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DRM Debates and Argument Framing

“Consumers now have the ability to buy digital versions of music and movies from a vast (and growing) online catalog. But that convenience has come at a price: Most of the digital content is packaged with technology called digital rights management, or DRM, a sort of copy protection that limits what users can do with the material.

“The music and movie industries defend DRM as a means of protecting artists and publishers — without it, they say, it would be too easy for users to abuse copyrights by illegally swapping files over the Internet. They also argue that without DRM technologies, publishers wouldn’t have been willing to distribute their content in online music and video stores, such as Apple’s iTunes.

“But some consumer advocates argue that DRM often goes too far, treating customers as would-be criminals and putting burdensome restrictions on what they can do with music and movies that were legally purchased. (ITunes, for instance, allows users to burn music to an unlimited number of CDs, but limits the number of computers on which users can play purchased music.)

“The Journal asked Fritz Attaway, a senior executive with the Motion Picture Association of America, to debate the issue over email with Wendy Seltzer, a law professor who specializes in intellectual property and First Amendment issues.”

Fritz Attaway and Wendy Seltzer. ‘DRM’ Protects Downloads, But Does It Stifle Innovation? The Wall Street Journal Online. June 20, 2006.

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Written by sesomedia

06/26/2006 at 09:00

Posted in Web & Online

Critic Caught Palming Off Review Copies

“A former freelance film critic for the Boston Herald and past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics is to be sentenced in October after pleading guilty in a San Jose, Calif., court last month to aiding in copyright infringement.

“Paul Sherman , 46, of Malden, sold on eBay copies of DVDs he had received to review, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

“One man who bought Sherman’s DVDs put several of them on the Internet, where they could be viewed before their commercial release, the Chronicle reported Thursday.”

Richard Cherecwich. Film Critic Pleads Guilty In Movie Copyright Case. Boston.com. June 24, 2006.

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Written by sesomedia

06/26/2006 at 08:44

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French Resist Forcing Open iPod DRM

“Leading French lawmakers voted Thursday to water down a draft copyright law that could force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod music player and iTunes online store compatible with rivals’ offerings.

“Currently, music bought on Apple iTunes can be played only on iPods, and an iPod can’t play songs purchased from rival stores, such as Sony Corp.’s Connect. Critics have called the restrictions anti-competitive and anti-consumer, but the lock-in is a key part of the companies’ business models.

“The National Assembly, France’s lower house, voted in March to force companies like Apple and Sony to abandon their closed approaches and hand over exclusive copy-protection technologies to any rival that wants to offer compatible music players and online stores. While the compromise adopted Thursday still asserts that companies should share the technical data essential to such ‘interoperability,’ it tones down many of the tougher measures backed by the lower house.”

Laurence Frost and Nathalie Schuck. French Lawmakers Soften iTunes Proposal. MercuryNews.com. June 22, 2006.

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Written by sesomedia

06/26/2006 at 08:42

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Web’s Father Simplified Net Neutrality

Tim Berners-Lee: “When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end in the USA.

“I blogged on net neutrality before, and so did a lot of other people. (see e.g. Danny Weitzner, SaveTheInternet.com, etc.) Since then, some telecommunications companies spent a lot of money on public relations and TV ads, and the U.S. House seems to have wavered from the path of preserving net neutrality. There has been some misinformation spread about. So here are some clarifications.”

Decentralized Information Group. Net Neutrality: This Is Serious. June 21, 2006.

CopyCense™: The law, business, and technology of digital content. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

Written by sesomedia

06/26/2006 at 08:35

Posted in Web & Online

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