2002 August 1 links

(entry last updated: 2002-08-01 16:14:10)

The Charles Sims dialog continues at Politech – I, myself, need to refine what I wrote yesterday. PressPlay changes its business model – some. Law.com offers up a look at Eldred v. Ashcroft. An update on the HP-SnoSoft conflict. And a great article at Salon looks at the outlaw, and creative, culture of bootlegs (home remixes of music).

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  • Declan McCullagh’s Politech has a variety of responses to Charles Sims’ complaint about the Siva Viadhyanathan piece.

  • CNet reports that PressPlay is changing to unlimited downloads, albeit still with limits on how much of the downloaded material can be saved to CD – 120 songs/year.
  • Eldred v. Ashcroft gets a rundown at Law.com, in anticipation of this fall’s hearing before the Supreme Court. Not a terribly enlightening article, but there are two notable points: (a) the assertion that, until cert. was approved, the case had been "largely regarded… as an annoyance, an academic exercise undertaken by a handful of law professors" (snotty, that), and (b) the whole point of the case is about the "role of copyrights to both support and limit the First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression." I think Larry would argue that there’s a little more to it than that!
  • The Salon article Bootleg Culture starts by skewering the hip-hop artists (and their record companies) who won’t license their music for use in “bootlegs” ("hybrid tracks that mix together other people’s songs to create new songs that are at once familiar yet often startlingly different" – also known as mash-ups) and then goes on to describe the bootleg culture as essentially illegal:
    Existing copyright laws mean that, for the most part, this movement will remain underground. Consequently bootlegs may be the first new genre of music that is almost entirely contraband, and most bootlegs now can only be found on a few Web sites or on file-sharing networks like KaZaA and Gnutella.

    …Such fan edits [of movies] are also, technically, illegal, but from the perspective of the turntablists, remixers, and home editors at the forefront of the explosion of bootleg culture, copyright laws don’t look like anything other than the means by which one group of artists limits the work of another.

  • The New York Times reviews the ReplayTV 4500 DVR – and the reviewer loves it!
  • LawMeme tells you more than you wanted to know about the Tru64 bug that HP is trying to block via the DMCA.
  • Sonia Arrison discusses the limits of the Berman initiative in TechCentral Station.
  • Dawn Chmielewski goes over several contentious issues in the transition to digital television.