2002 August 15 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-08-15 17:15:14)

Looks like the summer heat has slowed down more than just life in Cambridge. So far today, I’ve only found an article at FindLaw. And Joan Jett has decided to take “matters into her own hands” when it comes to her out-of-print material.

A look at the Billboard news reveals that the fight over the so called ‘Seven Year Statute’ has heated up. And, a GigaLaw article suggests that the theories underlying the Gator complaint will make Lynx illegal. Also, the Hamidi v.Intel lawsuit got some ink in the WSJ. Finally (I have to leave for the day), Slashdot discusses how the common man responds to DRM; a Larry Lessig interview at Darwin Magazine; and an article by David Weinberger on DRM, also at Darwin.

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  • FindLaw’s Writ has a guest column from someone who’s much more of an optimist than I. Peter Yu asserts that the fact that the copyright owners are fighting a multi-front war rather than focusing on pirates, they are bound to fail.

    I’m less sanguine. I think they have managed to make it a single front war – as far as they are concerned, everyone who opposes them is a pirate. And they’ve managed to convert a sizeable fraction of the population to their perspective.

  • Billboard reports that Joan Jett is putting her out-of-print albums up on the Internet. At $10 a pop, it’ll be interesting to see how she does. Her site is kind of funky, particularly the fact that she publishes her own tablatures.
  • The negotiations to settle on text for California state bill 1246 [PDF] (Recording Artists Coalition description) have fallen apart, leading to heated words. This is the statute that Courtney Love’s famous Manifesto addresses in part, although her legal challenge was overturned.
  • GigaLaw has an article, cited by PoliTech, dissecting the Gator lawsuit and speculating about its implications for the future of Internet advertising.
  • "Trespass to chattels" – a striking phrase I had never heard until ILaw 2002 – nor would I have understood the threat it represents in the digital age. Learn something about it in this article from The Wall Street Journal about Intel v. Ken Hamidi
  • Slashdot discusses a Q & A from The Guardian wherein a Windows Media Player user discovers that a hard disk reformat makes his restored files from a CD-R difficult (read: impossible) to play.
  • An interview with Larry Lessig in pure “Cassandra-mode” in Darwin Magazine
  • Also, a provocative piece on the how to solve the DRM mess: let the market do it within the following framework

    In lieu of a well-worked out program, here are Three Precepts of Digital Rights Management. Each rule supercedes the previous one.

    1. Companies that want to sell us works of creativity can do so with whatever enforceable licensing agreement they want.
    2. Fair use isn’t just protected but is expanded in the face of the new reality.
    3. The basic architecture of our computing and networking environment — which maximizes openness, connection and innovation — isn’t degraded.