2002 January 8

(entry last updated: 2003-01-08 14:40:44)

  • Terry Fisher gave us a taste of his thinking on copyrights and music at ILaw last summer – apparently, he talked a little more about his ideas yesterday at the Future of Music Summit – Donna Wentworth summarizes and points to more information. I have to catch a plane, so it’ll take a bit to respond to her challenge <G>

  • The RIAA admits defeat?!?!? Not exactly – moreover, he’s not talking about speed bumps; rather it’s to drive free file sharing to the DarkNet.

  • An elert TPP student has pointed me to this article stating that Boucher has submitted legislation to protect fair use in the digital age. "[T]he Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act (H.R. 107), the legislation is identical to the bill introduced by Boucher last November (H.R. 5544)."

  • Larry Lessig has a nice wrapup of the Johansen verdict – succinct and clear.

  • LawMeme points to a Techfocus interview with Fred Von Lohmann of the EFF. Slashdot discussion. A quote:

    But, in the long run, the Napster decision may well end up being the biggest courtroom defeat. Not because it put down Napster, but rather because it did so in a way that created a dangerous precedent for all technology companies. In the name of stopping P2P file sharing, lots of bad copyright law is being made in the courts right now, law that effectively puts entertainment companies in charge of technological innovation. If the precedents being made today were on the books 20 years ago, we would never have seen the photocopier, the VCR, or the CD recorder. I’m afraid, the bad copyright precedents will be with us long after Napster is a dim memory.

  • Jenny Levine, the Shifted Librarian, adds her thoughts to the article posted yesterday on the Future of Music Summit.

  • Today’s NYTimes coverage of the DeCSS verdict includes a statement from the MPAA: "We understand that the prosecution in Norway is reviewing whether to take an appeal, and we support that consideration. We look forward to reviewing the court’s decision in greater detail." So far, there’s nothing actually at the MPAA Copyright Press Release WWW page.

  • Russia’s CD distribution network (and the associated CD piracy) gets coverage from the BBC. A good look at the standard arguments.

  • Wired News reports that the Future of Music Coalition’s Summit had some interesting complaints (and listeners) on the subject the radio industry consolidation and the rise of homogeneous radio in the US.

  • The blank digital media levy imposed in Canada is slated for an increase, and there’s not a lot of joy about it, according to Wired News. Not to mention some interesting international trade consequences.

  • Cory Doctorow plays the "Is this a DMCA circumvention device?" game.

  • JoHo (I missed his IAP talk last night because I had one to prepare for today <G>) has some new digital identity thoughts.

  • The Register adds a new angle to the Microsoft announcements yesterday aimed at displacing MPEG-4 with Windows Media – is this an effort to put Windows Media Player-based tools on Linux, thus extending their potential DRM hegemony? Read the Slashdot discussion to see what the community thinks of this possibility.

  • Declan McCullagh gives a rundown of his expectation of pending legislative initiatives in Washington over the next couple of months – the Hollings, Berman-Coble and Boucher initiatives are cited, as well as some possible new spam/privacy legislation. (ZDNet version w/ talkbacks)

  • John Borland puts a little more meat onto the discussion of the possible implications if the current disparity in copyright terms between the US and Europe as the music at the outset of the rock revolution, as well as some major jazz classics, enter the public domain abroad. The possibility of region blocking over the WWW (an area of research of J. Zittrain) may be proposed by the RIAA. (ZDNet version)