(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.
(entry last updated: 2002-06-28 15:35:16)
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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(entry last updated: 2002-06-27 14:32:29)
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.
(entry last updated: 2002-06-26 16:19:34)
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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(entry last updated: 2002-06-25 17:23:35)
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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Followup to the New York Times piece on trusted computing, Anderson’s paper is online, from a kuro5hin article. Notable quote on the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance:
In other words, TCPA appears likely to change the ecology of information goods and services markets so as to favour incumbents, penalise challengers, and slow down the pace of innovation and entrepreneurship. It is also likely to squeeze open systems, and may give rise to serious trade disputes between the USA and the EU.
Iliad continues his Ozzy Meets Hilary series.
- CNet points out that Microsoft is also working the proprietary codec angle to maintain control, just in case Palladium doesn’t pan out.
- ZDNet adds a fair amount on Palladium. (Alan Davidson, TPP alum, is quoted) Most notable is this nugget: "IBM has been shipping a security chip inside its PCs for nearly three years."
- Robert Lemos points out that Microsoft’s assertion that they will publish the source for Palladium flies in the face of their past assertions that open source is bad.
- Donna Wentworth’s Copyfight blog has a discussion of some Eldred amicus briefs, focusing on the conflict between public and private interests, and the perverse effects of current IP law in the digital realm.
- Salon’s Eric Boehlert has a new article on radio, payola and the record industry. And one on a new strategy to keep the ball rolling. Update: Slashdot discussion now up.
- The Radio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN) has an article that suggests the Librarian of Congress was working from a false presumption when basing the rates on the Yahoo! deal.
- Copyfight also points to a report from the American Assembly on the challenges faced by artists under the current copyright regime, and a set of recommendations for future action. A good glossary of terms. The project is described here.
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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!
(entry last updated: 2002-06-23 22:12:20)
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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(entry last updated: 2002-06-22 12:28:10)
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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(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.
(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!