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FC: Three Washington hijinks: Porn domains, DRM labels,

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Use misleading domain name, go to jail? By Declan McCullagh

March 26, 2003, 11:23 AM PT WASHINGTON--The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would criminalize using misleading domain names to lure unsuspecting people to sex sites.

Under the proposal, a last-minute amendment to an unrelated child abduction bill, people who knowingly use an innocent-sounding domain name to drive traffic to a sexually explicit Web site could be fined and imprisoned for two to four years. An example of an innocuous-sounding domain name with pornographic content is, which is not sponsored by the Bush administration.



Senator calls for copy-protection tags By Declan McCullagh

March 26, 2003, 8:45 AM PT WASHINGTON--Software, music and movies that employ copy-protection schemes must be prominently labeled with consumer warnings, according to a bill introduced in Congress this week.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would grant the Federal Trade Commission the power to establish labeling methods for technology that limits the ability of consumers to freely copy, distribute or back up digital content.



Bush order covers Internet secrets By Declan McCullagh

March 26, 2003, 12:11 PM PT President George W. Bush has signed an executive order that explicitly gives the government the power to classify information about critical infrastructures such as the Internet.

Bush late Tuesday changed the definition of what the government may classify as confidential, secret and top-secret to include details about "infrastructures" and weapons of mass destruction. The new executive order also makes clear that information related to "defense against transnational terrorism" is classifiable.


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