Ernest Miller has posted The Excessively Annotated RIAA Letter on the INDUCE Act (IICA), a followup to his previous work: The Obsessively Annotated Introduction to the INDUCE Act. Both are well worth reading.
Archives for July 2004
LawMeme has posted an excellent Reader’s Guide to Ernie Miller’s Guide to the INDUCE Act
On stories like this, it’s easy to get lost in a swirl of “Bad! Worse! Worst!” blog posts from a dozen different blogs linking the same basic story, or to lose track of the bill as it scuttles through the legislative process. The antidote — well, an antidote, at least — is in-depth analysis and on-going coverage. Ernie’s been flooding the zone on INDUCE and keeping the focus where it belongs: on a bad bill.
“Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”
Ever wonder why certain colors are popular, or for that matter, how we went from mustard yellow, avocado green and rust to hot pink, neon blue and lime green in the latter part of the Twentieth Century? Check out this interesting article titled Prophetable colors from Making Light.
Link via Boing Boing
Jeff Croft provides some great Hold ‘Em Tips for Beginners, which for the most part mesh quite well with what I have learned from the book Doyle Brunson’s Super System. Check out Jeff’s post if, like me, you are picking up the game and trying to move beyond the stupid mistakes.
One day, I will build a Hold ‘Em table, just like he did.
- Hatch’s Hit List #2 – 3D Printers
- Hatch’s Hit List #3 – AM/FM Transmitters
- Hatch’s Hit List #4 – Arcade Emulators
It is important to demonstrate that this law will affect a wide range of items that we use now, and that we may well come to depend on in the future. While most of the public may not care about AM/FM Transmitters or Arcade Emulators (let’s face it, they appeal to those of us with a dominant geek side), people may not even have the chance to use a 3D printer. It may be hard to imagine what one will do with a 3D printer at first, but that very fact is one of the important reasons why we need to ensure that we, the public have access to it. Yes, there is a very real likelihood that there will be copyright infringement due to the printer. Just as there is for photocopiers, fax machines and our regular printers. But, there is a much higher likelihood that people will take the new technology and use it to transform life, improve day to day tasks and perhaps have a larger impact on the world around them.
Just as standards printers have become ubiquitous for school assignments -many of us were a part of the the transition from hand written reports to printed essays – new technology could well expand the possibilities for a student to demonstrate their point, illustrate an example or stand out in a field of normal papers.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your own scale model of the house your building to go along with the blueprints? I think so. If 3D printing is introduced to the market, and follows the normal technology and price curve, it would not be long before architectural firms could easily provide miniature models to better show what the home buyer is purchasing. I bet there would be much less confusion, and ultimately a more efficient, and more pleasant experience for both the purchaser and the builder. And hey, I think it would be pretty damn cool to have a small version of my house (or house-to-be) sitting on my desk.
Let’s extend this idea further. I have been using the Web to find plans that will show me how to add a small set of stairs to the side door of the house. While there are some great examples, providing a lot of detail, and several angles, I know it would be much easier if I just had an example to look at – even better if I can spin it in my hands to see what the bottom looks like.
The same concept could easily be extended to trade schools and universities:
- Tests requiring that students demonstrate optimal ways to route pipes or wiring in a complex environment
- An assignment to show an architectural design students can balance form with function
- Physical assembly of proposed traffic flow patterns for an engineering class.
All of these possibilities, plus countless more that we have yet to imagine may well be cut off with the passage of Senator Hatch’s INDUCE Act. We will lose an improved future because a “representative of the people” is obeying the wishes of one of his largest contributors.
It is good to hear that donations to the Mozilla Foundation, makers of Firefox and Thunderbird (my Web browser and e-mail client of choice) are now tax-deductible. Sarah and I decided earlier this year, that once everything is stable and we are both working, that we want to donate to a few select charities. So, now the Mozilla Foundation joins the Electronic Frontier Foundation on my personal list.
According to the Nashua Telegraph, “New Hampshire’s tax collecting agency wants to apply a 7 percent tax on a variety of telephone and Internet services from chat rooms to voice mail.”
Their mental clarity and overall brilliance astounds me. “The change would add voice mail, chat rooms, Web mail and instant messaging to a list of services subject to the tax.”
I wonder if they actually believe that they can enforce this revision to the law, much less collect the taxes it creates.
Thanks to Matt Jacobs, for sending me the link!
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
“While Slurpee drinks aren’t yet available in Beijing, here in the United States, 7-Eleven will celebrate its 77th anniversary this Sunday, July 11, 2004, by offering free 7.11-ounce Slurpee beverages, one per customer, at participating stores nationwide.”
Burningbird has posted a detailed article discussing the modifications she made to WordPress. It is an impressive read, and a great example of someone contributing their knowledge to the community as a whole. I really hope that some of these ideas filter into future product releases.
A bill proposed by a bi-partisan group of democrats and conservative Republicans, which would have revised portions of the Patriot Act was shot down last night by a vote of 210 to 210. This is after GOP leaders kept the vote open for 38 minutes (the normal limit is 15 minutes), using the extra 23 to convince members of their own party to switch their vote, perhaps fearing the President Bush would follow through on his promised veto the bill. So, for now, the federal government can keep an eye on our reading habits at libraries and book stores. As Representative C.L. Butch Otter (R – Idaho) states so eloquently “You win some, and some get stolen”.
Party loyalty stomped the possibility of doing the right thing. Again.
“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Internet search giants Google and Yahoo, chipmaker Intel, Internet service provider Verizon, auctioneer eBay, website operator Cnet Networks, and phone company MCI are among 42 companies and groups who signed a letter that will be delivered Tuesday to bill author Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, requesting hearings on the issue.
The EFF has been kind enough to post a copy of the letter.
As reported in The Register’s story Hatch’s Induce Act comes under fire, Congressman Rick Boucher (D – Virginia) is fighting the INDUCE Act, saying that the legislation “is very poorly defined” and that its broad language “could target just about anyone. Even a university giving its students broadband access, could, under the current wording, be construed as inducing a copyright breach.” Representative Boucher is responsible for the creation of the House Internet Caucus in 1996, and several technology initiatives.
While his Web site could use a serious redesign, Representative Boucher keeps Internet and technology legislation high on his agenda. He has recently introduced the Digital Millennium Consumers’ Rights Act, a bill that would make substantial changes to the DMCA, repealing many of its threats to fair use, and the rights of the consumer. In the hearing held on Boucher’s Bill (H.R. 107), he explained:
The fair use doctrine is threatened today as never before. Historically, the nation’s copyright laws have reflected a carefully calibrated balanced between the rights of copyright owners and the rights of the users of copyrighted material. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act dramatically tilted the copyright balance toward complete copyright protection at the expense of the Fair Use rights of the users of copyrighted material,” Boucher said. “H.R. 107 will assure that consumers who purchase digital media can enjoy a broad range of uses of the media for their own convenience in a manner which does not infringe the copyright in the work,
I highly recommend you learn more about his Internet initiatives, as he appears to be one of the few in our government to truly understand the nature of technology, and the importance of balancing the rights of corporations and consumers.
The Importance of… has picked up the story as well, towards the end of the post Opposition to INDUCE Act (IICA) Getting Mainstream Press – Bill Still Moving Through Senate Quickly, pointing to one of the few articles from a major media organization (USA Today): Copyright bill poses threat to iPod’s future