Some recent Ars stuff I thought might be interesting to a broader audience: A piece that ran Sunday on Blogger’s oddly opaque policy for dealing with DMCA notices, which seems designed to leave users targeted with C&D takedown notices with too little information to effectively counternotice. Not massively scandalous, but it does seem noteworthy that they seem to have gone out of their way to make it difficult for bloggers to get their hands on the original notices. Also a long and somewhat rambling piece on the reintroduced Patent Reform Act, with an admittedly rantish takedown of a jaw-droppingly horrendous study commissioned by the biotech/pharma/troll axis purporting to measure the costs of “apportioning” damages in patent lawsuits.
In other news, Dave Weigel and I are apparently in the running for a Western Publishers Association “Maggie” Award for our our Web piece on Ron Paul’s newsletters. Winners are apparently announced formally next month.