2002 May 26 links

(entry last updated: 2002-05-26 13:28:38)

A busy weekend for me; real estate changes may be in my future.

On the links front, a couple of things are out there, particularly more on the effort to block the "analog" hole, a Lessig-Adkinson copyright debate, a worrisome op-ed piece from Thomas Friedman, and a question about the legality of explaining how to use a magic marker to copy CDs.

(10 items listed below)

  • AudioGalaxy is the latest entrant in the RIAA "sue and burn" content protection strategy. Slashdot discussion.

  • The Register is reporting that the BBC has already started to use some of the novel features of DVRs that were reported earlier

  • The Register also reports on a raid on a professional DVD copying ring.

  • An article in EETimes seems to make the point that Intel is not going to play along with the entertainment industry on limiting the technical capabilities of the computers. Others, however, are unconvinced.

  • Some commentaries on the debate between Lawrence Lessig and William Adkinson on the appropriate role for copyright can be found by following this link. Slashdot has their own discussion.

  • The New York Times has an article looking in more detail at the Bertelsmann-Napster deal.

  • Thomas Friedman, a New York Times op-ed writer well known for his coverage of the Middle East, takes a look at what he sees as a change in the mind-set of Silicon Valley. In particular, the implicit trust that underlies much of recent technology development may be going through a sea-change – one that may not be in the best interests of the industry.

  • Doc Searls’ weblog has an article discussing what looks to be a defection of the technology firms to the entertainment industry’s side in the copying/computer capability fight.

  • The recent spate of articles (1, 2, 3) and jokes on how to beat the Sony CD copy protection scheme raises an interesting question: are all these news items a violation of the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions? If so, what does that say about the DMCA vis a vis the First Amendment?