WINDOWS LITE

The nine states challenging Microsoft in the antitrust case are pressing for access to Windows source code so they can demonstrate that certain Windows features can be removed without crippling Windows as an operating system. They’ll press for a version of...

CONGRESS VOTES WEDNESDAY ON CRITICAL BILL

On Wednesday Congress will vote on a bill known as Tauzin/Dingell (after its sponsors). It would eliminate all the requirements on the four remaining Baby Bells to play fair with competing telecom providers. It’s instant death for Covad and all other DSL...

RECORD INDUSTRY ON THE DEFENSIVE

On Friday, the judge in the Napster case made it clear she was unhappy with the record industry for the way it has handled its own online music web sites. The labels have sought to impose anti-competitive licensing terms with online rivals and created sweetheart deals...

NETSCAPE vs. MICROSOFT

The media played up the lawsuit Netscape filed against Microsoft a couple of days ago. The allegation is that Microsoft damaged Netscape by preventing the Netscape browser from competing fairly in the marketplace. Presumably the damages are the lost profits from the...

MUSICCITY STILL IN BUSINESS

MusicCity.com is under attack from the copyright police, and a court in the Netherlands ordered it to halt file swapping a couple of weeks ago. It’s holding steady so far, and it announced today that it plans to release a new version of the Morpheus software...

COPYRIGHT ANALYSIS

A fascinating article by Mike Godwin, attorney and fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology. His argument is that the real war is not between the copyright holders and the copyright “pirates” (you and me) who distribute unlicensed copies of...