Philip’s DRM

No, Really, You Can’t Copy These

Philips Electronics said on Tuesday it was six months away from launching a system against illegal copying that will allow consumers to play digital video and music on any digital media player.

Philips hopes the so-called digital rights management (DRM) system being developed by Intertrust, which it jointly owns with Sony, will replace a confusing array of proprietary systems.

Slashdot discussion: Intertrust Plans Universal DRM System

Surprise! Copyright is Hard to Understand

From Wired News: Film Fans Befuddled by Copyright — more fuel for Jessica Litman’s thesis that copyright has become too byzantine to be enforced in its current forms

A major studio’s recent action to curtail online sales of its films has left some movie buffs confused about where and when purchasing foreign DVDs is legitimate.

In general, U.S. law permits consumers to buy imported DVDs for personal use. But the law is a little murkier for retailers.

[…] So when and where can film purists seek out the original versions of foreign movies?

In the non-Internet world, if one buys a foreign DVD overseas and brings it home in a suitcase for personal use, that’s legal. Hauling 100 DVDs back to the United States and selling them, however, is not.

Ordering a movie online from an overseas distributor, so long as it is not a counterfeit copy, is also permitted under U.S. law.

[…] But one industry attorney argued that finer points regarding the legalities of buying online from foreign sites have yet to be decided by courts.

“I think if you buy one copy over the Internet for your personal use, it’s unclear right now where that would fall,” said George Borkowski, an attorney with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. “I don’t think the law has been resolved specifically on Internet purchases.”

A followup to Logical Extension of the 2600 Decision?

John Deep Keeps Filing

Friends of Aimster back Supreme Court bid

The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), Privacy Innovations Inc., and online author and librarian Eric Flint have all voiced their support for the Aimster/Madster peer-to-peer service, which is currently in limbo after a lower court shut it down. John Depp, Aimster’s creator, is awaiting word from the Supreme Court as to whether or not it will hear the case and examine whether the injunction should be repealed. In their letters to the court, the Aimster backers argue that shutting down an encrypted peer-to-peer file swapping service impedes free speech rights and damages the potential of a new technology before it has time to play out.