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Archive for June, 2005

copyrighted tattoos?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

WebIndia has a report about a fight between a tattoo artist and a tattoo recipient. (I found it odd that it was listed in the sports page until I thought, hmm, maybe Beckham is some sort of athlete; then I remembered the soccer flick “Bend It Like Beckham” and suddenly the title made sense, and […]

but would time travel let us undo the 2004 election?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

In yesterday’s NYT article on time travel: Saving Grandpa But what about killing your grandfather? In a well-ordered universe, that would be a paradox and shouldn’t be able to happen, everybody agrees. That was the challenge that Dr. Joe Polchinski, now at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, Calif., issued to Dr. […]

covers & licenses to cover

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Slate just ran an article on cover albums (“Copycats – The cover album makes a comeback” by Franklin Bruno, 2005/6/23), which is interesting timing considering that the Register of Copyrights has proposed to eliminate the compulsory cover license. [Lessig covers (ahem) the issue and responds to commentary from Importance of Being Ernest and Joe Gratz].


Monday, June 27th, 2005

well — grokster is out. from the beginning: We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties. and from the end: There […]

“stealing”: billy on jimi

Monday, June 27th, 2005

This week’s Boston Phoenix includes an interview with Billy Corgan, of the Smashing Pumpkins, and an excerpt from a 3-year-old Billy Corgan essay on Jimi Hendrix: [Jimi] was never boring on the guitar, yet he stole from everyone. But like many of the greats, he made others’ songs his own. No better justification of an […]

First Museum of Fake Goods

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Novosti reports that the Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property has opened up a museum of fake goods, to “train qualified intellectual property specialists” in recognizing fake goods and “fight[ing]” the fake goods. Fake goods? Fake goods that fight? Vodka that really isn’t vodka, movies that really aren’t movies — but the fake vodka and […]

digital preservation of films

Friday, June 24th, 2005

nice quote from film restorer Eric Stedman, of Newtown, PA, capturing the problem of orphan works: [Copyright has been extended longer than the life of the nitrate film itself…” from ‘Beatrice Fairfax’ by Jim Catalano, 2005/3/17, in The Ithaca Journal; cited in CoCo, 3/17

first amendment monopolies for broadcasters

Friday, June 24th, 2005

A few months ago (how did I miss this?) CoCo (Constitutional Code in the Realm of Culture) posted about an FCC paper that basically kills the scarcity doctrine, thereby significantly undercutting the rationale for FCC regulation of broadcast airwaves. CoCo correctly points out that this has both a big potential plus and a big potential […]

derivative works on intelligent design

Friday, June 24th, 2005

two great tastes that taste great together: (critiquing) intelligent design, and derivative works. Ernie Miller rewrote Pastor Niemöller’s classic work for the modern era of attacks on science: First they came after biology and I did not speak out because I was not a biologist Then they came after geology and I did not speak […]

copyright issues on “Anarchist Cookbook”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

WorldNet Daily is

global warming: fact or fantasy?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Fafblog! cautions us to go slow until we’re sure — hmm, just like the bush administration, which was recently caught manipulating and distorting scientific reports yet again: The usual leftist quarters are fired up again, calling for America to join a veritable science jihad, worshiping at the altar of fact when we’ve yet to hear […]

boring cybersquatters

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

The same-sex marriage debates in Canada have taken a new turn: registering the domain name of the MPs and referring them to various websites opposing their position. Seems to be mostly the anti-SSM folks using these tactics. [Toronto Globe & Mail 6/20] I appreciate a well-designed spoof & sux site as well as the next […]

copy & photo shops behaving stupidly around copyright

Friday, June 17th, 2005

I’ve heard stories like this before, but this AP article [boston.com 6/16] has more discussion about the problems caused by private third-party policing of copyrights.

copying dvds

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

I have now descended into the blinking flashing pseudonymous off-coast world of DVD copying programs.Short story: 2 Computer problems: 1 SuperDrive failure & 1 power problem AppleCare “Me? I don’t need to pay for a disk backup; there’s no reason for Apple to wipe my HD because the problem is with the power management unit […]

rich, richer, richest

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Mickey Kaus @ Slate says who cares how rich someone is? If we care about “(attainable) social equality rather than (unattainable) income equality” then we should look at different fixes than adjusting tax rates. (That’s “if”, because apparently moral imperatives about social equality are so yesterday.) Kaus is ranting about one of the NYT pieces […]

mozart derived

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

from Ann Hulbert, 2005/6/1, Slate, “Mozart and Us: What the ur-prodigy has to teach his successors”: However scholars end up resolving the question of authorship, it highlights a side of Wolfgang his father preferred to gloss over and popular legend tends to ignore: The boy genius, for all his originality, was also an impressionable imitator. […]

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