Thursday , June 4 2020

Culture and Society

Dave on DRM

In Wired, our own legendary David Weinberger digs into the violations against our humanity that underlie digital rights management (apparently, the subject of the day): Digital rights management sounds unobjectionable on paper: Consumers purchase certain rights to use creative works and are prevented from violating those rights. Who could balk …

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“More trouble than it was worth”

A puppy? Wearing a condom? The war in Iraq? NO! TurboTax’s anti-piracy feature: Intuit announced Wednesday that its top-selling TurboTax software will dump an unpopular anti-piracy feature that turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. The Mountain View company disclosed its change of heart with the release …

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Wanted: Freelance Spam Hunters

Lawrence Lessig and Rep. Zoe Lofgren are looking for digital bounty hunters to track down spammers: Perhaps it was only coincidence that Stanford law professor Larry Lessig chose last week, the opening week of hunting season on wild turkeys, to propose legislation that would pay a bounty to private citizens …

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Music Publishers Association Seeks to Crush Free Promotion for Itself

More stupid copyright butt-clenching inanity: millions of people around the world have wasted thousands of man-hours pondering over the exact wording of songs, probably ever since the invention of the record player. The good news is that the internet has come to the rescue: over the last few years dozens …

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Consumers Want “Unprotected”

We keep bitching about the consumer-unfriendliness of copy-protection in CDs: consumers do not want restrictions on what they can do with their own CDs, DVDs, or MP3s and other digital codecs, either. Once it’s yours, it should be yours and screw their encryption. PW Newsline says the same thinking applies …

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Skip to iLoo

Michael Croft’s instincts were correct about Microsoft’s iLoo porta-potty snafu: it was a real project that withered in the light of day, not a hoax perpetuated by the entire British division of MS. Thanks also to our VisualSimplicity for news of the MS reversal. If you haven’t been following this …

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“Buffalo Spammer” Canned

Howard Carmack, of Buffalo NY, the “Buffalo Spammer” who has sent over 850 million spam emails, has been arrested under new NY identity theft statute enacted in November: “We believe Carmack is one of the largest (spammers) and believe there are a significant number of them,” [New York Attorney General …

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DRM Follies

When good CD copy-protection goes bad – oh wait, there is no such thing as good CD copy-protection: EMI’s copy-protection technology has resulted in a Melbourne resident doing exactly what the company is trying to prevent – copy a music disc in order to listen to it. Stephen Marovitch, creative …

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Paris to Out-WiFi New York?

We just told you about Verizon’s plan to offer 1000 WiFi hotspots across NYC for free to its Internet customers – now Paris wants to have ubiquitous WiFi access: Two technology firms and the agency that runs Paris’ subway have launched a test run that, if successful, could lead to …

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