from the Supreme Court of Canada: Top court rules ISPs not liable for royalties. “In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the court ruled that although ISPs provide the hardware and technology, they aren’t responsible for what people download. The court ruled that companies providing wide access to the web are ‘intermediaries’ who are not bound by federal copyright legislation.” I am going to study the text of the decision to see if they used the term “common carrier” with respect to ISPs.
to try to convince them to get out of the DRM business. An uphill battle, it is easy to assume. Find out for yourself – read his talk.
that economics professors Koleman Strumpf and Felix Oberholzer have published a preliminary version of what I think is an important paper: The effect of file sharing on record sales – an empirical analysis [360K PDF]. The authors have come under withering criticism since putting the draft online, but the paper is clearly much better than anything else that has been published on the subject. If you’re curious, the New Observer in Raleigh NC has published a profile of Strumpf. Doesn’t look like an anarchist to me!
the SCO lawsuit against IBM too much, but this story about SCO’s Mind-Bogglingly Bad Faith in Dan Gillmor’s Journal caught my eye.