2002 August 20 links

(entry last updated: 2002-08-20 18:39:24)

The “discussion” between Dave Winer and Doc Searls of Larry Lessig’s OSCON challege is ongoing, and getting hotter. Here’s the state of play so far:

  1. Dave Winer’s Scripting News (SN):Lessig asks….
  2. Doc Searls’ Weblog (DS): Who does what
  3. SN: Scroll down to Doc steps in…
  4. DS: All the colors in the monochrome
  5. SN: Making money with weblogs
  6. DS: Finding agreement
  7. DS: (new) Re: Sunday, August 18, 2002 – note that Dave Winer gets into it here in the responses below
  8. SN: (new) Doc did a bit of investigation to… and the next paragraph.
  9. SN: Disucssion with David P. Reed

It’s clear that Larry got the rise he wanted; it’s less clear that this is a particularly productive discussion. Doc is trying, but Dave is insulted at being lumped in with the “Evil Empire” just because he sees merit in copyright protection for software. Once again, the dangerous conflation between “copyright” and “(intellectual) property” gets people at each other’s throats.

In other topics – is Declan McCullagh losing it? ZDNet’s publishing of the Reuters newswire article on the recent RIAA suit of ISPs gets some great TalkBacks. A Christian Science Monitor bit on digital copying makes me think of a couple of questions. Julie Hilden and Findlaw analyzes Berman-Coble.

And Slashdot has a discussion about the ISP blocking access to the RIAA for the good of its customers that I talked about yesterday. The state of Russia CD production, and that of law enforcement, is discussed.

(6 items listed below)

  • The Christian Science Monitor has a brief summary piece on the state of play in digital copying. It gets a certain amount of play at Slashdot. This article raises a simple question: where’s the evidence showing that this is a good idea? A bad idea? In my opinion, giving Hollywood what they want will guarantee the death of digital media (e.g., DAT), while the MPAA believes that this is good for them. Is that because they expect that digital media will let them expand their market? Or does it mean that they, too, are trying to kill off digital media so they can retain their current business model? Is there any evidence at all?
  • ZDNet is carrying the Reuters newswire article on the RIAA ISP suit. Read the Talkbacks – see what the readership thinks.
  • Cory Doctorow thinks that Declan missed the point in his recent opinion piece on the DMCA. Frankly, I agree with Cory, and that makes Declan 0-for-2 on recent opinion bits (c.f. this one).
  • Julie Hilden at Findlaw’s Writ writes about the threat of Berman-Coble, and the long row ahead of the copyright industries. Her ultimate conclusion is worth a couple of reads, starting as it does with the assumption that the (il)legality of digital sharing is settled.
  • Glenn Harlan Reynolds points to an article on copyright and its Constitutional limits from 2000.
  • The New York Times writes about the CD business in Russia: “Legal music is a niche market in Russia — it’s strange but true.”