Blogging lecturers say the technology provides them with easy online web access to students and improves communication outside of the classroom.
[…] Esther Maccallum-Stewart, a Sussex University historian is one of the pioneering British academic bloggers who are using the technology to teach and carry out research.
[…] The web log on the war set up on the university web-server meant she could look up queries raised in her class and pass information on to the whole group rather than one person at a time.
“My research meant that I was working at more than one terminal, or was occasionally in places where I couldn’t take disks or apparatus with me,” she says.
“The weblog meant a place to store ideas, links and references.”
The EFF is posting the briefs here: EFF: MGM v. Grokster. Lots of reading ahead (I’m still catching up and I have a deadline today!), and the blogging commentary has started up in earnest.
EFF is defending StreamCast Networks, the company behind the Morpheus peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software, in an important case that will be heard before the Supreme Court of the United States on March 29, 2005.
Twenty-eight of the world’s largest entertainment companies brought the lawsuit against the makers of the Morpheus, Grokster, and KaZaA software products, aiming to set a precedent to use against other technology companies (P2P and otherwise). As we noted in our arguments before the Ninth Circuit, the case raises a question of critical importance at the border between copyright and innovation: When should the distributor of a multi-purpose tool be held liable for the infringements that may be committed by end-users of the tool?
Here’s a bit of the wishful thinking that continues to cause unrest:
Neither Enlow nor Cronin view mash-ups as a fad, but as yet another innovative means for deconstructing and reinventing existing music. Since most producers are making mash-ups for fun, not profit, Cronin believes this may limit any legal ramifications. Yet, even cease-and-desist orders are unlikely to curtail the burgeoning popularity of mash-ups among DJs, producers, or audiences, the DJs maintain.
”The mash-up scene is subversive by its very nature,” Cronin says, ”so I think people will keep doing it.”