Monthly Archives: March, 2007

One for the bookmarks

BBC technology programme covers DRM – why no YouTube?

BBC Click Online programme covers DRM.

Full programme 
Real stream

Extended audio DRM debate with IFPI and ORG
Real stream
Related online article

Extended video DRM interview with LoveFilm CEO
Real stream
Related online article

The weird thing is  – the BBC recently announced a deal with YouTube, to host their own channel and make programmes available – but this isn’t available there.

Now, if there was one programme that would be uploaded religiously, surely it would be the flagship technology programme!

DRM spend to be over $9 Billion in 5 years?

Well, according to this press release from The Insight Research Corporation.

The Pricing Information for the research?

Hard Copy Price

$ 3995

Electronic Copy Price

(PDF License Descriptions)

$ 4695 Single-User Printable PDF

$ 6995 6-Seat Printable PDF

$ 10000 Unlimited Corporate-Wide Distribution

That’s one way to get the ball rolling!!! 

Richard Stallman on DRM

Internet Archive – my time is yours!

Spent most of my weekend here:

Looks like the rest of the week is booked up as well. 🙂

EFF Pioneer Awards 2007

EFF Pioneer Award winners announced.

Yochai Benkler, Cory Doctorow, and Bruce Schneier win EFF Pioneer Awards.

Have a look here for past winners.

Jupiter Research – iPlayer vs iTunes?

Mark Mulligan, of Jupiter Research, discusses the new BBC iPlayer and it’s ramifications.


” However, where this offering gets really interesting is its commercial aspirations, which are all the more pressing in the context of the reduced funding levels determined by the license fee settlement with the UK government. The BBC plans to cover many of the costs with ad-supported content and paid downloads, which of course takes it head to head with iTunes et al. Just how seriously the competitive alignment will be remains to be seen. But not even considering the download aspect, the iPlayer will once again see the BBC setting a standard which the commercial sector will both complain is a distortion of the market through public sector funding, yet also strive to emulate.”

Chris Lightfoot – 1978-2007  

Found out from Tom Loosemore’s post – 

Had this post ready to go for a while – Classic links and posts –

Previously had posted –

Really enjoyed reading what Chris had to say.


Seth Finkelstein hammers the point home!

After Nicholas Carr’s point, Seth Finkelstein hammers it home.


“It doesn’t matter that Essjay lied to the New Yorker reporter about his credentials, making Wikipedia look good to the media – a matter Wales has known about for weeks. No mention of the dishonesty of using degree falsification to endorse Wikipedia in a letter to a professor. That’s lying to those outside The Family.

But he used his false credentials in content disputes. That’s serious! It’s an IN-WORLD offense! It’s inside The Family. “

Nicholas Carr nails it!

On the Wikipedia/New York Times debacle, Nicholas Carr nails it in this post.


“In the byzantine world of Wikipedia, with its arcane language, titles, and rules, Essjay wore the robes of a wizard. He was allowed to stand beside – and to serve – Jimbo the White. Together, they would bring “knowledge” to the unenlightened masses. But then the Wizard Essjay tried to slip through the gates of the real. Now the game is up. “

A bit of light music!



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