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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

RIAA individual lawsuit trial to start.


Search for podcasts.

Custom CDs on the rise.

A Bleak Look At Hollywood; From Hollywood

Doom and gloom.

Brightcove and AOL join forces.

Infamous Canadian copyright bills die with Canadian government.

Search for the "Universal Library."

Grateful Dead slights fans.

Veoh, SNIU.


Why is US control of the DNS system not a big deal? "Most online traffic today exists outside the traditional domain-name system in peer-to-peer file sharing and instant messaging." Not sure if I agree, if only because of the differing natures of the two types of traffic, but still interesting they would make that point.

Decentralized 911 response. HAMs have been doing something like this for a good long while, just not as high-tech. P2P is not a new concept.

Lies, damn lies, and improperly interpreted and generated statistics.

New Orleans to use WiFi as carrot to attract development.

Nice Ars post on TV censorship.

Apple DVR not practical?

Spitzer weighs in on Sony DRM. And they were warned, apparently.

FCC now supports a la carte programming.

More hit song 'science.'

Jupiter releases latest filesharing report. P2P still thrice as popular as iTMS.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Added a new poster and a custom poster generator to the stuff. The latter was Mary Steiner of Penn library's idea. Good stuff.


Collaborative filtering: 4% of Internet users can flag 100% of phishing e-mails as fraudulent.

The 'other' Sony DRM. More. And more.

No sooner is Cohen's BT search engine filtered than a newcomer arises.




Monday, November 28, 2005

Do movie downloads portend the end of windows?

DRM seems to hurt smaller acts. Yesterday brought other evidence that it does little to larger ones.

Sup. Court might bring sanity to patents.


MP3s off the web.

Nareos, creates distribution channel over existing P2P networks. SNIU


Sunday, November 27, 2005


Format wars could expand?

Privacy decision in Holland.

Wireless Grid SNIU.

MovieLink nabs last big fish.

Bad article about fingerprinting.


Saturday, November 26, 2005

Google Books stymied in Europe by lack of American-style (and rapidly-disappearing) Fair Use rights.

Tipping point for mass moviegoing?

Patry has two good ones. As usual.

Three case studies of intrusive DRM. Consumer demand may not be at all elastic for music. See also.

Organized crime? No, music pirates.


Quantitative analysis on P2P.

BitTorrent cuts irrelevant deal with Industry. BT was used for piracy before search; BT will be used for piracy after search.

MS releases interesting new RSS extension, makes it open. Seems ideal for blogs, which generally are two-way conversations more or less anyway.

Industry wants EU terror data for piracy enforcement.

TiVo finally distances itself from close control by the content industry. How long will it last?

Australian judge sets deadline of 10 days to implement a filtering system people have been spending years trying unsuccessfully to make work.

DMCA abuse rate: 30+%.

Valve's STEAM gains...licencees. SNIU.

iTMS among top-10 music outlets in the country.

Radio Shak to sell Skype-certified hardware.

LocationFree TV.

CNet columnist: demise of IP.


Further proof that Internet consumers have no taste.

Sony-BMG DRM worthless. At least it's 'innocuous....'

High cellphone song prices 'a dangerous fantasy' according to WSJ.

Nice Guardian article on IP.


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Lossless tracks for $1.30.

Sony copied from DVD Jon.

Rockr for real?

DVRs increase TV viewership.

More DRM for Blu-Ray.

SNIU. With classics.

Google ponders rent-a-book.

More hit song 'science.' Seems to use market data also, which might give it a chance of actually predicting well.

Sony's license might even be worse than its DRM.

Internet Archive book project.

Cisco does wireless mesh.

DRM abuse.

More Epstein.


Friday, November 18, 2005

PF: 'The two approaches are entirely different.'

Internet. Music.

IP abuse.

Sony patents used software prevention concept.

New anti-piracy legislation.

Profitable podcasts?

Collaborative filtering.


Lessig gripes about the 'potential' argument.

More speculation that Sony's DRM may have spoiled the market for DRM. More again.

House testimony on Fair Use.

To government: TiVo will kill our advertising revenues. To advertisers: TiVo is not a problem at all.

Apple rumours.

Another P2P service shuts down in a deliberate misreading of the Grokster verdict.

Contrary to the Wired article, iPods may be being used for video porn.



Monday, November 14, 2005

Citizen journalism.

NYT on the Sony DRM blowup.

Collaborative authorship experiment.

More Sony spyware.

Korean corp. launches new P2P service right after old one was shut down.

MS adds Sony DRM to spyware removal tool.

First SNIu I've seen in a while.

It's not piracy, it's a violation of copyright under the derivative works doctrine, as I understand it. MIDI does bring back memories, though....

Grokster settlement: $50m.

""BitTorrent is a tool that a lot of people abuse to swap movies illegally on the Web," says Motion Picture Association of America spokesperson Kori Bernard." Glad to see that they see it as abuse of the tool rather than an infringing tool.

Warner Music starts digital-only label.


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

More video sharing apps emerge.

Share the wealth.

Video iPod-specific torrents emerging.

BBC tests their new player.

TV as music promotion.

"Something is changing in the movie experience."

LATimes on going a little too far.



Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Grokster thinks it failed the Grokster test.

Videocasting not there yet.

NBC, CBS eschew iTMS.

VC for video-tagging service.

People don't like mobile video? Not really surprising, if true.

New Web2.0 app all in one place.

$8/movie download cost.

Strange semi-collaborative filtering project from Amazon.

What a mess.


Friday, November 04, 2005

Pirate underground video or somesuch.

Purchase by the (score of) page?

EFF: Lawsuits fail to deter.

DRM rootkit from Sony not looking too good still.

More Google Print. And more.

Why we'd kill the web....

More on the latest attempt at the broadcast flag.

iPod marketing.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Patent satire.

Google Print opens. Not too different from Amazon Search Inside the Book as best I can tell. Don't see quite what the ruckus is about.

iMesh launch moderately sucessful.

USENET to iPod.

MySpace and band promotion. Where the marketing middlemen go, there goes the record industry.

Wired finally gets around to covering the Neuros story.

Guess that puts an end to speculation that the next-gen DVD formats wouldn't be crackable. Chinese DVD players are known for their loose interpretation of DRM specs--e.g. giving the customer what he/she wants.

Now if only this worked for voting machines.

Digital music sales flattening.

Nasty move by the MPAA.

Impressive numbers for iTMS Video.

More DRM badness.

How games have changed the movie business.

Springtime for...the RIAA? Surely he can't have been making an allusion to the Mel Brooks classic?


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The trouble with 'Web 2.0'

I'm writing some software and I want it to interface with the excellent CiteULike. Unfortunately, there's no live interface to do so in realtime with full functionality. More tellingly, GMail lacks IMAP support, relying only on the really crude protocol POP3 to access mail from anything but GMail. I think, at least for the moment, that in the excitement over better-designed web interfaces, we have turned our back on standards that worked so well for so long. If the trend continues, the results aren't going to be pretty.