July 2003 Archives

Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman Has launched an inquiry into the RIAA's "Subpoena them all and let God sort them out" tactics for dealing with file-sharers.

Pac Bell to RIAA: Drop Dead

West coast ISP Pac Bell (a unit of the SBC telecom giant) has taken the same approach as East coast universities MIT and Boston College in challenging the validity of the RIAA's suboena blitzkrieg.

Apple has a strikingly simple, eminently sensible attitude towards dealing with digital content distribution: make the experience seamless, fun, convenient, and reasonably priced.

Yesterday's crusade to protect the children has mutated into the somewhat more prosaic effort "To prohibit the distribution of peer-to-peer file trading software in interstate commerce" (the bill's new title). The text of the bill is not yet online.

Internetnews.com takes a look at the frenzy of developemnt around the "digital home," where people can move their digital media to the right device at the right time.

No pr0n without a note from m0m

In an unusual move, Congress today elected to protect children from online pornography.

Two US Representatives introduced a bill in the House today that would require parental consent before childern could use peer-to-peer file sharing software. The "Protecting Children from Peer-to-Peer Pornography Act" (the PCPPPA?) is the work of Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts, and Louisiana Democrat Chris John.

BC, MIT rebuff RIAA demands

In a move to protect their students' privacy, Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have asked that subpoenas issued by the RIAA seeking the names of alleged student file-sharers be quashed. Both schools said they would only comply with "lawfully issued" subpoenas, filed in the appropriate jurisdiction.

It's clearly koyaanisqatsi when Michael Jackson is the voice of reason. As crazy as that man has turned out, he's sane enough to see that suing and jailing consumers probably isn't the answer to the music industry's woes.

You can check out a beta of AOL Hometown—their personal homepage/web space service. Like countless rust-belt cities, AOL's sweeping aside derelict, abandoned properties and revitalizing the area with a shiny new service for consumers: AOL Journals.

It's Howie Time!

Howie "Nipper*" Berman's back, and he's working overtime to demonstrate is unwavering loyalty to Big Content. Sure, the RIAA can extort you out of your life savings and, yes, Orrin may destroy your private property, but only Howlin' Mad Howie will put you in jail for sharing files according to the LA Times.

More props

A hearty thanks to Donna "Copyfight" Wentworth and Chris "ob.blog" Cummer for their warm welcome. Nice to be back in Blogistan; gives me something to do with my rage.

An equally hearty "happy birthday" to Cory "Boing Boing" Doctorow, the future's finest agitpropagandist, and man-about-blogopshere.

¡DMCA o muerte!

A French court has ordered Reporters Without Borders to halt an issue awareness campaign built around a famous image of "Che" Guevara, citing copyright.

FoxNews.com: No news is good news

Political blogger Glenn Reynolds has been keeping watch on Fox News' online coverage of Hong Kong's massive pro-democracy protests. What's so interesting about that? The fact that Fox News isn't covering Hong Kong's massive pro-democracy protests.

The New York Times takes a closer look at the California Supreme Court's recent decision against Intel in a case where the technology giant—arguably the biggest benificiary from the unqiquity of the Internet—attempted to use a principle of property law rooted in the physical world to silence an outspoken critic.

Thanks, guys

A shout out to Joey and Cory. That's right guys, I'm back sporting capitalized sentences and, hopefully, better time management skills.
A story in the Washington Post says "The 'blogosphere' may never be the same after America Online releases free blog-publishing software to its 34 million members this summer."

Meanwhile, back home, the national flag-carrier has gone after a web critic's page with a copyright nastygram, according to The Globe and Mail.

Save a modern landmark

Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal at JFK is a timeless tribute to flight. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a soulless interstate bureacracy. Who do you think will win in a fight?

Manhattan Users' Guide is reporting on an effort to save the landmark from the tender mercies of the PA's upgrade plans. We can all help by making our objections known:

Please send letters protesting the needless damage the Port Authority is poised to commit. Say that you support the Municipal Art Society alternative, which preserves the entire building and function.

Letters should go to:

Ed Knoesel
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Aviation Department
225 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10003

and:

Philip Brito, Manager
NY Airports District Office
Federal Aviation Administration
600 Old Country Road, Suite 446
Garden City, New York 11530

with copies to:

Bernadette Castro, Commissioner
NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Agency Building 1, Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12238

Don Klima, Executive Director
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Old Post Office Building
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 809
Washington, D.C. 20004

If you've never had a chance to fly from the terminal, these pictures (from David Gallagher's very cool Lightningfield photoblog) give you some idea of the soaring, supple grace with which it conveys a sense of delight with travel.
Decided it's hight time to start using normal capitalization on my entries.

post-DMCA publishing problems

Interesting little story in the Times today about the struggle to get Hacking The Xbox published:

Wiley Technology Publishing, a unit of John Wiley & Sons, agreed last year to publish the book. But after Mr. Huang delivered the manuscript five months ago, the publisher backed out over concerns that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 made it illegal to disseminate information about how to circumvent copyright protection.
Larry Lessig runs down the cast of characters in Fox's forthcoming action flick The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. every one of them is a famous literary figure in the public domain.

an amusing little exchange between Freenet developer/mouthpiece Ian Clarke and RIAA executroid Matt Oppenheim, hosted by techno-libertarian pin-up-cum-shutterbug Declan McCullagh.

i guess i'm blogging again

what can i say? it's hard work, this "working for a living" thing. at least i've (just barely) managed to post something before the one-year-hiatus mark.

Red Hot Greedy Bastards

Reuters is reporting that the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica have declined to make their music available through Apple's iTunes Music Store because selling individual tracks would hurt sales of the (more expensive) album format.