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Perils of deregulation.
has a telling report from an Australian, whose native country’s media ecosystem has
the effects of deregulation. A cautionary tale.
Newsfeed. BBCnews.co.uk reports on
software that makes it easy to share TV programs over the net — threatening to “napsterize” the TV industry.
• The RIAA, as “an undemocratic, unelected, overpowerful regime” is seeking to exercise
free of any external oversight.
• Microsoft tips its hand over future plans for
into its industry-dominant operating system.
Definitely something they said.
“ ‘I tell you the looks on those childrens faces. I don’t know if they’ll say anything about anything ever again.
Is that what we want? I don't think we want that,’ says (teacher) Lopez.”
were made after the Secret Service was called to interrogate two high school students
for saying some things about Bush as part of a classroom presentation.
Cyber-entrepreneur and bloggist Dan Bricklin on
How will the artists get paid?
Most of it is back-story; scroll down to “Today’s World” for the pith.
is having an ongoing discussion about whether filesharing is, after all, the same thing as theft, and along
the way, looks at some of the justifications for copyright.
The $64,000 question.
The old gray lady finally asks the question, is so-called “new media” ready for the
dustbin of history?
In “Marx’s Nightmare,”
an economist at techcentralstation.com rips into a recent analysis of the Grokster/Morpheus ruling, and attempts
to hew a middle ground in the debate between the “digital communists” and the IP absolutists.
Grokster and Morpheus.
on ther recent victory for p2p users in a new editorial. He praises the judge in the case for
recognizing the substantial non-infringing uses of the technology, and the public good therefrom derived.
Perils of deregulation, realized.
is likely to act
in the interests of Big Media, in the apparent belief that they should be able to own as much as 45% of
public attention, and that current limits are somehow outmoded by the current plethora of what they consider to be
choices that the public currently experiences. Here’s
more on the subject.
Paul Krugman at nytimes.com observes that many Americans turned to the BBC for war coverage for its greater objectivity. He
notes that, ironically, the government-funded BBC struggles to maintain impartiality, while the publicly-funded American
news organizations were acting like a
government mouthpiece (reg.req).
“BushCo Reams Nation Good.”
A bitter sum-up
of the recent (ongoing) war in Iraq.
Rule bending is necessary.
at wired.com that “copy protection is a crime against humanity,” shoring up this claim with observations
such that DRM is “undercutting the basis of our shared intellectual and creative lives”
by not allowing the normally understood give-and-take that exists in human relationships.
Newsfeed. The California Supreme Court
a case that examines to what degree each of us owns and can control our public image: Edgar Winter vs. DC Comics.
• Apple’s much-hyped iTunes Music Store has content-streaming capabilities built in, and this has proved
• Amid changing times and the desperate forces at work within them,
here’s a look
at “The mood among campus file-swappers.”
PBS’s Online News Hour is focusing on the
as a special Media Watch report. They are also soliciting questions from the public in their
online forum. The questions will
be answered by copyright experts, such as Lawrence Lessig, and others.
Newsfeed. Movie Studios Sue Makers of DVD Copying Software:
Paramount and 20th Century Fox vs. five companies that sell software to copy DVDs;
and more on this: 1,
• Rock, Older Buyers Rule in Depressed Music Market:
generation gap in music acquisition habits reported.
• and Citizens Urge FCC to Retain Current Media Ownership Rules.
Bush a Primped Phony.
Or at least that seems to be the subtext of a recent nytimes.com article. It delves deep into the
image making expertise
brought to bear in Bush’s presidential appearances. What seems to be news here is not that the
photo-op is a constructed event, but rather the scale and skill with which Bush’s handlers execute it.
If nothing else, an affirmation that Debord was onto something (reg.req).
Newsfeed. For the record, here’s
the Report on the Copyright Office’s Section 1201 Rulemaking Hearings of May 14, 2003.
• At infoworld.com,
on a House committee’s investigation into p2p tells of their concerns for user
privacy, producing little evidence of danger, apparently.
Lossless compression. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an open source initiative, currently at version
1.1.0 and available for multiple operating systems, allows lossless data compression for high-quality, compact archiving,
streaming, and listening.
features explanation of the project’s goals and extensive comparison charts.
Concerns voiced. Lawrence Lessig, oft noted in these pages, has expressed concern that
the internet is dying.
that what he really said was, “‘The Internet’ that is to be the savior is a dying breed.”)
This opinion piece at theregister.co.uk goes into the reasons why, citing the runaway train of media consolidation,
among other bureaucratic excesses, as a cause.
Concerns echoed. The USC Center for Communication Law and Policy Presents
A Public Forum On FCC Rules, documenting media consolidation and some of the reasons why it’s gotten
as far as it has.
Library groups, fearing that someday they may be called to violate their users’ privacy, have
the ISP Verizon, in their attempt to conceal from the RIAA the names of its file sharing users.
• The US House of Representatives is
“a new congressional caucus devoted to combating piracy and promoting stronger intellectual property laws.”
• Blind users
the DMCA because it doesn’t allow them use convert eBooks into
spoken words through software. They argue that copyright owners don’t have total control over how someone experiences their work.
In Spain, copyright laws are a little different, and so a new company is taking advantage, and
unlimited music downloads.
• Find out if that record you want to buy is by a member of the RIAA
And, learn why a group wants to organize an
• Here is
called “Enforcing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Internationally: Why Congress Shouldn't Lock in the Current DMCA
By Approving the Current Version of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.”
Author William Gibson has
posted on his blog
his address to the Director’s Guild, which eloquently reveals the essentially new conditions that digital media
makes possible for people to enjoy culture in increasingly personal ways.
Here’s a page
with many many links to other pages concerning the public domain.
In the midst of related discussion, the discutors at satn.org suggest that “[copyright]
can’t be fixed,”
so their advice is just to “ignore it.”
• William Safire at nytimes.com, on the upcoming June 2 FCC media consolidation ruling, characterizing it is a
big power grab
The Czech Republic is home to numerous “CD Owner’s Clubs,” which sell memberships for about US$9. The benefit
of membership is that you then own a share of the CD collection, of which you are then legally entitled to make
of any of the works in the collections. There is currently a move to shut it down.
Blogging gap due to travel.
Part 2 of an interview with Stanford Law School copyright specialist Lawrence Lessig
digital rights as they pertain to the continuing struggle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
Dave Winer, a developer of blogging tools, asks the question
Who will pay for software?
Apple Computer’s much-hyped new offering, the iTunes Music Service, arrived about a month ago with minimal restrictions
on what purchasers could do with the music they bought. Yesterday, they restricted a music sharing feature that several
third parties had found ways to exploit, using iTunes as a way of sharing sound files with strangers. This columnist at
if Apple is now in the RIAA’s back pocket.
Putting a trace on copies.
Businessweek.com interviews a man who
proposes a method
for adding traceable digital provenance to all things copied, allowing one to identify the particular device that
made the copy.
20 days in spring 2003.
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one strikes your fancy.
Greplaw has posted a rip-roaring
with Aimee Deep and her views on copyright, Aimster, and
whether Big Media will be able to control the internet through the intellectual property
The Register reports that “A U.S. court has extended the power of the DMCA
with a ruling this week that backs up copyright holders’ ability to shut down a Web site on ‘good faith.’”
Mogul on Media.
Ted Turner has
come out against
media consolidation, in light of the impending FCC ruling removing some caps on
media outlet ownership.
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