2002 October 29

(entry last updated: 2002-10-29 18:14:22)

More on the latest FreeNet release at Wired News. Microsoft’s strategies in the digital media delivery space gets a look at Salon. And, to follow the return of Kellner, we get a cable company looking to make it hard to figure out where the ads start and stop – kind of like MTV!

The Shifted Librarian is back on a roll! And Cory Doctorow points out a fascinating study on Internet architecture and policy.

A controversial position on IP in developing countries is taken in an outside commentary at ZDNet. And EMI is getting ready to watermark music to track illicit copying.

Meanwhile, the Artists Empowerment Coalition had a kickoff concert last night. Be sure to read the AEC positions – repeal of compulsory licensing is one!

And John Dvorak, in his own fashion, raises the question – when is stealing not stealing? – one might rephrase many of his examples as "when is property not property?" As we know, the answer is "when it’s intellectual property!"

(I said it below, but it bears repeating up here) Microsoft offers up its newest lesson in the exploitation of network effects for fun and profit.

(17 items listed below)

  • The new release of Freenet is discussed at Wired News, focusing upon the effect of a truly distributed P2P network on free speech.

  • Russell Pavlicek rehashes some old DMCA themes for those who missed them the first time around

  • Salon decribes what they characterize as the insidious push to dominate digital media delivery by you-know-who in this first of a two-part series – for those in ESD.10, think "architecture"

  • The New York Times describes one network’s efforts to foil ad-skipping – in a channel that sounds so boring, I cannot imagine who will watch it anyway.
  • And yet, convergence does bring us innovative products and services. I wonder what the IP implications of this one will be?

  • Another writeup on the Media Center PC over at SFGate gives a little more detail on the copy protection brouhaha lurking at the heart of this system.

  • And the NYTimes summarizes the latest product of the marriage between music and other media – the latest American Idol concert – this Salon article discusses the contract and other dimensions of this shift in music industry practices. Pursuant to this topic, you may wish to review the www information accompanying the excellent Frontline program "The Merchants of Cool"

  • Larry Lessig’s weblog has a discussion today about the relationship between term of intellectual property monopolies and the public domain. His overall discussion is a continuation of a longstanding discussion he is having with the online community about copyright term lengths and software – see the first several of these weblog entries for the start of the discussion.

  • Two interesting pieces from the Shifted Librarian:
  • I don’t know TMDenton, but this study Netheads vs. Bellheads is a fun read on the policy implications of the end-to-end architecture of the Internet.

  • Whatever else you want to say about Congress, this Slashdot article shows that they are true believers of the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds”

  • Ernest Miller over at LawMeme adds a little more information on the suit by 321 Studios asserting that DVD copying is covered under the doctrine of fair use.

  • A submitted commentary at ZDNet argues that the suggested weakening of intellectual property protections in developing countries suggested by the CIPR is the surest way to guarantee the worst-case Lessig architecture scenario.

  • CNet reports that EMI will use Audible Magic’s watermarking/fingerprinting technology to identify "their" music in files – the start of the creation of an audit trail for prosecution of individual file copiers?

  • Microsoft’s latest installment in "Exploitation of Network Effects for Fun and Profit"

  • And a new, doomed, Congressional actionCox-Wyden – "a joint resolution that seeks to assure that the fair use rights of individuals are not eroded in the digital world." And, shocker of shockers, Jack Valenti goes on the record to oppose it.