Matt Berninger, "The National"'s vocalist, is quoted in today's New York Times Magazine
People seemed to fall for us after listening to our records many, many times. The corporate model has collapsed, but small-label bands playing to 200 people a night can pay the bills and raise a family on it. That's why we'll have better and more interesting innovations
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has posted an interesting letter from the McCain campaign to Youtube
about their take-downs of videos that "are clearly privileged under the fair use doctrine".
[Posted at 10/13/2008 06:52 PM by Andrea Moro on Fair Use comments(2)]
Inside Higher Ed
reports that "legislation requiring NIH-supported research to be online and free is on fast track, encouraging those who want that requirement for all federally supported research". The legislation is receiving bipartisan support and is part of an appropriation bill that Congress wants to pass.
I believe the bill has potentially disruptive effect on the academic publishing model. Needless to say, publishers have mounted furious opposition. Read the article for some of the bogus arguments they are trying to make, such as the risk of lenghtening the time researchers would spend processing their papers (comparing it to the requirement police officers have to file their reports). As if the time we need to fine-tune our papers to comply to the minutia of each journal's different editorial requirement was well spent.
[Posted at 07/25/2007 08:12 AM by Andrea Moro on Politics and IP comments(0)]
John McCain from allthingsdigital
"There should be as little government regulation of broadband as possible. Walt notes that the telecom industry is re-aggregating back into "one unified AT&T."
... we should let the market and technology solve the Net-neutrality issue: "When you control the pipe you should be able to get profit from your investment."
[Posted at 05/31/2007 06:25 AM by Andrea Moro on Politics and IP comments(0)]
Barack Obama's web site
reports a letter sent to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean urging the DNC to make the video from any Democratic Presidential debate publicly available after the debate for free and without restriction under a Creative Commons license.
"I am a strong believer in the importance of copyright, especially in a digital age", he writes, "But there is no reason that this particular class of content needs the protection". Unfortunately, Obama does not seem to hold any unconventional views on copyright.
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Slashdot has recently posted a depressing interview
with Ray Beckerman, a defense attorney representing people sued by the RIAA. Beckerman is also author of the blog Recording Industry vs The People
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Robert Cringely has a nice article on pbs.org
describing Google's secretiveness and unfair business methods in its advertisement services. A monopolist engaging in monopolistic practices is hardly surprising, and perhaps not worthy of mention even in this site. However I believe Google deserves special attention. Google is slowly but steadily working towards acquiring a dominant position in delivering human knowledge and information. Not only because it is the default search engine for most internet searches, but also because Google is actively storing all sorts of information. Take a look, for example, at its google base
project, or at the more famous google library
project. Google's chosen motto is "don't be evil", which many interpret to mean "we won't be Microsoft". Indeed, Google distinguishes itself from the software giant because it does thing just right. We all like its products, but this unfortunately increases its dominant position. For these reasons, I believe we should monitor Google's practices very carefully.
[Posted at 05/28/2006 01:27 PM by Andrea Moro on Against Monopoly comments(2)]
The Napster case is not over. The Electronic Frontier Foundation
reports the latest chapter of the legal battle. The music industry is still pressing its case against Hummer Winblad and Bertelsman for investing in Napster. The defendants claim that the record labels forfeited their copyright claims when they illegally coordinated to monopolize digital music distribution.
The DoJ found no evidence of wrongdoing, but new documents reveal that the labels might indeed have coordinated and shared information, and lied about it to the DoJ.
This is relevant because the penalty for copyright misuse (e.g. using copyright as a tool to validate antitrust) is unenforceability of the copyright in court until the misuse has been purged and its effects no longer exist -, which is tantamount to losing the copyright and releasing the intellectual property on the public domain. Free Madonna downloads coming soon to a computer near you!
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