Why I Agree With Tasini

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In New York Times v. Tasini, freelance writer Jonathan Tasini sued because the NY Times published an article of his online without his permission. I agree with the Supreme Court and with Anupam Chander’s article on the issue, in which Chander states that the case may have an impact for Napster.

In all of the talk about Napster, it has seemed like musicians are pretty powerless in the music industry. That is true, because musicians sign away their copyrights when they sign up with a major label. However, writers are a different story. They often retain their copyrights and just give a license to a publisher for a specific use.
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Project Censored

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Noam Chomsky writes ProjectCensored.org: “They fall in a domain in which corporate-state interests are rather different from those of the public. That such stories would tend to be downplayed, reshaped, and obscured â014″censored,” in the terminology of the projectâ014is only to be expected on the basis of even the most rudimentary inspection of the institutional structure of the media and their place in the broader society.” Project Censored looks like a very valuable resource for people who are willing to consider issues that the mass media may not be willing to publicize.

Analysis of Music City Morpheus (FastTrack) P2P Technology

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Morpheus is a decentralized Napster clone that works better than Napster itself. It is based on the FastTrack P2P engine. Gnutella, the other major fully distributed network, is quite slow because every node acts as a server and ends up proxying many requests. FastTrack uses SuperNodes to handle the “central server” function. Also very cool is that FastTrack will download from multiple peers simultaneously for added speed.
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Jail Time in the Digital Age (Copyright Law Gone Bad)

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Lawrence Lessig, one of the most active and visible people working to protect American citizen’s rights to content wrote this article: Jail Time in the Digital Age: “Thus when the D.M.C.A. protects technology that in turn protects copyrighted material, it often protects much more broadly than copyright law does. It makes criminal what copyright law would forgive.” The article makes a very valid point about how the DMCA gives content makers more rights than they should be allowed.
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