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10-09

<ip> Eldred vs. Ashcroft. You can follow the course of the Lawrence Lessig — MPAA showdown before the Supreme Court with a Google link that lists the news stories as they appear on the web. pho

<ip> Salon reports on “four little words” that the entertainment cartel tried to sneak into law that would permanently rob musicians of ever owning copyrights on their own music by re-classifying sound recordings as “work for hire”. This from an industry that has classified its own consumers as “thieves”.

<ip> In case you’re interested, here is a text description of Congressman Rick Boucher’s Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act.

10-10

<ip> Larry Lessig Day. I’ve encountered so many links to articles and reports about the Eldred vs. Ashcroft case, that today’s blog is simply going to be devoted to it.

Riding along with the Internet Bookmobile from Salon.
Fencing off the Public Domain from Wired.
Reportage and links from Slashdot.
Report by NPR’s Nina Totenberg, and the report from PBS’s News Hour.
Fair Use Fears Over Federal Circuit Ruling from Law.com.
Declan McCullagh took some photos outside the court.
Two articles from the New York Times: 1, 2.
Copyright and the Commons.
First Impressions from the oral arguments from a reporter who was there.

This is only a few of the many words written on the subject — but if you want more, just use the Google News link. pho, bb, mefi, /., rumori, et al.

10-11

<music> A Snapshot of Music Making on the Internet is a text by Ken Jordan and Dj Spooky that makes a strong connection between sound and networked computing, touches on historical milestones in both, and talks interestingly about online collaboration. nettime

<art> The Illegal Art show (in which your Tape-beatles have had some small participation) has attracted mainstream interest; to wit, this article from Wired.

<tech> The FCC has approved a plan for digital radio transmission. pho

<ip> A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer asks the 64-thousand-dollar question: Do we really need to have copyright? And, Here is a blog on the Eldred case called Copyfight. pho

<ip> Giving is Receiving is a text by Richard Barbrook that appeared recently on the nettime list. In contrast to the over-saturated feeling you might get from yesterday’s links, many from mainstream media and going over the same ideas, Barbrook’s analysis of the internet’s so-called “gift culture” is offers a more considered view. nettime

10-12

a Ray Johnson bunny charicature

<art> A new movie about enigmatic Mail artist Ray Johnson called “How to Draw a Bunny” has unleashed new interest in this work which, according to McKenzie Wark, “might stand as a significant but undervalued precursor to Net.art.” We have here links to Wark’s Nettime piece about it, as well as two texts from the New York Times [reg.req]: (1, 2). nettime

<music> Audiohyperspace is an interesting website that covers the field of “acoustic art” in the internet realm (in German and English). spectre

<tech> The new terahertz camera can see through walls, clothes, and you.

10-14

<ip> Lawrence Lessig’s blog offers a post-mortem of his encounter with the Supreme Court last week. Also, optimism may have been too high in our posting of 10-08. This Register article suggests that “HR.5469 isn’t what many webcasters had expected.” pho

<ip> An Infoworld columnist give his inches over to a letter writer, who raises an interesting point. If cultural content becomes a controlled substance doesn’t that create opportunities for organized crime? Do we really want to do that?

<tech> H.264 is a video codec that promises DVD-quality video streaming over an internet connection.

 

 

10-15

<ip> New York Times [reg.req] has a couple of articles currently that may be of interest to the IP crowd: Kevin Kelly’s article Making My Own Music says “As copyright protection lurches toward perpetuity, America's cultural heritage — in whatever media — is increasingly becoming the property of corporate copyright holders. But it belongs to all of us.” The article Debate on Intellectual Property begins “ In the 19th century, the United States was both a rapidly industrializing nation and — as Charles Dickens, among others, knew all too well — a bold pirate of intellectual property,” adding a bit of historical perspective to the debate.

<culture> Rock'n'roll hall-of-famer Joni Mitchell says she is “ashamed’ to be a part of the music business and may stop recording. She calls it a “cesspool”. pho

<tech> The Guardian reports on how the UK government is developing technology to track people’s whereabouts through nothing more than their mobile phones. /.

10-16

<art> For those of you interested in art and online galleries, some interesting links have crossed our desktop in the last few days: Quadrum, a gallery in Lisbon, focuses on the avant-garde (in Portuguese and English). Kahve-house documents the 7th Istanbul Biennial. TIE, is home of The International Experimental Cinema Exposition in Boulder, Colo. antonio, andrej, renée

<ip> The Free World’s Archive is one organization’s bid to address the fact the ill-considered laws passed in the U.S. often have worldwide impact. The site makes available files, for example, banned by the DMCA.

<ip> Wired overviews the call for public comment placed by the U.S. Copyright Office concerning the DMCA — something the law requires them to do every three years.

10-17

<ip> A federal judge in Nashville has ruled that, at least in the case where the source material is unrecognizable (or nearly so), using uncleared samples in making new music is OK.

<art> Like Soviet Constructivism? MoMA’s having a show called The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934 and they have place substantial works samples online. [flash.req]

10-19

<ip> The Free Expression Policy Project posts the commentary The Delicate Balance Between Copyright and Free Expression by Marjorie Heins concerning the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act and the Eldred vs. Ashcroft case, recently argued before the Supreme Court. nettime

<ip> A legal paper entitled “What is Congress Supposed to Promote?: Defining “Progress” in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution” might be worth a read if you have the time (it is lengthy). nettime

10-20

<ip> A group of Swedish film directors is bringing a copyright suit against Swedish broadcaster TV4 to stop them from breaking in the middle of their films for commercial messages. The directors argue that it is an illegal alteration of the integrity of their artworks, and therefore is a violation of their intellectual property.

<culture> The Bureau of Public Secrets has posted a 1961 article by Paul Goodman entitled “Designing Pacifist Films”, which is posted now to shed light on why “most ‘radical media’ efforts seem to remain mysteriously ineffective or even unwittingly counter productive.

10-21

<ip> A transcript of the oral arguments in the Eldred vs. Ashcroft case before the Supreme court has been posted. [pdf] Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA, offers his perspective on internet music sharing. Not surprisingly, he’s against it. pho

<ip> A commentary at MP3newswire makes the case that piracy is not what the culture industry cartel fears most. Instead, they dread the competition that’s certain to result from the internet’s much lower barriers to entry for voices wishing to compete alongside established media channels. /.

<ip> Intellectual property is not some abstraction; sometimes it is of life-or-death import. Here is news of a key breast cancer test that can no longer be used in British Columbia, because a U.S. company owns the patent. rumori

<ip> Echoing the above, Wired News has an article on the ills of current patent law system, highlighting the many ways it works against its original intent.

<ip> The paper “ Singing Together, Hacking Together, Plundering Together: Sonic Intellectual Property in Cybertimes’ by Dartmouth College’s Larry Polansky is an academic paper relating to precisely those topics. plunderphonia

10-22

<art> Luther Blissett is a multiple-name project based in Italy that has been responsible for a variety of Neoist- and Situationist-inspired scandals and media stunts. Here’s the site.

 

<ip> Richard Stallman writes at Newsforge on the notion of “trusted computing”, pointedly asking, ‘Who should your computer takes orders from?” and Can you trust your computer? /.

<war> EFF’s John Perry Barlow says “The American Republic is Dead. Long Live the American Empire. Or Else.” The document’s called Pox Americana and it’s worthwhile reading. bb

10-23

<culture> Although the US does not, many countries release writings into the Public Domain 50 years after the author’s death. If you are not “in” the US (or a handful of other countries), and you like to read classics, you can browse and download them here.

<ip> The ever-informative Chronicle of Higher Education has a profile on the main character in the recent Supreme Court challenge to US copyright law: Eric Eldred.

10-24

<ip> Sandy Starr has posted an article called Patent problems, which describes “how intellectual property rights are used to stifle innovation.”

<politics> The Bureau of Public Secrets offers up a timely section from Ken Knabb’s The Joy of Revolution which is subtitled The Limits of Electoral Politics.

10-26

Tragic echo. Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN), probably the most independent-minded member of the US Senate, has been killed in a plane crash while campaigning for re-election. Recall that during the last election cycle, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, also a Democrat, was killed in a plane crash just weeks before the election while he, too, was running for the Senate.

<release> Gray Market EP by Rick Silva. Online-only release is a free download. Says the composer: “every vocal, beat, and bass line is made from manipulating one sample of steve reich‘s “come out.” included in the web release is a carnivore p.e. mix which uses a carnivore client to generate a live mix of track 5 …”

<music>Sun Rings” is the name of a musical composition based on plasma waves from space converted into sound by a University of Iowa professor, Dr. Don Gurnett. The work, composed by Terry Riley, will be premiered by Kronos Quartet this evening in Iowa City.

10-27

<ip> Edward Felten on compulsory licencing. A bad idea whose time has come? And Janis Ian once again on the music industry, accusing it of spinning falsehood. pho

10-28

<ip> It’s Time to Stop the Music is a call to boycott big entertainment, arguing, “Because if you do not cut off their money they will cut off your Internet access.”

<radio> Radio Remote Control offers connections among a number of on line and on air networking radio art projects.

<sound> The CD Goes Platinum observes the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Compact Disc format, offering up a historical sketch, as well as pointing out some of its weaknesses.

10-30

<ip> InfoWorld has an article detailing how Red Hat, makers of a Linux distribution, is offering up a security patch to the operating system — that they cannot talk about for fear of running afoul of the DMCA. Is a law that enforces ignorance really what we want? pho

<ip> OpenP2P reports on internet radio and peer-to-peer networking joining forces, allowing users to broadcast audio content over a file sharing network. The entertainment cartel is afraid of each singly, so how will they react to this conjunction? pho

10-31

compact cassette

<tech> It’s Halloween, the traditional day before the dead are annually hallowed. It seems only fitting that washingtonpost.com offers an extended opine on the demise of the once-ubiquitous compact cassette. I, for one, certainly would be hard-pressed to enumerate fully all the ways this form factor has affected my life — even so, consigning it to the dust bins of history makes me pause for a moment and reflect. pho

<ip> This November, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts is hosting two events concerning copyright, intellectual property and the public domain. On 6 November, John Perry Barlow, the “Thomas Jefferson of cyberspace” will present a talk called Who Owns the Garden of the Mind?. Then on 14 November, a panel discussion (which includes Stewart Home and Vicki Bennett, among others) will take place on the subject Is Copyright a Good Thing?. nettime

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