Wednesday, April 2

This Syllabus Article: Academic Digital Rights: A Walk on the Creative Commons explains Creative Commons licensing. The article is written by Glenn Brown. executive director of Creative Commons, and very clearly articulates why these licenses are such good things for entities other than corporations - the common citizen, the academic institution (sometimes - still need to look over Yale's IP policy, but he mentions MIT and Rice), and so on. It's good to see the Creative Commons folk actively reaching out - especially to people concerned with educational technologies. It just makes sense!

Wednesday, March 12

Slashdot | Convergence of P2P and Grid Predicted "From the proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems (IPTPS'03), "On Death, Taxes, and the Convergence of Peer-to-Peer and Grid Computing" compares the two current popular incarnations of distributed computing technology, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Grid Computing. It also predicts the convergence of the two technologies: "The complementary nature of the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches suggests that the interests of the two communities are likely to grow closer over time." This paper is worth reading if you want to clear up the marketing cloud that surrounds these two technologies and sometimes makes them hard to distinguish."

Cross-posted at the Memex
Declan McCullagh writes today that Congress cracks down on P2P porn | CNET

IP meets privacy meets kiddie-porn. Notice that no one is questioning the legality of trading smut or rushing to protect the copyrights of pornography distributors. When it comes to porn, ownership completely switches valences, it seems.

Tuesday, February 4

i have been thinking a lot about verizon's position with regards to the riaa subpoenas. i certainly understand why they would not want a court precedent set by this case - the ramifications are unpleasant, both for isps and for their subscribers. on the other hand, what right does verizon have to bargain with the riaa by dangling a few, select users in front of their faces, more or less saying, "you can have these if we settle out of court (and off the books) on this one."

what kind of message does that send to the riaa? to p2p filesharers? to isp subscribers? the public in general? i am afraid it's not a good one. in my mind, offering up the sacrificial filesharer or two is tantamount to an admission of guilt. yes, legally, they are completely different scenarios, but in the eyes of the public, the difference may not be as clear. copyright, filesharing, digital rights management - all of these are, in a way, on trial in the court of public opinion. in order for legislators to think about taking the side of the little (filesharing) person, the american public has to be completely behind little person, too.