CNet News: The coming crackdown on blogging
Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling, wherein she outlines why the FEC’s per se exclusion of internet communications from FEC limitation as an incorrect interpretation of the act, and why the question of what constitutes a public political communication needs to be addressed by the FEC in setting their rules: Christopher Shays v. FEC; Civil Action No. 02-1984; September 18, 2004
Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s further ruling: Christopher Shays v. FEC; Civil Action No. 02-1984; October 19, 2004
I set out to find more information, but none of the major labels and none of the aforementioned music sites would comment for the record about the report. While I can’t vouch for the story’s veracity, however, it’s not surprising to hear that the labels might want a price increase. “They’re definitely interested in raising prices,” one source who requested anonymity told me.
[…] “The labels want to feel like they have some power and influence,” says Phil Leigh, an analyst with Inside Digital Media. “They’re losing the control they once had.”
It’s possible that music labels have decided to focus on controlling pricing in this early round of renegotiations. It’s unlikely, however, that they will get what they want — at least for now.
[…] One thing is clear: With the proven success of paid online distribution, the power struggle between the music industry and technology companies is reaching a new level.
A group of 17 computer science and engineering professors at nine universities, including Harold Abelson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward W. Felten of Princeton and David J. Farber of Carnegie Mellon, stressed in their brief that they feared if the court sided with the entertainment companies it could chill technological progress in computers and the Internet.
Ed Felten give the full list in Computer Science Professors’ Brief in Grokster as well as his view of the key argument in the brief.
Donna also has postings on several notable filings yesterday:
- Eben Moglen & Co. on Grokster: Look Past the Rhetoric
- Media Profs on Grokster: Don’t Forget Fair Use
Also, this press release: Technology Industries Unite In Their Views That The BETAMAX Doctrine Must Be Upheld And Not Weakened
Despite the Web site’s great richness, sleek looks and fast response to a mouse click, it does feel a bit musty. The digital gallery is modeled on an old-fashioned card catalog, with all the attendant creaks. Doing a search is like going into a library and opening file drawers.
For instance, you can’t get a list of all the photographers or the printmakers or the artists – only an alphabetical list of every proper name in the digital library. If you type in “photograph*” (the most general search term), you will get more than 11,000 items, organized who knows how. To find out who is in it, you have to go through all of the thumbnail images. If you limit the search by typing in “photograph,” you get about 2,200 items. If you type in “photographer,” you get only 200.
One difference between this Web site and a card catalog is that there’s no librarian to help you. That can be both maddening and liberating.
There have been lots of posting about this, but I need to get at least one in here: ‘No re-draft’ for EU patent law – Looks like the EU has managed to create a process at least as ugly as our own when it comes to the formulation of IP legislation.
If the European Council agrees on the draft directive it will then return for a second reading at the European Parliament.
But that will not guarantee that the directive will become law – instead it will probably mean further delays and controversy over the directive.
Most EU legislation now needs the approval of both parliament and the Council of Ministers before it becomes law.
French Green MEP Alain Lipietz warned two weeks ago that if the Commission ignored the Parliament’s request it would be an “insult” to the assembly.
He said that the parliament would then reject the Council’s version of the legislation as part of the final or conciliation stage of the decision procedure
The Coral Consortium says it will offer interoperability across proprietary DRM systems as an alternative to the current landscape of non-interoperable closed domains protected by proprietary DRM systems and open peer-to-peer distribution systems that harbor pirated content.
Microsoft, ContentGuard and Macrovision formed a competing Content Reference Group in December 2003 with the same intent, to create (and control) DRM interoperability. It has made no statements since launch.
[…] Although the group claims this is a critical mass, what it really needs is agreement from Microsoft, Macrovision and ContentGuard that it will cooperate with the first specification, which is expected to be based on Intertrust’s NEMO architecture which stands for Networked Environment for Media Orchestration, with is a way of using software agents and online connections to verify content transactions, as a basis for interoperable DRM
The Coral Consortium is really a last gasp effort to stop both anarchy within digital rights management and to potentially avoid a monopoly forming.