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A bill before Congress would make it a felony to make more than 10 software copies worth more than $5K, even if not done "willfully" or for profit. A first offense could net three years in jail; a second offense six years. [PC World Online, 04Aug97. EduP.]

Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-NC) wants to remove computer games from all government computers. [USA Today, 18Jul97. EduP.]

Is it OK (in the US) to use computer-generated minors in sex films? The first court case may be . [NEWS.COM, 08Aug97.]

Canon's Specialized Transfer Art Replication System (STARS) creates images and transfers them to glass, ceramic, wood, plastic, etc. Now anyone can have a custom kitchen or bathroom tile design. . [Jeff Carlson , TidBITS, 11Aug97.]

One of the coolest products at Boston Macworld was Mitsubishi's 40-inch Leonardo gas-plasma monitor. It has good image quality and a 160-degree viewing angle, but is only 4.4 inches deep. "The carpet was a bit damp from attendees drooling on it." . [Jeff Carlson , TidBITS, 11Aug97.]

In addition to the new Macworld magazine (incorporating MacUser) and MacWeek, Mac news junkies can soak up MacAddict , MachTech , NeTProfessional , and the free TidBITS from Adam C. Engst, or . MachTech's circulation has been expanding lately. [TidBITS, 11Aug97.]

(Recent Apple announcements still provide little motivation for developers to move back to the Mac, except in multimedia production and education. Even Steve Jobs was selling his Apple stock, a few days before Amelio was fired. The company may be sound, but its market appears small.)

China has overtaken South Korea as the largest Asian-Pacific market for personal computers. One Chinese company, Legend, will sell about 400K PCs this year. [Dataquest. Financial Times, 12Aug97. EduP.]