2002 November 29

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Sorry if this pisses you off, but David Rees’s latest “Get Your War On” comics summarize everything I could ever want to say about the rise of both Poindexter and Kissinger in this current administration (not to mention the spinelessness of the current Democratic “leadership.”). Support GYWO any way you can!

Peter Chenin’s speech has gotten a second set of online commentaries, although the WayNu one is still the most comprehensive.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights Ed Felten’s tinkering efforts.

More on the Napster sale to Roxio from Wired. And Paul Boutin’s piece from the dead tree issue discusses the rise of “sneakernet” Napster via CD-R & iPod.

The New York Times suggests that the biggest worry for musicians arising from online filesharing is the spread of incomplete or demo versions on songs.

The battle over use of open source in the government continues; Slashdot discussion.

2002 November 27

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The NYTimes describes the efforts students are making to retain access to online file sharing. The Times also has a small bit on the Universal proposal to refine royalty audits.

Donna had another jam-packed entry yesterday. ZDNet cites the public release of the MPEG-4 spec, with all licensing settled – will it be enough to set the next standard, or is WMA already too entrenched?

LawMeme points to a Law.com article on a SESAC victory – a look at the mechanics of royalty. Larry Lessig points to some work done at the Berkeley Center on Law and Technology on a question raised during the Eldred arguments – what about the 1976 Copyright extension?

And The Register has some nice coverage (and letters) of the RIAA/US Naval Academy fight.

2002 November 26

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Being away means that sometimes the best strategy is just to point to other’s good work. For example, Donna’s latest at Copyfight covers several important topics. The deconstruction of Peter Chernin’ speech is particularly nice. And it’ll be interesting to see how long the Globe link to Jonathan’s editorial lasts.

Equally interesting is John Ashcroft’s position on Internet surveillance, circa 1997. Wonder if he and Poindexter have talked this over?

Amy Harmon of the NYTimes writes up the plight of the Middies as their computers are confiscated so their instructors can look for pirated music files. The NYTimes also reports that Bertelsmann is turning CDNow over to Amazon to run. And an interesting conference at Columbia (The New Gatekeepers) that examines art and copying in the digital age is written up as well.

And, with the Christmas season upon us, the music industry’s practice of the re-release (special or otherwise) gets a surprisingly sharp look. And, in case you missed it, the new Shania Twain album has a couple of twists in music sales innovation.

I have to get ready for class, but a look at Slashdot reveal that the posting of DeCSS at the LiViD www site has been found to be OK according to the California court – using it is still up in the air, of course.

Back from class to find that a bunch of stuff has been posted over at Wired: KaZaA may be in trouble again this time; Brad King profiles the upcoming Congress’ players in the digital policy arena; and Sklyarov’s visa has been approved so he can now try to attend the trial in which he and his employer play a big role. *Whew* – I’m going home…….

2002 November 25

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I’m out of town, so I can only supply highlights, I’m afraid. But there are some must-reads out there

And it looks like Declan is starting to think that it’s not possible just to program our way out of our difficulties.

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2002 November 23

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Getting ready for my next trip – this time, I’m going to be pretty scarce for the next week.

Sony seems to be getting ready to make a major push – to cut off its own nose to spite its face.

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  • Sony seems to be announcing a new push to copy protect CDs, at least if the Slashdot discussion is to be believed. Of course, it’ll be interesting to see what the Vaios will be able to do – has the entertainment division taken over Sony?

2002 November 22

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Today’s Foxtrot cartoon expresses a not uncommon thought – albeit about a different artist.

The Register discusses the "Darknet" – sounds like a great name for a weblog …. or, as Dave Barry might say, a rock band!

And it looks like TPP alum Alan Davidson is going to have a busy day! Not to mention the lucky attendees at today’s Revenge of the Blog get-together. LawMeme posts and links from the event A,B,C,D,E,F.

Interesting – BMG talks about changing their royalty accounting practices. And *shock* – a TCS article that supports P2P? Moreover, a series of conservatives coming down in the side of Eldred? Quite a day!

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2002 November 21

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Well, the crush is over for the moment.

FatWallet is being told that price lists are copyrighted, and protected under the DMCA? Time to start commenting!

And Microsoft tells us to "beware the dark net&quot

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2002 November 19

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I’m up to my neck in alligators, but everyone’s talking about this piece by one of the most well-known Apple advocates, wherein he decries the problems with the DMCA.