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

(10 items listed below)

  • 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.