Did Obama Violate Copyright Law With iPod Gift?

President Barack Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod on Thursday with some 40 Broadway songs from popular musicals like West Side Story and the King and I.

Yet convoluted U.S. copyright laws make it unclear whether the chief executive is a copyright scofflaw. Fred von Lohmann, a copyright expert at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, explains:

“You know your copyright laws are broken when there is no easy answer to this question,” he wrote.

Read his Thursday blog post here.

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Floola 5.0 Final,copy songs to iPod

                                                    
Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes except iPhone and iPod touch). It’s a standalone application that can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation under Linux (any GTK2 distro)Mac OS X (10.3.9 or newer!) andWindows (98 or newer, including Vista).Manage Music, Videos, Podcast and Photos all in one simple app, anywhere on any computer.
Features

Floola supports almost all features offered by iPods including photosartwork,podcasts and smart playlists!

It automatically converts any incompatible audio or video file so that you can copy almost any file to it. It allows adding youtube and myspace videos with a single click. Now it even makes it possible to keep your Google calendars synched!  

Take a look at the feature list to find out what it can do and feel free to suggest anything that might be missing.

Cross plattform
Works on any Windows (98 and above), any Mac and any linux distribution with GTK installed.

 Portable
Put the application on iPod and launch it on any PC, immediately.

 Copy
add and extract songs to and from iPod.

 

 Playlists
Easily manage, import and export (m3u, pls) playlists.

 Last.fm
Join the social music revolution.

 Podcasts
Join the social music revolution.

 

 Web videos
add files to iPod just copying the page url

 Localization
Available in different languages.

 Lyrics
Lyric support even on older iPods (3G and above).

 Search for duplicates
Easily find duplicated songs on iPod.

 

 Search lost files
Easily find songs lost in your iPod.

 Artwork
Add artwork to your songs easily.

 Videos
Videos can be added to iPod.

 Convert
Convert audio and video incompatible formats

 Google Calendars
Synchronize them easily 

 Export to HTML
Create HTML files containing list of your iPod files

 Fix iPod
Did a software mess up your iPod? Fix it!

 Notes
Manage notes.

 Growl support
(Mac version only) Get beautiful system notifications.

 Snarl support
(Windows version only) Get beautiful system notifications.

 Music
Play iPod’s music.

 Photos
Freedom to simply add photos to iPod.

 

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Floola v5.0 for Windows

Floola v5.0 for Linux

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Evidence of new iPhones, new iPod Touch?

           

We got this information from one of our awesome Apple ninjas, (yes, that one) and here’s the deal… Basically when poking around in the iPhone OS 3.0 restore ramdisk, our guy found evidence of Apple’s upcoming hardware revisions. This includes new iPhones and iPod Touches. Yes, it looks like multiple hardware units. Now, this shouldn’t be taken as fact — we’re posting it for information sake. If we had to bet however, this seems right on. From our guy:

“Apple normally makes their device IDs in chronological order, from first released to last released. Here is what I found very interesting for you. Quick, here is an example of the past devices:

iPhone First Gen – 0×1290
iPod touch 1G – 0×1291
iPhone 3G – 0×1292
iPod touch 2G – 0×1293

Then, here is what is found in the ramdisk:

iPhone2,1 – 0×1294
iProd0,1 – 0×1295
iPod2,2 – 0×1296
iPhone3,1 – 0×1297
iFPGA – 0×1298
iPod3,1 – 0×1299″

As you can see, there are multiple new hardware IDs listed which makes us believe there will be more than one new iPhone model, and there also looks like there is more than one iPod Touch as well. Hit the jump for the information we were sent:

 

<key>devices</key>
<dict>
<key>iFPGA</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTP</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4760</integer>    // 0×1298 – perhaps a test board?
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPhone</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPhone1,1</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTPEthernet</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4752</integer>    // 0×1290 – first (edge) iPhone device ID
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPhone</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPhone1,2</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTPEthernet</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4754</integer>    // 0×1292 – iPhone 3G device ID
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPhone</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPhone2,1</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTPEthernet</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4756</integer>    // 0×1294 – New iPhone?
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPhone</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPhone3,1</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTPEthernet</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4759</integer>    // 0×1297
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPhone</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPod1,1</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTP</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4753</integer>
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPod</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPod2,1</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTP</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4755</integer>
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPod</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPod2,2</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTP</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4758</integer>
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPod</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iPod3,1</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTP</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4761</integer>
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPhone</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>iProd0,1</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>standardMuxPTP</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>4757</integer>
<key>productString</key>
<string>iPhone</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
<key>unknownHardware</key>
<dict>
<key>ConfigurationDescriptors</key>
<string>unknownHardware</string>
<key>deviceID</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>manufacturerString</key>
<string>Apple Inc.</string>
<key>productID</key>
<integer>20547</integer>
<key>productString</key>
<string>Unknown- Add device descriptor info for this device</string>
<key>vendorID</key>
<integer>1452</integer>
</dict>
</dict>

 by The Boy Genius