In response to the continuing legal attacks by the RIAA and major record labels on internet music sharing, which now include both criminal charges and civil suits against individuals, musicians are joining together to say NO to the action supposedly being taken on our behalf.Link Discuss (Thanks, Kevin!)
Just because the major labels haven't figured out a way to make money out of the internet doesn't mean that individuals who have shared music should go to prison, or be forced into bankruptcy. The industry is alienating the very people it hopes to sell music to in future with its heavy handed action.
From the introduction by Bruce Sterling:Link Discuss
Many writers, especially gray, creaky, well-fed ones, have ambivalent feelings about copyrighted ink versus slithering electronica. Me, for instance: I wrote two novels on typewriters, so I still remember the Pleistocene. But Cory possesses an advanced mode of cyber-analysis. Paper versus pixels, that's yesterday's battle, an intriguing archaism for him. It provokes that nose-flaring delight that he takes in old industrial equipment and Howdy Doody dolls.
Cory Doctorow straps on his miner's helmet and takes you deep into into the caverns and underground rivers of Pop Culture, here filtered through SF-coloured glasses. Enjoy.
- Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and Sandman
Marc is the author of numerous short stories and six novels including Dad's Nuke, Neon Lotus, The Orchid Eater, Kalifornia, The Third Force, and The 37th Mandala. He was a frequent contributor to bOINGbOING the zine, way back in the days of paper. For the last six years he has worked for Valve Software, serving as writer for the games Half-Life and the forthcoming Half-Life 2.
Many thanks to departing guestblogger John Dvorak of PC Magazine for his terrific BoingBoing stint -- and for the accidental composite image of J. Edgar Hoover sporting a gigantic pair of "man tits" which is now forever burned into my memory. Yeah. Thanks a lot, John. ;-)
...[T]he publishers of those magazines feel they are being cheated out of valuable sales.Link Discuss (via Smartmobs)
Together with Japan's phone companies, they are issuing stern posters which warn shoppers to be careful of their "magazine manners".
Online free speech advocates praised the decision as a victory. The ruling effectively differentiates conventional news media, which can be sued relatively easily for libel, from certain forms of online communication such as moderated e-mail lists. One implication is that DIY publishers like bloggers cannot be sued as easily.Link to Wired News story, Discuss
"One-way news publications have editors and fact-checkers, and they're not just selling information -- they're selling reliability," said Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "But on blogs or e-mail lists, people aren't necessarily selling anything, they're just engaging in speech. That freedom of speech wouldn't exist if you were held liable for every piece of information you cut, paste and forward."
The court based its decision on a section of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, or the CDA. That section states, "... no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." Three cases since then -- Zeran v. AOL, Gentry v. eBay and Schneider v. Amazon -- have granted immunity to commercial online service providers.
"I would guess that you would then see stories about the family faced with economic ruin and the cost of having to hire defense counsel, settling for $10,000 or $20,000, and the money they were saving for Timmy's college education now has to go to Kid Rock," said Philip S. Corwin, a lobbyist in Washington for Sharman Networks, distributor of the Kazaa file-sharing software.Link Discuss
"That's the kind of stuff that would scare a politician."
Even Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-North Hollywood), a frequent ally of the entertainment industry, said the labels' standing in Congress would suffer if they "overreach and refuse to settle these issues reasonably." But, he added, "I don't think their goal is to collect a huge amount of revenue through the vehicle of lawsuits; I think it is to deter continued illegal conduct."
The printer has the length of a normal ball-point pen while its width and height are more or less equivalent to the width of a modern mobile phone. The total volume is less than 300 c.c. and weights around 350 grams. This first version of PrintBrush was designed to fit into a shirt pocket.Link Discuss (via JWZ)
Internet content, SMS, pictures and other information is downloaded to the PrintBrush from PDAs, mobile phones and laptop computers via a Bluetooth wireless link. Then, by following the RMPT principle the device is hand operated by sweeping it across any type of print media, no matter what its shape, size or thickness. The printout will then start to appear right behind the sweeps. The device takes into account all the parameters of the hand movement, including rotation and sudden changes of speed and acceleration. The resulting image on the printed media is very much like its digital counterpart.
There's a MacOS-native version in the works, too -- one that uses Aqua, OS X's built-in window manager. It's exciting to see this stuff maturing. Mozilla is getting tighter and tighter, providing a real alternative to Explorer and Safari, one that users can hack cool applications out of, like Kevin Burton's Newsmonster. Now, with the maturation of OpenOffice, which runs on every major OS, there's hope that we'll be able to get a full suite of tools that respect our freedom and provide an open platform for innovation. Link Discuss
I read the novel yesterday on a long plane ride, and it's pretty good. It's every bit as funny as the website (which is saying something), and the characters are well-drawn and sympathetic. The plot is pretty much a bolt-on, of course, and you won't get up from this book and change the world, but it's certainly a nice bit of summer reading. Link Discuss
Says Alan Cohen, a V.P. of Airespace, a new Wi-Fi provider: "If I can operate Google, I can find anything. And with wireless, it means I will be able to find anything, anywhere, anytime. Which is why I say that Google, combined with Wi-Fi, is a little bit like God. God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything. Throughout history, people connected to God without wires. Now, for many questions in the world, you ask Google, and increasingly, you can do it without wires, too."Link to NYT column (registration required), Discuss
In other words, once Wi-Fi is in place, with one little Internet connection I can download anything from anywhere and I can spread anything from anywhere. That is good news for both scientists and terrorists, pro-Americans and anti-Americans. And that brings me to the point of this column: While we may be emotionally distancing ourselves from the world, the world is getting more integrated. That means that what people think of us, as Americans, will matter more, not less. Because people outside America will be able to build alliances more efficiently in the world we are entering and they will be able to reach out and touch us -- whether with computer viruses or anthrax recipes downloaded from the Internet -- more than ever.