2002 October 18

(entry last updated: 2002-10-18 10:46:06)

Posting this from overseas, so a little inadeqaute at the moment. A NYTimes article on the shutdown of a movie over the Internet distribution company (Intertainer), claiming collusion on the part of the studios. Also something on the delays in the ElcomSoft/Sklyarov case due to visa issues.

And my sister has pointed out this CNN article on the current views moviemakers have on the effects of DVDs on their business.

And is this development a sign that Microsoft is going to play nice, or just another step in their “embrace and extend” strategy – i.e., what happens after the license expires in two years? Will it be renewed or will firms, having committed to Passport for authentication, find that they now need to abandon their Unix servers to maintain their Passports?

Finally (I have to give this drop back), a spate of articles from The Register merit mention:

  • A letter from Bill Pullman – on the latest incarnation of webcasting royalty rates.
  • A report on changes in the .NET community license – and the contretemps surrounding it.
  • The much-discussed Linux kernel patch – which, if explained, might run afoul of the DMCA, so US consumers are not supposed to read the documentation, just apply the patch.
  • A more careful look at yesterday’s Microsoft earnings report – at least some of this set of strong earnings is due to avoidance of the new licensing plans, something that this morning’s CNN Business report got completely backwards
  • Developments in Sincere Choice – Bruce Perens’ efforts to develop something to counter MS-speak in the licensing area
  • A copyright screed from Thomas C. Greene (sorry, Andrew) – this time, he decides to explain the economics of book publishing to defend his position that Eldred et al. have it all wrong – copyright on books should last a long time! Or, maybe, just maybe, the length of book copyrights has allowed the current book publishers, like the current record publishers, to devise a system that simply only works with the current structure and, should the rules change, so too will their businesses? Naaah (as Theodoric of York might say) – more likely it’s just that Thomas never wrote a song or a piece of software, but he sure plans to write a book.

And a look at Copyfight gives us another Eldred roundup, plus a link to the transcripts (although *I* can’t find them yet), before the Supreme Court releases them