2002 July 18 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-07-18 17:48:36)

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.