(entry last updated: 2002-10-23 19:41:55)
So, winter has begun, I guess – it hasn’t actually snowed in Cambridge (yet!), but it was sleeting when I walked from Au Bon Pain to my office this morning a little before 7:45 – *sigh*
The DDoS attack on the internet root servers is getting coverage several places, but I like The Register’s writeup best so far – particularly the speculation at the close of the article. I assume that the Slashdot discussion would also be worth checking out, but the site seems to be unavailable this AM. Ahh – it’s back now
Newsforge cites disturbing action by Congress-critters to suggest outlawing the GNU General Public License.
Attention! All TP5 students – the Oxford Union is hosting a debate Oct 24. The proposition: "This House believes that ‘the free music mentality is a threat to the future of music.’" Those speaking in favor of the proposition will include Hilary Rosen (CEO of the RIAA) and Jay Berman (President of the IFPI). (Update: Reading the details, it appears that you probably can’t get in; looks like you have to send your dinner fees ‘2 clear days’ in advance. But it may be worth checking into, since that’s only the official policy. Good luck!)
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Can this be for real? You can get anything these days starting with security threats, apparently. Of course, coming from Microsoft’s home state doesn’t hurt, either, I suppose. Still, whether this is a part of the New Democrat Coalition‘s formal position is hard to tell from their WWW site – yet. Slashdot discusses: Congress Members Oppose GPL for Government Research. Ernest Miller over at LawMeme goes after this effort in earnest, so to speak.
- Janis Ian hits USAToday – Slashdot discusses her interview as well as this piece
- Donna points us to Larry’s latest Eldred writeup at Red Herring; and she suggests that reading this book might be profitable.
- An LATimes article [local PDF] describes how the current webcasting royalty rates are splitting the industry. A Blogcritics summary is worth tracking, too.
- Ernest also discusses Ed Felten’s proposal to employ compulsory licensing to deal with the music copyright problem.
- And a piece from EETimes: Plugging the analog hole – calls a spade a spade; or, more accurately, a “content cartel”