December 7, 2003

Catching up….. [4:56 pm]

  • CNet: Hollywood: Norwegian hacker a burglar

    “We consider this stealing,” Marsha King, executive vice president and general manager of Warner Home Video, told the Oslo Appeals Court. “It’s taking our key and breaking into our house and stealing what we’ve made,” she said.

    Good luck finding a judge dumb enough to buy that argument

  • CNet: Some compulsory licensing thoughts, inspired by the Canadian record industry’s initiative — Should ISP subscribers pay for P2P?

  • NYTimes’ David Pogue: The File-Sharing Debates

    Last week in this space, I wondered why the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and movie studios get so worked up about online file swapping, when public libraries distribute their works freely without a penny of compensation.

    As usual, some of this column’s readers responded thoughtfully and with authority; I thought I’d share three of those reactions with you this week.

  • NYTimes: Online Music Business, Neither Quick Nor Sure — surprise…..

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A look at our snow [12:04 pm]

The image with the yellowish cast is from last night at about 10:00 PM. I got up this morning to what looks to have been another 6 inches (although it could have just been drifts — the wind was really howling). They’re saying Boston got about 16 inches. This *so* not typical for December. (Gov. Menino is on the TV telling us that Boston schools will be closed tomorrow). Let’s just say that the weekend has been devoted to shoveling and not a lot of web browsing or generally catching up…..

Update: Here are a couple from the front of my home, following a morning of shoveling, and one looking out the back onto the deck — note that it’s still coming down, but not quite so hard anymore…..

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KaZaA Lite Shutdown by Sharman [11:45 am]

According to Slashdot, via Zeropaid, KaZaA Lite has been shutdown: Kazaa-lite Shut Down

Interesting — with Zeropaid Slashdotted, I thought I’d see what I could do to try to find other ways in using a Google search for Kazaa-lite and I got an interesing notice: "In response to a complaint we received under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 3 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint for these removed results." — a cute way around the requirement, since of course the compaint has to be public.

The subtler question is the question of whether Google has cross referenced all 11 complaints filed at Chilling Effects against the sites that come up in a Google search. See Chilling Effect’s search page (search for keywords "kazaa" and "google") to see all 11 complaints.

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