2002 October 18

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Posting this from overseas, so a little inadeqaute at the moment. A NYTimes article on the shutdown of a movie over the Internet distribution company (Intertainer), claiming collusion on the part of the studios. Also something on the delays in the ElcomSoft/Sklyarov case due to visa issues.

And my sister has pointed out this CNN article on the current views moviemakers have on the effects of DVDs on their business.

And is this development a sign that Microsoft is going to play nice, or just another step in their “embrace and extend” strategy – i.e., what happens after the license expires in two years? Will it be renewed or will firms, having committed to Passport for authentication, find that they now need to abandon their Unix servers to maintain their Passports?

Finally (I have to give this drop back), a spate of articles from The Register merit mention:

  • A letter from Bill Pullman – on the latest incarnation of webcasting royalty rates.
  • A report on changes in the .NET community license – and the contretemps surrounding it.
  • The much-discussed Linux kernel patch – which, if explained, might run afoul of the DMCA, so US consumers are not supposed to read the documentation, just apply the patch.
  • A more careful look at yesterday’s Microsoft earnings report – at least some of this set of strong earnings is due to avoidance of the new licensing plans, something that this morning’s CNN Business report got completely backwards
  • Developments in Sincere Choice – Bruce Perens’ efforts to develop something to counter MS-speak in the licensing area
  • A copyright screed from Thomas C. Greene (sorry, Andrew) – this time, he decides to explain the economics of book publishing to defend his position that Eldred et al. have it all wrong – copyright on books should last a long time! Or, maybe, just maybe, the length of book copyrights has allowed the current book publishers, like the current record publishers, to devise a system that simply only works with the current structure and, should the rules change, so too will their businesses? Naaah (as Theodoric of York might say) – more likely it’s just that Thomas never wrote a song or a piece of software, but he sure plans to write a book.

And a look at Copyfight gives us another Eldred roundup, plus a link to the transcripts (although *I* can’t find them yet), before the Supreme Court releases them

2002 October 15 Links

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A day of getting ready to go back to the UK for do the my part of the next DN lecture. Means I’m going to miss a chance to go to this lecture at MIT on Thursday to learn about Palladium. Maybe someone will go and report later?

Dmitry is back in the news. And more on Eldred at Copyfight

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2002 October 14 Links

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Declan follows up on the User Friendly cartoon. And Judge Jackson resurfaces. The industry is looking to kill off the CD (wonder why?). I read about the IFPI report in Europe; now I have the link. And the New York Times suggests that Slashdot may be doing something right

A first look at fallout from the Eldred v. Ashcroft argument is given in the New York Times today. Of course, Donna has assembled a vast amount of information that’s going to take me hours to get through!

Something for the TPP students in ESD.10 as a followup to the “Practice Makes Perfect” we did on October 9th about language

And I’ve learned my lesson – no more links to MSNBC hosted Newsweek articles – they age them away – so here’s a permalink to Glitterati v. Geeks, before it dies. I’ve lost all my other great Steven Levy bits from there except the Palladium article, hosted at cryptome. Worse, MSNBC won’t even let me search and pay for an old copy. That’s why I never do a Technology Review link anymore either; it’s not just because they betrayed their original editorial base when they turned it into a gee-whiz “entrepreneur” mag. The New York Times at least maintains the integrity of an article link, and you can at least retrieve the text for money if you forgot.

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2002 October 11

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Posting this from a “borrowed” network drop and the University of Cambridge. I’m here for a couple of days to teach (part of the reason for the paucity of my postings lately <g>). I should be back Monday and, with luck, I’ll even get to post some more later today.

2002 October 9 Links

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David Coursey teaches me something I didn’t know; and, in honor of Larry’s big day (I wore black jeans to work and everything!), Glitterati vs. Geeks.

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  • Did you know that there already is a broadcast flag in television transmissions? Read this piece by David Coursey to learn about the “Copy Generation Management System for Analog” – CGMS-A.

  • Bruce Perens rails against software patents

2002 October 8 Links

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Sorry – I’m getting ready for a trip to Cambridge to start this year’s cycle of ESD.10/CMI; so I’ve been unable to keepup up too much

Two things, though: copyrights and online scores are discussed at the NYTimes; and Billy Joel, Bob Dyland and James Taylor (all Sony Music musicians) are suing MP3.com

From Wired: A Lessig/Eldred preview (tomorrow’s the day!) and digital radio & the FCC – and Salon covers the Internet Bookmobile

2002 October 7 Links

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Getting ready for the next round of lectures on this topic is eating up all my free time – but there are too many things going on today to miss out on posting some of them.

Amazingly, the Boston Globe seems to be the only one carrying the webcasting royalty agreement, and it’s an AP Wire services tale. And, it’s the first Monday in October – Eldred is scheduled for Wednesday.

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  • The webcasting royalty settlement seems to be set – revenue-based royalties for small actors. The Reuters wire story from yesterday is less optimistic, though.

  • The Register has another story on the carrot and stick game being played in the European markets to get DRM onto consumers’ machines.
  • Declan McCullagh writes about Eldred today. It’s been a weird experience to listen to NPR today, whose stories on the opening of the current Supreme Court session speak of all the important cases still wending through the lower courts, giveing short shrift to this particular case.
  • And, speaking of cases, the Verizon suit is keepin’ on.
  • Amy Harmon describes the RIAA’s fight to kill the many-headed hydra of online music copying – in this case KaZaA and Sharman Networks..

2002 October 4 Links

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Courtney Love gives up the fight, so we miss out on a view of record industry financial practices. Makes you wonder just how awful it is, given that, as she apparently told Howard Stern, the settlement included “lots and lots of money.” Declan profiles the Boucher bill, and covers the Verizon hearing.

Upcoming presentation at MIT open to the public:

“Liberty By Design: The Policy Debate Over Internet Architecture,” Alan Davidson, Center for Democracy and Technology and Georgetown University. E51-095; 4-6PM

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