Aardvark Daily aardvark (ard'-vark) a controversial animal with a long probing nose used for sniffing out the facts and stimulating thought and discussion.

NZ's leading source of Net-Industry news and commentary since 1995
Headlines | XML feed | Contact | New Sites | Archives | Job Centre | MARKETPLACE | For Sale
Note: This column represents the opinions of the writer and as such, is not purported as fact
Lighten Up 26 July 2002 Edition
Previous Edition | Archives

Please support the sponsor
Sponsor's Message
Yes, it's the end of the week already and time for a little levity by way of the weekly "Lighten Up" section.

You may be aware that somewhere in the USA lives the world's largest ball of string -- but I bet you never knew they had a giant bra ball.

If you thought that was weird, you might be wrong -- it seems as if making large balls out of discarded undergarments is the "in thing" right now. Just to prove my point, here's another one

While sticking wit the theme of feminine products, perhaps a visit to tamponhenge might be worthwhile. Obviously this person has an active imagination and far too much time on their hands. Would you spend the price of a domain name and hosting on something like this?

Feature: Promoting Your Website
Dont' forget to check out the series of hints on how to promote your website which will be regularly added to throughout the next few weeks.

New this week: The Importance Of Branding

Tying Up Loose Ends
It's been an interesting week with a lot of focus on the law and the Net so I thought I'd summarise and tidy up some of the loose ends today.

First up: copyright.

I've had some feedback from people who are in a position to know what they're talking about and they tell me that by and large, my interpretation of the copyright laws as they apply to digital media are not too far off the mark.

In respect to making backup copies of your CDs for use in the car or just to protect the original disk I'm told that this would be a technical infringement of the Act but, since there's no loss of royalty involved, there would be no remedy levied by the courts.

This perhaps explains why the recording industry, to the best of my knowledge, has never prosecuted anyone for making such backups.

Readers Say
(updated hourly)
From Yesterday...
  • Surpression orders... - Simon


  • Copyright and music... - Chris
  • Last bastion?... - Brian
  • Copyright and patent law... - Tom
  • The system failed years ago... - Dominic
  • Copyright or Copy Right!... - Mike
  • Have Your Say

    I've also been informed that despite what the recording industry might say, from a strictly legal perspective, copying a CD or any other intellectual property is not "theft" -- it is a copyright infringement.

    So, maybe if the recording industry were a little more honest and open about this sort of thing they'd get more public sympathy.

    It also appears that my assertions regarding Sony promoting its Mini Disk player as a device for ripping CDs being a breach of section 37 of the Act were right on the mark

    This leaves me asking: If the local recording industry is so very worried about people ripping/burning CDs, why aren't they taking action against Sony for promoting a device specifically to perform this type of piracy?

    Once again it would appear as if the recording industry isn't telling us all the facts here and are being very selective about who they choose to target as an enemy of their recording artists.

    In short, I'd say that the recording industry have blown their credibility over the issue of casual music copying completely to hell.

    Now what about the issue of illegal links?

    Well, as I predicted, someone posted a link to the online news story allegedly carrying the name of "Mr X" -- and later, someone actually posted the name to a local newsgroup. It seems however, that Mr X's lawyer is saying that the news story got it wrong -- but if you were trying to protect the identity of your client that's what you'd be expected to say wouldn't you?

    If the story is actually correct, will the courts take action to identify the person or persons who breached the suppression order? If not, doesn't this simply verify the assertion that such orders are a joke in this Internet age?

    Remember, to be just, the law and its application should also be fair. If those who breached the suppression order are allowed to get away with it this time but perhaps someone else is prosecuted the next time this happens -- how could that be considered fair or just?

    Now here's the totally ridiculous thing...

    Kiwis can link directly to stories on news websites in the EU, but EU residents are just discovering that it's not legal for them to do so.

    That's right -- they can publish a suppressed name with immunity but they can't link to it from another site. We can link to the story but we can't publish its contents.

    What a mess!

    Once again I have to say that it's time some international treaties were put in place to provide some consistency of legislation and reciprocity of enforcement across geographical borders. Until this happens then lawmakers in all countries will find their efforts to control the flow of information will be continuously thwarted. The end-result could be that all governments might eventually end up using the same type of filtering proxies that China and a few other countries force on their Net users.

    Have your say.

    Linking Policy
    Want to link to this site? Check out Aardvark's Linking Policy.

    Did you tell someone else about Aardvark today? If not then do it now!

    Security Alerts
    PGP Outlook plugin has major hole (TheReg - 12/07/2002)

    IE scripting flaw uncovered (TheReg - 12/07/2002)

    Microsoft Reveals Still More Security Flaws (NewsFactor - 28/06/2002)

    OpenSSH Hole Uncovered
    (CNet - 28/05/2002)

    Apache Web Servers at Risk - Patching Urged (NewsFactor - 23/06/2002)

    Virus Alerts
    Kowbot worm targets Kazaa network
    (VNuNet - 01/07/2002)

    Worm exploits Apache vulnerability (Computerworld - 01/07/2002)

    Soccer World Cup Virus Detected (iNetNews - 07/06/2002)

    Bookmark This Page Now!


    NZL Sites
    NZ Netguide
    NZ Herald Tech
    PC World NZ
    NZOOM Technology WordWorx

    AUS Sites
    Fairfax IT
    Australian IT
    AUS Netguide
    NineMSN Tech
    APC Magazine

    USA Sites
    CNNfn Tech
    Yahoo Tech
    ZDNet Tech
    USA Today Tech
    7am.com SciTech

    UK Sites
    The Register
    BBC SciTech


    My Jet Engines
    Check Out Me And My Jet Engines

    The Day's Top News
    Open in New Window = open in new window
    New Zealand

    Open in New Window She's a hard road finding the perfect regime: Webb
    Telecommunications Commissioner Douglas Webb has emphasised the difficulties of trade-offs when deciding the best parameters for competitiveness and cost in New Zealand's telecommunications networks...

    Open in New Window Spectrum auction through to round seven
    The government's latest spectrum auction has reached the end of its first week with two of the four bands already completed and much competition in the final two...


    Open in New Window On trial: Digital copyright law
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday in an attempt to overturn key portions of a controversial 1998 copyright law...

    Open in New Window Microsoft stomps on swarm of bugs
    Microsoft released four security advisories on Wednesday to fix security holes, the most serious of which could allow an attacker to take over the database functions of the company's SQL Server 2000...

    Open in New Window Fear and Lockdown in America
    IT pros believe, overwhelmingly, that American businesses aren't prepared for cyber attacks, which is only fueling Washington's rush to centralize power...

    Open in New Window French far-right website under fire
    Two civil rights associations ask a French court to ban the website of a far-right group linked to the man who tried to kill President Jacques Chirac...

    Open in New Window Deep Linking Takes Another Blow
    A 1996 European Union directive that protects database content is used in a case brought against a search engine by a German newspaper...


    Open in New Window ATO issues warning over Web site confusion
    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued a warning to consumers to be careful not confuse commercial tax service portals with government run tax sites...

    Open in New Window Teacher threatens action over Net allegations
    A Queensland high school teacher has vowed to pursue those who used the Internet to falsely accuse him of sexually abusing students at his school...
    The Age


    Open in New Window Microsoft pledges $5.2 billion to R&D
    Microsoft plans to increase its research and development budget by 20 percent and hire 5,000 new workers in the coming year, Chairman Bill Gates said on Thursday...

    Open in New Window Can Computers Fly on the Wings of a Chicken?
    In late June, a chemical engineer from the University of Delaware filed a patent that described a new generation of microchips...
    Washington Post

    Open in New Window Gates: Microsoft Fell Short in .NET Push
    Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates acknowledged in a speech that his company has done only an average job of deploying its .NET strategy, and continues to face challenges as it pushes the technology...

    Open in New Window ICANN moves against VeriSign retired domain land grab
    The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers may block a controversial proposed service from VeriSign Inc that would allow the company and its partners to offer customers chances to register expiring domain names...
    The Register

    Open in New Window Keeping your cyber self safe and sound
    A few simple steps can help protect you and your computer from online harm...

    Looking For More News or Information?

    Search WWW Search Aardvark

    Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2002, Bruce Simpson, republication rights available on request

    jet engine page