re-work, re-tell and release..

I feel like this is something like bringing the oral storytelling tradition to modern media. It allows for change, critique and so forth.
From the site:
Wizard People, Dear Reader is an unauthorized re-envisioning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Ston, by Brad Neely. To experience it, viewers need to get a copy of the first Harry Potter movie and watch it with the sound off, replacing Neely’s narration with the original soundtrack.

Lessig’s new book, Free Culture

== Free Culture ==
From the site:
All creative works – books, movies, records, software, and so on – are a compromise between what can be imagined and what is possible – technologically and legally. For more than two hundred years, laws in America have sought a balance between rewarding creativity and allowing the borrowing from which new creativity springs. The original term of copyright set by the Constitution in 1787 was seventeen years. Now it is closer to two hundred. Thomas Jefferson considered protecting the public against overly long monopolies on creative works an essential government role. What did he know that we’ve forgotten?

I have uploaded a PDF copy of Lessig’s book, Free Culture, download it.

Indie record stores tell us the the RIAA is full of it..

Wired News: Record Stores: We’re Fine, Thanks
Interesting, from the article:
High prices, rather than file sharing, are what usually stop a kid from buying a CD, Wiley said.
Typically, the music industry wants stores to sell CDs for $18 when they should be going for $15, he said. That $3 can make the difference in terms of whether or not a CD is going to sell.

The Center for Democracy and Technology

CDT Mission
From the site:
The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.


Streaming Media Encryption Spec Published
From the article:
The non-profit ISMA said its Encryption and Authentication Specification v.1.0 builds on the core ISMA Specification 1.0 released in 2001 and sets a framework for the secure content delivery over IP networks. It effectively adds a legitimate digital rights management (define) spec for the MPEG-4 (define) digital media distribution standard.

NY standing up to copyright tyranny – New Yorkers for Protecting Fair Use of Copyrighted Material
From the site:
New Yorkers for Fair Use is a group that supports copyright law as Congress originally framed and implemented it. Congress first conceived of copyright law as a limited term protection for authors and inventors. This limited term protection was meant to be an incentive to creators of original work to distribute their inventions as quickly and as widely as possible. Congress hoped that this distribution would facilitate scientific and artistic progress. Today, the extension of copyright to 70 or more years past the death of the author and the passage of laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, support the interests of corporations in maintaining monopolies over their creations at the expense of scientific and artistic progress. The DMCA is a particularly egregious example of this trend in copyright law. The DMCA grants the authors of digital works the ability to specify how their work my be used in perpetuity. Moreover, the DMCA even allows authors to prohibit the copying and quoting of their digital work for the purpose of education — a use of copyrighted works which has traditionally been allowed under the doctrine of fair use. Because the DMCA allows authors to prevent other members of the public from using their work as a basis for further creative endeavor, we believe the DMCA fatally harms the original intent of copyright law, which was to promote progress in the useful arts and sciences. As such, we support the revocation of the DMCA in the interests of scientific and artistic progress. We also support the extension of the fair use doctrine into the digital domain so that some balance is restored between the interests of the public and the interests of authors and inventors.

Go Larry! Hope the book makes people THINK.

Wired 12.03: Some Like It Hot
From the excerpt:
If piracy means using the creative property of others without their permission, then the history of the content industry is a history of piracy. Every important sector of big media today – film, music, radio, and cable TV – was born of a kind of piracy. The consistent story is how each generation welcomes the pirates from the last. Each generation – until now.