Sorry I didn’t have time for more than some quick comments today. I spent most of my usual blogging time dealing with some important correspondence related to Cory Doctorow’s talk at this month’s CopyNight DC.
- More on “Collateral Video” leaker
Xeni at Boing Boing has a bit more on the story on which I briefly commented yesterday. She includes some back and forth between WikiLeaks and Poulsen at Wired. The issue WikiLeaks takes with Poulsen’s and Lamo’s behavior is betray the confidence of the leaker. I think this points at a potential drawback with my idea about WikiLeaks routing around the erosion of shield laws and the big question of journalism in this age of mass amateurization. With traditional media, the leaker would be able to converse about the experience of leaking with a journalist as well as sharing the key information.
- Another suspect study on piracy, this time on gaming
Gamasutra has news of a new study from a Japanese trade association. The figure quoted, $41.5B, is staggering and seems hard to credit on the face of it. Undoubtedly this research suffers from the same problems quantifying the real economic effects of piracy that all previous studies, regardless of industry, suffer. That is comes from a trade association just about clinches it.
- Mozilla responds to Apple’s HTML5 demo page
Ryan Paul at Ars Technica has an excellent write up of the issues with an HTML5 demo page Apple launched recently. In short, they are blocking all browsers but their own despite the fact that only some of the demos require advanced, not-quite-standard features in Safari. To drive the point home, he links to Chris Blizzard’s critique which includes some hard data on standards adoption by Mozilla and every other browser. Blizzard also tries to get to the root of the problem, intentional confusion about what is and is not HTML5.
- Apple uses open source with minimal attribution
As The Register explains, they didn’t violate the Apache License for the Readability project when lifting portions of its code for the Reader feature in Safari 5. The article even has a screenshot of the nod in Safari’s about dialog. That doesn’t make me feel very good about Apple’s relationship with open source which I am increasingly viewing as more parasitic than symbiotic.