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Jan 06, 2005

Via Boing Boing, Bill Gates compares the Creative Commons to Communists:

There are fewer communists in the world today than there were. There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don’t think that those incentives should exist.

Jan 06, 2005

New DRM Scheme Could Make Current DVD Players Obsolete:

Hewlett-Packard and Philips said Wednesday that they have developed a content-protection system for DVDs, designed to protect users from burning “protected” DTV broadcasts. The encryption system will be built into next-generation DVD players as well as media.

It seems ridiculous that the “needs” of a sports franchise are allowed to cripple everyone’s media players:

For example, the system is designed to prevent users watching a locally “blacked out” football game in New York from viewing a video stream sent to them from friends in California, who are not subject to the blackout restrictions.

Jan 05, 2005

Music Industry Must Respect Privacy of Filesharers:

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision today that will stop entertainment corporations from gaining access to the names of people using peer-to-peer (P2P) networks unless the companies file lawsuits against them and furnish actual evidence of copyright infringement.

Jan 04, 2005

New copy protection for HD DVDs:

Critics of the technology say it is bound to fail in achieving its most important objective—blocking wholesale pirating of DVDs—and it may irritate consumers if the promised in-home distribution isn’t quickly forthcoming and easy to use. The AACS project “doesn’t make very much sense,” says Seth Schoen, staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. “The commercial copyright infringers in Southeast Asia that burn billions of counterfeit discs will not be deterred by this.”

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