MORE COPYRIGHT CRAZINESS

The world of copyright protection is a mess, and each day brings new craziness. A Federal District Court judge granted a ruling for summary judgment against a family that had run Kazaa on a computer with copyrighted material in a shared folder – with no evidence...

GOOGLE NEWS

An interesting collection of news about Google projects today.As the new owner of YouTube, Google will introduce scrolling advertisements to YouTube videos today. They promise the ads will be unobtrusive, nearly-transparent banners that will appear at the bottom of...

VISTA & CONTENT PROTECTION FOLLOWUP

Vista’s implementation of copyright protection for video does its job quietly and effectively. Early claims to the contrary are being debunked.Let’s be clear. Copyright-protection schemes – “DRM” – are intrusive and unforgivable....

ADOBE vs. MICROSOFT

Adobe and Microsoft each announced new technology for playing back video on your computers, setting up yet another format war. As always there are appealing features promised in the technology, but make no mistake: the goal, the only goal, is to seduce us into...

MEDIA IN THE LIVING ROOM

Here’s an article that describes the struggle to involve a computer in the living room, delivering photos, music and movies. The struggle is not going well. Hewlett Packard just announced that it is ending development of its Digital Entertainment Center line of...

ZE FRANK & THE SHOW

Ze Frank has just finished a year of producing The Show, three-minute video monologues that appeared online five days a week. Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and others are writing paeans to a project that blossomed into something unique and special. The audience turned...