The War on Copying
"Digital-rights-management technology is the next step in providing
real protection, but at what cost and to whom?...
...Most companies mistakenly believe that content protection is about
protecting content. Consider that renting a new video release for a
single night costs $4 to $5, but renting an old video for five days
costs $5. Most content makes the majority of its revenue in the first
few weeks of release. Thus, content protection is really about
protecting the release window...
...It is in these real-world individual issues that DRM will meet the
most resistance. Content owners want strict definitions of stealing and
honesty. However, schemes that are too difficult to work with or
appear insensitive to individual circumstances may drive 'honest'
people to reconsider what honesty really means..."
Programmer points way to iTunes DRM Hack
"The Norwegian programmer who distributed the first widely used tool
for cracking the copy protection technology found on DVDs has turned
his attention to Apple Computer's iTunes... late last week, programmer
Jon Johansen posted a small program called QTFairUse to his Web site,
with little in the way of instruction and even less explanation. But
during the next few days, it became clear that the program served as a
demonstration of how to evade, if not exactly break, the anticopying
technology wrapped around the songs sold by Apple in its iTunes
The Economics of File Sharing
"Every major label is drooling over the money-making prospects of
having its own iTunes or Musicmatch. But they are all, in the immortal
words of Johnny Cash, 'born to lose, and destined to fail.' Why? The
music industry's problem is fundamental: the implicit contract between
music companies and listeners is no longer viable.
The music industry fails to understand that a primary reason that
consumers illegally share music files is that they want insurance
against the music industry itself. File sharing is as much about risk
sharing as it is about the theft of value. Technology makes file
swapping possible - but the music industry's business model, which is
at odds with the implicit contract it signs with listeners, is what
makes it probable..."
Can Google Grow Up?
"Google is one of the best things to happen to the Net. So will its
IPO, expected this spring, be a must-buy? A look inside reveals a
talented company facing trouble..."
SCO's 'Las Vegas code': All show?
"The examples shown by SCO chief executive Darl McBride in Las Vegas
this summer amounted to nothing but fist-pounding, according to a
professor of law in the latest debunking of SCO's case against Linux...
...Two examples showed code from Linux that was said to have been
copied from SysV Unix. But Moglen contends that this code is not only
the original work of Linux developer Jay Schulist, but that it was
originally part of BSD Unix. Because it was copied, perfectly legally,
into SCO's SysV Unix from BSD, says Moglen, the code in Linux and in
SysV Unix have a common ancestry -- so SCO's 'pattern-matching' search
of the two code bases turned up an apparent example of copying. 'SCO
didn't do enough research to realise that the work they were claiming
was infringed wasn't their own,' he says..."
SCO vs. Linux
"Here is the letter that IBM received from SCO as one of 'the
notorious gang of 1500'..."
Mapping the Internet
Opte has released their latest maps of the Internet, after announcing
they have successfully mapped the entire network...
Microsoft to Revamp Windows Security
"Microsoft Corp. is preparing a series of major changes to the security
capabilities in the Windows client and server platforms, and they will
further lock down the company's flagship operating systems... the
biggest change will be in the server product, which will get a feature
that can prevent unsecured machines from connecting to corporate
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