July 31, 2003
More on RIAA Subpoena Efforts

Amy Harmon writes that Efforts to Stop Music Swapping Draw More Fire (htm) pulling together the PEW study, Pac Bell's suit and Coleman's investigation.

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PEW Does Copyright

Check out Music Downloading, File-sharing and Copyright: A Pew Internet Project Data Memo. Nothing the blogosphere hasn't discussed and debated already in one form or another, but PEW is a reliable source for sound data on internet activity. My thought after reading the report, where they note that 75% of the users upload files, is that it makes finding a solution such as compulsory licensing or some sort of central heating type plan imperative.

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Love It Is

So Pac Bell is my DLS provider and while I don't share files, they are defending my privacy (against the RIAA subpoenas) according to Ron Harris/AP. It's all so gallant:

In the complaint, PBIS maintains it only acts as a "passive conduit" for the activity of its subscribers and "does not initiate or direct the transmission of those files and has no control over their content or destination."

Not to mention: PBIS claims that more than 200 subpoenas seeking file-sharers' e-mail addresses were issued from the wrong court of jurisdiction. Moreover, PBIS said the recording industry's demand for information on multiple file-sharers cannot be grouped under one subpoena, and that the demands themselves are overly broad.

On the other hand: The recording industry disagreed late Wednesday, in statement given to The Associated Press.

"We are disappointed that Pac Bell has chosen to fight this, unlike every other ISP which has complied with their obligations under the law. We had previously reached out to SBC to discuss this matter but had been rebuked," the statement read.

It's tough performing an heroic cyberdeed, not to mention doing the right thing. Bravisimo, PacBell!

Update: more love! Senator launches investigation into RIAA piracy crackdown per Frederick Frommer/AP. "I recognize the very legitimate concerns about copyright infringement," Norm Coleman said in a conference call with reporters(He's the chairman of the Senate's permanent subcommittee on investigations and a Minnesota Republican who was a rock roadie in the 1960s, as well as Napster user before it was declared illegal). "This is theft. But I'm worried that the industry is using a shotgun approach." See "more" below for Coleman's letter to Cary Sherman/RIAA. The RIAA has agreed to turn over the info.

Update (080303): here is Coleman's press release.

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July 30, 2003
Archeology in Software

Salon has something on the eternal problem of translating the past, in this case, legacy software. The DMCA, Patents and copyright are big issues, as much as the technological hurdles in getting and preserving old code. Of course, the Internet Archive is mentioned as a primary archival site, as well as the Computer History Museum's work.

Points: with a historical record of previous code, checking for prior art in considering a patent app would be much easier; historical needs as well as innovation can be satisfied; and students and researchers will have more access to old code and processes to learn from.

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All You Need Is Love

So if you aren't on the RIAA enemies list, will you feel left out? Pholisters suggested that the more subpoenas they send, the more stick they will have to get their way when they negotiate the College download fix.

Jason Schultz has the "Top 11 Signs your ISP has given you up to the RIAA....."

If the subpoenas don't work, maybe the RIAA detention facility in the Mojave Desert will help users learn to stop worrying and love the RIAA. Show me love, babe!

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July 24, 2003
Donna Wentworth Heads West...

Still on vacation, but I attended the Berkman Center's event honoring Donna Wentworth, who is leaving shortly to blog IP and otherwise be a webwriter for the EFF in SF. Jonathan Zittrain, Frank Field and his wife, Karen, and Ben Edelman, amoung many others, were there.

Jonathan Zittrain on Donna: .... if you need an expert in copyright, go to Donna because she really knows it. She won't walk up and tell you her opinion necessarily, but if you ask, she has wonderful insights to share.

While the Berkman Center will miss her, EFF and the copyfight will really benefit from her wonderful work on these issues. And those of us in the west will really appreciate having her close by.

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July 17, 2003
Digital Mix: A Special BayFF Celebrating Illegal Art

On July 25, the Electronic Frontier Foundation will host a night of music, art, and conversation to celebrate digital culture. Hosted at the Black Box in downtown Oakland, this special BayFF will bring up-and-coming artists of electronica, digital film, and illegal art together with leaders from the cyber-rights movement. Lawsuits and legislation have become the weapons of choice for dealing with file-sharing and cultural recycling ("sampling"); come out and discover what all the hype is about. Between laptop music, hip hop, and industrial performances, you will hear from people who are fighting to protect new forms of expression and cultural distribution from the attacks of the entertainment industry.

~ Cat Five
~ Meanest Man Contest
~ Uprock
~ Mochipet
~ Freshblend

~ Fred von Lohmann (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
~ Glenn Otis Brown (Creative Commons)
~ Ray Beldner (Stay Free's Illegal Art Exhibit)

Sponsored By:
~ XLR8R Magazine

Where: Black Box at 1928 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
When: Friday, July 25th, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation
All ages welcome
Easy BART access @ 19th St. Station in Oakland
Directions available here

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