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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Monkey Bites
NBC owns the copyright for the video, so NBC's action is understandable from a legal standpoint, as noted in YouTube's blog. The thing that's odd is that the viral marketing buzz surrounding the video has easily served as the biggest boost to SNL's popularity in years.

Amazon Will Take On iPod With Its Own Music Player - New York Times
Unlike Apple, which sells songs for 99 cents each, Amazon will offer a service that charges a monthly or annual fee to customers, who will have the right to fill up their music players with as many songs as they like, the executives said. When they stop paying the fee, the music on the player will be disabled.

Disney Media Downloads for the Youngest of Computer Users - New York Times
Disney Online, best known for Toontown, a massively multiplayer Internet game for children, has begun a $50-a-year subscription service for the most discriminating of audiences: preschoolers.

Apple shuts down OSx86 Project forums
Apple doesn't want Mac OS X running on anything other than Apple hardware, and as a result, has slapped the OSx86 Project with a DMCA violation notice.

Prepaid cell phone provider tries DMCA smackdown
This is where the alleged DMCA violation comes in. TracFone alleges that Sol Wireless' practice of unlocking the phones circumvents "the technological measures that effectively control access to TracFone's proprietary software." If you are thinking this sounds familiar, you're correct. TracFone is making essentially the same claim that Lexmark did in its lawsuit in late 2002 against Static Control Components.

AACS reaches interim agreement; HD DVD trying to stay on schedule
the AACS-LA has reached an interim agreement that will allow device manufacturers on either side of the divide to push ahead with producing products.

As UMD movies fail to impress, studios slow down releases
According to Variety Magazine, Studios aren't seeing the interest that they had hoped for, and now Paramount, Warner Home Entertainment, and even Sony itself are cutting back on releases. With the average release selling only 50,000 units, sales are beyond sluggish.

California tying education tech grants to copyright education
Legislation is being considered in California that would see the state's educational technology grant program tethered to requirements for teaching copyright law to students.

Slashdot | Creating a Backboneless Internet?
Is it possible to create an internet that relies instead on peer-to-peer connectivity?

BBC NEWS | Technology | Copyright sings to a different tune
Keeping time limits on copyright could open the way for a new wave of creativity, argues Kay Withers of the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank.
It always amazes me how important one word can be. "Limited" in the U.S. Constitution is the operative word here. This President's Day, a big hearty thank you to some prescient folk.

Slashdot | RIAA: Ripping CDs to iPod not 'Fair Use'
RIAA saying that ripping CDs and backing them up does not come under Fair use.

AHT P2POD HDTV Media Player - Gizmodo
AHT International introduced the P2POD HDTV media player, a device that uses peer-to-peer technology to download and stream HDTV programs from the Internet. - the original daily p2p and digital media news site
This technology is owned by someone other other than the copyright holder. It isn't copyright holders putting a fence around their "property": rather, i's the third parties putting a fence around *MY* property. Just like there was a need for laws mandating seatbelts be installed in cars to protect us from this "second collision", there's increasing awareness for the need for laws which protect citizens from this "second digital fence".

Paying for Radio Play. Copyfight: the politics of IP
ABC News Primetime are set to air a segment on the radio payola business titled as above.

Academic Copyright ~ Elizabeth Townsend Gard: Life + 70 = unpublished works in the public domain of those who died during 1935 and before
Here a a few of the most noteable: Jane Addams, Alfred Dreyfus, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., T. E. Lawrence, Huey Long, Will Rogers, and Henri Barbusse.
It's good to know the public domain is growing again.

Open Access News
The proposed business model relies on peer-to-peer digital payment for which technical solutions already exist.

Furdlog » David Berlind Pushes Some Buttons
To wake people up, I’ve come up with a new acronym for DRM: CRAP. It stands for Content Restriction Annulment and Protection. With CRAP technology (aka DRM), your ability to view or listen to the the content you acquire, record, or play in real-broadcast time (ie: a Cable TV or radio program) is easily resticted by its distributors.

The Patry Copyright Blog: Standing on Someone Taller
The word goes ahead because each of us builds on the works of our predecessors. 'A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant can see farther than the giant himself.'



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