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  —Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals, Act III, Scene 1.

Archive for June, 2006

france ipod/DRM legislation passed

Friday, June 30th, 2006

(edited & corrected as I learn more) According to MacObserver, the French legislation opening DRM (like that on apple’s ipod) has now passed into law. Presumably, this was supposed to open up Apple’s scheme to competitors so music purchased at iTunes store will play on other devices. According to consumer groups this portion was quite […]

New Orleans & ALA

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

I just got back from ALA for a panel on RFID (“Tiny Trackers”). As usual, ALA was chock-full of stimulating folks and ideas. A few notes follow, but first a report about New Orleans. New Orleanians were grateful for ALA’s presence. ALA was the first large conference to keep its commitment to New Orleans since […]

property & copyright

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Bill Patry posted on the ongoing trend in popular discourse to treat copyright as a property right, contextualizing it with the traditional view of copyright infringement as a tort. Go read Patry’s post, and as for me, I’m going to dig up this very smart Birrell article.

copyright misuse in the 8th Circuit

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Out of the thickets of antitrust doctrine (“Noerr-Pennington”, anyone?) comes a District Court decision concluding that “‘misuse of copyright’ is a viable defense to a copyright infringement action”, and concluding similarly to the unclean hands defense. Hitherto the 8th Circuit had punted on copyright misuse, finding it not applicable in the particular cases it reviewed, […]

Fair Use Network website

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

The first stage of our new fair use project is online — the Fair Use Network website, at http://fairusenetwork.org/ . At present, we’re focusing on consumer resources, and version 1.0 includes resources for recipients of copyright cease-and-desist letters or DMCA § 512 takedown notices. Similar resources for trademark will be coming online later. Version 2.0 […]


Friday, June 9th, 2006

* Alas (a blog) has deemed Father’s Day “queer sex day” for very good reasons. * Jon Stewart points out the obvious to Bill Bennett’s proffered state rationale for recognizing only male-female marriages: Divorce doesn’t occur because 50% of marriages end in gayness. * New York’s highest court (the confusingly named “Court of Appeals”) heard […]

boys read boys in england, too

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Research done on women’s and men’s favorite novels turned up that women have a diverse reading list; men are more focused on a smaller number of titles; and — surprise, surprise — women’s favorite books include both male & female authors, but men’s favorite books are pretty much all men. (Harper Lee is the exception.) […]

net neutrality provision fails in the House

Friday, June 9th, 2006

we knew this, right? that legislative attempts to do something positive for consumers were likely doomed? [nyt 6/9] consumers, if you get Internet service from a phone or cable company, do you think you pay enough to have service already? do you think your broadband provider ought to be able to charge you more for […]

contraception, vaccines, alarming men

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Two quickies: (1) badgerbag posted this photo of Walgreen’s “Emergency Contraception Encounter Form” — probably from California, but perhaps implemented elsewhere. Nine states (including California) allow women to get EC directly from a pharmacist. Apparently, this is what women have to do to get EC. Holy Griswold, Batgirl. (2) The FCC has finally broken thru […]

some notes

Monday, June 5th, 2006

(1) Today’s NYT article on “tough questions” for gubernatorial candidates on abortion: all the gubernatorial candidates quoted are men. [NYT 6/5] (2) Mercury Rising discusses what happened to Wen Ho Lee after the racist government debacle a few years back. [sideshow 6/4] (3) I don’t believe I’ve plugged Ann Bartow’s “Fair Use and the Fairer […]

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