2002 August 7 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-08-07 17:36:38)

I missed a really detailed article in the Sunday NYTimes Magazine on the making of a pop music product – an excellent read. Salon has a discussion of the changes in the indie promotion business. And the broadcast flag gets a look from the TiVo/ReplayTV context

The new edition of firstmonday is up with an article on the politics of P2P and copyright. ZDnet provides a program identifying the players in tomorrow’s FCC meeting on broadcast protection. The Register reports that Morpheus’ client will include McAfee security tools.

And I thought my draft had something original to say. Reading these Slashdot comments, I guess not. Glenn Harlan Reynolds has a relevant piece at TCS, with an innovative interpretation of the Biden agenda.

(8 items listed below)

  • Who’s That Girl? follows the development of Amanda Latona as the next music product. A look at how it’s done.
  • The music industry’s response to rising radio promotion costs is covered by Eric Boehlert at Salon.
  • And the broadcast flag’s effect on DVRs is explored at Wired.
  • At firstmonday: Rip, Mix, Burn: The Politics of Peer-to-Peer and Copyright Law. This is an ambitious article that tries to place the current copyright arguments within a workable political context and, if I read it correctly, to elevate the arguments above the sanctimony that both sides bring to the debate. While it is an interesting set of insights into the evolution of the debate, the conclusions are spare, and seem largely focused on the desire to elevate legal debates above the focused procedural and legislative plane that they currently occupy. How to accomplish this, however, is not explored.
  • ZDNet’s Jim Hu gives us a detailed rundown of the players in advance of tomorrow’s FCC meeting to discuss broadcast protection. The CNet version of this article has a lot of relevant articles linked in the sidebar.
  • In Tipping Their Hand, Glenn Harlan Reynolds argues that all this DRM stuff is just the record companies trying to maintain control by locking others out. By getting the technology companies to require DRM-only players, they can force independents to work through record companies just to get a watermark that will make their MP3s playable – even if the independent just wants to give the content away!
  • McAfee’s SecurityCenter will be a part of the Morpheus client.
  • A new mod-chip for the X-box is getting some attention.