Monday, December 16, 2002
what's hot what's not
Today marks the beginning of a change in the way we can publish. Creative Commons released version 1.0 of its Licensing Project. As a creator of work, you can set the terms of reuse, publication, and attribution.
First Monday bills itself as a peer reviewed journal on the Internet. It contains a lot of interesting articles done in the rigorous academic style. The only downside is how few hyperlinks there are in the references.
This month are two noteworthy articles
The Music, the numbers and the box
"Think outside the box? How about we just kick the box into the river, turn our back on it, let it float away and slowly disintegrate on its own?"
An interesting look at the music business.
CD MAP Settlement
So you thought or still think that Music CD's are too expensive? So did the Federal Trade Commission.
The Music Industry is pumping out hush money for all those folks who got screwed by MAP or Minimum Advertised Price policies. But no more that 20 bucks per person. Which may be just enough to buy another CD at the Manufacturers List Price.
If you purchased Music Products from one or more retailers during the period of January 1, 1995 through December 22, 2000, you can play.
Here are a couple of nuggets from the Settlement.
Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement with Distributor Defendants, they will pay Plaintiffs a combination of Cash and Non-Cash Consideration. The Cash payments total $64,300,000 and the Non-Cash Consideration totals $75,700,000. The Cash payments will be deposited into the Settlement Fund. The Non-Cash Consideration, consisting of approximately 5.5 million music CDs of a broad selection of genres, will be the subject of a cy pres Distribution discussed below.
The Non-Cash Consideration will consist of prerecorded music CDs. For purposes of determining the amount of Non-Cash Consideration, such Consideration shall be valued at twenty percent (20%) less than manufacturers’ suggested retail price as of the date such Non-Cash Consideration was selected by Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs for inclusion among the selections available for distribution.
Well that makes me warm and fuzzy. 20% less than the Manufacturers List Price which was high enough to spark the investigation and the settlement!
Confusion about Cyberspace
Scott Rosenberg is Salon's managing editor. Life on the edge is his take on the Supernova Conference.
"The geek-driven world of new "decentralized" technologies like Wi-Fi, blogging and Web services is more about cutting out the middleman than finding a business model."
Scott doesn't get it. Wi-Fi, blogging and Web services has no place for a middleman by D e s i g n. It is not about money. It is about communication. It is about sharing.
Life on the edge is indeed raw and unvarnished, which accounts for it's vitality and popularity. The ability of these technologies to enable anybody with the desire to be heard in their own words and images is the point.
I can only imagine Scott's discomfort. Being a managing editor, is a middleman position. Everytime he turns on his computer, somebody new is publishing at their own expense, in their own way, on their own time. Chipping away at the ledge he is standing on, his footing becoming more precarious with every new self published site, who link to other self published sites, relegating Salon to the bottom of linked sites.
You can talk at folks or you can talk with folks.
Two by Lessig
Tim O'Reilly is a book publisher who has no problem with selling books or with online distribution.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
p i x e l v i e w
Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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