University of Washington: UW project has uncovered thousands of racially discriminatory housing covenants in Washington state – and it’s not done yet

University of Washington: UW project has uncovered thousands of racially discriminatory housing covenants in Washington state – and it’s not done yet. “More than 40,000 property deeds containing racially discriminatory language have been uncovered in Western Washington by the Racial Restrictive Covenants Project, and director James Gregory and his team aren’t finished yet.”

ECNS: China’s nationwide property database comes into effect

ECNS: China’s nationwide property database comes into effect . “China’s long-expected national property database has started to connect information stations across the country, according to Ministry of Natural Resources. There have been 3,001 property registration stations in 335 cities and 2,853 counties serving more than 300,000 enterprises and individuals averagely each day, according to latest statistics.”

Land Records for Delhi India Digitized and Put Online

Land records for Delhi, India, have been digitized and put online. “Land records of almost all villages across national capital have been digitised as part of efforts to bring transparency and weed out corruption, Delhi government said today…. A senior officer of the Revenue Department said that land records of all villages of Delhi except for the villages of North District have been digitised and digitally signed from today.”

Los Angeles Releases Database of Properties it Owns

The city of Los Angeles has released a database showing what properties it owns. I’m mentioning this because the city owns almost nine thousand parcels and this is the most comprehensive list to be published in a long time. “The city previously had an asset management system but it failed in 2005 and the company behind the software was unable to repair it. Since then, General Services has relied on various, and often outdated, Excel spreadsheets, city records show.” Love the quotes from city officials. Paraphrased: “Yeah, we’re not really sure why we own an orange grove…”

State of Texas Launches Eminent Domain Database

The state of Texas has launched its new eminent domain database. “This publicly available tool will show which governmental and non-governmental entities have reported to the Comptroller their authority to exercise eminent domain…. The database contains 5,042 entities, including cities, counties, school districts, special purpose districts, pipeline and energy companies, water supply corporations, telecommunications companies and other public and private entities.”

Database of Property in New Zealand

Now available: a database of property in New Zealand. “The site’s computer model uses the data, historic sales and trends in each area, which is updated monthly, to give people an idea of an estimated value. Property sales history, recent sales, monthly homes estimate and rating values are on the site.”

Proposed Tweak to the DMCA Sounds Like a Terrible Idea

Oh dear, this proposal from the US Copyright Office does not sound good. “We were very concerned to hear that the Copyright Office is strongly considering recommending changing the DMCA to mandate a ‘Notice and Staydown’ regime. This is the language that the Copyright Office uses to talk about censoring the web. The idea is that once a platform gets a notice regarding a specific copyrighted work, like a specific picture, song, book, or film, that platform would then be responsible for making sure that the work never appears on the platform ever again. Other users would have to be prevented, using filtering technology, from ever posting that specific content ever again. It would have to ‘Stay Down.’” Now of course I’m not in favor of violating intellectual property, but I can give you a thousand examples of the DMCA being horribly abused. This is only going to make it […]

Pittsburgh PA Launches Site to Track Property Violations

The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has launched a Web site for tracking property violations. “For years, Pittsburgh building inspectors filed violation notices on paper systems, which meant it often took weeks for the notices to be issued and tracked. Starting this year PLI began building an online database to track violations in real-time…It lists all citations issued since October 15 of this year.”