2002 May 28 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-05-28 17:09:42)

A pretty slow day today. Most of the main sites are still working over some of the materials listed here earlier. As a consequence, a certain amount of time was spent today getting the calendar applet to show links for dates that have entries. Subclassing in PHP is not terribly well documented in the books I have, so this was a little more painful that I expected it would be. I still have to work out the scrolling through past months, but I have a couple of days until that’s necessary <G>

(6 items listed below)

  • David Coursey’s editorial of a couple of days ago got someone angry, and his response was made a guest editorial today on ZDNet. A look at the side that thinks Napster means something other than theft.
  • Alex Cox, the independent director of Repo Man and other classics, has an article in The Guardian that contends that the MPAA is too greedy, too controlling, and too unimaginative to be allowed to screw up digital delivery through copyright machinations. Slashdot and LawMeme covered the article in their own fashion.
  • Slashdot discusses a European Union effort to get each CD and DVD manufacturing plant to include a code indicating the source of the product. The comments show that the credible reaction to this initiative could go either way. ZDNet also has a report.

  • Boing Boing has an article by Cory Doctorow discussing his experience on a discussion panel with Harlan Ellison on the subject of copyright in the digital age. Ellison has been very angry for very long about the fact that some of his writings have been transcribed and posted to the UseNet, and this article and the links suggest that his reaction has become counterproductive.

  • John Borland reports on how it appears that an Eminen CD that hasn’t even been released yet is already the #2 query to online CD play info databases – and what this may mean about the patterns of CD piracy today. The New York Times reviews the album; LawMeme has an article.

  • Dan Gillmore responds (sort of) to the Thomas Friedman op-ed piece I mentioned earlier.