2003 January 14

(entry last updated: 2003-01-14 18:38:41)

Came in today to a monitor without a working green gun – my eyeballs feel like they’ve been given an acid peel. No way I’m going to get much done until I replace this thing. When a white background looks magenta, you really can’t get a whole lot done <G>

  • The New York Times’ Amy Harmon has an article on the below-mentioned "compromise."
    (Slashdot commentary – once you get past the early nonsense posts, note that most readers have grasped the essentially limited nature of this agreement as far as the consumer’s digital rights are concerned)

    Amy points out a couple of strategic elements:

    Many consumer electronics companies did not join the agreement. They contend legislation like Rep. Boucher’s is necessary to ensure that consumers can make fair use of digital copyrighted material even when it is locked up to prevent illegal copying.

    The recording industry’s agreement with the computer trade groups marks a departure from its longtime alliance with the motion picture industry on the antipiracy front and underscores their divergent concerns. The music industry may already have taken the hardest hit from digital piracy that it will have to face, as it begins to experiment with technological copy-protection on compact discs.

    … Since the recording industry had never been a strong supporter of legislation that would mandate technical solutions to digital piracy, industry analysts said Ms. Rosen appeared to have conceded little that would have a far-reaching effect on the companies she represents.

    But the move may make it harder for Mr. Valenti’s group to achieve its aims.

  • It looks like a very interesting "compromise" has been negotiated between consumer electronics firms and the RIAA (Donna has a good set of links, including Ernest Miller’s LawMeme post) The Billboard article

    Lobbyists for some of the nation’s largest technology companies will argue under the new agreement against efforts in Congress to amend U.S. laws to broaden the rights of consumers, such as explicitly permitting viewers to make backup copies of DVDs for personal use or copy songs onto handheld listening devices.

    These companies, including Microsoft Corp., IBM, Intel Corp. and Dell Computer Corp., also will announce support for aggressive enforcement against digital pirates.

    In exchange, the Recording Industry Association of America will argue against government requirements to build locking controls into future generations of entertainment devices to make it more difficult for consumers to share music and movies. Technology companies have complained that the controls are too expensive and complex.

    …The agreement politically isolates the powerful Motion Picture Association of America, which was noticeably absent from the deal’s participants. The MPAA has aggressively supported new government requirements for built-in locking controls on new devices, such as DVD recorders. A spokesman for the group declined to comment.

  • Ed Foster over at InfoWorld sounds the warning alarm on the coming loss of digital rights.

  • Bruce Perens’ Open Source book series, and its interesting copyright, is profiled in the NYTimes.