France and DRM

Is the bill current traversing the French legislature a bad thing?
bq.Apple broke a week of silence late Tuesday, attacking a proposed French law that would open up proprietary music services as equivalent to “state-sponsored piracy.” However, the company stopped short of suggesting that it would pull out of the French market in order to avoid complying with the new legislation.

Stealing from the RIAA

When does one steal music? It seems like it is much easier than it used to be.
bq.Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization.

iPod Lobbying

Which works better for a member of Congress: trying to explain something to them or letting them figure it for themself?
bq.But in yesterday’s Commerce hearings, two Senators altered the course of events. First MIT grad John Sununu of New Hampshire said that government mandates “always restrict innovation” and then 82-year-old Ted Stevens of Alaska talked about the iPod he’d gotten for Christmas and put the RIAA’s Mitch Bainwol on the spot about whether his proposal would break Stevens’ ability to move digital radio programs to his iPod and listen to them in the most convenient way (it would).

Google Print Debate

Is Google Print about maintaining access to human knowledge? .bq The world’s libraries are a tremendous source of knowledge, much of which has never been available online. One of our goals for Google Print is to change that, and today we’ve taken an exciting step toward meeting it: making available a number of public domain books that were never subject to copyright or whose copyright has expired.

Google vs. Publishers vs. Us

With all the talk of “publishers suing Google(Google’s Escalating Book Battle)”:http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2005/tc20051020_802225.htm this week, there are some who don’t actually get what the argument is about.
bq.Now they want to scan all the printed books and read them into its cache and let us find things in the books.

Culural monopolists

bq.Cultural monopolists desperately want us to believe that without copyright we would have no artistic creations and therefore no entertainment. That is nonsense. We would have more, and more diverse ones. – “Joost Smiers and Marieke van Schijndel(Imagine a world without copyright)”:http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/07/opinion/edsmiers.php

iTunes TV

Remember my old idea for “Real-Time Reruns(Real-Time Reruns)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2004/04/06/reruns? Apparently ABC and Apple really “liked(Live from the Steve Jobs Keynote)”:http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000207062697/ the idea.
bq.TV and Movies are in the same spot music was four years ago. If you missed a show last week your only legitimate means to see it are waiting months for a repeat or a year to buy the show DVD if they release one.

Death of Public Domain

bq.Digital technologies have made it easy-indeed, too easy-for creative work in the private domain to spread without permission. Piracy is rampant on the highways of digital technology. In response, code writers (both legislators and technologists) have created an unprecedented array of weapons (both legal and technical) to wage war on the pirates and restore control to the owners of culture.

Changing Television

bq.We have to truly look more aggressively at (exhibition) window changes … not only for the studio business but for the TV business. The notion that a product airs on a television network and remains exclusive, in effect, until its rerun airs some six months later, is just one example of what has to change from a windowing perspective.

Making Streaming Media Not

bq.I now have a solution to this problem, but I’d rather not have to use it. The solution is mplayer, an open source media player. Among its protean capabilities, it can save a stream while playing any of its supported audio and video formats, which include progressively-downloadable WMV (e.g., Channel 9) and streaming RealVideo (e.g., JavaOne).