instance, copyright law exists as much to promote creativity among the general public as to protect the rights of the person who wrote the book, created the movie, or recorded the song. More than 300 years ago, a landmark British case decisively declared it was not in the public's best interest for authors to control the rights of books in perpetuity. Why is that? Because artists and writers and musicians as a matter of course build on existing work to make exciting new ones. This is not about stealing, plagiarism, or copying -- this is about true innovation and creativity that transforms. That's why since that date there has always been a time limit on copyrights.

This is also why there was a significant amount of dismay in the creative community when in 1998 Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended what many considered the already too generous copyright protection by 20 years.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for protecting the rights of creative individuals. My sixth book comes out in August, and, yes, I want to enjoy the fruits of my labors. But as someone working in a creative field (I write fiction as well as nonfiction) I believe there should be balance of rights between what rightfully belongs to the creator and what is owed to the public to encourage even more innovation and creativity.

Stanford professor Laurence Lessig has long argued persuasively on behalf of reaching an agreement on copyright protections that serves the interests of all. As the founder of Creative Commons, he argues for "balance, compromise, and moderation" that equally takes into account the need for innovation as well as protection. You might also want to check out the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University if you're interested in this subject.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know by replying to the InformationWeek Weblog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Attacks Escalate As Microsoft Announces Emergency .ANI Patch
Microsoft is getting ready to release an off-cycle patch today for the bug that has spawned more than 100 malicious sites and a worm over the last few days.

Related Story:

Microsoft First Notified Of .ANI Bug In December
An exploit for the zero-day vulnerability hit the wild last week, more than three months after Microsoft learned of the bug. Microsoft says it took more than three months to craft the patch.


3. Breaking News

Report Documents Video Game Addiction
A January survey of more than 1,100 youths from ages 8 to 18 found that addicted gamers receive lower grades in school than their peers, Harris Interactive says.

Spam Soars In 1Q, Small Businesses Under Fire
Small- and medium-sized businesses are taking the brunt of the barrage as spam levels jump more than 76% in the first quarter of the year.

Oracle Ships New Software For Manufacturers
E-Business Suite Release 12 updates the software's approach to supply chains, operations, and customer accounts.

Spam Costs $712 Per Employee Annually
A survey by Nucleus Research and KnowledgeStorm suggests that nine out of 10 e-mail users are frustrated with spam and one in 100 "appear to be at the breaking point."

Microsoft's Windows Vista In At Department Of Interior
In contrast to other federal agencies, technology officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior appear set on migrating their 70,000-plus PC users to Microsoft's latest operating system.

Microsoft Offers Windows Vista License For Thin Clients
The Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop license is available for a subscription fee that varies based on hardware configurations and the number of users at a customer site.

Apple's iTunes To Sell EMI Music Catalog Without DRM; Beatles Not Included
The tracks will be available at a higher audio quality and will cost 30 cents more than Apple's regular price of 99 cents a track.

Will Intel's Planned China Fab Start An Offshore Exodus?
"The U.S. chip industry has just taken one on the chin," said iSuppli analyst Len Jelinek.

Small, Fast, Cool: IBM's Optical Chip Set Has It All
It will move data eight times faster than existing optical technology.

Goosing Windows Vista
Little-known facilities built into Windows Vista let it exploit flash technology to rev system performance.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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Yahoo And Microsoft Fight For Mobile Search While Google Pushes For The Entire Third Screen
Stephen Wellman has finally settled back into New York after a jam-packed visit to this year's CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Fla. One of the big stories in the wider media that, surprisingly, didn't generate much insider buzz at CTIA was the ongoing war to capture the emerging mobile search market.

LG Shows Off Phones With Google At CTIA, But No Google Phone
The world's fifth largest handset maker, LG, at CTIA announced its plan to preinstall Google applications on future LG handsets released in North America and other markets.

Google's Arms-Length Embrace Of Windows Vista
So much is said about the rivalry between Microsoft and Google that it's easy to forget they share a common interest. Windows Vista and Google's Web-based applications will coexist on millions of computers as more people make the move to Microsoft's new operating system. That software combo had incendiary potential, but so far no alarms are sounding.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Agilent seeking IT Manager in Santa Clara, CA

Telerik seeking Developer Support Consultant in Newton, MA

Network Insight seeking Chief Technology Officer in San Diego, CA

ITT Corporation seeking Sr. System Analyst in Fort Wayne, IN

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Fund Raising And Record-Keeping Software As A Service: A Total Communications System
Learn how a true Web-based solution, or software as a service, can make sure your nonprofit organization's most important asset -- donor information -- is easily accessed and fully protected.


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