(entry last updated: 2002-07-10 22:16:05)
Whew! A quiet morning, after the glut of news the last two days. In fact, the only real new item so far this morning is a kuro5hin article on TCPA and Palladium by someone purported to be Microsoft insider. Plus, I get my schadenfreude hit of the day watching David Coursey try to put out his own brush fire <G>. I guess this means I need to get back to my attempt at summarizing ILaw.
Update: More on Nokia/IBM (with a quote that’ll get some people riled); AudioGalaxy; Jim Felten; and Boucher.
Later: And Donna and Don got Slashdot refs today!
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(entry last updated: 2002-07-09 18:27:26)
Today must be the day for Rep. Berman to introduce his bill. He gets a platform at CNet to make his views known — luckily, CNet also gives room for an opposing view. Worth reading!
Rep. Boucher’s speech is getting a little more coverage today. And one of the Gnutella team has died.
And Dan Gillmor has beaten us all to the punch! And here’s Donna’s ILaw summary
Update: Slashdot has started a discussion of the MS Passport-Visa alliance; and they finally heard about the Janis Ian dot-com writeup. And Universal announces a new twist on music sales.
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(entry last updated: 2002-07-08 22:32:33)
Took the weekend off and visited New Hampshire for a little R&R. Frankly, I’m still wiped out after last week, still digesting some of the things I learned. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it soon. Lots of catching up to do, as well.
On the news front, Palladium continues to hold sway, and Steven Levy has a piece in Newsweek about webcasting with a provocative title. And the broadcast flag gets several interpretations.
Update: Rick Boucher’s MOCA isn’t dead – yet. He’s even elected to take on the CARP webcasting royalty rates, according to his recent pronouncements.
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(entry last updated: 2002-07-05 10:18:41)
Last day of the ILaw Program! Wrapup should be a blast – although last night’s fireworks display over the Charles is going to be a tough act to follow! (I’ll find and post the blog links when I get to Harvard)
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- Reported at The Register and on Declan McCullagh’s Politech, the Cult of the Dead Cow expects to realease a steganography application to promote information dissemination. Slashdot discusses. In my own experience, until it’s actually released, it’s all just smoke.
- Here’s something a little different: the Ruckus Society is offering training to activists who want to be more effective at using the WWW to get their message out.
- In case you didn’t see it yesterday, here’s a link to Hal Varian’s discussion of Palladium and his take on the effect of it (and those of its ilk) on innovation.
- Is AltNet the answer to getting content providers to put things online? Wired has an article suggesting so.
(entry last updated: 2002-07-05 08:04:01)
I see that Donna has pointed an ‘href-finger’ at me to talk a bit about how the ILaw Program has been going, so here’s my chance to express a few thoughts.
All in all, it’s been a great week. When I got started in this area, I knew that I had a lot of work to do to get "up to speed" and hearing Jessica Litman speak at MIT a couple of months ago crystallized that determination. From the perspective of gaining insights into not only what the legal issues are, but also into how legal professionals think, frame and research these topics has been extraordinarily enlightening. More importantly, to realize that not everyone in the legal profession takes themselves (and the conclusions of their peers) as seriously as some has been very refreshing.
Although the instructors will have an interesting time trying to tie all of what we’ve been learning together tomorrow afternoon, there is a key meta-lesson here that I have been happy to hear expressed – one that might not be terribly surprising to those of you who have clicked on the “Why FurdLog?’ link to the left. The Berkman Center operates from the same basic thesis that the program I work on at MIT does: there are some vitally important dimensions to the development of effective policy that require a formal, in-depth appreciation of the technology underlying the issues in question. Interestingly, TPP starts with engineers and teaches them economics, law and political economy while the Berkman Center starts with law/pre-law and teaches them telecomm, internet protocols and digital technologies. This is extremely exciting to me, and I expect that there will be some fabulous opportunities that could come out of this.
Since posting my earlier comments about Charlie Nesson’s session on Tuesday, I’ve gotten some feedback from him – essentially saying that I got at least some of the key points he was trying to make (or, at least, he agreed with the conclusions that I drew <G>). I’ve had some time to think on those ideas a bit more, and the one that is really gaining on me is the one that suggests that the way out of the "Lessig Quandry" lies in developing communities of creators employing the Internet, rather than consumers surfing the Internet. In a notable bit of self examination, I have to admit that what really has driven me to get involved in these problems stems not merely from my academic and pedagogical interests, but also from the threat that some of the (proposed) developments in cyberspace mean to me, personally, as a user of the Internet to deploy my work. The real sense of that threat is far more visceral (and thus, far more motivating) than anything else that brought me to this area, and it’s what keeps me going. Maybe Charlie’s right – maybe this is the hook that can get us over the hurdle that the "invisibility of architecture" creates for us.
It has been a real blast to get to see some real showmen at work. Every teacher knows that a successful lecture is as much a product of stage prescence and schtick as it is intellectual preparation, and all 5 of these have really got it. Jonathan Zittrain is just unconscious/unstoppable; Larry Lessig has a style of overhead/slide presentation that leaves me in awe (not to mention that everything Donna says about his Jedi power is true – Update: Here’s the link: search on "Jedi"); Terry Fisher’s dry wit is a wondrous way to underline his important points; Yochai Benkler brings impressive rigor and humor to his theory; and Charlie Nesson is a born showman with a sly skill at misdirection that belongs in a magic act. As one of Charlie’s feedback sheets says, we need to buy them the entire library of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, since it seems that every lecture has at least some element drawn from it.
Finally (at least for the moment – I have to meet some people from the class for dinner and then fireworks!), they did get a good start today on getting outside the "America box" – it’s a hard thing to do, partly because it’s where we live (and the center of empire) and partly because, at least at this moment in history, what happens in the US does have dramatic implications for the Internet worldwide. Today, we got to see how the mechanisms that we’ve been examining in our context play out in the developing world, and we have just gotten started being challenged to think about what influences can be brought to bear to rectify some of the ills that persist.
I’m sure I’ll have more to say, but I have to run. Have a great Fourth of July, everyone!
(entry last updated: 2002-07-04 10:17:02)
After a sumptuous repast and a great Boston Harbor cuise as a part of the ILAW Program, I came back to my office to find that 2600 announced their decision not to appeal their DeCSS-posting/linking case any further – not the greatest way to start the Independence Day celebrations, although a little more understandable in light of what I’ve been learning this week.
Update: Hal Varian has an article in the NYTimes that talks about how DRM/Palladium can limit innovation – right out of the Lessig argument this week.
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(entry last updated: 2002-07-03 16:06:36)
Hi, everyone from ILaw! – Charlie Nesson is pointing you here – although feel free to look around!
Typically, the arrival of a big, ugly barge in the Charles River tells those of us at the Kendall Square end of the MIT campus that there’s a big fireworks program in the offing. Today, after leaving my home too early to get my home paper delivery, I get a new harbinger of July 4th – the elimination of all newspaper vending machines. I need my Globe fix!
Not much net news today, except for the Day 2 blogs of the ILP, which can be found below (actually there are some links!!):
So, what was Charlie Nesson up to yesterday? (I’m off to get on the T for Harvard – I’ll add my thoughts after I get to class)
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(entry last updated: 2002-07-02 19:03:28)
This is going to be short – Back to ILAW in a couple of minutes. To see what happened yesterday, see Dan Gillmor’s notes and Donna Wentworth’s blog. With luck, I’ll get to post some myself today (as well as list more about the links added this morning!)
Today’s session should be pretty heated – and not just because it’s supposed to break 90 degrees here today! The topic will be copyright, and there are enough representatives of the entertainment industry (e.g., TimeWarner-AOL) present who have already made it clear that Prof. Lessig’s take is diametrically opposed to their’s. Should be a great session!
“Mr Schizo” David Coursey strikes again, I see
And a GREAT article by Janis Ian turned up today!
It was a long, weird afternoon at the ILP today – Charlie Nesson pulled one of those Zen-like, nonlinear interrogatory discussions today that do challenge people to think outside of the box, provided they are willing to play along. While maybe the audience got it, I know that the collection of journalists that he pulled from the crowd didn’t really get it, and Bill Fisher really didn’t like at least one of Charlie’s tacks. I’ll try to put up what I thought happened today (think "Internet couch potato") and I’ll try to post it tomorrow!
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(entry last updated: 2002-07-01 07:46:02)
A quick run through the WWW before heading “up the river” to Harvard. I think the new Microsoft EULA for the Media Player patch is probably the biggest news, and it adds more fuel to the fire developing around Palladium. Also, Listen.com’s deal with the last of the Big 5 leads the NYTimes’ Amy Harmon to guess that the industry is starting to “get it.” We’ll see.
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