Edupage, May 17, 2006

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TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2006 Antispam Outfit Crushed by Spammer Retaliation Lawsuits Target Software Pirates on eBay RIAA Sues XM Recording Device

ANTISPAM OUTFIT CRUSHED BY SPAMMER RETALIATION An antispam start-up based in Israel has shut its doors after a barrage of retaliatory action from spammers. In July 2005, Blue Security launched the Blue Frog service to fight spam. Users who signed up with the service would submit spam they received, which Blue Security would then use to flood the servers of spammers and the merchants whose products were advertised in those spam messages. If a spammer had a Web site that allowed users to opt out of receiving more messages, Blue Security would swamp those sites with opt-out requests. Officials from Blue Security said their tactic decreased the amount of spam many of its customers received, but it also prompted spammers to respond. Starting in May, Blue Security was the target of a denial-of-service attack, and Blue Security customers began receiving threats from spammers. The prospect of further attacks from spammers, many of whom have deep resources at their disposal, led Blue Security to end operations. "We cannot take the responsibility for an ever-escalating cyber war through our continued operations" said a statement on the company's site. "We believe this is the responsible thing to do." BBC, 17 May 2006

Software makers have filed a set of lawsuits against individuals
suspected of selling pirated or unlicensed software on Internet auction
sites such as eBay. Software industry representatives, who estimate
that $11 to $12 billion is lost annually to piracy, believe that 90
percent of software sold on auction sites violated copyright or
licensing agreements. McAfee and Symantec, the two leading makers of
antivirus software, have filed lawsuits against several individuals
from around the country. Officials from the Software and Information
Industry Association said they plan to file batches of lawsuits monthly
against individuals selling software illegally. At this point, the
suits do not target the auction service or individuals who purchase
software from suspected pirates. A spokesperson from eBay said that
although the company recognizes the illicit sale of software as a
concern, they do not see it as "a big problem."
Silicon Valley, 16 May 2006

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a
federal lawsuit against XM Radio, broadcaster of digital radio,
alleging that the company's new Inno recording device will allow
"massive wholesale infringement" of copyrights. XM, which introduced
the Inno this month, had been in talks with the RIAA over royalties for
songs saved on the portable device, but those talks reportedly broke
down. In its complaint, the RIAA argued that the new device will allow
users to record any of the vast amount of content that XM broadcasts,
leaving users with "little need ever again to buy legitimate copies of
plaintiffs' sound recordings." The suit asks for $150,000 in damages
for every song recorded by XM customers. Officials from XM pointed out
that digital radio is not an on-demand service, meaning listeners can
only record what the station happens to play, unlike an online music
service such as Apple's iTunes. XM said the new device allows
consumers to record radio broadcasts, an action that has legal
CNET, 17 May 2006

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