2003 February 19

(entry last updated: 2003-02-19 18:49:49)

  • This LATimes article describes the current efforts of the copyright industries to track P2P usage.

    Assuming Judge Bates’ ruling is upheld, copyright holders could soon be routinely obtaining names and phone numbers from ISPs to match the Internet addresses they cull from peer-to-peer networks. And for those people, at least, any illusions about the anonymity of file sharing will be dispelled for good.

  • Salon has an article on the question of nominating a computer generated character for an Academy award, using Andy Serkis’ Gollum as the basis for identifying an interesting issue:

    The truth is that it’s never been altogether clear who “owns” a film performance, and the issue has become even less clear as cinematic production techniques become more and more advanced. Onstage, lighting, makeup and costuming affect performances, but the actor ultimately retains control over how he or she is presented to the audience. In film, this has never been the case: Long after the actor has left the set, directors and producers make decisions that determine what audiences will and will not see, and how they will see it. The question becomes one of where to draw the line: Does the application of a “virtual prosthetic” represent a more significant alteration of an actor’s performance than a director accomplishes through editing?

    As digital effects become increasingly prevalent in cinema, this question of performance ownership will become impossible to ignore, and audiences will be forced to decide whether it is the performer or the performance that is worth evaluating.

  • Wired picks up a Reuters newswire that says Hollywood is soliciting informers to tackle Asian DVD piracy and to shut down the factories that produce them.

  • Cory Doctorow points out that DC Comics figures that IP violation is an issue that villians and superheroes can agree on.

  • Salon’s series on media consolidation gets a new entry with Eric Boehlert’s latest piece on Clear Channel – the company that has managed to give deregulation a bad rep even among otherwise-so-inclined Republicans. Other Clear Channel pieces from Salon on the radio industry (this link will give you the summaries as I wrote them up when I entered them into my links database):

  • More developments in the recording industry’s plans to challenge the university networks of Australia.

  • Rob Glaser of Real Networks explains it all to you.