2003 February 11

(entry last updated: 2003-02-11 20:23:49)

  • To address something that came up at the Winer meeting at the HLS this evening, I offer the following:

  • Cory Doctorow announces the return of MusicBrainz. It sounds like the kind of application that everyone downloading digital music will be wanting to use; should be interesting to see what comes of it.

    The first version of MusicBrainz, which nears completion during the first quarter of 2003, focuses on creating an open database of basic music metadata which can be used for identifying audio CDs and digital audio tracks (MP3, Ogg/Vorbis , WAV, etc.). MusicBrainz is comprised of three separate components which all work together to enable users to semi-automatically identify music and apply clean metadata tags to their music collection….

  • A new data point to add to the considerations of the economics of publishing: publishing public domain books seems to be profitable if not lucrative – at least according to this NYTimes article. With a telling postscript:

    “The first thing you’d do in classics publishing was keep a list — a rolling schedule of what was going into the public domain,” Mr. Ebershoff said. “That was item No. 1. Now it’s not only not item No. 1; it’s not an item.”

  • A Copyfighter’s Musings points to and discusses this article on compulsory licensing of music

  • pressplay extends their music catalog.

  • Here we go – Microsoft is applying for patents (ZDnet nersion) on some .Net technologies. Wonder what this means for the Mono project.

  • Salon has an article covering the PATRIOT II bill brouhaha.

  • Much more interesting is this dissection/deconstruction of the criminalizing of encryption provisions in the draft legislation – from The Volokh Conspracy.

  • MSNBC has a Reuters story on the recording industry’s efforts to track online distribution – the Global Release Identifier (GRiD) (via the IFPI www site). The FAQ says what it is, a new code for identifying music in digital content, but the applications are a little cloudy. The Slashdot discussion tries to make sense (or an issue) out of this, but it looks more like another way to track inventory or distribution than any sort of way to combat piracy. OTOH, if we get a distribution network that works only in the presence of this datastream, then it becomes possible to track who’s listening to what, how often, etc. But that’s a LONG ways off at this point. Two talks that offer up some further insight are here and here

    (and, when I have more time, I need to revisit Rights.com, a firm that seems to consult in these topics.)

  • That may be it for today – especially since I need to make time to make sure I get to the Harvard Weblogs activity this evening – since I got this nice invitation <G>.