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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Extremely useful summary of cases leading up to Grokster by the Berkeley folks.

Loki folds, despite raising $40K for legal costs.

Paid music services can't even compete with P2P when they're free? Hard to believe, given the double-whammy of the threat of lawsuits (however small in expected value terms) and increasingly poor-quality files. I'd like to see more data from other U's.

A bit on the Cell processor's DRM. The first real product of several initiatives towards 'trusted computing.' Moral relativism in technology? Used for good or used for ill.

Napster plans agressive campaign against iPod. Good luck with that.

Blogging as P2P journalism.

European software patents gain a new detractor: the Dutch have joined Poland.

Stealing the physical copy of a DVD of a TV show carries a far lesser penalty than sharing such a copy.

Norway outlaws filling your iPod with songs you own already. If such a provision were enacted worldwide (and could possibly be enforced), you'd see windfall profits like those of Hollywood during the conversion from VHS to DVD.

Music piracy more common in Canada. Would be great to do a longitudinal study--how much did piracy increase after the court rulings made it essentially risk-free?


Another mini-article pointing out that BT is more efficient than most centralized schemes. This likely explains the gap in SNIUs between BT and the other P2P architectures.

Take that, Steve Jobs.

Some SNIU P2Ps from the DCIA.

There are countless ways to subvert this technology, with the easiest being simply to use another network. C.f. steganography.

'Ownership culture.'

Another one of those chilling effects of DMCA-like notices.

One nice test for Grokster: "Dogan concludes that the Napster software probably would have been created even if only for noninfringing purposes, and so qualifies as a staple article of commerce with SNIUs."

"About 47 percent of people who downloaded music in December and who were age 12 or older paid a fee to do so, the market researcher said." Extremely hard to believe, given the relative download information on paid vs. unpaid services.

Romania adopts what amounts to compulsory licensing for music transmission.



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