2003 July 10

(entry last updated: 2003-07-10 13:58:57)

Ugh! A summer cold strikes………

  • From the BBC: File swappers ‘buy more music’. Interesting to note the rhetoric in this discussion, where the economics of ‘free’ are used to argue that ‘P2P for piracy’ vastly outweighs ‘P2P for promotion’ as a working model for the practice.

  • Donna’s gone public with her announcement that she’ll be leaving the Berkman Center and going to work at the EFF – Congratulations!

  • BusinessWeek yesterday, US News & World Report today. A cover story on the RIAA’s lawsuit strategy: A Nation of pirates [pdf]

    But ultimately, the creative industries may have to adapt to a new role in which they act more as publicists and less as distributors, perhaps earning a percentage of the artists’ revenues. “Record labels will have a promotional role,” says Bernoff. “They will be like agents in a lot of ways, where they help artists to get big.” Trouble is, today’s pirates may not want to pay more than a song for that service.

    Plus a side article on the MPAA’s worries: Hollywood fears a heist [pdf]

    And in the end, says Bruce Schneier of Counterpane Internet Security Inc., any efforts to stop computer files from being copied are just stopgaps: “They’re all temporary fixes.” Digital bits can and will be copied; some expert somewhere will eventually crack any security system, and the hack will spread over the Internet. Maybe the entertainment industry should bank on events, appearances, or advertising, not on digital files, Schneier says. “Sell the experience,” he urges, “not the bits.”

  • Those with "Bunnie" Huang’s bent get a writeup today in the NYTimes: Some Xbox Fans Microsoft Didn’t Aim For [pdf], with this sidebar on his book Behind a Hacker’s Book, a Primer on Copyright Law [pdf]

  • TCPA strikes in this article linking your trusted computer to an application: IBM, Adobe boost digital signatures

    Forms and other documents created in the portable document format (PDF) used by Acrobat will be able to tap into the security chip included on all recent IBM desktop and notebook PCs. Among other purposes, IBM’s “embedded security subsystem” can be used to store the electronic signature data, providing an extra level of security over more typical systems that store signatures on a PC’s hard drive.

  • Slashdot discusses the Webcaster Alliance’s claims: Webcaster Alliance Threatens To Sue RIAA

  • Puretunes gets its RIAA lawsuit: RIAA sues Spanish music site; The CNet News story: RIAA sues vanishing Spanish music site