Lessig points us to an article on users sharing their Web content login information. This practice is easier than remembering as many logins as there are sites requiring them, and takes advantage of network effects to amplify access. Naturally this weirds out those sites' marketing efforts.
Do we have a better phrase than "sharing playlists" yet? This is referring to social networking of descriptive or other secondary information, rather than the primary objects themselves.
Infocult is alerted to another one of that highly regarded genre of Web art, where a pleasant or calming image is interrupted by a horrific blast. Good-sized download. Play with sound up, of course, and preferably in a dark space.
The Da Vinci Code makes political and spiritual notions of great potential power broadly available but only with the tacit assurance that these theses will not be made real. They will never be nailed to a church door. It's like the Mission: Impossible message that self-destructs after a first reading. It's the cultural equivalent of computer code on a CD that makes it possible to play the CD but not to reproduce it. Cultural meaning is created but only on the condition that its impact will be carefully limited.
Webnote is a new experiment in Web-based collaborative writing. It uses post-its as the organizing theme, and (so far) lets multiple users write blocks to the same page. Try mine - go ahead, think wiki, and write on it.
The creator explains that this is primarily a note-taking tool. It's like a wiki, but has the added graphic functionality.
Danah Boyd, who points us to the thing, is also one of the few people besides me who is reminded of the great, lost EQuill.
Treasure Box is a pleasant, strange game that mixes puzzles with inventive, whimsical design. It feels a bit like Terry Gilliam's animations. Rules are usually implicit, and, like many games now, are learned by exploring the image- and sound-scape. Despite the opening text, there isn't really any unfolding narrative, and the ending disappoints, but the entire play is well worth the game.
Despite Kerry's steady silence on copyright issues, we can surface a few outlines. Ed Felten argues:
The fact is that the record of Kerry, and the Democrats in general, on the copyright/innovation issue is not good at all. Consider, for instance, the 2002 Senate hearing on the Hollings CBDTPA, in which Intel's Les Vadasz faced a phalanx of entertainment-industry witnesses. According to Declan McCullagh's Wired News story, the committee's Democrats, including Kerry, spoke in favor of the dangerous CBDTPA bill, while Republicans were more skeptical. (I attended the hearing, and my memory is consistent with Declan's story.)
Copyright-Based Industries Are Critical to Economic Growth: Products of the mind from
America’s scientists, engineers, computer programmers have little value without
intellectual property protections. Copyright based industries alone now account for
nearly 6% of all jobs in America and 7.75 % of GDP. These industries are in jeopardy
because of the Bush Administration’s failure to enforce international treaties to protect
America’s creative community from piracy.
Stop Intellectual Piracy: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative estimates that
losses theft of U.S. intellectual property in 51 foreign countries total $9.7 billion. In
China alone we lose $1.8 billion to piracy. Yet even where we have strong agreements,
piracy remains a major problem due to a failure to fully implement the TRIPS
agreement and an unwillingness or inability to crack down on the problem. A Kerry
Administration will take theft of the jobs of America’s creative workforce a trade and
foreign policy priority.
Looks like his established approaches to jobs and prosecution could drive a thick copyright policy. Back to the Clinton years, which gave us DMCA and copyright term extensions? Good for some business models, but bad for librarians, students, teachers, some business, and chunks of culture.