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Russian Web Site Sells Songs by the Megabyte
Tired of paying 99 cents a track for your music downloads? Try paying for them by the megabyte.
An online store based in Moscow is selling music downloads by popular artists like Norah Jones, Usher, Prince, Outkast and scores of others for 1 to 2 cents per megabyte of song.
What's more, the downloads are free of restrictions, and you can choose their format: WMA, AAC, MP3 or even direct copies of CD tracks with so-called lossless codecs.
The Net's gettin' messy
Among the open source community there's a commonly used acronym, "POGE." It stands for the "principle of good enough," and it's meant to emphasize the open source tenet that you don't begin a project by over-engineering the end result. Instead, you do what is "good enough" and then let things improve over time.
The Net started this way. In the beginning, it was "good enough." Good enough for some forms of communication. Good enough for posting documents that linked to other documents. Good enough for putting dirty pictures online.
The Dangers of Instant Messaging
As South African businesses start to realise the risks related to the use of e-mail and the Internet, little is known or done about equally significant risks resulting from the use of instant messaging (“IM”) in the workplace.
Employees may download free IM applications from the Internet and use it for various purposes. IM makes it possible to see who is online, exchange electronic messages in real time, share video clips and even documents – it is faster than e-mail and less intrusive than a phone call.
Microsoft’s MSN Messenger allows users to send instant messages, invite as many as 14 people to join in an online conversation, send live-action webcam and send messages to cell phones. IM can also be used to make international phone calls and receive breaking news (see http://messenger.msn.co.za/Feature/).
Sex E-Mails to Minors Not Shielded by First Amendment
In a victory for child protection advocates and law enforcement, a state appeals court rejected a first-ever constitutional challenge to the Florida Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1986.
The unanimous ruling handed down by the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee on Monday, holds that e-mails intended to lure children into illegal sexual activity are not protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Interactive e-law course
Use of e-mail and the Internet can kill a business and ruin a reputation (see examples). Company directors face increased IT security risks and liabilities (see examples). Reinhardt Buys, editor of the Cyberlaw @ SA, will present two one-day Interactive E-Law Seminars in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Seminar modules will include the ECT Act, the RIC Act, records management, IT security risks and liability prevention and website compliance. Delegates will also receive over 1000 pages of electronic and searchable course content and free copies of Cyberlaw I and Cyberlaw II. Click here for more details or contact Nicky at (021) 461 7387 / email@example.com