2002 November 10

(entry last updated: 2002-11-10 13:37:46)

An alert ESD.10 student who reads Technology Review (a magazine whose sell out has kept me from paying close attention) points out that there are a number of articles worth reading in the November issue. Also, John Reagle of the W3C gave a TPP lunch talk this week.

And User Friendly strikes a blow. And an interesting move to sell unprotected DVDs (from the Macrovision perspective, anyway)

The Register has a lengthy discussion of a TCPA/Palladium session held in the U.K. and a look at the evolving EU copyright law. And, on the home front, surveillance in the US is getting a military angle.

(8 items listed below)

  • Technology Review discusses digital entertainment post-Napster. The CD protection article describes the current technologies, while the DivX; article describes the inevitability of movies online. Doublethink or schizophrenia?

  • On the other hand, the columnists are all on the same page. Seth Shulman discusses the Eldred v. Ashcroft case, and Simson Garfinkel points out the hazards of digital rights management.

  • At least Iliad is clear on what he thinks of CD copy protection.

  • The Register summarizes a detailed look at Palladium and the TCPA held in the UK, with an interesting look at the evolving political atmosphere surrounding these technologies.

  • Copy protection is also an issue at The Register today, this time in the context of the EU copyright directives.

  • This article from yesterday’s NYTimes is chilling:

    Admiral Poindexter, who has described the plan in public documents and speeches but declined to be interviewed, has said that the government needs to “break down the stovepipes” that separate commercial and government databases, allowing teams of intelligence agency analysts to hunt for hidden patterns of activity with powerful computers.

    Where’s the BuSab when you need it? (A little more detail is about 1/3 through this chapter.)

  • As Larry mentions in his blog, Open Spectrum looks to be his next push – as came up at ILaw this past summer. According to this article, an interesting ally has appeared.

  • New Scientist reports that Columbia Tristar is releasing DVDs without the noxious and easily circumvented Macrovision system.