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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.
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.
Microsoft Patch o' the Day
Helping hackers to make you have a bad day.
The Register puts this into real speak.
This is interesting as Microsoft sends out HTML email with embedded ActiveX controls. The good news is that you can disable them.
It's Time to Stop the Music
I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
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