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Monday, January 19, 2004

MikeRoweSoft

This is really pretty funny. It’d be even funnier if Mike ends up receiving a wad of money from Microsoft just on principle. Never mind the punditry about how Microsoft could offer the kid just $10 and keep a straight face—that M$ actually did only offer that much is absolutely deplorable. I just hope Mike doesn’t get into a butt-load of trouble over it. I can’t believe any jury would find him at fault. What he’s done is absolutely no different than me registering LeeBennettSoft.com. [MacMinute.com]

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Saturday, January 10, 2004

The Whole Point is to Sell More Macs—and It Probably Will

I think Bill Palmer has got it figured out. Here are some key points for anyone who doesn’t want to read the whole article:

“In making this deal with Hewlett-Packard, Apple didn’t just hit a home run, it hit a game-winning grand slam…and then ran out into the parking lot and started smashing opponents’ windshields with the bat. Yep, this deal is that big.”

“Rumor has it that, in the past twenty-four hours, Michael Dell’s head has popped clean off his shoulders and Bill Gates is holed up under Michael’s desk in a fetal position. There’s just no way they could have seen this coming. Their plan was to use the Windows Media audio format to force the iPod off PC desktops, but someone forgot to give Carly Fiorina the memo. Instead of playing along, she’s out there putting Apple’s AAC file format on more PC desktops. Lots and lots of them. And as the rise of Windows has taught us all, those who control the format, control the market. The funny thing is, Apple didn’t have to resort to any threats or devious tactics in order to get HP to adopt the whole iPod/iTunes/AAC format—all it had to do was ask.”

“Mainstream media outlets…each managed to miss the fact that there is one, and only one, reason that Apple made this deal: to sell more Macs.”

“Purchasers of HP and Compaq computers now get access to iTunes and an iPod clone, so one might question where the motivation lies for consumers to buy a Mac instead. But HP and Compaq purchasers already had full access to iTunes and the iPod. All this deal does is greatly increase the chances that they’ll actually take advantage of them. This move certainly isn’t going to cost Apple any potential Switchers, because it’s not going to cause any additional HP computers to be sold. Why would it?”

“HP took a look at the lack of success that Dell has had in pushing its own MP3 player in an iPod-dominated market, and foresaw itself ending up in the same position…[and] decided to stay out of the fray altogether and simply resell iPods.”

“In some respects, it’s remarkable that HP would even want to participate, considering the way that the whole thing seems to so heavily favor Apple. But I guess that’s what happens when one company so heavily dominates a market. Just ask Microsoft.”

“This week’s deal takes [Apple’s] strategy [of getting iPods/iTunes into the hands of Windows users even if it means not selling them a Macintosh, figuring they’ll eventually wonder what other great Apple stuff they’re missing] and expands on it by putting iPod/iTunes in the hands of not just those Windows users who volunteer for it, but every unwitting Windows user who opts for an HP or Compaq computer…all without any further sacrifices on Apple’s part.”

“We might as well start referring to them as ‘Mac users in training.’”

“The next layer of speculation, of course, is whether that ‘Mac’ that they finally switch to might also have an HP logo on it. But I’ll leave that for another day…this article has been difficult enough to type as it is, with my jaw still resting comfortably on the ground…I don’t want to be responsible for the implosion of the entire Windows world quite yet.”

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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Amazon Brings On Book Content Searches

This is really cool. Ever remember a few words in a book but can’t remember the title, author, or anything? Worry no more. Amazon now lets you search on words contained in the books they sell. All of them. Yes—every word.

“Starting today, you can find books at Amazon.com based on every word inside them, not just on matches to author or title keywords. Search Inside the Book—the name of this new feature—searches the complete inside text of more than 120,000 books—all 33 million pages of them. And since we’ve integrated Search Inside the Book into our standard search, using it is as easy as entering a search term in our regular search box.”
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Monday, October 20, 2003

Twenty-dollar Facelift

Upon making my usual $50 ATM withdrawal the other day, I received, for the first time, two of the updated $20 bills.

“The $20 bill got a facelift Tuesday, complete with new colors, a new number arrangement, and a new background, in the government’s latest effort to thwart counterfeiters.”
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Friday, August 22, 2003

Generalized Blocking Is Not The Answer

A new Road Runner Broadband policy “calls for the blocking of any incoming e-mails that contain contradictory domain-name routing information. That means Road Runner will block e-mails originating from people who have their own e-mail servers on top of an outside Internet service.” [News.com]

Fortunately, though I’m a Road Runner customer, I have a separate host to handle my web hosting and e-mail service.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Hello, iPod. Goodbye, MD

Sony really dropped the ball. [Gizmodo]

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Friday, June 20, 2003

WWDC 2003 Keynote Webcast & G5 Specs

Spymac reports, “Apple will provide a QuickTime version of Monday’s announcements. ‘Tune-in on Monday afternoon June 23, 2003 to see a replay webcast of Steve Jobs’ Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.’” [WWDC 2003 Keynote Page]

In other news, like you haven’t already heard, Apple managed to leak its own specs for the new G5 machines.

1.6GHz, 1.8GHz, or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 Processors
Up to 1 GHz processor bus
Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM
Fast Serial ATA hard drives
AGP 8x Pro3 PCI or PCI-X expansion slots
One FW800, two FW400 ports
Bluetooth & Airport Extreme ready
Optical and analog audio in and out

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Keynote webcast

Spymac reports, “Apple will provide a QuickTime version of Monday’s announcements. ‘Tune-in on Monday afternoon June 23, 2003 to see a replay webcast of Steve Jobs’ Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.’” [WWDC 2003 Keynote Page]

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Forget IE, Worry About Office

“In his latest column for BusinessWeek, Alex Salkever says that Apple’s real worry isn’t the loss of Internet Explorer—it’s the growing chance that Microsoft will abandon Office for the Mac.” [MacMinute.com]

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Sunday, June 15, 2003

You’ve Reached the End of the Internet

Good grief. This could be the closest any company has come to being Microsoft-like.

“[VeriSign] claimed that if it lost the case, it would actually mean the end not only of the company, but the entire Internet.” [The Register]

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Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Weaving the Sheep Back Into the Fold

So, let’s review: Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky, who founded Palm in 1992, left that company and founded rival company Handspring in 1998, only now to be bought back by Palm in “an effort to strengthen its grip on the [slowing] market for handheld devices.” [CNET News.com]

Maybe it’s a good thing I’ve chosen to lessen my dependency on my Visor Edge, opting instead to utilize the contacts and planner functions of my new Sony Ericsson T68i and 30gb iPod.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Beatles’ Record Label Prepares to Fight iTunes Music Store

At first glance, this looks like it could be bad, but one would have to believe that Steve Jobs isn’t that stupid. Surely the Apple Computer board wasn’t clueless on this issue and has plans to resolve it.

In a nutshell, the Beatles’ holding company, Apple Corps, Ltd., controls Apple Records which released the Beatles’ records way back when, and was also used to release the Beatles anthologies. Back in 1981, because of trademark malarky, Apple Computer had to sign an agreement to never go into the music business and even had to pay a $26 million settlement several years later when Apples started being capable of producing music files and software.

Now, with iTunes, the iPod, and talks that Apple may have sights set on buying Universal Music Group, the Beatles’ record label is likely preparing to make things rather ugly.

Full MacDailyNews story.

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Posted by Dan -- September 13, 2003 03:30 PM

Not only do I think this lawsuit is ludicrous, but the contract itself contains no merit whatsoever. In a country based on free enterprise, I fail to see the legality in an agreement that prevents a for-profit business from entering a specific industry. Apple has nothing to worry about -- any legitimate problems regarding this case will be taken care of by public reaction.

Posted by Gloria Stalarow -- February 3, 2004 11:21 PM

I am not quite sure why the Beatles label is so worried about losing money.Is that all there is to life.I am just worried about keeping my health up,which right now is not easy.I love the Beatles and Paul and Ringo but enough is enough.

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Thursday, May 01, 2003

Billboard Thinks the Music Store Will Be Successful

The Billboard Daily Bulletin seems to think that the iTunes Music Store is going to be a huge success.

“The service, which went live Monday, sold an estimated 275,000 tracks at 99 cents apiece in its first 18 hours, according to major-label sources. The feat is especially remarkable when considering that the offering is available only to the limited universe of users of Apple computers.”

Full MacRumors story.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

AOL Interested In Music Store

While the jury is still out as to whether the iTunes Music Store will ultimately prove successful, a deal possibly in the works that would potentially bring the Music Store to the 26 million AOL subscribers. Apparently, AOL hasn’t been successful with developing a system to bill for individual tracks, as Apple has.

Admittedly, I couldn’t care less about AOL, but if this deal goes down, I believe it would almost assuredly seal Apple’s dominance in the digital music selling business.

Full MacMinute story.

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Thursday, March 27, 2003

Nope, Iraq Had Nothing To Do With It

wtc-mural-iraq.jpgMy God, this is completely unreal. I first heard about this listening to the Glenn Beck show on the radio. In today’s Picture of the Day box, his web site said:

“U.S. Marines searching Iraqi military headquarters in this southern city that was the site of intensive fighting came across a mural depicting a plane crashing into a building complex resembling New York’s twin towers…”

The photo linked to a New York Post article, though the article oddly says nothing about the mural except in the caption to a much smaller version.

BTW—the photo’s credit is listed as Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

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Monday, March 24, 2003

SonicBlue Files Chapter 11

Too much moving and shaking going on—even with other companies. It’ll be a long time before I even remotely consider purchasing a digital video recorder.

Full Wired News story.

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Posted by Queue -- March 25, 2003 09:37 AM

I wonder if the GoVideo product line will get any better now that they're being bought out.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

The View From There

As Jon succinctly stated, here we go.

Among his search of resources was a blog from Baghdad. It might be a good one to follow over the next few days.

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Al Gore Joins Apple’s Board

This announcement could prove rather interesting.

Al Gore says, “I have been particularly impressed with the new Mac OS X operating system and the company’s commitment to the open-source movement. And I am especially looking forward to working with and learning from the great board members who have guided this legendary company’s inspiring resurgence.”

Full News.com story.

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Posted by Bryan -- March 20, 2003 09:38 AM

So will Al Gore claim to have invented Apple?

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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Coke vs. Pepsi

This news item is pretty hilarious, but my feelings are quite well echoed at the end of the story. Coke or Pepsi? I don’t care!

Thanks, Eric.

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Monday, March 17, 2003

Outside, Looking In

Wired News also has an article that touches on what I couldn’t express earlier. It’s true, if you want a really good journalistic take on how the U.S. is handling the situation, go read it from sites that don’t care if what they report slams on Bush’s tactics—go read foreign news sites.

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Tick Tick Tick Tick…

Is it just me? Is giving Saddam a final 48 hours an earnest plea for him leave or face a military conflict at “a time of our choosing” or is it just schmooze to us Americans? Saddam isn’t going to do in 48 hours what he hasn’t done in countless years. Forget about the timed ultimatums and just go in and get the bastard.

Bush also said, “I urge every member of the Iraqi military and intelligence services, if war comes, do not fight for a dying regime that is not worth your own life.” Exqueeze me? Isn’t this the type of thing a military leader says to try to scare his opponent when he knows he may be getting ready to fight a battle that isn’t going to turn out well for him?

Don’t misunderstand me, Bush is probably right. Knowing how things turned out during Desert Storm and knowing that Iraqis have already been surrendering without there even being a declaration of war on them yet—sure, Allied forces are likely going to go in there and totally kick ass. It just seemed to me like a pretty lame thing to do to suggest to Iraqi military that they should just not bother fighting.

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Posted by Queue -- March 17, 2003 11:25 PM

I think Bush's warning to the military is good strategy. The Iraqis know we can stomp them, and many of them have already expressed an interest in getting out. I'd say Bush made the perfect move to get as many of them to leave as possible.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Clothes Wire

Remind me never to buy Benetton clothes.

Full Wired story.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Au Revoir, François—Redux

As previously blogged, a movement had started to officially rename french fries as freedom fries.

Apparently, it’s now official.

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Saturday, March 08, 2003

A Diamond in the Rough—UPDATED

At least there’s one person who’s a smarter-than-the-average-automaton military officer. I’d be curious to know what sort of apps the guy is running, since you know the Army’s IT department isn’t writing Mac software.

Full Wired story.

Update—3/10/03: Chris took a bit of exception with my wording, above, so I decided to clarify. What I meant to say was that someone in the military was headstrong enough to go through the effort of acquiring a Macintosh. I didn’t mean to implicitly say that military personnel tend to be automatons. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. I just don’t imagine we’re going to hear many more stories like this one where someone takes the effort to go against the grain of armed forces tradition and standard procedure.

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Friday, March 07, 2003

StarOffice Trial Edition Coming

This is good news. Even better news would be if it’s developed for Mac OS X, but even if it sticks with Windows/Linux/Solaris, it’s still one more good whack at Microsoft—the goal being to knock it on its monopolistic ass.

News.com story.

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Fast Enough to Catch Up To Itself

I just came across this News.com page that reports:

“Last November, a team of scientists broke the world record for transcontinental data transfer, sending two DVDs worth of data from Sunnyvale, Calif. to Amsterdam in less than a minute. That’s 6.7 gigabytes of data, traveling more than 6,800 miles at an average speed of 923 megabits per second, or more than 3,500 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.”

Just for the sake of interest, I was amused when I scrolled a bit lower on this page and read a blurb about the most recent iMacs sporting Sony-manufactured SuperDrives that should be capable of writing both DVD-R and DVD+R, but only do DVD-R. I’d seen this story before and didn’t pay it much attention, but the headline of this one gave me a chuckle.

(DVD+R)+(DVD-R)-(DVD+R)=DVD-R

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Thursday, March 06, 2003

You Can’t Make a Monkey Out of Us

Well, duh!

Full Wired News article.

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Friday, February 28, 2003

Talk About Frozen Stiff!

Where’s John Bobbit when you need him?

Salon.com article.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

A New Chapter in Crime-fighting

You’d better take off those links on your web site for MP3s of copyrighted music you ripped from your CDs. You might lose your domain over it.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Bye Bye, BBEdit Lite

Today seems like another sad day. Bare Bones Software came up with TextWrangler—a less expensive (and less-featured) alternative to BBEdit Pro. What they weren’t so forthcoming about was that TextWranger completely replaces BBEdit Lite. Officially, you cannot download BBEdit Lite anymore. If you have a 6.1.2 installer laying around, archive it safely…now! I said you can’t “officially” download it because, at this writing, you can snag it from Bare Bones’ FTP server. Get it quick. If you missed it, and you want it, and you’re on my good graces, just ask. If you missed it, and you want it, and you’re not on my good graces, beg!

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Posted by Lee Bennett -- March 3, 2003 09:17 AM

I guess BareBones Software decided it was a REALLY bad move to just make BBEdit Lite drop off the face of the earth. Daring Fireball is reporting that the BareBones web site has been modified to indicate that although BBEdit Lite will no longer be developed or supported, it can still be downloaded. There even a page now that compares BBEdit Lite to TextWrangler.

http://daringfireball.net/2003/03/not_dead_yet.html

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Bye Bye VPC

I don’t have to be a Connectix Virtual PC customer to know that the news of Microsoft buying Virtual PC means trouble. MacMinute has a report from a journalistic point of view, yet Chris has a more real-life point of view! But, in the eloquently succinct words of the PC-preferring-but-Microsoft-hating-and-Macintosh-respecting IT director at my office, “this should not be allowed to happen.”

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Saturday, February 15, 2003

Opera Browser Challenges Microsoft—Sort Of

Those who utilize the Opera web browser and who peruse the Microsoft web site from time to time are going to have to learn a little mock-Swedish.

Yahoo!’s news site is reporting that Opera has released the Bork Bork version of its browser. Most people won’t know the difference, but rendering pages from the Microsoft site will produce text translated by the Muppets’ Swedish Chef.

If you’re truly a twisted individual, Google can help you read any other web page like the Swedish Chef.

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Saturday, February 08, 2003

Own Famous Hacker Stuff!

Some of world-famous hacker Kevin Mitnick’s stuff that was seized by the FBI is now for sale on eBay!

MacMerc.com shares more information.

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Posted by Jon -- February 8, 2003 09:34 PM

Thanks for the link bud :P. I just wish I had the cash to buy more than the book.. haha

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Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Big Crybaby

“Microsoft is warning that the success of the open-source movement could hurt its sales, potentially forcing the software giant to cut prices and sacrifice both revenue and profits.”

Oh, heaven forbid M$ would be forced to cut prices and sacrifice profits!

Full News.com story.

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Saturday, February 01, 2003

Space Shuttle Columbia and Seven Crew Lost—UPDATED

columbiacrew.jpgI feel completely without words. I was called by my friend, Andy, this morning to tell me to turn on the news—that the Shuttle had apparently disintegrated over Texas. Fellow ATPM staffer Chris Turner just a moment ago wrote a message to all the staff and mentioned that he had witnessed the Columbia’s first launch, and has now witnessed its final return. I, too, was among the countless people who excitedly watched the first Space Shuttle, Columbia, hurtle into space for the first time. You can read more of his thoughts.

Update: 05:05 PM—ATPM editor Michael Tsai also has some information on his blog with links to other people’s thoughts (including a link back to me). I was most interested in his link to Dave Winer’s site.

Memories of the 1986 Challenger explosion came rushing back when I heard news of the Columbia. I was in 10th grade and recall all the students huddling around the school’s only television to learn more. It’s quite a contrast to be absorbing this latest NASA tragedy while having the television, phone, and the internet to supplement the information I learn.

columbiaradartrail.jpgSpeaking of information, let me credit and describe the images you see within this entry. The photo at the top is, of course, the seven crew members of the Columbia’s 28th mission, STS-107, and came from the web site of Orlando’s NBC affiliate, WESH-TV, Channel 2. You can click the photo for a higher-quality version. The graphic in this paragraph, right, vividly shows the path of debris picked up by weather radar stations near Shreveport, LA. I just listened to a CNN anchor mention that the fire and smoke trail seen and videotaped throughout Texas was also clearly visible from Tampa, Florida. Click the graphic for a large, animated rendering. The thumbnail was also found on the WESH web site but was linked to Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. The large, animated image was converted by me into an animated GIF using images from the National Weather Service.

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences to each of the crew’s families.

REST IN PEACE

Rick D. Husband, commander
William C. McCool, pilot
Michael P. Anderson, payload commander
David M. Brown, mission specialist
Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist
Laurel Clark, mission specialist
Ilan Ramon, payload specialist & first Israeli astronaut

Update: 07:10 PM—Oh good grief! Why did I let this catch me off guard? Below is a Reuters story. It’s short, so I’ve reproduced it here since news story URLs often disappear after time.

Iraqis Call Shuttle Disaster God’s Vengeance
—BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Immediate popular reaction in Baghdad on Saturday to the loss of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew—including the first Israeli in space—was that it was God’s retribution on Americans.
“We are happy that it broke up,” government employee Abdul Jabbar al-Quraishi said.
“God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. They have encroached on our country. God is avenging us,” he said.
Car mechanic Mohammed Jaber al-Tamini noted Israeli air force Colonel Ilan Ramon was among the dead when the shuttle broke up shortly before its return to earth.
“Israel launched an aggression on us when it raided our nuclear reactor without any reason (in 1981), now time has come and God has retaliated to their aggression,” Tamini said.
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Posted by Dan -- February 2, 2003 04:59 PM

Someone needs to inform Saddam that "God's Vengeance" is what falls out of the bomb bay of a B-52.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

AOL Loses Ted Turner and $99 Billion

Who saw this coming?

“Ted Turner is resigning as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner, capping a tumultuous year for the beleaguered media giant.”

This news comes after a reported net loss of $98.7 billion as well as an earlier announcement that AOL founder Steve Case was stepping down as chairman.

Full story.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Is turnabout truly fair play? A News.com story reports:

“Sharman Networks, owner of the popular Kazaa file-swapping software, has launched a legal counterstrike against the major record labels and Hollywood studios, asserting they have ‘obscenely’ abused their copyright powers.”

The article points out that “a federal judge ruled that record companies and movie studios can proceed with their lawsuit against Sharman.”

Apparently feeling it has sharp enough teeth to attempt to bite back, “Sharman is asking the judge to declare the copyright holders guilty of antitrust and related violations, and to bar them from enforcing any of their copyrights.”

I don’t think this nonsense is ever going to end—not until the recording industry adopts a completely new model for licensing. The model we’ve all come to know and love is going to be their undoing.

On a related topic, the Kazaa news section posted an L.A. Times article that reports Microsoft uses Kazaa as a marketing portal. It seems “Microsoft started showing off Windows Media 9 to an audience reviled by the entertainment industry: the Kazaa file-sharing network, where users routinely copy digital songs, films and software free.”

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