: 99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete; an excerpt from Forward Compatibility: Designing & Building With Standards. An excellent and typically provocative (though why that should be is a mystery) article.
: New Salvo in Piracy, Privacy War. “The music industry’s trade association is asking a federal district court to force an Internet service provider to turn over private information for a subscriber, heating up the legal war between technology and entertainment companies.”
. In a post today, Dave Winer wrote, in Scripting News, “I am open to supporting and working with Lessig, but we need clarification and possibly a discussion with the professor on his position re copyrights for software.” But yesterday he was trashing the guy: “To Lessig, who says we’re doing nothing, up yours.” Hardly sounds like someone who is open to working with the guy, does it? With friends like these, neither Dave nor Lessig needs many enemies. Because at base, these guys are pretty much on the same side.
, now at CNET, has the story on the pro-corporate-hacking bill that Congresscritters Berman and Coble are introducing to Congress in coming days. This bill would allow corporations (or their agents) to hack into personal computers without a court order or any due process at all. As McCullagh writes: “Sponsored by Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., the measure would permit copyright holders to perform nearly unchecked electronic hacking if they have a “reasonable basis” to believe that piracy is taking place. Berman and Coble plan to introduce the 10-page bill this week.” Note that “reasonable basis” is not just the language they happened to choose – it’s legal language that basically gives companies the ability to give themselves permission to do this on a whim.