2003 January 28

(entry last updated: 2003-01-28 17:02:45)

  • Slashdot has a couple of tales to consider this afternoon:

  • Donna points us to a couple of resources on the post-Eldred copyright thinking process going on among the Berkmanites.

  • The discussion area that goes along with BoingBoing’s log entry for the recent Eldred-related Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon cites this earlier Ruben Bolling cartoon as a demonstration that he’s changes his tune? I don’t read it that way, but maybe I’m missing something. See, for example, this one that I cited earlier.

  • A rather intense article on digital radio from SFGate describes a number of interesting ways to use it, plus how to.

  • You may wonder why this BBSpot piece cracked me up so much – make sure to read to the end…..

  • One of the interesting sidelights of attending the Berkman Center’s ILaw program last year was listening to several of the law school faculty discuss (at the lunches, for example) strategies for attacking certain laws in court. You need a real conflict between an actor and the existing law, of course, but at least as important is making sure that your actor (soon to become either a plaintiff or a defendant) is sympathetic. Hence, dropping the 2600 case (a “hacker” magazine) or going with Eric Eldred. So, can KaZaa get away with their attempt to challenge the music industry’s use of copyright? Slashdot discussion

  • Looking at today’s Doonesbury, it’s not clear that he’s come to some new conclusions – however, it’s instructive to compare what Jimmy Thudpucker has to say with what David Bowie had to say last year:

    “I don’t even know why I would want to be on a label in a few years, because I don’t think it’s going to work by labels and by distribution systems in the same way,” he said. “The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing.”

    “Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity,” he added. “So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen.”

  • Egg On Face Department: Worm Hits Microsoft, Which Ignored Own Advice – Wired’s AP wire story

  • And a piece that brings back my days of supporting OS/2, although “astroturfing” in those days was a computer industry insider game, rather than a national political one: Editors and Lobbyists Wage High-Tech War Over Letters

  • And the Library of Congress is going to get to learn first hand about some of the issues raised in the Eldred briefs. This article, Effort to Protect Recordings Begins, describes their effort to preserve key elements of American culture and make digital copies of some great recordings (2002 registry), many of which (including, for example, the MArtin Luther King “I Have A Dream” speech) are under copyright protection. The LOC gives links to the legal basis for their effort, and it may have elements that allow the LOC to skirt the copyright law – but Thomas is *really* slow this morning! – Here’s one interesting bit, though:

    Property of United States.–All copies of sound recordings on the National Recording Registry that are received by the Librarian under subsection (b) shall become the property of the United States Government, subject to the provisions of title 17, United States Code [ed., the current Copyright Law]

    Study and Report on Sound Recording Preservation and Restoration.–The Board shall conduct a study and issue a report on the following issues:…

    • 4) Current laws and restrictions regarding the use of archives of sound recordings, including recommendations for changes in such laws and restrictions to enable the Library of Congress and other nonprofit institutions in the field of sound recording preservation to make their collections available to researchers in a digital format.
    • (5) Copyright and other laws applicable to the preservation of sound recordings.

    I look forward to hearing what Jenny Levine might have to add to this!! – Here’s the Slashdot discussion

  • The New York Times also reports statistics showing that purchases of recorded video exceeded rentals last year, largely ascribed to DVDs and pricing.

  • Some blurbs from Billboard: