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Sunday, December 18, 2005

The real WalkMan inventor.

The Columbia Law Music Plagiarism Project.

Live trackbacks via a new Google/Firefox plugin.

Remix links from a course blog.

Off-topic, but this sort of thing is why I don't think the solution to the problems of science will come from economics alone. [edit: I should say it's physician resistance to P4P that makes it problematic...the article talks about other things as well. But it's also oddly comforting that doctors are so resistant to financial incentives, and useful elsewhere.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

Google tests music search.

CS Monitor wants total unbundling.

Magnatune partners with Weedshare. Given that Weedshare has a good deal of major label backing, this is interesting. Right now the labels still have quite a bit of control; once the middlemen start opening up distribution channels, however, that may not last. Perhaps the industry should have opened up to digital distribution earlier if they wanted to control it. And if they were wise, they would want to control it.

The "end" of copyright.

Amazon's Alexa search opens its web index and server resources to the world. Mix and burn.

I guess if virtual property can be monetized than virtual lawbreaking should be criminalized?

DMCA doesn't protect the little guy? But should it?

The Neuro Commons. It will be interesting to see this develop, given that it's in 'my field.'

And, of course, the guru speaks. It's a good interview, as it turns out.


Saturday, December 10, 2005

Online sales driven by convenience, not lawsuits. Apprently, no one's listening.

The people's (bad) choice.

"This new reality might have a hidden bias for certain types of movie content.

Like Napster's more social aspects in the early days, but for the web. goes to Yahoo.

Hollywood buyouts.

Software piracy declining at 1% per year. Seems pretty high to me. I'm sure the RIAA would be happy for such numbers....

Lossless taking off? Not for most, I'd imagine.

Creative tries competing with new player, horde of angry lawyers. More.

Machinima hits the mainstream.

HDTV adoption figures.

How long until this is used for DRM?

More format wars. Meanwhile, Blu-Ray production begins.

Indies test licensing music for podcasts.

Overpeer shuts down. Here's why.

IBM: Piracy made the internet. Not that kind of piracy..."HTML's ease of learning and the view source capability for browsers has bootstrapped the Web's popularity in an amazing way."

Google Transit illustrates why public data should be public. I've wanted something similar for SEPTA since I came to Philadelphia.

Patent office not introspective. Copyright office isn't either.

Canadian EFF-like group launches.

More on the monetization of gaming.

Another report on Fair Use.

Felten on more Sony DRM issues. More. More.

Mother loses downloading appeal. Court rejects fair use defense.

Napster launches in Germany; Yahoo launches machinima music video service.

DRMed SNIU: Biometric P2P.

Where Google might be going. Seems very focused on selling content, whereas their current model for success has mostly been free access to other people's content and make money off ads.

The other BT.

This is huge if it gets passed.

Open vs. closed.

ABC, NBC, everyone else?

Another fascinating Patry post on the Civil War and copyright.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a (topical) link to FDR's public domain post-hoc declaration of war. And an MP3. does what the RIAA wouldn't let it years ago.

Wired on Halderman and DRM.

Sony DRM used OSS code to encode into Apple's DRM for iPods.
More Sony DRM problems. More. More. More.

I thought this battle was resolved years ago.

France surrenders.


SNIU, sort of.

DRM market to be huge.

Report on fair use. Patry's discussion.

More on fair use.

One way to fund media without excessive copyright.

Lower costs of video distribution.

Copyright as weapon: a history lesson from Bill Patry.

RipGuard DRM broken. Another nail on the coffin of the myth of unbreakable DRM.


Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Wikipedia slander.

Real-time commodities market for songs? Doesn't really reflect the non-scarce nature of the good. Also, I think this would exacerbate the blockbuster mentality that's doing bad things for the industry, not long-tail it as the article suggests.

iTunes scores some long-tail TV shows. It never ceases to amaze me how much more the movie industry is learning lessons the RIAA member firms never did. Maybe.
The dealmaking behind the scenes.

EFF messing up?

Bubble's simultaneous release.

Real's service goes cross-platform, web-based.

Anti-Sony backlash starts among musicians.

Kazaa fails to make deadline for keyword filters. This will be an interesting experiment in international 'censorship', though, and the first P2P network to remain intact post-lawsuit. It might even be possible that other software running on the Kazaa network still continues to work unfiltered.

What happens if the media conglomerates are broken up?


Sunday, December 04, 2005

The problem with "Web 2.0"

The problem with the so-called Web 2.0 is that there is no interaction between disparate services. Consequently, instead of embracing the specialized-tool philosophy that seems to be a hallmark of early Web 2.0 apps, this will eventually cause data silos. Still, it's not insurmountable, especially since many of them use XML. There's just not much glue going on between services at the moment. For instance, I just tried out Planzo for its calendar. But it also tries to be a social networking service, which it's quite bad at (especially for me, given that all my friends are either on LJ or Facebook). If it could just leverage its strengths (its calendar, todo, and personal notebook are pretty decent, although not very feature-rich yet), but outsource its social networking to Facebook, LJ, MySpace, Friendster, etc., it would be much easier to start new web apps. It would also be a nice counter to the growing force of Google.


Saturday, December 03, 2005

More Star Trek remixing.

Norweigean interactive TV rollout.

Crazy new tech.


But how long will it last?

The RIM thing is a scary example of just how broken the patent system is.

Since spyware is dead, why not behavioral ads?

Japanese iPod tax dies.

Fox and new media: ignore it. Nielsen and new media: at least try.

More a la carte TV wars.

Another collaborative project. I really think the future is in semi-moderated projects like this and, well, this.

Pay-per-call ads.

Apple moves into media center arena gently.

This is a wee bit overboard.

Darknet grows.

30GB e-mail accounts. Still, I'd imagine almost no one uses the 2.6ish GB that Google gives, so why not call it 30. Rather like AOL CDs that used to proclaim "5,000 hours free!"

Overly optimistic.

Senate will be covering lots of tech topics next year.

Webcaster right is still alive. This isn't good at all.

UK goes ahead with review of IP.

This could mark the end of content agnostic web policies.

More similarities between the stock image market and music industry.

A label for bootlegs?

DRM inquiry overview discussions.


Narrow channels (literally) come to TV.

Interesting idea in collaborative content generation.

Not likely. Unfortunately.

Decent analysis of the human factors behind AJAX apps. Similar.

Has spyware really won?

Skype adds video and Outlook plugin.

Grateful Dead learns lesson about its fans.

An unlikely internet startup hits it big.

New TiVo features.

No 911 yet for VoIP.

2005 was ad tipping point.

Glide Effortless review.

49 cent shorts. Almost worth just giving them away for free.