2002 October 21 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-10-21 19:41:58)

I see that I’ve been slandering Andrew Orlowski in my previous reaction to the article in The Register, when the real target (and article author) was Thomas C. Greene.

Slashdot takes up CD copy protection. A commentary at MP3.com should be of interest to the TP5/Network Distribution class – webcasting royalties as an entry barrier to music distribution. Droit moral (aka droit d’auteur) gets some discussion at Slashdot and Greplaw. And Lauren Weinstein criticises intellectual property as implemented today over at Wired News

Slate has an article on the complexities facing firms trying to advertise their products. And an article from the LATimes adds a new name to the list of people to worry about – Marybeth Peters. The New York Times reports on a Hobson’s choice facing the record industry.

And Jesse Helms is the webcaster savior?!?!

(11 items listed below)

  • A look at CD copy protection schemes is discussed at Slashdot.
  • Raising the Barriers to Entry (Slashdot commentary) suggests that all the webcasting royalty arguments are not about copyright, but about limiting access to the music distribution business. See the article at Billboard on the failure of Congress to pass the webcasting bill that was supposed to give small webcasters a break – according to the LATimes (reported in the Boston Globe), the recording companies gave them the break anyway over the weekend – sadly, I failed to capture the URl before it got expensive to find.. – Here’s the CNet News story, instead
  • Relating to the CleanFlicks issues, there’s a Slashdot discussion relating to a Greplaw posting on a Swedish lawsuit suggesting that broadcasting content with commercial breaks interferes with the artist’s vision, hence violating the droit d’auteur.

  • Lauren Weinstein writes about patents and IP in the US today, and the extent to which it is becoming counter to its original intent.
  • Cary Sherman of the RIAA unloads in response to an earlier ZDNet commentary that challenged the industry position on P2P. Ernest Miller‘s not going to let him get away with it.
  • Slate has an interesting article analyzing the latest Intel ads, which seem to promote CD piracy. Their earlier article on the Apple “Rip. Mix. Burn.” ad is also worth rereading.
  • The LATimes has an article (when this link expires, see the local PDF) on the Registrar of Copyright, and how she views the effect of "digital" upon user’s rights.
  • Billy Tauzin and Howard Leiberman are telling the record industry to put warnings on CDs before they’ll think about Internet piract legislation, according to the New York Times.
  • This needs more research, but according to Reuters and this Slashdot story, Jesse Helms is working to defend the small webcaster. I guess it’s so – here’s the CNet piece
  • For some fine-tuning of the Eldred arguments, see this Larry Lessig weblog posting. Also, FWIW, here’s the bootlegged Supreme Court Eldred transcript.
  • Finally, I figure I should post the overheads to the lectures that I was working on these last couple of weeks. (Actually, there’s one yet to come, but it’s for ESD.10). these lectures were for TP5, the distribution network economics class that I teach in Cambridge with Dr. Michael Pollitt. Those of you who have been reading this for a while have kept reading that I want to get around to writing about alienation and copyright – here’s a first look (albeit obscure, as it’s only overheads – I come back to alienation when I get to the 23rd slide – note that most of the technologies for “managing” copyright infringement interfere in the process whereby the acquired copyrighted object is converted back into an experience; a technologically alienated process, compared with reading a book for example – more work is still pending, of course!)