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Thursday, October 03, 2002

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Internet and Intellectual Property Hearings

The entertainment industries latest assault on your freedom is coming to your personal computer, television, VCR, DVD, and the other devices used for playing music, movies, and broadcast television.

With strident testimony in Washington, (non withstanding the enormous campaign contributions) the entertainment industry is attempting to colonize the internet with broadcast flags, anti-copy technology, and Letters of Marque from congress to disable your personal computer.

The core of this battle is not protecting the creators rights, but to reduce the distribution costs by the record and music production companies. No one can deny that the entertainment industry can provide a technically superior experience in music, movies and broadcast mediums when they want to.

The Internet is uniquely suited for the transmission of digital information, in a number of formats. The Internet only cares that there is a source and a destination. It makes no judgements, it only makes connections.

That is what is driving every anal retentive control freak on the planet crazy.

Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002

Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Rick Boucher have introduced a new bill in Congress to work for consumers. The highlights include:

1. Allow lawful consumers to make backup copies and display digital works on preferred digital media devices.
2. Protect lawful consumers by prohibiting shrink-wrap licenses that limit their rights and expectations.
3. Clarify that lawful consumers can sell or give away their copies of digital works, just like they can with traditional hard media.
4. Protect lawful consumers by permitting them to bypass technical measures that impede their rights and expectations.
5 .Provide flexibility for content owners to develop new and innovative ways to protect their content and enable lawful uses.

This is a good start to get the entertainment industry to understand that Digital Rights are ours. And we can manage them just fine, thank you.

Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002
read here - go there
Source: Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Eldred vs Ashcroft

6 days until Lawrence Lessig argues in front of the Supreme Court to overturn the CETA, aka the sonny bono copyright term extention act.

GO LARRY!!

A Case to Define the Digital Age
read here - go there
Source: businessweek.com

Microsoft Patch o' the Day

Helping hackers to make you have a bad day.

Unchecked Buffer in Windows Help Facility Could Enable Code Execution (Q323255)
read here - go there
Source: Microsoft

The Register puts this into real speak.

Help! MS issues another critical security fix
read here - go there
Source: theregister.co.uk

This is interesting as Microsoft sends out HTML email with embedded ActiveX controls. The good news is that you can disable them.

Opinion

It's Time to Stop the Music

I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
Because if You do not cut off their money they will cut off your Internet access. They have already killed Internet Radio.This is not about the short term pain of your favorite musician, they have already been screwed so royally that it is amazing that you can even recognize them.

It's Time to Stop the Music
read here - go there
Source: the head lemur

p i x e l v i e w

Shelley Powers
Some folks can work with technology, some folks can write, very few can do both. Shelley does.

p i x e l v i e w - Shelley Powers
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