French lawmakers have once again taken up a bill that would strip internet users of their internet connections if they are caught illegally downloading music or movies three times.
The previous incarnation of the bill was defeated in the lower house of parliament in early April, after a stealth move by a group of Socialist lawmakers opposed to the law.
Support for the law was so high among legislators that most didn't bother to show up for the actual vote, which allowed the Socialists to rush in and vote the bill down at the last minute.
Don't close the book on the Google Books settlement just yet.
A judge has delayed the opt-out date for the settlement of the copyright infringement class action until September 4 so that class members can give the agreement a more thorough review.
Separately, two people connected with the matter have leaked that the Department of Justice has begun examining the agreement for antitrust violations.
Guidance Software has released its top ten best practices for dealing with metadata during eDiscovery. Metadata is a hidden threat when releasing electronically stored information to an opposing party. It lurks under the surface of documents, can reveal things that attorneys would prefer to keep under wraps, and often undermines trial strategies or worse. Check out this list for ways to avoid the pitfalls associated with metadata:
The Feds have dropped a proposal to classify the use of proxy servers as a sign of sophistication when determining the proper sentence for those convicted of a crime. For the time being, anyway.
The idea is likely to resurface once refinements are made to protect innocent uses of proxy servers that aren't related to the crime underlying the sentence.
In this post, Michael Harnish, Chief Operating Officer of Fios Inc., discusses best practices for identifying, preserving and collecting your client's electronically stored information in support of litigation.
Welcome to the world of litigation - an environment epitomizing "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." How many times have you, as a CPA and financial professional, summoned up your learned skills to review financial data associated with a litigation matter? How often have you had to collect or review client data in support of a litigation matter (or manage outside consultants to do so)? How well-prepared are you to carry out these tasks in a defensible manner?
As a result of the ever-burgeoning information explosion, a plethora of enterprise-class content management and data archiving solutions have emerged over the last several years. More and more, business, financial and CPA professionals need to be proficient in analyzing electronic data and its entomology. Electronic discovery (commonly referred to as e-discovery or the legal discovery of electronic evidence) is growing as well as the need for knowledgeable and objective, subject-matter experts.
Skype's iPhone application has quickly climbed to the top of the ranks of free applications available for the smartphone since its launch on March 31. AT&T's refusal to allow the VoIP service to operate over its 3G network, however, has been panned by an open-internet advocacy group, Free Press.