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Anti-Copyright and Anti-Fair Use: The Broadcast and Audio Flags

Broadcast and Audio Flags are provisions in Senate Bill 2686, up on Thursday. They are bad for users, bad for balanced copyright, bad for fair use, bad for innovation, and bad for new companies (including Dabble). This is about incumbent...

Posted in Napsterization on June 20, 2006 05:06 PM

Broadcast Flag: Yippee!

You know this is a major issue for me and I've blogged it a lot. Friday a Federal Appeals Court vacated the BF ruling the FCC made a year or so ago. I was out when I heard it, and...

Posted in Napsterization on May 8, 2005 09:40 AM

Silicon Valley Lamented

Thomas Friedman writes that the SV folks (and I think more generally representative of innovators and developers in the greater US) he just visited think we are losing our edge. Can't disagree. Various reasons are cited, including universal health care...

Posted in Napsterization on April 25, 2004 10:43 AM

Broadcast Flag Event April 21 in SF

Public Knowledge is hosting an event next Wednesday at the Frey Norris Gallery in SF to celebrate the 21 tech companies that signed off recently on a letter objecting to the Broadcast Flag to the FCC. April 21st, 6:30pm -...

Posted in Napsterization on April 12, 2004 11:48 PM

Saturday Night Rewritten

Attended this show earlier tonight by the Above Kleptomania Family at the Sage Theater in NY. The premise: watch Saturday Night Live, and then do an analog remix/riff with a 6 hour rewrite, and some rehearsal, spoof it with about...

Posted in Napsterization on February 8, 2004 10:40 PM

Napsterization: What it's meant to do

Scott Woolley/Forbes talks about the possible Napsterization of Hollywood in The Big Squeeze (reg req) with digital media. The article relates the tale of Jordan Greenhall who took the codex technology with him after leaving, just before it was...

Posted in Napsterization on January 13, 2004 08:35 AM

Napsterization of TV and Movies From Internet Piracy?

Holland & Knight, a law firm with worldwide presence, has in their latest newsletter an article on FCC Issues Broadcast Flag Order to Protect Digital Content (by Kristen E. Fligel) about how because of fears of napsterization, the MPAA has...

Posted in Napsterization on January 9, 2004 10:19 AM

Broadcast Flag Threat Models - Are They Realistic?

Ed Felten has this on the Broadcast Flag: The Broadcast Flag, and Threat Model Confusion The FCC has mandated "broadcast flag" technology, which will limit technical options for the designers of digital TV tuners and related products. This is intended...

Posted in Napsterization on November 5, 2003 11:40 AM

Napsterization Over A Hundred Years

Via Ross Mayfield (cache here), here are some of Cory Doctrow's examples of napsterization: 1908 sheet music, Marconi, 50's TV, Disney theme park, 70s and 80s VCR (the Boston strangler), 95 DCMA, today digitial TV and Broadcast flag....

Posted in Napsterization on February 5, 2003 07:29 AM