May 14, 2002

2002 May 14 Links [10:17 am]

(entry last updated: 2002-05-14 23:10:00)

Eventually, I suppose that I’m going to have to explain what’s going on here — but I don’t have the time today! Soon, I hope.

Anyway, back to the salt mines. A couple of new links, including a great comic that follows up on the Celine Dion CD and Mac lockups.

Late night updates (following the TPP Student Banquet), including some links on the proposal by Verizon and KaZaA to get compulsory licensing for digital music!

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  • I added a great comic from Help Desk to my comics/comedy collection today. Touches on one of the recurring themes of the discussion of the way that the new Celine Dion CD screws up Macs - "what can you expect with that kind of music!" This comic is drawn by a long-term OS/2 user, Chris Wright, who remains (like many of us) endlessly bitter about the way in which Microsoft made life impossible for IBM’s excellent operating system.
  • The Register has more details about a story posted yesterday from Slashdot about the low tech methods (e.g., marker pens and tape) that are being used to circumvent CD copy protection. An endless cycle of spy-versus-spy resumes.
  • CNet News reports that AOL-Time Warner is going to sell a personal video recorder to compete with ReplayTV and Tivo, but they’re leaving one thing out - the ability to skip commercials easily. Slashdot has a discussion, with several other interesting links.
  • ZDNet’s Gwendolyn Mariano also has a piece on the effects of copy protected CDs on Mac, but her spin seems to suggest that it’s somehow Apple’s fault that their computers are having this difficulty. A peculiar take, given that, by definition, these CD’s do not meet Phillips’ so called "Red Book" standard.
  • Update: However, Andy Patrizio’s article in Wired quotes the Apple user agreement, which seems to indicate that the use of a non-standard CD is a violation of the terms of use of the product - and there’s been no comment from Apple to clarify this so far.
  • Wired.com points out what the “content” community is going to have to figure out - beating digital copying/”piracy” is going to depend upon delivering something that cannot be delivered in digital form (See, for example, this opinion piece from kuro5hin). In this case, Brad King points out that watching a DVD or a bootleg cannot match the “big screen” experience, and the more that is done to refine that distinction, the less important the issue of copying will be. He contrasts it with the RIAA copy protection approach, and draws some conclusions.
  • A May 9 article in the New York Times tries to suggest that HMV’s poor IPO showing is a result of piracy. Maybe, but it may also be a question of poor management in the face of a new technology for distribution.
  • Now the Rodale Press Runner’s World has decided to get into the “deep-linking‘ mess. Wired reports on another suit in the style of the recent spat started by the Dallas Morning News.
  • Late addition: KaZaA and Verizon are resurrecting an idea that has been floated before - compulsory licensing on the Internet for songwriters. A USA Today article says that they are looking to pay the artists directly. This idea was raised during House hearings a year ago, and got little to no traction - probably because Napster wanted it for their own service. (Compare with theRIAA request for rulemaking on streamed downloads and limited use copies - a weaker form). Slashdot discusses the Verizon and KaZaA proposal here.
  • Late addition: Wired marks the passing of Napster, with the resignation of the CEO and a set of nasty options for the employees left. The King is dead; long live the King!

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