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Those familiar with Google know that the search service caches, or keeps a copy of, pages it catalogs, so that
content found in Google remains available to users, even if the content provider’s server goes down, or the content
gets taken off line. Obviously, this is very useful for users. But, does it raise
Collage web sounds.
Network Auralizaton for Gnutella,
or N.A.G., is software you can download that enables you to auralize the web of available sound files in
file-sharing space. It “turns the process of searching for and downloading MP3 files into a chaotic musical collage.”
Sounds like fun, and it’s cross-platform (WinXP and MacOSX).
at firstmonday.org argues that the polarized rhetoric of the copyright debate; you know, the entertainment cartels
branding p2p users as “criminals,”, and the other side framing it as a fight against
tyranny. In its conclusion, the article posits a way out of this rhetorical stalemate.
The real pirates.
this bbc.co.uk article
states, 2 out of 5 CDs sold today worldwide are illegal, it seems that the recording industry has bigger fish to fry
than going after their customers with lawsuits.
a thread running
currently on plagiarism.
Science for all.
Some see all scientific knowledge, especially if attained at the expenditure of public funds, as being a
cultural birthright, and therefore
inherently public domain.
If someone were to argue that
The Internet is Shit,
and give strong arguments in favor of that proposition, would you be able to argue otherwise?
Here’s some background
on the recent “weapons of mass destruction” web meme that has been chasing our in-boxes recently.
Truth of his convictions.
A book about reverse engineering was seen by its prospective publisher as being in violation of the DMCA, and so they decided against publishing it. So the author decided to
publish it himself.
A recent news.com editorial by a Harvard law professor
a compulsory licensing system to save the music industry and make file sharing legal.
• Folk-rock legend Bob Dylan is
accused of plagiarism.
• A group of small internet radio stations is
threatening to sue
the RIAA on the basis of anti-trust for its demands of webcasting royalties.
• A pcmag.com columnist
the RIAA’s threat of suing their customers for file sharing will spur a concerted movement for anonymous computing,
enhancing along the way the threat of terrorism.
Peripatetics as code.
Psychogeographers, ready your walking shoes. A .walk (dot-walk) “developer’s page” coordinates activities aimed at using
humans walking through city streets as a method of executing
History riffing defended.
A commentary at themorningnews.com is an extended opinement on why the excessive copyright protections
accorded the culture industry
is bad for the public domain,
and hence, creativity.
Enraging the RIAA.
At theinquirer.com, an opinion piece offers up a
called “How to infuriate the RIAA and stay enragingly legal.”
“Elected officials are not on our side,” says Dan Gillmor, with regard to yours and my
The Neilsen ratings have reported a drop in use of file sharing, and the RIAA is attributing it to their own
• One of the main engineers behind the development of the mp3 audio format offers a
to the file-sharing phenomenon he helped create.
• BBC News reports that the global market for illegal CDs
• A “connectionless protocol” created by a Spanish hacker makes possible
for p2p users.
“I Want a Mainstream” takes the
of the Illegal Art site and twists it
to its own ends.
Salon.com’s Farhad Manjoo turns in a
on the Illegal Art show, now going on in San Francisco.
The battle, evidently, is heating up. A new bill would invite greater involvement by the FBI in the onslaught against so-called
Here’s the slashdot thread
on the proposed bill to make file sharing an automatic felony.
• The site smmirror.com (Santa Monica Mirror) has an editorial calling for a
boycott of all product
coming from members of the RIAA.
• All the while, the file sharing world is organizing, namely by
hiring a lobbyist.
The RIAA has issued
some 1,000 subpoenas
to alleged file sharers in its continuing drive to criminalize their customers.
• The head of Interpol, the international police agency, has
declared a link
between media piracy and terrorism.
Making the competition illegal.
A nicely argued commentary on current problems in U.S. patent law in newyorker.com,
the relatively new notion that you can patent, not just technical innovations, but also
True cost of copyright.
Lengthy and fascinating article at legalaffairs.org goes into many reasons why “copyright law needs to change”
in Jonathan Zittrain’s
The Copyright Cage.
Michael Jackson may be a bizarre distortion of a human being, but he’s right about one thing. Says he:
“It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer
cannot be jail.”
• Even usatoday.com comes out against the RIAA’s extreme tactics in this recent
Naked power grab thwarted
— or at least it seems possible. Salon.com reports on the FCC’s recent decision to further deregulate big media,
and Congress’s surprisingly forceful
reaction against it.
Saving the endangered internet.
Doc Searls, the editor of Linux Journal, posts a substantial analysis of the current internet, what it’s lost in
recent years, and more importantly, what it
stands to lose
if its users stand back and let it happen. It’s a call to action.
Recent Dan Gillmor commentary at siliconvalley.com looks at Hollywood’s touchy-feely ad campaign (which attempts to
show that tight-fisted control of IP is a good thing). It is entitled
“Studios demanding too much in their copyright campaign.”
• Meanwhile, makers of file sharing software aren’t sitting still, according to
they are working on methods of masking the identity of their users.
• Cringely has an
on a completely legal (but untested) way of creating a successful successor to Napster.
as to why the recording cartels are experiences such woes of late: CDs don’t make sense.
• Meanwhile, chicagotribune.com reports that independent record stores are
to survive. Imagination helps.
Computer-oriented publisher Tim O’Reilly makes the
DRM, calling it a “non-starter”.
Infoanarchy.org writes about the recent RIAA offensive against its customers, and why people generally
downloading to be the same thing as theft. (Probably because, in fact, it isn’t — see below.)
“Copying is Theft — and other legal myths”.
A savvy commentator over at theregister.co.uk explains and expounds on the subtleties missed in equating
copying with theft.
“Anger and Remorse”.
The above-mentioned RIAA offensive, as
Three part series.
Globeandmail.com has posted a series in three parts on the “Download Wars”. They are:
“Singing a different tune”, and
“Dividing the Spoils”.
Newbies take note.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a
regarding file sharing. It’s heavy on the FUD.
The EFF has
launched a site
devoted to “Defending The Constitutional Rights of ISPs and Consumers”, allowing you to find out if your
user name is targeted for an RIAA subpoena.
The RIAA racks up
in the wake of their issuing nearly 1,000 subpoenas to file sharers for violating copyright laws.
• Here, bbc.co.uk
the methods used to track down those offering copyrighted files for download.
• Of course, users of file sharing networks are not sitting still. Some of them, cnn.com
have set up secret, closed networks for the activity.
• In reaction, Pac Bell, for one, is suing the RIAA,
calling into question
the constitutionality of their recent subpoena-spewing efforts.
• In further reaction, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) has
launched an inquiry,
calling the RIAA’s subpoena-ing “excessive”.
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