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August 2008

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Even Still Anyway

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Tourism
  • DRM Keys
  • Congress After Dark
  • Offshore Oil
  • Desperate McCain
  • Veep Veep

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2 comments to Curmudgeon’s Corner: Even Still Anyway

  • gregh

    Before you correct corrections, you should both listen to what you said and what the correction stated. As I correctly stated, European tourism in the United States is not the worst its ever been, which is what Sam said. I did not say it was higher than ever, which seems to be Ivan’s bizarre misinterpretation of what I wrote.

    The number of European tourists in the United States is far higher this year than it was last year, which decidedly contradicts the assertion that it’s lower than it has ever been.

    Now, in last week’s show, if you had merely stated, “This is why tourism from Europe is in its current doldrums,” then you wouldn’t have been incorrect last week. However, that’s not what you said.

  • gregh

    Now, to DRM.

    When you purchase a CD, you own the CD as the physical medium that carries the music and the right to do with that CD whatever you choose to do.

    The problem with removing DR protections is that the tools to remote the protections violate the DMCA’s anti-circumvention restrictions. So, the difficulty is for the normal consumer to acquire the tools.

    I went to a symposium at the UC Berkeley School of Law last year on the current state of music and DRM, and there was an interesting bit on the power of the Librarian of Congress to declare particular uses fair use.

    The example was a recent declaration of seizing snippets of video to produce compilations for a film class. The first problem is, DVDs are, of course, restricted through DRM technologies. The second problem is that there is no fair use exemption to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention restrictions. So, even though a film studies professor may now comfortably take clips of films to show in class, that professor has no right to write, contract to have written, or even to run software designed to protect the “rights” of the owner of the content on a DVD.

    Worse, we know that both of the current Presidential candidates are spineless and unlikely to push any changes to our rights online or elsewhere. So, nothing is likely to change.

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