January 25, 2005

Why Blog? [11:28 am]

A nice summary that touches upon my own reasons for doing this, from the BBC: Academics give lessons on blogs [via Angela Booth's Writing Blog]

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.”

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MGM v. Grokster Briefs [10:32 am]

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?

Ed’s read a few; Derek, a few more - A, B, C

Later: Washington Post’s U.S. Asks High Court to Curb File Swapping [pdf] and Entertainment Industry Reaffirms Anti-P2P Stance [pdf]; Wired News’ Hollywood Ready for P2P Showdown

Later: Disparate Cast Lobbies Court To Restrict File Sharing [pdf]

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The Boston Globe on Mash-Ups [7:20 am]

A little bit of this, a little bit of that (sidebar: Mix and mash) [combined pdf]

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.”

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