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Noble cause. The Alexandria Library, which picks up where its ancient forbear left off, hopes eventually to
put a digital copy of
ever published online. [reg.req]
Among a slough of other things this oreillynet.com interview with the EFF’s
Cory Doctorow, has some interesting observations
about the state of wired culture, and its impact on attitudes about
Boingboing.net has been extensively blogging a west-coast debate on the allocation of spectrum for wireless; one of
the issues being, is it better off privately owned or
given to the commons.
(That one’s a general link to the site — permalinks follow.)
Here’s a page dedicated to the
Campaign for Digital Rights.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) claims that “There is a tremendous consumer-rights movement building … still in its very early stages,”
and thinks that companies should
any use-compromising copyright-protection features of their products.
Nytimes.com [reg.req] has an article
‘Pondering Value of Copyright vs. Innovation’
in which they report on conferences going on in California, attended by scholars and policy makers to debate the issue.
Artist Perry Hoberman has posted
commentaries on the state of IP, which he calls his “Infringement Series”.
Newsfeed. News.com, reporting on a DRM conference held this week in Berkeley,
reports that experts have expressed their view that
Copyright law hurts technology.
It appears that Apple Computer has impressed the big labels with their scheme for selling downloads of music:
Apple online music service wins kudos.
(From the user standpoint, it’s non-ideal, incorporating DRM and eschewing
mp3 for AAC.)
Paul Simon attempted to pass on $16,000 in royalties to a Ghanain composer whose work was used on one Simon’s
albums. As you
can read here,
all sorts of issues cropped up relating to the copyrighting of folklore, as well as the use of Third World culture in
First World products.
CD burners are now ubiquitous, and DVD burners exist, but haven’t caught on yet. Will Hollywood
Richard “free as in free speech” Stallman is keynoting at the South By Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas. Here’s
a ‘rough transcript’ what he had to say. His talk was called
“Putting the Free in Freedom.”
Dan Gillmor’s current column begins:
“One of the most alarming effects of federal copyright law has been the turning of crucial electronic devices into ‘black boxes’ —
machines that are closed to scrutiny even when a great deal rides on their robustness and accuracy,” and it’s about Edward
“freedom to tinker”
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Conheim Appears in Prague,
His Berlin commitment for Negativland finished, Peter Conheim accompanied Lloyd Dunn on the
evening Berlin-Prague train for a two-day visit. Accompanying them were fellow tourist and
Negativland sound man Tom Koch, as well as long-time friend and Prague resident Patrick Keegan.
In addition to collaborating with Negativland, Conheim is also a member
of Wet Gate, the “The All-16mm Projectionist Ensemble” and Mono Pause, an instrumental
combo that uses found sound.
• Links to the Wet Gate and Mono Pause sites
In Conheim’s luggage was stowed a whimsical electronic device known as “the booper,” a gizmo
created by the Negativland member “the Weatherman.” The instrument consists of a clever
alteration of the electronic circuitry inside of an ordinary radio, turning it into a kind of sound synthesis device.
By twiddling and flipping a few added knobs and switches, the booper can be made to excrete a remarkable
range of rich sounds.
Aside from two days spent tromping the city’s cobbles, Conheim honored us with an impromptu demo of the
booper at an informal “salon” hosted by the Tape-beatles in their Tachovské Naměstí atelier.
For added color, a 16-second excerpt from the demonstration follows.