2002 June 26 Links

(entry last updated: 2002-06-26 16:19:34)

Not a terribly happy day on the IP front. More details (and diatribes) about Palladium, and a really distressing plan to thwart P2P networks.
Update: And the webcasting discussion gets weird with the Yahoo! announcement today.
Update 2: Berman’s speech is online – a must read!

(9 items listed below)

  • The Palladium discussions are really running hot, especially overseas. The Register has a couple of articles: one speculating about the effect of Palladium on the GPL, and one noting the parallels between Palladium and the Intel processor serial number fiasco – with a link to an eXtremeTech article on Palladium. Wired is posting an AP wire services report – hopefully, a place holder until they have something a little more substantive on the subject. Infoworld has a rather odd little article, whose title indicates that the editor has never actually asked a lawyer a question before.
    Update: Slashdot has a discussion of the article on the GPL threat – lots of heat, a little light.
  • This merits a separate list item. Glenn H. Reynolds of Instapundit insists that this piece from TechCentralStation was written without knowledge of Palladium. If so, he wins a prize for his last paragraph:

    So keep your eyes open. I predict that within the next year we’ll see major and intrusive efforts to protect Big Entertainment and Big Software, disguised as efforts to protect us against hostile hackers. Those efforts will be the more dangerous because there will be a grain of truth at their core: there really are hostile hackers out there trying to spread damage, and their numbers are growing. But don’t let legitimate concerns about security blind you to opportunist grabs by people who have shown their opportunism in the past.

  • A little more on Palladium tech – ExtremeTech is referring to EMBASSY and Wave, technologies developed for AMD motherboards in the past, as possible Palladium precursors. A little more detail on the technological possibilities, including a link to an early whitepaper.
  • The Washington Post reports that Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) wants to allow copyright holders to sabotage P2P networks – acts currently illegal under, for example, the Patriot Act. CNet’s article is pretty strong, and I’m looking forward to reading the talkbacks (reader commentary) on ZDNet. GrepLaw has an article, Slashdot discusses. New Scientist weighs in.
  • Update: The Register article includes a link to Berman’s statement/press release – but you really have to read his speech – he’s channeling all the greats – Hilary Rosen, Jack Valenti, Jamie Kellner, etc.
  • Iliad continues his series – although you have to have been following the strip to get today’s cartoon.
  • Doc Searls expresses his dismay at the confusion of copyright, and asks about how to get some hard data on the effect of the webcasting royalty on the industry. More importantly, he points to this CNet article, asking how come Yahoo! isn’t going to stay in the business? (remember this from yesterday) The Shifted Librarian isn’t buying it.
  • Salon has an article on the deteriorating relationship between Michael Jackson and Sony – not surprising personally, but an interesting look at the business of music making (note particularly the Beatles catalog angle).
  • To take the pulse of current techno-opinion/knowledge of the copyright/fair use/piracy issue, take a look at this article from kuro5hin and the comments.