2002 July 25 Links [8:25 am]
(entry last updated: 2002-07-25 18:37:13)
I’m a little calmer today (this morning); although there must have been something going around yesterday. See Larry Lessig’s comments to the Open Source Convention yesterday to see what I mean - he really challenged the community to do something (Dan Gillmor’s blog entry, in particular, expresses the emotion of his talk; Doc Searls’ blog entry gives a different perspective). I see that there’s a collective weblog being tried - take a look.
And, yes, Larry’s already read "Melancholy Elephants." (See yesterday’s notes) And he, like I, suggest it to anyone interested in seeing an example of science fiction coming to life in one’s own time.
"Deep linking" receives a blow in Germany; ICANN is disucussed by Esther Dyson; RealNetworks announces Ogg Vobis support; kuro5hin reacts to the Berman initiative; an interesting take on ubiquitous computing by Bruce Sterling. The NYTimes has an article explaining why you need to look your name up on Google from time to time - plus what the Slashdot’s reference to the "panopticon" means <G> (I guess I’m just illiterate).
Update: I see that the Berkman Center’s Ben Edelman is suing (with the ACLU) for a declaratory judgement in re: Ben’s research and the DMCA - notably, his testing of the blocking strategies of N2H2. Declan McCullagh has a piece on it at CNet News - and here’s the Slashdot discussion; the LawMeme writeup. And Denise Howell has a great writeup with interesting links.
Declan’s had a busy day! Here’re his Politech links for the Berman/Coble P2P bill. And Thomas C. Greene isn’t letting up much today either! Matt Loney tells us what he thinks of the new UK copyright law; and Real formally announces Ogg Vobis support.
Note: I’m not sure if Wired.com is the target of a DDoS attack or if they’re just having server problems, but their site has been really difficult to access this week.
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- Apparently, the EU rules on database "ownership" extend further than US law into that murky realm where one can effectively copyright data. Consequently, a "deep linking" decision in Germany has generated a lot of concern.
Salon has an interview with Esther Dyson on the state of ICANN.
- There’s a kuro5hin article that matches some of the ideas that Thomas C. Greene came up with yesterday. Peercast has an article following up more generally as well.
- Slashdot has an article summarizing the RealNetworks Helix initiative, and their announcement to support the open source Ogg Vobis codec.
- And, for something to stretch your mind, here’s the text of a speech by Bruce Sterling on his vision of what ubiquitous computing might mean.
- David Berlind expresses his opinion of the Forgent patent claim.
- Food for thought: a NYTimes piece on privacy in the Internet age. One particularly interesting idea: just like you should do a regular credit check on yourself, a Google check wouldn’t hurt either. Slashdot sees this as a simpleminded attack on Google. (Note: What’s a panopticon?; another explanation)
- I missed this on Donna’s site yesterday - she’s posted an entry explaining why the RIAA has been targeting college radio stations’ complaints about the webcasting royalties.
- Slashdot has a discussion of Yochai Benkler’s paper on the economics of open source projects.
- The Register has a calmly phrased article to add to today’s furor: Big software pushes hard for national Gestapo - this Reuters wire from Wired explains a little more
- The ZDNet version of Declan’s article on the Berman Coble bill has Talkbacks - always good for a read. Wired is running the Reuters feed
- Matt Loney discusses the differences and the similarities between the recent updating of the UK copyright law and the current status in the US.
- Ogg Vobis will be a part of the Helix initiative.
- Ben Edelman’s announcement of the lawsuit at GrepLaw has more links, most notably the page at the Berkman Center summarizing the case. And the ZDNet version of Declan’s article will give a taste of community response via Talkbacks.