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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Another video/stock deal.

Triple DES encryption for hard drives should open up major advances in privacy and users' control over their own data.

Ok, this is just cool.

Videoblogging and VOD roundup/

WaPo article on consumer resistance to CD copy protection. The industry is making a big tactical error here. Their entire press strategy rests of villifying new technologies while extolling the virtues of the old, so why are they allowing consumers a cetirus paribus experiment in what DRM does? Create a new format, add features, take away some rights, that's the only strategy that has a hope. And then phase out the old one so no one remembers what we used to have.

Of the coverage so far on this issue, tdmwl puts it best: "For the second time this month, a suspiciously glib “study” has been released that promotes the idea of authorized music downloading drawing even with P2P file-sharing."

Another attempt at controlling P2P.

More format wars.

Profile on accounting firm deploying P2P control software.

Radio on cellphones.

Active inducement Grokster prognosication.

Ok, so I stand a little corrected. I wrote yesterday that: "It's the people that matter." I meant to elaborate a little, but for whatever reason, didn't. If the service can be banned entirely (see article on accounting firm above), or if the mere possession of the service is a crime (as came up in a recent case with PGP), technological censorship is easy. If not, then a censor has to rely on massive amounts of manpower, which is why P2P succeeded in the U.S.--try censoring 60+ million people by hand.

Copyright abuse.

Alternative compensation.

Peters testimony roundup. Miller's roundup. Everyone seems very enamoured of it, but the fundamental problem remains: one MRO per work. That's no 'free market' as she claims it is. The streamlining is a big leap forward for online music stores, which seems to be her main concern.

Publishers ask Google for moratorium on scanning copyrighted books

Patry's addictive, I swear.

EFF broadcast flag campaign seems to be working.

Ode to Real. via Miller

Copyright Office Open Works comments and public roundtable discussions.

The Open Media 100.



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