2002 November 7

(entry last updated: 2002-11-07 23:51:01)

A new Palladium piece at CNet. And, pursuant to yesterdays copyright and culture presentation, Siva Viadhyanathan’s discussion of derivative work takes a decidedly Russian slant today! With a look at H.G. Wells coming close behind.

And the NYTimes describes the rise of a European trend in the US. And Wired takes a closer look at the vaunted Apple Rip. Mix. Burn. perspective on IP in the latest Macs

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2002 November 6

(entry last updated: 2002-11-07 14:51:00)

Hoo-boy. Not the happiest morning for me, I’m afraid. OTOH, no more "Congressional obstruction" excuses anymore, either. Dave Winer says it best, as usual. Declan McCullagh gives us a look at how the Congressional committees are going to change (hint: Hollings is moving….)

BMG pushes on with corrupted CDs. Steve Gillmor recounts a distressing nightmare. And Disney’s claims on Winnie the Pooh get a LawMeme examination.

I ducked out of the ESD Visiting Committee events this evening so I could go to the Media Lab Communication Forum on copyright and culture with Siva Viadhyanathan and Jonathan Zittrain. Note that the audio of this session will be available at the link given. It was a lively discussion, albeit with a particularly different slant from those I have been to before. Siva and Jonathan articulated a series of arguments targeted at the position that the current copyright regimes are not only a threat to freedom and democratic ideals (what I think of as the Lessig arguments), but also a threat to culture, as “Title 17” copyright controls are applied to elements of reality, where other, normative controls actually make much more sense.

Two particular elements that struck me: (1) a discussion of compulsory licensing ultimately raised the specter of the complete commiditization (word?) of culture, leading to a world where the simple act of experiencing American culture will require micropayments in the Canadian model (I didn’t know that Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech is owned and actively controlled by the King estate). and (2) Jonathan pointed out that, until an argument can be constructed that positively proves it, the value of the public domain remains only intuitively compelling (a rebuttable presumption?), not a defensible basis for action – an interesting set of economic issues. Given the arguments for innovation that have been floated, there may be an interesting basis for some cross-sectional innovation studies across the current varieties of copyright regimes – something to think about.

A great way to spend an evening, even though I personally was disappointed that NONE of the TPP students from ESD.10 came to hear the discussion.
UPDATE: I was mistaken; a couple of students were there! I apologize to those of you whom I have maligned here <G>

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  • The Register describes the BMG attitude on non-Redbook compliant CDs. A good rundown on the current industry players in this. Slashdot discussion; and the NYTimes has a Reuters newswire on Macrovision buying two other CD-corruption technology firms.
    UPDATE: A later Slashdot article cites a New Scientist article that says that CD copy protection is worthless. Ernest Miller’s LawMeme gives links to the formal paper.

  • Steve Gillmor dreams of a broad political mandate for the DRMocrats.

  • Ernest Miller explains how a careful reading of the CTEA nets Disney royalty-free use of Winnie the Pooh.

  • I find this stuff fascinating: the developing studies into the economies of online games. Here’s a Wired article, but Castronova’s papers are online too a, b.

    (Note: the links are directly from SSSN; something’s wrong with their server this AM)

  • Slashdot has a discussion of a next generation Gnutella P2P protocol. More enlightening is to read the discussions to see what else is going on (edonkey, etc.) in this space.

  • This has been floating around for a couple of days, but here’s a Wired News article on the pending New York City wireless revolution <G>

  • Declan McCullagh lists the changes in committees resulting from yesterday’s elections. Notable change: Hollings will be replaced with McCain at the chairman’s seat on the Commerce Committee.

2002 November 4

(entry last updated: 2002-11-04 17:59:07)

The missing article was in the NYTimes; it still isn’t online today, so I’m going to have to bring in the physical article and really make a hard search – it was about the use of rivalry to sell music in the rap business. Today’s Boston Globe cites more declining CD sales, in the online category.

Slashdot and Copyfight point to The Worst Coders in Washington

UPDATE: The NYTimes article is now online – a look at record economics and, more importantly, Hilary Rosen ascribing the decline in record sales in rap to something other than online file sharing! Hmmmmmmmm……

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2002 November 3

(entry last updated: 2002-11-03 14:01:21)

A couple of good Slashdot leads and a weird Boston Globe article on rap (that I can’t find in the online version — yet)

Luckily, since I can’t quite stomach it yet, Ernest Miller has compiled a set of resources for those ready to study the implications of the recent Microsoft antitrust decision.

And Verbatim has posted pictures of their new blank CD-Rs that I talked about earlier this week

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2002 November 1

(entry last updated: 2002-11-01 18:42:58)

A good article in the New York Times on international copyright enforcement (or not)

Aimster/Madster in the sights of the RIAA. The New York State legislature sees its own variant of the California 7-year-law

The Shifted Librarian updates us on the eBay bans on the sale of CD-Rs.

After today’s ESD.10 lecture, Chris Hardin told me that Siva Vyadhyanathan and Jonathan Zittrain will be giving a talk at the concluding forum of the semester, copyright and culture, in the MIT Communication Forum’s series at the MIT Media Lab’s Bartos Theatre on November 6 from 5-7 PM. Don’t miss it!

And, the Microsoft decision is in – ugh. See LawMeme, the LawMeme instant analysis, and Slashdot As The Register points out, it’s up to the European Commission, now.

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  • An interesting look at the extent to which Chinese artists have to go to protect their intellectual property in a country where copyright is honored more in the breach than in its enforcement.

  • Madster (nee Aimster) is profiled in a Rolling Stone article [from LawMeme

    The "Madster" (Aimee Deep) has a weblog that you may want to see with a chronology of the fight..

  • Billboard comments negatively on the prospects for the Aritistic Freedom Act, which appears to be a NY variant on the 7-year-legislation that recently died in CA.

  • A first person account of what lengths eBay and the RIAA will go to protect their distribution model.

  • You never know what you’ll find when you click on a link. The link for the upcoming Viadhyanathan boook led to a host of interesting content, including this NYTimes article on Viadhyanathan finding an unpublished Mark Twain manuscript on copyright.