Sorry – Little Slow This Weekend

(entry last updated: 2002-06-30 21:25:12)

Hi, everyone. This weekend has been a brutal demonstration of what happens when you live in the same place for more than a decade, and decide you’d better clean out the basement before showing your house.

100 cubic yards of trash later (and untold Advils), I can tell you that the pain of throwing something away is NOTHING compared with the pain of doing 15 years of it in two days.

This means that I have done little to update my links, or add commmentary, since Friday. Check out Copyfight, though – Donna’s got some good stuff up there about Rep. Berman; and I’ll get to meet her tomorrow at the start of the Berkman Center’s Internet Law Program. With luck I’ll get to blog some this week, but there’s going to be some real competition. In addition to Donna, I hear that Dan Gillmor and Steven Levy will be there, as well as some others. Should be a GREAT week! I even turned in my first Rotisserie assignment tonight, although I get to edit it through the day tomorrow.

2002 June 28 Links

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Well, although the Supreme Court ended this week with a bang, the WWW trolling for IP tidbits is slowing down. The upcoming July 4th holiday may be the culprit – or maybe it’s just a slow news day.

NPR revises its linking policy again; still not particularly satisfying. And the Australian CD-copying kiosks have made the US wire services.

Update: Robert X. Cringely’s column this week is all Palladium – and it’s all negative. The floodgates are starting to give way…

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2002 June 27 Links

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Looks like Palladium is going to be the topic for some time. A couple of good background links from Slashdot. Otherwise, a little slow this morning…

(I have to start planning for the unhappy possibility being cited online that Salon is on its last legs. Their music industry and IP coverage has been particularly good, IMHO, and I have a lot of their links indexed….)

Update: Matt Loney puts in his two cents on Palladium. And Dave Marsh talks about webcasting royalties at CounterPunch

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  • The Palladium fallout and exploration continues. A couple of good resources from Slashdot here (not much discussion (update: well, I guess I just spoke too soon <G>); the earlier Slashdot effort must have worn them out):

  • ZDNet and CNet report on the RIAA attack on company in-house MP3 trading (the ZDNet link includes reader comments)
  • CNet also has something about a different kind of software copy-protection scheme.
  • And, since it is a slow day, maybe you’d like to read two opinion pieces: one on technology and music, the other on technology and TV. I personally find the music one far more compelling, but that’s probably because I’ve noticed that I’ve become less and less of a TV person over time. My cable bill is just wasted money as far as I am concerned. Although there are a couple of broadcast TV shows that I do watch (and, no, I won’t embarass myself by demonstrating how shallow I can be by listing them here!), I cannot imagine anything more worthless than keeping copies of any show.
  • Matt Loney doesn’t like Palladium much – and gives some good reasons to worry.
  • The Register points to a company that has decided to halt their plans for an X-box mod chip, following legal consultations. Slashdot discusses, with links to other modders.

  • Dave Marsh argues that webcasters will go back to being pirate microcasters; the archives at CounterPunch (at the bottom of his article) also have a couple of strong statements.

2002 June 26 Links

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Not a terribly happy day on the IP front. More details (and diatribes) about Palladium, and a really distressing plan to thwart P2P networks.
Update: And the webcasting discussion gets weird with the Yahoo! announcement today.
Update 2: Berman’s speech is online – a must read!

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  • The Palladium discussions are really running hot, especially overseas. The Register has a couple of articles: one speculating about the effect of Palladium on the GPL, and one noting the parallels between Palladium and the Intel processor serial number fiasco – with a link to an eXtremeTech article on Palladium. Wired is posting an AP wire services report – hopefully, a place holder until they have something a little more substantive on the subject. Infoworld has a rather odd little article, whose title indicates that the editor has never actually asked a lawyer a question before.
    Update: Slashdot has a discussion of the article on the GPL threat – lots of heat, a little light.
  • This merits a separate list item. Glenn H. Reynolds of Instapundit insists that this piece from TechCentralStation was written without knowledge of Palladium. If so, he wins a prize for his last paragraph:

    So keep your eyes open. I predict that within the next year we’ll see major and intrusive efforts to protect Big Entertainment and Big Software, disguised as efforts to protect us against hostile hackers. Those efforts will be the more dangerous because there will be a grain of truth at their core: there really are hostile hackers out there trying to spread damage, and their numbers are growing. But don’t let legitimate concerns about security blind you to opportunist grabs by people who have shown their opportunism in the past.

  • A little more on Palladium tech – ExtremeTech is referring to EMBASSY and Wave, technologies developed for AMD motherboards in the past, as possible Palladium precursors. A little more detail on the technological possibilities, including a link to an early whitepaper.
  • The Washington Post reports that Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) wants to allow copyright holders to sabotage P2P networks – acts currently illegal under, for example, the Patriot Act. CNet’s article is pretty strong, and I’m looking forward to reading the talkbacks (reader commentary) on ZDNet. GrepLaw has an article, Slashdot discusses. New Scientist weighs in.
  • Update: The Register article includes a link to Berman’s statement/press release – but you really have to read his speech – he’s channeling all the greats – Hilary Rosen, Jack Valenti, Jamie Kellner, etc.
  • Iliad continues his series – although you have to have been following the strip to get today’s cartoon.
  • Doc Searls expresses his dismay at the confusion of copyright, and asks about how to get some hard data on the effect of the webcasting royalty on the industry. More importantly, he points to this CNet article, asking how come Yahoo! isn’t going to stay in the business? (remember this from yesterday) The Shifted Librarian isn’t buying it.
  • Salon has an article on the deteriorating relationship between Michael Jackson and Sony – not surprising personally, but an interesting look at the business of music making (note particularly the Beatles catalog angle).
  • To take the pulse of current techno-opinion/knowledge of the copyright/fair use/piracy issue, take a look at this article from kuro5hin and the comments.

2002 June 25 Links

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Followups on the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, especially a link to Anderson’s paper. And Iliad continues to poke fun at the RIAA. Salon gets onto radio payola again, and more on Palladium from other sources. Update: And RAIN adds something to the webcasting royalty discussion.

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2002 June 24 Links

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Looks like Iliad is revved up about digital music again!

And, if there really is a Pearl Jam Effect (see yesterday’s links), then it’s all over for the industry, I think. If technically competent people are having a selective impact now, as the technology gets more accessible, more people will exploit it. And that means that Palladium may be DOA, since those same technically competent people are unlikely to acquire hardware that limits the uses they have come to expect. (Hmm, it looks like some at The Register agree….) Update: Found an earlier article in the NYT that makes a Cambridge University computer scientist look prescient – or at least thinking ahead.

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  • This may be a week of digital music jokes on User Friendly. Between yesterday’s and today’s, I sense a pattern.

  • The Register starts the dissection of Palladium, following its analysis of the rhetoric (Forno posts elsewhere under the provocative title Preparing for the Digital Dark Age) in the MSNBC/Newsweek article. Update: This article from last week’s New York Times anticipates a lot of the criticisms being made.
  • The New York Times has an article describing the painful learning lessons of digital distribution for an individual artist.

  • Australians are going to get CD copying kiosks. The Slashdot discussion points out that calling this the legitimzing of piracy is a little inaccurate (after all, royalties are going to be paid – sounds more like compulsory licensing, at most – and possibly just charging for fair use, depending upon what is being copied).
  • A creepy story in the New York Times shows that you have to pay attention when you’re in a rock band.

  • A friend points out, as a follow-up to the "Pearl Jam Effect" posting yesterday, a couple of interesting facts about the band and its music: (a) some of their stuff is really hard to encode into MP3 form; (b) the band does somthing akin to the Grateful Dead taping policy with their legal bootlegs; and (c) they are as guilty as any band when it comes to the One-good-song-per-CD syndrome. Thanks, Grom!

2002 June 23 Links

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So, the big news today seems to be Palladium – Microsoft’s answer to DRM for the masses – of course, you need a new computer, new peripherals and a new OS – open source? Hah!

Oh, and NPR is rethinking their deep linking position.

Update: Moby coins/describes the Pearl Jam Effect – lower CD sales for musicians with technically savvy fans?

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Catching Up

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I have discovered that, until I get a laptop with a keyboard that is a little larger, it’s just impossible to imagine trying to get things done on the road – it’s great to be home!

I hope that this’ll get me caught up – I have homework to do for my upcoming course!!

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I’m Baaack!

(entry last updated: 2002-06-21 08:11:18)

Hi – I’m back from my trip; and I see that there’s lots of news to catch up on – I did get a few links added while I was away, although it appears that there were some ‘add entry’ stutters, leading to duplicates! I will try to get caught up today (along with all my other catching up <G>) but it’s clear that the webcasting royalties will probably require an in-depth look that might take some time.

Note From Delft

(entry last updated: 2002-06-18 05:48:41)

Well, I have to say that I probably spoke too soon. I can get on the ‘Net reasonably well, but I don’t really have the time to scour for much – much less respond to the commentaries I’ve received on my stab at fair use rhetoric – mostly from Joel Grus – I hope to summarize our e-mail discussion when I get home.

Until I get home, I’m probably going to concentrate on adding links – comments may have to wait a bit. So check out the New Links.

And, if there is a lull, I’ll try to do better here <G>

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  • On the other hand, I can’t resist drawing this to your attention – from the EFF’s DMCA blog – there’s an article on webcasting and the upcoming LoC proposal coming that can get a lot of people fired up. “the artists will finally get paid” indeed!