2002 September 19 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-09-19 18:09:08)

Everything you wanted to know about the Bush initiative for securing the Internet is here. As a “draft,” we get to comment (Slashdot starts here), but there’s a lot to read here first.

The Lessig profile in Wired gets the Slashdot treatment. So does the New York Times editorial I mentioned yesterday.

And Bon Jovi gets the message that, if you want to sell a CD, you need to offer something unique to the medium?!? The New York Times has a good article on the Clean Flicks controversies in the movie industry, framing it as a larger question of control and creativity in the digital realm. And I missed an earlier article that points out another limitation of Berman-Coble.

Billy Tauzin is back at it. And I missed checking the latest EB until today.

(5 items listed below)

  • Wired News reports that Bon Jovi, probably among the least likely musicians to expect widespread piracy of his music, is in the vanguard of a new way to maintain CD sales – giving each CD a unique code number that, when registered online, gives the buyer privileges unavailable otherwise. This strategy is a reflection of a host of online articles over the last year suggesting something of this sort to sustain CD sales; interesting that this is the first.

  • The New York Times picks up on the CleanFlicks controversy. It’s actually a pretty thorough write-up; and raises some important questions about the issue of control and alienation for creative people (I really need to get that essay written!) in all sorts of domains. This may be the next big area of controversy in digital IP, and may help to shape the balance between the current legal theories of copyright & derivative work, trademarks and creativity in the digital domain.

  • The webcasting record keeping specifications for CARP have been posted.

  • Hal Plotkin points out another problem with Berman-Coble – would you invest in a P2P business plan that is susceptible to this kind of penalty? He gives a great comparison:

    It’s as if someone had proposed a law in 1965 to make it legal for anyone to burst into offices and burn IBM punch cards because their use was putting stenographers out of business. You can imagine the wonders that would have done for the economy. Unfortunately, regardless of how silly it may sound, the Berman-Coble proposal is being taken seriously, particularly by skittish venture capitalists who’ve seen Congress pass bad laws before (free stock options, anyone?) when enough money got behind them.

  • Beth Stackpole cites the difficulties confronting, for example, DVD designers when the copyright community gets involved. A comprehensive look at the Hollings bill, etc. for the electronic design community. There’s also a look at MPEG-4 in the same issue of Electronic Business