2002 November 8

(entry last updated: 2002-11-08 19:55:46)

After putting in the effort to write a little more completely about how I think the concept of alienation helps to explain some of the things that concern me on these topics, we get a great article in The Register to demonstrate what I mean

Wired doesn’t expect digital TV to get any easier to deploy with McCain instead of Hollings at the helm of the Senate commerce committee

Charlie Cooper takes Microsoft to task over Halloween nn. And an excellent article at CNN discussing the architectural limitations of the newest CD formats – SACD and DVD-Audio.

Based on some of the things I’ve been reading this week, I’ve got a new suggestion for Donna Wentworth on her question of how to (re)frame the rhetoric of copyright – or at least bring in a new constituency with a proven track-record: "Today, Microsoft/Intel/TCPA/RIAA/MPAA/(insert organization here) wants to register your computer; next, it’ll be your guns!"

(9 items listed below)

  • The Register follows yesterday’s BMG position on protected CDs with a translation and interpretation of an EMI &quot’customer service" note.

  • Wired News summarizes the state of play in digital TV policy.

  • One of the current ESD.10 students sent me this link; terribly a propos of the discussions of copyright and culture that have dominated my thinking these last couple of days – particularly the issues around copyright and derivative works.

    Even more gratifying to me in my role as lecturer was his postscript

    I thought you might find the author’s view interesting and I didn’t see a link on your weblog. Copyright issues are one of those things I didn’t pay attention to before – now they seem to be everywhere. Incredibly interesting stuff. Thanks for opening my eyes.

  • Another TPP voice heard from – Alan Davidson’s talk at Cornell gets covered here

  • Again on the alienation angle; this article argues that, if copyright holders want to protect their goods, they should not be expecting the consumer to foot the bill through the purchase of new, DRM-enabled hardware. Rather, they should be paying more for enforcement and policing.

  • A kinky dervative work, which has been found to be non-infringing – so far.
  • Microsoft aiming for Adobe with ePeriodicals? I mean, XML is great and all, but really!

  • Billboard posts poll results on what’ll entice consumers to buy CDs.

  • The CNN verdict on SACD and DVD-Audio: “unfriendly, but better sound.” The first of this century’s DAT fiascoes? Another quote:

    The Audible Difference in Palo Alto, California, is refusing to sell SACD or DVD-Audio players until manufacturers can ship a hybrid unit that plays both formats as well as legacy CDs in the highest quality sound available.

    “Until we see a product like that, we’re sitting on the sidelines and we’re counseling our clients to sit on the sidelines,” said Tim Fay, who sells high-end stereo equipment at the store.

    … Sony, which developed the SACD format with Philips, says it will continue to make SACD players without digital outputs until there’s an industry standard for securing the digital audio stream.

    “With high-resolution audio, the need for secure interfaces becomes even greater, since the quality of audio on such formats as SACD is virtually indistinguishable from the master (tape),” said Sony spokesman David Migdal.

    Panasonic hasn’t incorporated digital outputs into its DVD-Audio players for the same reasons.

    Despite the intentions of the manufacturers to limit digital copies, consumers favor such uses for music.

    In a recent Gartner G2 survey, 88 percent of respondents said they believed it legal to make copies of CDs for personal backup use while 77 percent felt they should be able to copy a CD for personal use in another device.