2002 May 24 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-05-24 10:58:02)

Today’s a busy day, so this set may be all that I get to. There’s a key article from Consensus at Lawyerpoint that everyone should read – the push to coopt consumer electronics to satisfy the copyright concerns of the movie industries is coming to a fever pitch, with them now actually suggesting that all analog-to-digital converter chips should have copyright protection hard-wired! This sort of nonsense is, unfortunately, really dangerous nonsense.

(5 items listed below)

  • Cory Doctorow reports on the Broadcast Protection Discussion Group’s proposals to specify the performance of A2D converters. Update: Slashdot discussion, and a LawMeme article.

  • Payola reform is a current issue with the recording industry. The newswires have a couple of articles – AP, Reuters.
  • The New York Times has an op-ed piece that suggests that the CBDTPA and other legislative challenges to Silicon Valley industries will require the industry to become more sophisticated in their Congressional dealings.
  • Vivendi Universal is going to try selling an MP3 online – Slashdot discusses.
  • NewsBytes reports that the EFF is appealing the recent DeCSS findings. Slashdot discusses.