who was present at today’s MGM v Grokster arguments at the US Supreme Court. He has posted an excellent summary of the day’s events on his blog.
is the subject of a good overview article in The Economist: Illegal file-sharers under attack. The article opens with a very sarcastic lede: “The music business should have stuck by Thomas Edisons technology if it wanted to avoid the threat of piracy. His wax cylinders could record a performance but could not be reproduced; that became possible only with the invention of the flat-disc record some years later.”
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!
began hearing a case about music downloads on the internet today. The question is whether ISPs should be responsible for the royalties to copyright holders of material downloaded on the net. Something worth following, as any ISP would be liable to any Canadian copyright holder. Or so people have been saying today.