Audible and DRM

bq.I cancelled my Audible subscription this morning. I hadn’t used it in a few months yet was still paying the monthly fee. I stopped using it because both the computer I used to download books and the iPod I used to listen to them developed difficulties. I’ve replaced both the computer and the iPod but the Audible service doesn’t transfer because of the DRM limits. I think they assume that I’m “stealing” the books. This has always been the problem with copy protection and nothing has changed. – “Dave Winer(I cancelled my Audible subscription this morning)”:http://archive.scripting.com/2005/05/06#When:7:05:14AM

RIAA Legal Test

bq.In their briefs, the groups called for a new legal test that could hold companies responsible for their customers’ copyright infringement, even if they have no direct control over that activity. Allowing businesses “predominately” devoted to copyright infringement to operate has disrupted a traditional legal balance between technological advance and copyrights, they said. – “John Borland(File swapping vs. Hollywood)”:http://news.com.com/File+swapping+vs.+Hollywood/2100-1032_3-5548781.html?part=rss&tag=5548781&subj=news.1032.5 My first thought:
bq.In their briefs, the groups called for a new legal test that could hold companies responsible for their customers’ automobile accidents, even if they have no direct control over that activity. Allowing businesses “predominately” devoted to autombiles to operate has disrupted a traditional legal balance between technological advance and safety, they said – Me I hope the Supreme Court can see where this is leading.

Security vs. Books

Susan Odencrantz, the director of the Tacoma Public Library , unhappy with the lack of police protection afforded the library (where drug deals and drug use are a common occurence), wants to divert $100,000 dollars from the general fund for additional security. The Library Board declined .

Scoble on Tablet-Powered E-Books

Until eBooks are like real books I don’t think they’ll be widely adopted. What do I mean? Well, if I buy a real book, I can read it, and then hand it to someone else. I can donate it to a library and they can give it out to dozens, if not hundreds of people. It’s too hard to share an eBook. At least the ones I’ve seen. Have they been improved yet? Here at NEC everyone will have Tablets within a year or two. I’d love to send around some books that I’ll buy. – Robert Scoble

ICANN Domain Expansion

ICANN is going to consider adding three new domains. Dave Winer is suggesting .blog . Despite the creation of .museum, I don’t see .library as a likely contender.

Leaving out Cliff

I was reading over the Brief History of Hacking put together by TLC and I am wondering how they could leave Cliff Stoll and the Cuckoo’s Egg case (which was my first introduction to Outlaw Hacking) as opposed to what Steven Levy was talking about.

Poway Policy Changes

At the Poway Library , they now have self-service check-out for books (only), but the DVD rental charge has been increased from free to 50 cents.

Odessa Book Lovers

While they have computers at the Ector County Public Library , they still get a lot of use out of the books .