This is clever:
Unable to afford a proper camera crew and equipment, The Get Out Clause,
an unsigned band from the city, decided to make use of the cameras seen
all over British streets.
With an estimated 13 million CCTV cameras in Britain, suitable locations
were not hard to come by.
They set up their equipment, drum kit and all, in eighty locations
around Manchester – including on a bus – and proceeded to play to
The Get Out Clause, Manchester stars of CCTV.
By Tom Chivers,
Last Updated: 6:54PM BST 08/05/2008
Then they requested copies of the coverage from the various
companies and law enforcement organizations owning the cameras
through the British Data Protection Act, and got enough to use.
They even managed closeups.
So maybe there is a use for CCTV,
even though it’s failed at crime prevention.
It’s a huge arts subsidy program!
Now this is chutzpah:
Although our reporter was not the winning bidder, the seller contacted us and claimed the winner had failed to pay. She then quoted a price of £2,400 and said she would post the tickets to our reporter.
But we had already contacted the winning bidder via Ebay; he told us that he had already transferred £2,414 to the seller’s bank account.
Fraudsters hijack Led Zeppelin concert,
Promotor blames Ebay for failing to take down auctions for non-existent tickets,Dinah Greek, Computeract!ve, 30 Oct 2007
Not only are these invalid tickets, but the seller was selling them twice!
RIAA demonstrates how not only to alienate customers by suing them,
but to lose money while doing so:
During an occasionally testy cross examination,
a Sony executive said what many observers have suspected for a long
time. The RIAA’s four-year-old lawsuit campaign is costing the music
industry millions of dollars and is a big money-loser for the record
labels. The revelation came during the first day of Capitol Records
v. Jammie Thomas, the first file-sharing case to go to trial (it was
formerly known as Virgin v. Thomas, but the sole Virgin Records track was
stricken from the complaint, making Capitol Records the lead plaintiff).
RIAA anti-P2P campaign a real money pit, according to testimony,
By Eric Bangeman,
October 02, 2007 – 11:40PM CT
I don’t quite understand how this is good for anybody,
except maybe iTunes.
As risk management goes, it’s about as negative as it gets.
Cory Doctorow on why DRM can never work:
It’s great for email, but it can never work for movies, TV shows or music, because in the case of “copy protection” the receiver is also the person that the system is meant to guard itself against.
Say I sell you an encrypted DVD: the encryption on the DVD is supposed to stop you (the DVD’s owner) from copying it. In order to do that, it tries to stop you from decrypting the DVD.
Except it has to let you decrypt the DVD some of the time. If you can’t decrypt the DVD, you can’t watch it. If you can’t watch it, you won’t buy it. So your DVD player is entrusted with the keys necessary to decrypt the DVD, and the film’s creator must trust that your DVD player is so well-designed that no one will ever be able to work out the key.
Pushing the impossible,
by Cory Doctorow,
Tuesday September 4 2007
So as long as you can keep a secret from yourself, DRM will work….
Ben Hyde dug up a paper
Norms-Based Intellectual Property Systems: The Case of French Chefs
which discusses the issues involved in the recent
case of the French chefs
even though it was published before that foofaraw.
This paper makes me wonder if that’s what Apple is doing:
With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free
music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the
situation with Apple’s new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still
have a user’s full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means
that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could
come back to bite you.
We started examining the files this morning and noticed our names and
e-mail addresses in the files, and we’ve found corroboration of the
find at TUAW, as well. But there’s more to the story: Apple embeds your
account information in all songs sold on the store, not just DRM-free
songs. Previously it wasn’t much of a big deal, since no one could imagine
users sharing encrypted, DRMed content. But now that DRM-free music from
Apple is on the loose, the hidden data is more significant since it could
theoretically be used to trace shared tunes back to the original owner. It
must also be kept in mind that this kind of information could be spoofed.
Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too,
By Ken Fisher,
May 30, 2007 – 01:39PM CT
The ars technica article goes on to recommend a trivial way to keep
the music and ditch the identifiers, and points out that the presence
of such an identifier on somebody else’s disk doesn’t necessarily
prove copyright infringement.
But maybe that’s not what Apple is really after.
Maybe it’s so people will know that Apple could know,
and other people could know, where you got your music.
Like French chefs know where other chefs got certain recipes.
Microsoft claims that I (and possibly you, dear reader)
am violating 235 of its patents on Windows by running Ubuntu Linux:
After many earlier rounds of saber-rattling and FUD, Microsoft has
announced that Free Software users — including everyone who, like me,
uses Ubuntu Linux — are violating at least 235 of Microsoft’s patents,
though they don’t say which ones. Microsoft are now threatening end users
of GNU/Linux (that’s you and me again) with lawsuits unless we pay them
protection money. "Nice operating system you got there, it’d be a shame
if something were to happen to it."
The Microsoft position is this: even if you don’t use Windows, you still
have to pay them as much money as they would have gotten for selling
you a copy of it.
—Microsoft says GNU/Linux violates 235+ Windows patents,
Monday, May 14, 2007
Microsoft did stop short of saying it would sue Linux users or its own customers:
In an Op-Ed about the demise of albums and record stores and the
rise of the downloaded single:
The sad thing is that CDs and downloads could have coexisted peacefully
and profitably. The current state of affairs is largely the result of
shortsightedness and boneheadedness by the major record labels and the
Recording Industry Association of America, who managed to achieve the
opposite of everything they wanted in trying to keep the music business
prospering. The association is like a gardener who tried to rid his lawn
of weeds and wound up killing the trees instead.
Spinning Into Oblivion,
By TONY SACHS and SAL NUNZIATO,
New York Times,
Published: April 5, 2007
Hm, how could that have happened?
By the middle of the ’90s:
“…almost all labels were owned by one of five companies:
BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group,
and Warner Music Group. A new emphasis on quarterly results
discouraged label executives from nurturing new bands and
focusing on long-term development.”
No Suit Required.
Terry McBride has a maverick approach to music management:
Take care of the fans and the bands, and the business
will take care of itself.
by Jeff Howe,
Wired, Sept 2006,
The article is mostly about Nettwerk, a record label that
leaves copyright to the actual artists, while it handles
distribution in multiple formats (CD, iPoD, ringtones, P2P networks,
YouTube, etc., along with promotion of concerts and radio play).
What’s this got to do with ISPs?
The levees and other flood control measures along the lower Mississippi valley are the responsibility
of the federal government because of a disaster long before Katrina:
If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break, (X2)
When The Levee Breaks I’ll have no place to stay.
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan, (X2)
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.
When the Levee Breaks,
Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant, Memphis Minnie
Many of us have heard this Led Zeppelin song a thousand times
without knowing what it’s about.
Memphis Minnie is listed as one of the songwriters because she originally wrote the song,
back in 1927, after the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927,
which displaced 700,000 people permanently and probably got Herbert Hoover elected president.