June 30, 2003

2003 June 30 - ILaw [11:47 am]

(entry last updated: 2003-06-30 13:10:57)

Woo-hoo! Wireless access working! But it seems like there are lots of people anxiously awaiting updating of the DHCP server - Donna, for example, who’s going to be real-time blogging again, but can’t get in yet.

ILaw starting (9:00 PT with Larry hosting).

  • Cory Doctorow points to an interesting LATimes editorial: Labels May Face Risk in Piracy Suits [pdf]

    Labels and artists are widely viewed on Capitol Hill as victims of rampant piracy by millions of users of file-sharing networks. And anonymous file sharers are easy to demonize.

    But the real people sued this fall by the Recording Industry Assn. of America may have sympathetic stories to tell. That could turn sentiment on Capitol Hill at a time when some lawmakers are eager to narrow the reach of copyright law and expand consumer rights.

  • Yikes! Check out this idea from Boinb-Boing: Japanese mags take on “digital shoplifters” - essentially people are using their cellphone cameras to take pictures of something they see in a magazine, rather than buying it - and the Japanese a cracking down - Japan’s ‘digital shoplifting’ plague - "Together with Japan’s phone companies, they are issuing stern posters which warn shoppers to be careful of their ‘magazine manners’."

  • I see that Ed already made the point I was raising about the endless spy v. spy game the RIAA is playing - based on this Washington Post article: Piracy Dragnet

  • Things that new technologies give: Coming Soon: A Horror Show for TV Ads [pdf]

    Yet the world of TV advertising is about to become a lot more scientific. On June 2, personal-video-recorder outfit TiVo (TIVO ) unveiled an analytical tool that can tell advertisers, agencies, and networks not only how many people tune in for a show but whether they’re watching the ads. Unlike a Nielsen rating, which relies on surveys filled out by viewers, TiVo’s system tracks what a viewer records and tunes into, even when the channel is changed — although, thankfully, it still doesn’t know if you head for the kitchen for something to eat.

  • Salon has a very funny opinion piece today: Why the U.S. must invade Canada — now

    It didn’t support the war, it’s soft on pot and gays, its economy is rolling and U.S. troops are bored. Anyway, reasons to invade countries are no longer needed!

  • Salon has an interview with John Cougar Mellancamp on the state of music: Ain’t that America?

    So I go in there and they ask me a few questions about the record. Then all of a sudden the guy says to me, “You wrote a song that took some potshots at the president.” I said, “Whoa, motherfucker! I didn’t take any potshots at anybody, that’s not my style. I’m not yelling from the back of the crowd or giving somebody the finger. That’s not what I do.” I said, “Listen, I wrote a song and got the lyrics out of any newspaper in the country.” He said, “Well, you saw what happened to the Dixie Chicks.” I said, “Listen, people have died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and a bunch of little wars in between so that people will have the freedom to speak out, and then the administration gets on the news and says there’s a price for freedom. Yeah, and these dead guys have already paid for it. For people to drive by those women’s houses [the Dixie Chicks] and call them on the phone and threaten them is criminal. What the Dixie Chicks did was legal.”

  • KaZaA 2.5 Released, with incentives for sharing licensed content: Sharman Networks Launches Kazaa V2.5

  • Somehow, I wouldn’t be crowing about getting the BSA’s support, but then again, I’m not as clueless as the RIAA tries to be: IT Industry Execs Support RIAA Efforts To Protect Music On-Line

  • Although it’s not grounds to ignore the EU “right of reply” rules, a small reprieve for bloggers is described in this Wired News article: Bloggers Gain Libel Protectio (Speaking of which, I heard Declan on NPR’s ON the Media yesterday on this subject.)

  • Declan’s arguing that Microsoft is abandoning their laissez-faire attitude in private in order to expand their hegemony to set-top boxes: Microsoft’s new push in Washington

  • Looks like the EU is at least pausing their headlong rush to emulate US software patenting: Software patent vote delayed

  • Via Slashdot: a federal circuit court of appeals decision has apparently upsheld a shrinkwrap EULA the prohibited reverse engineering!

    A U.S. Supreme Court decision could call into question a common practice among software companies: studying competitors’ products to improve their own offerings.

    The legality of this practice, called reverse engineering, is in question after a lower court found that a software company had violated a shrink-wrapped license contract when it reverse-engineered a competitor’s piece of software.

    Last week, the Supreme Court decided not to hear the accused software company’s appeal.

    The opinion from the DC court: Bowers v. Baystate - TechLawJournal on the denial of cert.

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