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British tech journalist Bill Thompson
“We need to rethink what copyright means in a digital world, rather than wasting so much time, effort and money on this conflict”
in a recent BBC opinion piece.
Thinking along similar lines, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), a conservative, has
authored a bill
that would limit the ability of media publishers to use anti-copying technology in their wares.
On 06-01 we mentioned George Ziemann’s “Thomas Edison, Intellectual Property and the Recording Industry,”
Which turned out to be only part
Now the piece has been expanded to include parts
This is good.
Science fiction author and lecturer Bruce Sterling is
by Declan McCullough. He gives his opinions on the Bush administration, Jon Poindexter’s “nutty”
Total Information Awareness travesty, and sundry and related topics. Wish it were longer.
06-13 to 06-26
I am working on the documentation team for the Prague Quadrennial for the next couple of weeks, and so entries
here will decrease, and be more sporadic than usual. You can follow the events happening the “Heart of PQ”
and find out more about the festival at
Some time ago, we mentioned here
a page at the pbs.org site for posting your questions about copyright and IP,
to be answered by experts in the field, namely Lawrence Lessig (pro-public domain) and Matt Oppenheim (pro-business). Well,
answers are in.
It’s about time.
Adbusters has started a new project called
Watch for black spots, which will, we are told, “will pop up everywhere” in the coming months.
Long, but thorough and interesting, the article
“The dead poets society:
The copyright term and the public domain” by Matthew Rimmer is well worth a read. At least check out the abstract.
Big brother blindfolded.
The Grapevine Project
is an effort to protect file sharers by building
“an anonymizing peer-to-peer file storage network.” The group cites freedom of speech issues, as well
as corporate abuse of IP rights as reasons for the undertaking.
“Destroy their computers.”
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) thinks that those who break copyright laws online deserve to have their computers
Interestingly, it was later revealed that Hatch’s own web site made use of
for which Hatch’s organization had paid no licence fee.
Cnn.com reports on what it considers may be the future of digital content, where content owners may place restrictions on the
use of content after purchase (or acquisition) that are
Salon.com’s Farhad Manjoo reports on a Republican Senator who thinks we need new laws concerning use of
copyrighted material — nothing new here — but instead, this Senator, Sam Brownback (R-KS) wants to take the startling
position that it is
the consumer who needs to be protected
from the excesses of the copyright holders.