Week in Review for 8/2/2009

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  • Ivan Krstic response to Negroponte’s criticisms of Sugar
    Krstic’s post is hardly bitter at all, actually an excellent read dissecting problems that, from my own limited experience with custom hardware development, are not entirely unique.
  • AT&T blocks 4Chan over DDoS
    Ars has some of the best details on this incident though reporting seems to pretty consistently agree on the core problem. AT&T did not clearly explain that it was blocking the portions of the site nor did they initially reveal their reasons. Given how often this has happened before with the same anger ultimately leveled at the respective ISPs, when will they learn? Worse, I suspect there may have been a missed opportunity to get the public involved in some fashion to help cope with the underlying problem.
  • Maine adopts COPPA 2.0
    The TLF does a good job enumerating the problems with this expansion of an already problematic bit of legislation. Lost of good detail on Maine’s particular implementation, including some narrowing of scope that I doubt will help steer clear of the free speech pitfalls of the past.
  • Fair use defense rejected in Tenenbaum case
    Anderson has the details, as part of larger coverage of the trial, at Ars. The outcome is hardly surprising though listening to Nesson talking about fairness, the defense is not as preposterous as it sounds. Judge Gertner at least seemed receptive to the question of fair damages vs. the exorbitant ones claimed in the Thomas trial.
  • The ethical issues with Jamba Juice’s recent plagiarism
    Some good commentary from Cory on this distasteful, but not illegal, behavior by a company. Reinforces that plagiarism is a moral, not a legal, concept. Also the letter of the law shouldn’t excuse individuals and corporations alike from acting in better faith than was exhibited here.
  • Jamba Juice responds to criticism
    At BB Xeni has the quotes from the company. They merely reinforce the cluelessness that we all guessed was behind their plagiarism in the first place.
  • Analyzing AP’s move to use DRM
    As it turns out, at Freedom to Tinker, Felten shows there isn’t much to really analysis to AP’s claims about protecting their content. The only technology he could identify isn’t a protection measure at all.
  • EU may allow US to continue surveilling EU bank data
    Not surprisingly, this is in the name of combatting terror. The surveillance has been ongoing for many years and what has prompted this conversation between the two governments is the move of a service that performs electronic financial transfers out of the US to the EU.
  • EU court ruling could jeopardize copyright legality of search engines
    Masnick has the highly specific details at Techdirt. This is for a clipping service and the judge’s ruling seems to hinge on their printing the clips. It is unlikely to have repercussions beyond news services but that is still a large and important space.
  • What Anderson’s “Free” missed
    Cory provides a pretty clear criticism of Anderson’s work, based on his own considerable experience giving works away. He actually endorses much of what Anderson has to say and considers Free to fall short in a way that is consistent to his thoughts on The Long Tail.
  • Privacy policy gaps with social platform applications
    RWW discusses some interesting research into how privacy policies break down for services that also function as a platform. Perez is pretty charitable in her explanation and while I think it is mostly right, undoubtedly there is also a sinister aspect. What Facebook forbids itself from doing, it may still profit by the apps which don’t have to adhere to the same standard.
  • CA copyright collecting society subverting open debate
    Cory captures the essence of the problem, here, that tainting of a open debate that Canadian citizens worked hard for. Given how contentious the two prior bills were, I am not entirely surprised at these sorts of antics from industry. Cory also takes them to task for not actually representing his, and other creators’, interests well, what should be their number one priority.
  • Frustrations over Google’s recent rollout of OpenID
    RWW has the story which is ultimately a continuation of earlier concerns about where Google has chosen to veer from the efforts of others participating more closely with the standard.
  • Apple warning jail breaks could cause cell tower problems
    According to Wired, these objections are in the context of the DMCA exemption petition currently underway. In this instance, Apple clearly is acting at least partially as a mouthpiece for AT&T. Undoubtedly they are also serving their own interests in a closed, locked in eco-system, as a fringe benefit.
  • Big content opposes DMCA exemption for stripping DRM from dead schemes
    Another DMCA exemption story, this time I’ve linked to Anderson’s discussion at Ars. The vehemence with which big content fights these petitions, as marginal as they are increasingly becoming, is intensely frustrating.
  • Company receives patent for podcasting
    RWW was the first to cover this, but I’ve only seen it crop up on a few other outlets. The other shoe clear has yet to drop, here, as VoloMedia hasn’t actually acted on the grant, yet, or indicated how they will. It is also unclear whether Winer or anyone else will act on what seems to be pretty compelling prior art to invalidate the patent. Expect me to follow this closely.
  • More details on podcast patent
    At Ars, Anderson provides some more details the company receiving the patent. He also considers the question of what busting the patent would entail.
  • Alan Cox quits as Linux tty maintainer
    Citing frustrations, he basically invited critics to do better and quit. The straw seems to have been some conceptual and technical disagreement between Linux and Cox. Shame given the years of Cox’s involvement. No news on how this may affect future involvement by Cox in Linux’s development.
  • Profits without intellectual monopolies
    Glyn Moody points to an interview with Eric von Hippel where he strongly makes the case for how open sharing better supports and fuels innovation and by extension profit.
  • Student suing Amazon for book deletions
    At the last CopyNight, this very scenario came up so this story at least confirms some of our fears about the fate of any owner’s annotations on a deleted work. I am also pleased to see my suggestion of forming a class is part of this case, as I think that may have the best chance to make Amazon feel some real legal pain.

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