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Apr 30, 2004
"So after one year and 70 million songs, $0.99 now buys you less rather than more -- seven hard burns instead of ten soft ones. What will Apple "allow" us to do with the music we "buy" next year? three burns? one? zero?"
Apr 29, 2004
"As of April 1st, cable companies are required to provide a Firewire-enabled cable box to anyone that asks, as per an FCC interpretation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. What this means to you is that easy ripping and recording of HDTV streams is just a phone call to your cable company away--at least those streams that are unencrypted (broadcast stations are required to remain unencrypted, and while most premium channels are open now, too, they likely won't be for long)."
Apr 29, 2004
"Laws developed to address the problem of online piracy - in particular, the DMCA - have been unwittingly misplaced, inviting intellectual property owners to create private systems of copyright monitoring that I refer to as piracy surveillance. Piracy surveillance comprises extrajudicial methods of copyright enforcement that detect, deter, and control acts of consumer infringement."
Apr 29, 2004
"The world's biggest retailer is offering a DVD player that slices out potentially offensive content from movies, such as nudity, violence and foul language. [...] Aho argues that the ClearPlay DVD player does not violate copyright laws. It provides users with the power over movies they have had for years: the ability to fast-forward or mute scenes they choose not to watch, he said."
Apr 28, 2004
Jack Valenti: "I do not believe that you have the right to override an encryption. Because if you have the right to do it, everybody can do it. For whatever benign reason you have, somebody else has got one even more benign. But once you let one person deal in a digital copy -- and I donít have to tell you; you know far better than I that, unlike in analog, the ten thousandth copy is as pure as the original -- it is a big problem. So once you let the barriers down for your perfectly sensible reason, you gotta let it down for everybody."
Apr 28, 2004
"The recording industry sued 477 more computer users Wednesday, including dozens of college students at schools in 11 states, accusing them of illegally sharing music across the Internet."
Apr 27, 2004
"Regardless, why are so many new consumer devices being designed deliberately crippled? Why is the United States sacrificing so much potential innovation?"
Apr 25, 2004
"The $90 billion entertainment industry is teaching middle-school children a course in copyright law that some education specialists say is one-sided and promotes commercialism in the classroom."
Apr 24, 2004
"Debra Baker tells people she has TiVo. But she really doesn't. The 33-year-old New York tax consultant has a variant --a digital video recorder offered through her cable company. She didn't know what "DVR" stood for until then."
Apr 23, 2004
"The Authority noted that intellectual property crime had funded some paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland and that videos, DVDs and VCDs made up a significant proportion of the counterfeit goods seized in Northern Ireland. It considered that, because the advertisers had shown that intellectual property crime, which included film piracy, funded terrorism, the claim was acceptable."
Apr 23, 2004
"But as music fans are finding out, when you buy a song online, it usually isn't property any more. It's a license, an agreement to let you use the song. And those licenses impose some maddeningly Byzantine limits on how you use your music."
Apr 22, 2004
"Network-security company Palisade Systems this week will launch software that can identify and block copyrighted songs as they are being traded online."
Apr 22, 2004
"Investigators seized 200 computers across the globe to break up online piracy networks that distribute copyrighted music, movies and software, the Justice Department said Thursday."
Apr 22, 2004
"The Second Circuit Court of appeals today issued a ruling that republication on the Internet of quotes from an illegally acquired seminar manual can still be fair use, despite the fact that they were acquired in bad faith. The Court held that while good/bad faith does factor into the equation, the overall issue of transformation is what is most important to deciding what is fair and what isn't."
Apr 22, 2004
"Creative Commons encourages artists to share and distribute their work for free. And that could be the key to a new multibillion-dollar industry."
Apr 22, 2004
Via PVRBlog, down at the bottom of the page: "Turner Entertainment Group isn't worried yet about TiVo's impact on traditional advertising models, said Keith Chandler, VP of business solution at Turner Entertainment Group, during a session Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters convention. "We view it as a positive at this point," he said. That's because TiVo has raised viewership of the Turner networks, he said. "Right now we don't have any big guns aimed at the TiVo world. We think it's been slightly positive because it increases viewership," he said."
Apr 18, 2004
"The RIAA has finally seen the light with regard to its "Clean Slate" program, which offered false amnesty, or shamnesty, to people who admitted to file sharing. Citing the success of its "education" campaign, the group has abruptly cancelled the program."
Apr 17, 2004
A one-time enforcer in DirecTV's anti-piracy campaign is suing his ex-employer for wrongful discharge, after he allegedly resigned rather than continue to prosecute the company's controversial war against buyers of hacker-friendly smart card equipment.
Apr 16, 2004
"he American film industry is fighting rampant DVD piracy in Russia with a radical new tactic: cutting prices."
Apr 16, 2004
"Since 1998 questions about whether the United States has constructed an equitable or effective copyright system frequently appear on the pages of daily newspapers. Activist movements for both stronger and looser copyright systems have grown in volume and furor."
Apr 16, 2004
"Incompatibility isn't an unfortunate side-effect of deficient DRM systems -- it's the goal of DRM. A perfectly compatible, perfectly transparent DRM system is a logical impossibility."
Apr 16, 2004
"For people in the 15-24 age group, he found a significant negative correlation between Internet adoption and CD sales. For people in all of the age groups older than 25, he found the opposite Ė a significant positive correlation between Internet adoption and CD sales. Overall, the correlation was significantly positive Ė metro areas with higher rates of Internet adoption had significantly higher CD sales."
Apr 16, 2004
"In a private e-mail sent last week to Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, Glaser proposed a tactical alliance between the two companies in the digital music business against Microsoft."
Apr 16, 2004
"Not only is the commission considering rules that would result in the digital television picture from reaching its full, sparkling potential, but the FCC also is considering defining where, when and with what rights consumers can use digital media."
Apr 16, 2004
"With the settlement Monday of its long-simmering patent dispute with InterTrust Technologies, Microsoft has cleared away legal concerns that have been looming over many of its most important plans."
Apr 16, 2004
"Microsoft is continuing to take the standards route to further spread its multimedia prowess."
Apr 16, 2004
"Federal regulators appear to be making a surprise move toward proposing new content protection rules for digital broadcast radio, consumer groups said Wednesday."
Apr 16, 2004
"Hollywood wants consumer electronics companies to limit how video files can be moved between devices that can pick up, record and transfer digital TV signals. The move aims to prevent piracy, but it might also hamper legitimate new media applications such as home networking--a prospect that is making waves in the consumer electronics industry."
Apr 15, 2004
"Los Angeles police have made the first arrests under a new law targeting pirates who use camcorders in cinemas."
Apr 14, 2004
"He says the industry's response amounts to, " 'We have 20 studies, they have one.' If 20 or 100 or 1,000 people say the sun revolves around the earth, it doesn't make it so." "
Apr 13, 2004
"The next generation of Intel Corp. microprocessors for cell phones and handheld computers will, for the first time, include hard-wired security features that can enforce copy protection and help prevent hackers from wreaking havoc on wireless networks."
Apr 12, 2004
"Online file-sharing and other digital piracy persist, but a gradual turnaround in U.S. music sales that began last fall picked up in the first quarter of this year, resulting in the industry's best domestic sales in years."
Apr 12, 2004
"Microsoft is paying $440m to settle its long-running digital rights management (DRM) patent infringement dispute with Intertrust."
Apr 09, 2004
"The narrow sense of freedom, in tech terms, is a freedom to tinker, to prod and poke and break and fix things. Good technologies -- the PC, the internet, HMTL -- enable this. Bad technologies -- cellphones, set-top boxes -- forbid it, in hardware or contract. A lot of the fights in the next 5 years are going to be between people who want this kind of freedom in their technologies vs. business people who think freedom is a shitty business model compared with control."
Apr 09, 2004
"Apple computer issued a cease and desist order to Sourceforge to shut down the PlayFair web site. The development team is currently looking for a new home for the project."
Apr 09, 2004
"Wal-Mart, the country's mightiest retailer, is preparing to ship a $79 DVD player that automatically strips out potentially offensive content."
Apr 08, 2004
"Unburdened by manufacturing and distribution costs, online music was supposed to usher in a new era of inexpensive, easy-to-access music for consumers. In many cases, buying music online is still cheaper than shopping for CDs at retail outlets. But just a year after iTunes debuted with its 99-cent songs and mostly $9.99 albums, that affordable and straightforward pricing structure is already under pressure."
Apr 07, 2004
"Global music sales fell 7.6 percent in 2003 to $32 billion, the steepest decline since the advent of the compact disc, the trade body representing the world's largest music companies said on Wednesday."
Apr 07, 2004
From Variety magazine: "According to market research group NPD, it's not just illegal downloads of electronic MP3 files that are eating into traditional music sales but the ever-increasing popularity of DVD movies."
Apr 07, 2004
"Digital rights management company ContentGuard said Monday that Microsoft and Time Warner each made substantial new investments in the company, taking over Xerox's former role as part owner."
Apr 07, 2004
"A House of Representatives panel has approved a sweeping new copyright bill that would boost penalties for peer-to-peer piracy and increase federal police powers against Internet copyright infringement."
Apr 07, 2004
"The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that it had created a task force to evaluate prosecutions of copyright violations, including Internet piracy, and make recommendations about how existing efforts can be improved."
Apr 07, 2004
"Sharing copyrighted works on peer-to-peer networks is legal in Canada, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, handing the record industry a sharp setback in its international fight against file swappers."
Apr 07, 2004
"This treaty is really a nasty bit of work. It will give broadcasters, not copyright holders but broadcasters, a number of exclusive rights in their broadcasts, such as fixation, reproduction and distribution, whether or not the broadcast is of a public domain work. Moreover, the treaty would require signatories to prevent circumvention of those rights."
Apr 06, 2004
"DVD rental company Netflix plans to start a video on demand service over the Internet next year, according to a published report."
Apr 05, 2004
"The current scheme under discussion is preventing disks made on a set-top burner from being played on any other system by linking the content to the serial number of the set-top using triple DES encryption."
Apr 05, 2004
"The industry response stresses that the new study has not gone through the process of peer review. But the response cites refuting statistics and analysis, much of it prepared by market research consultants, that also have not gone through peer review."
Apr 04, 2004
"That could mean if you have a TV encoder that does not support Macrovision, you may well get an error message depending on what DVD software player you are using, the company has said."
Apr 02, 2004
"Microsoft is expected to unveil copy-protection software this summer that will for the first time give portable digital music players access to tunes rented via all-you-can-eat subscription services--a development that some industry executives believe will shake up the online music business."
Apr 02, 2004
"Record labels must file individual lawsuits against suspected file sharers rather than lumping them together in a single suit, a federal judge in Florida ruled Thursday."
Apr 01, 2004
"The Justice Department said Wednesday it has formed an intellectual-property task force to analyze how the department addresses issues like piracy of software, music and movies."

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