ACTA draft leaks: nonprofit P2P faces criminal penalties

4 02 2009

It’s becoming clear that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is not, as backers have  suggested, just a minor tuneup to worldwide intellectual property law, one done for the purpose of cracking down on fake DVD imports or Coach handbag ripoffs.

Such a law—one that amounted essentially to some streamlining and coordination in the fight against actual pirates—might well be hashed out between nations operating in secret. But a treaty that seeks to apply criminal penalties to peer-to-peer file-sharing? Let’s open a window and let the sunlight in.

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EFF seeks mashup makers to fight YouTube filtering

3 02 2009

If you’re the sort of person who reads Ars Technica regularly, there’s a good chance that at some point in the past few months, someone has forwarded you a link to Corey Vidal’s YouTube a capella tribute to film composer John Williams—a four part harmony in which the saga of the original Star Wars trilogy is recapped to a medley of Williams’ celebrated scores. If you’ve tried to pull it up recently, however, you’ve instead encountered YouTube’s Pink Bar of Doom, informing you that “this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by WARNER MUSIC GROUP. ”

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Adobe opens Flash streaming protocol, keeps DRM a secret

26 01 2009

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Adobe has announced plans to open its Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), the communication system that is used by streaming video in the Flash browser plugin. The protocol specification will be fully documented and released to the public later this year as part of Adobe’s Open Screen project. Developers will be able to use the protocol to write their own server software that can transmit rich media to Flash clients.

Although Flash itself is still a highly proprietary technology, Adobe has been attempting to lower the barriers for third-party implementors by opening some of the Flash platform’s underlying technologies. The company similarly opened its Action Message Format in 2007 and contributed the core of Flash’s high-performance ECMAScript engine to the Mozilla project in 2006.



Give it away: Why releasing music (and video!) through Creative Commons licenses is good for fan relations

18 01 2009
NIN + Creative Commons = Remix(es)

We write about Nine Inch Nails a lot around here at Learned Fangirl. It’s not just because at least one of us is a hugely obsessive NIN fan, it’s because Trent Reznor’s been consistently breaking new ground in his approach to music distribution and fan relations.

While not mentioned in his recent book, Remix: Making Art and Commerce thrive in the Hybrid Economy, Laurence Lessig has used Nine Inch Nails previously and recently as a positive example of the hybrid economy.

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Apple, labels both win with DRM-free iTunes, tiered pricing

6 01 2009

Apple has apparently crafted a compromise with the major record labels, dropping DRM and introducing tiered pricing.

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Dear Warner Bros. (drm letter from Max Berry)

30 12 2008

Dear Warner Bros.

You remember me. You bought the film rights to my novel Jennifer Government, for Steve Soderbergh and George Clooney. Didn’t work out, but that’s not your fault. These things happen. I hope we can work again some day. That’s not why I’m writing.

I’m writing because yesterday I rented The Dark Knight, and I couldn’t watch it. I tried. But when I popped that DVD into my home theater PC and snuggled up on the sofa with my wife, it wouldn’t play.

At first I thought the disc must be damaged. I tried it in my laptop: no dice there, either. So I took it back to the video store and swapped it for a new one. They were very apologetic, by the way, Warners. I guess they understand that physically traveling to a bricks-and-mortar store is kind of a pain, and when you’re in business against digital downloads, you don’t want to make your transactions more difficult than they already are.

Home with my fresh DVD, I tried again. But still: didn’t work. A little Googling later, I discovered the disc was indeed damaged, and by who: you.

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New Firefox extension turns Amazon.com into illegal free-for-all

29 12 2008

A new Firefox extension called Pirates of the Amazon lets users download movies, games, TV shows, and MP3s free of charge by cross referencing Amazon’s product pages with torrent files from the Pirate Bay.

If the content can be found on the Pirate Bay’s search index it shows up as a “Download 4 Free” link on the top of the Amazon product page. This links directly to the hosted .torrent tracker file, letting the user avoid having to make a purchase from Amazon in place of acquiring it illegally via BitTorrent.

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Victory Against DRM

22 12 2008

Although not strictly music related Ars Technica has an interesting article today about EA’s move to add more of its previously DRM’d titles to Steam, an online game distribution platform.  This move would be in response to the huge outcry that occurred in reaction to the tight DRM restrictions on games such as Spore and to a lesser extent, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.  Steam is a proprietary system so it is not true that the games are completely free to be copied and distributed.  Instead, gamers must have a Steam key to play.  However, such a restriction is minimal and understandable as opposed to the absurd DRMs which basically punished users who attempted to play by the rules by limiting them to only a few computers upon which they could install their duly and legally purchased game.

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“Can I resell my MP3s?”: the post-sale life of digital goods

18 12 2008

Do you “own” your software or merely license it? Can you resell your music? What if it has DRM? And do creators deserve a cut of used product sales? These and other “post-sale” questions remain murky when it comes to digital goods. Ars takes a look at the current state of the law and the market.

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UK talks mashups, DRM, CD ripping as it opens copyright overhaul

17 12 2008

Britain’s Intellectual Property Office wants input from users and creators on how overhauling copyright law can maintain the “balance” it has always sought even as DRM and byzantine rights-clearing schemes make mashups and CD rips illegal.

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