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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Wired News: They Saved the Internet's Soul
It is important both for what it said about the internet and for the acknowledgement that to judge cases involving the internet, you really need to understand the technology

Senate looks at network neutrality and likes it
Most members on the committee, in fact, endorsed the idea of network neutrality. Ted Stevens (R-AK), who chairs the committee, said, "I do believe that net neutrality ought to be the basic principle of whatever legislation we pursue," though he also pointed out the difficulty of defining exactly what is meant by the term "network neutrality."

Blu-ray titles taking shape on pricing
While much attention has been paid to the two titans battling it out for next-gen supremacy, the fact remains that there's already a tough, time-tested champion in the ring: DVD. How well either next-gen format does is going to depend largely how how well either one can lure DVD consumers into buying the next-generation of products, and when.

Slashdot | Songbird Flies Today
While this program may be a great alternative to the DRM ridden iTunes and Windows Media Player platforms it is still only a Windows release.

Slashdot | Legal Victory for P2P in France
The Register is reporting that a french Kazaa user that had been sued by the SCPP (the french equivalent of the RIAA) has been acquitted by the courts in his county. 'The Judges decided that these acts of downloading and uploading qualified as private copying'

Slyck News - BitTorrent Clarifies Stance on Crackdown
The overall goal is to ensure that the BitTorrent protocol is as widely compatible, consistent, and reliable as HTTP is for other web content and to make the BitTorrent trademark a validating stamp in which software implementing the protocol is safe to use for the end user - the original daily p2p and digital media news site
While authorized P2P models are fairly common, is the world quite ready for an authorized BitTorrent indexer?

Digital Music News
VH1 has just launched several new podcasts, designed to promote its existing television lineup.

Slyck News - P2P Population Reaches Record High
For the last several months, the P2P population has reversed its mid to late year stagnation and decline. As is typical, cyclical variations in the total number of simultaneously connected users features small declines and plateaus, however over time the population has ultimately continued its march forward.

Linus on DRM. Copyfight: the politics of IP
As long as you expect Disney to feed your brain and just sit there on your couch, Disney & co will always be able to control the content you see

Boing Boing: Songbird, the "open source iTunes killer," flies today
It sees the online world through MP3-colored glasses -- it looks at an archive of public domain sound files or a music store's catalog, and displays available media for you.

Furdlog » Distribution Experimental Data
Jason Hirschhorn, chief digital officer at MTV Networks, said the preliminary numbers looked good but that the final numbers weren’t in yet.

The Patry Copyright Blog: Copyright Office Satellite Report
Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act.

The Patry Copyright Blog: On the Road Again
Good luck on that account.

The Patry Copyright Blog: Copyright Office Orphan Works Report
The report is the result of concern by the Copyright Office over the adverse impact on those who wish to use works whose owners cannot be located after a good faith, reasonably diligent search.

When All the 'Greatest Hits' Are Too Many to Download - New York Times
More than 20 years after the rock band Survivor scored a hit with "Eye of the Tiger," the song is rising up the charts again, notching brisk sales as a single online. Since the song became available on services like iTunes about a year and a half ago, it has sold more than 275,000 copies.

Podcasting and Copyright: the Impact of Regulation on New Communication Technologies, by Carter, Edward L. and Scott Lunt



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