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Not much to add to what has already been said and will be said about Michael. I had the good fortune to do some work for Michael Jackson in the good times and he was kind enough to arrange for me to see a show at Wembley Arena in London when he was at the […]
Oxford University Press sales sheet for new book by Google VIP Patry: “Just as President Obama has called for re-tooling and re-imagining the auto industry, Patry calls for a remaking of our copyright laws so that they may once again be respected.” Now just think about that little phrase. [By the way, this is intended […]
For those of you who don’t know him, Fred von Lohmann is the very smart lawyer who gave a stellar performance of the losing argument in the Grokster case before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals representing one of the defendants who the U.S. Supreme Court found had an “unmistakable” unlawful objective. (This is […]
I have had a serious bone to pick with Wired Magazine ever since some writer coined the phrase “law hardening” to describe efforts by Pirate Bay-types to evade prosecution. (And that worked out so well. See “Special Report: The Pirate Kings of Sweden“) But I find it ironic that two great pillars of the law-hardening […]
“I started hacking back in the ’70s and there were basically no laws against it, against phreaking or hacking. In school, my parents and other people actually encouraged it. There were no ethics taught. If you could hack into the school’s computer you were considered a whiz kid. Today if you do it you get […]
Really excellent treatment of the failure of Creative Commons for photographers from Bay Area photographer Dan Heller who has a very thoughtful website about creative techniques and business issues for photographers: “The reason [that Heller doesn’t use CC licensing for photographs] is because the Creative Commons—and the entire concept of “free access”—simply doesn’t work for […]
It hasn’t been headline news, but New York Times reporter David Rohde was kidnapped by Taliban elements and held captive for the last 7 months. That’s not forever but it’s a long time. He was writing a book. He escaped and is safe. “[Rohde’s] father, Harvey Rohde, said that while he regretted that his son […]
Interesting Nebraska appeals court opinion upholding conviction of student for disturbing the peace based on an email exchange (which was very, very deserving of punishment in my view by the way). Talk about separating the dirt from the tech!
Semaphore Music picks: New music this week from Orianthi, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Joshua Redman, Emilie Mover, Framing Strangers, Music For Animals. Follow us on Twitter!