2002 July 21 Links

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Gonna be a slow day – but today’s Doonesbury is not to be missed.

And Dave Winer remains unconvinced of the utility of Palladium.

The BPDG blog at the EFF reports that Fritz Hollings is trying an end-run around the legislative process by asking the FCC to require, via regulation, implementation of the broadcast flag now. Jeremy at iRights, like a lot of us, is unimpressed. (via The Shifted Librarian)

Doc Searls and I exchanged an e-mail or two a while back – he’s pretty incensed over the CARP webcasting royalties, as this piece from his weblog might suggest. Dan Gillmor isn’t too thrilled, either. (For those of you coming late to this, his jumping off point is this shutdown announcement from KPIG, an early webcaster. – here’s the AP report at the NYTimes)

And if I get some other work done, I hope to get a bit closer to converting over to b2.

2002 July 19 Links

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Another late start on the day, so this entry is probably going to change substantially over the day.

Robert Cringely’s column this week concludes that Microsoft is too incompetent, and too threatened by Linux, to really pursue Palladium. The Register picks up a Newsforge report on the DRM workshop; and the writer also posted an opinion piece there.

New stuff on the Peruvian open source legislation. And the first of the radio-paired webcasters goes off the "air."

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2002 July 18 Links

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Looks like the DRM Workshop was a little more disruptive than it needed to be – a great eye-witness report on kuro5hin. And The Register targets RangerOnline. Wired has a piece on the Zittrain/Edelman Saudi Arabia study. Now the RIAA wants a “broadcast flag” for web radio now, too!! (Weren’t the implications of capturing streams already embedded in the royalty calculation?) Hmm- now JPEGs are not free of licensing requirements?

And a shocking interview with Alan McGlade, CEO of MusicNet. While the IFPI takes on Chinese file sharing portals. And is Time-Warner going to beat ’em, or join ’em?

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  • There’s an eyewitness report of the DRM Workshop goings on in DC yesterday. Declan McCullagh reports on ZDNet as well, and GrepLaw has a few more links. Slashdot has an article (actually, just the kuro5hin article repeated) and discussion with another couple of links
  • Declan also reports that the “broadcast flag” is not going to be restricted to digital TV – now the RIAA wants it for webcasting too – apparently the royalties are for something else??? The ZDNet version has talkbacks from the readership. The Los Angeles Times also has a report.
  • The Zittrain and Edelman study on internet filtering in Saudi Arabia is discussed at Wired today.
  • The Register reports on a little copyright brouhaha over at RangerOnline – the company writing software to help target P2P sharers.
  • The Register reports that Forgent Networks has patents on JPEG (# 4,698,672; apparently on the compression algorithm). Sony has already paid licensing fees, according to The Reg. Slashdot has an article.
  • FWIW, there’s a ZDNet version of the Janis Ian piece that has Talkbacks – always an interesting addition to an article like this.
  • Donna at Copyfight adds a little more on yesterday’s news that radio stations are arguing that they shouldn’t be paying webcasting royalties.
  • Here’s an interview with Alan McGlade, the CEO of MusicNet. Talk about pathetic rhetoric – can you spot the misplaced metaphor:

    Getting music for free on the Internet is still a very easy thing to do. How do you compete?

    Well, I don’t think you compete, but you do create a service that has its own value. And I always point back to my experience in the cable television business. I remember reporters writing, ‘Cable television as a business will totally fail because no one will ever pay for TV–it just won’t happen; it’s not realistic to think people will pay for TV because TV’s free.’ And in the early days, let’s face it, everybody pirated cable. I didn’t know anybody who actually paid for it. They all sort of snuck up poles at night and ran it into their house. And there wasn’t very sophisticated encryption, so it was relatively easy to do.

    And over time, two things happened. First, the quality got better. It became more convenient. And at the same time, there were defensive measures, too. The encryption became more sophisticated. And now there are still probably pirates, but it’s really been marginalized. Most people when they move into a house will hook up cable and pay for it, right?

    Hmm – aside from the stupidity of the parallel, I always thought the success of cable came from the fact that cable supplied something that you couldn’t get for free (Sopranos, CNN, cleaner signal, etc.) – but I’m not a professional. I guess that’s why he gets the big bucks.

  • The IFPI is after Chinese music portals Sina.com and Sohu.com for alleged licensing violations
  • CNN reports that Time Warner is going to offer set-top boxes with DVRs in them – concession or a change in the architecture? Slashdot discusses.

2002 July 17 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-07-17 16:46:56)

Got a late start on the day. Surprisingly, my trolling hasn’t found a lot, but what there is is pretty interesting. And I continue to make progress on generating a b2 version of this weblog.

Berkman ILaw Fallout: I thought I would have posted my "I Week After ILaw" thoughts by now, but I just haven’t quite put it together right. The first of the followup H2O/Rotisserie discussions has just wound up, but I think I learned more about the limitations of the beta site than anything else. The next cycle should be interesting, though. It’s focused on the Microsoft reaction to the pending legislation to require that Peru only employ Open Source software – and the extraordinarily perceptive response by one of the legislators to a classic Microsoft FUD letter campaign. Should be fun.

Doc Searls has a provocative article in Linux Journal today on webcasting; radio stations are now arguing that their simultaneous webcasting wasn’t supposed to make them liable for the new royalties; and a new Microsoft whitepaper on Palladium shows some more backpedaling on the DRM aspects of the technology.

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2002 July 16 Links

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A busy morning in the news. Apple’s release of QuickTime 6 means that the MPEG-4 licensing brouhaha has been settled. ElcomSoft posts problems with Adobe’s eBook library scheme. The Library Journal has an interview with L. Lessig.

And the House wants life sentences for hacking, preferably prosecuted using evidence collected following a relaxing of wiretapping restrictions. The AP Wire story at Wired.com is a little more detailed.

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2002 July 15 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-07-15 18:42:03)

Well, after a weekend of hacking b2, I think there’s a good chance that I’ll try to convert this weblog over to it. In particular, the XML-RPC hooks are pretty attractive. On the downside, the b2 code is still pretty spaghetti-like, and the CSS is impenetrable to me, so I can’t get the format right yet – and, of course, the internal date format is different. But I should be able to make the change soon….

The NYT has a strange article on Bruce Springsteen; and Hactivismo seems to have gotten some code out. CNet News has a lengthy article on the record industry’s plans (under consideration) to prosecute file sharers directly. ZDNet give a small rundown of the firms supplying technologies to “mess up” P2P file sharing. And a Siva Vaidhyanathan essay is up. And the technology industry makes their first moves to head off Sen Hollings, Rep. Bermand and the CBDTPA

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  • The New York Times has an article on Bruce Springsteen’s success in limiting Internet piracy of his upcoming album. On one hand, the article seems to congratulate him on his success in avoiding the problem that Eminem had with his latest release. But, the article also points out that his success may actually damage sales of the CD when it is released, particularly among the “younger demographic.” Does this imply that the Times (or some of the music industry) is beginning to accept the notion that the Internet provides a positive benefit through file sharing?

  • Hactivismo has gotten some Reuters attention with their various new tools to promote communication on an increasingly monitored and censored internet.

  • Microsoft is readying to launch the next rev of Windows Media, selling it on the basis of its embedded DRM capability.
  • Wired discusses the next moves in the BPDG/Tauzin discussions of protecting HDTV signals from piracy.
  • Newsforge has an article, discussed at Slashdot, describing the rise of MP3 distribution centers on local newspaper WWW sites.
  • Geektavism redux?
  • Lisa Bowman has a lengthy article on the planning underway to prosecute/litigate the music file sharers themselves. The ZDnet version of the article has TalkBacks enabled – it will be interesting to see what gets posted.
  • John Borland describes several of the firms helping the RIAA and MPAA affiliates to facilitate spoofing on P2P networks – the Talkbacks are a riot!
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan gives a historical description of cynicism on his way to talking about copyright today (from LawMeme). Great quote:

    Between 1995 and 1998, as copyright has been discussed in global and national organisations, Jack Valenti and his cohorts have actually abandoned copyright. They decided copyright was no longer relevant or optimum for the business. They have convinced the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the U.S. Congress to essentially scrap copyright, in favour of technological regulation. Yet they still summon the gumption to defend the ethics of copyright adherence. They want to have it both ways. They want to abandon the democratic safeguards of copyright, such as fair use and a rich public domain – yet they still want the public to romantically embrace the prohibitions embodied in copyright. And frankly, we’re having none of it. The fact that there were 1.7 million Napster users is proof of this.

  • Industry bigwig agree that they can help Hollywood in some respects, but they won’t kill P2P just to make them happy – or so it seems.

2002 July 14 Links

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This’ll be a short one today. I really need to get some *other* writing done today. But an article at SiliconValley.com is too interesting not to post.

And, if I do get the time, I want to work on the look of this weblog. I’ve finally identified what I don’t like about this tool, so I may be porting everything over to something else – b2 has caught my eye over the past couple of days, and if I can get past the overly pretentious artsy look of the default styles, I may be making the change sooner rather than later.

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  • SiliconValley.com has a very interesting article about Earthlink’s plans to mimic the success that AOL Broadband has had getting customers by offering special entertainment (read, music) packages.

2002 July 13 Links

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MSNBC documents the rise in MPAA attacks on file sharing, and the LA Times gives some perspective on Michael Jackson’s attack on Sony, notable for the detailed discussion of recording contracts and promotion costs. Jamie Kellner’s back out there scaring people. Robert Cringeley still isn’t buying the latest Palladium spin. And Homer Simpson recommends buying a multi-regional DVD player!

Late night additions from Slashdot: Harvey Reid raises some interesting issues about artist representation in the CARP webcasting royalty dispute. And there are rumors about RoadRunner blocking KaZaa ports

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2002 July 12 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-07-12 18:00:29)

Ugh – the Berman Coble bill is starting to take enough shape that people are commenting [now, including Slashdot] and it looks pretty awful – even with a sop to the webcasters. At least Illiad can keep a sense of humor. Wired has a new Palladium spin article – this is going to go on for quite a while….

And I just rediscovered the Shifted Librarian weblog – this analysis of the Jupiter meeting earlier this week is worth a look!

UPDATE: Sorry – kind of a busy day here, so I’m a little behind. One key piece: Slashdot is reporting, and I can confirm, that Steven Levy’s Newsweek piece on Palladium posted on MSNBC’s www site is gone (find the text at Cryptome). Here’s the other stuff I have….

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2002 July 11 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-07-11 17:58:01)

I got to vent a little more about the sad state of the Slashdot community in today’s H2O discussion cycle as a part of the ILaw followup.

A couple of news items. And a sad typo (that I expect will get fixed) in a guest commentary at Findlaw today.

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