2002 December 19

(entry last updated: 2002-12-19 18:15:28)

  • EMI Australia announces (Official site statement and FAQ) that all the CDs they release next year will be copy protected.

    EMI's CopyProtected CD Logo

    The “mark of the beast”

  • Donna’s got a good list of DMCA commentaries, plus background for those who aren’t sure what precipitated their generation.

  • BoingBoing has posted Ken Hertz’s ACLU Bill of Rights Award speech. Subject: P2P file sharing and copyright. Well worth a read.

  • Donna mentioned this article from firstmoday a couple of days ago, but I only now got a chance to give it a look. It’s an articulation of some of the ideas that Charlie Nesson floated past us at ILaw this summer on converting consumers into creators (or blocking the process through technological alienation.) In the end, the article gets pretty far into learning and design, but Charlie’s thesis lies between the lines.

    A more troubling article seems to speak to Larry Lessig’s “code is law” thesis, but I’m unconvinced by the working metaphor. In the end, the notion that machine “make” decisions for us is just wrong – such machine behavior is designed in, consciously or otherwise, and to assert otherwise is an abdication of responsibility. But it’s an interesting read.

  • I wasted far too many hours yesterday setting up a new administrative computer for TPP that came with Windows XP. Why, oh why, does Microsoft insist on moving everything around in each new incarnation of their operating systems? (Actually, I’m sure it’s to maintain a steady cashflow in MSCE exams). Anyway, I now see that I need to disable WinAmp, since the RIAA may exploit this buffer overflow problem to take over the computer. Where do you want to go today? (Here’s the Wired News article.) Slashdot also has a lengthy writeup – with commentary from the community, of course.

  • SFGate has a nice article on the Elcomsoft verdict, with some new quotes around fair use and the jury’s response to the apparent lack thereof with the eBook. Dan Gillmor also has an opinion piece, musing on the subject of jury nullification (something I talked about a bit yesterday.) UPDATE: Wired points to this BusinessWeek article. UPDATE 2: This Law.com article has some new and interesting details. It probably is worth watching Judge Whyte’s document list to see when/if the text of the instructions can be found.

  • The recent series of Ubersoft comics has been good fun, sniping at the RIAA & the DMCA.