Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Windows Vista: whose rights are managed?

Here's proof, if ever it were needed, that the only security Microsoft has ever really been interested in is its share price. While this, in itself, is not a fault (every company has to pursue its own interests first to survive, and they aren't actually damaging the world), the fault is when they profess to be taking such steps "for the customer".

It's this sort of aggressive spin that makes M$ such a perennially 80's money-grabbing company.

Monday, 11 December 2006

The music "industry" - desparate & greedy

So, after years of suing teenagers on the grounds that they were protecting artists, the RIAA have decided that artists get too much. It seems that in the age of the corporation, creativity is something to be exploited in others. To be creative is to be exploited.

Yet, clearly there is a way to make money("Google's copyright fix", Business 2.0) out of supposed piracy. By essentially using your audience to market for you, you can cut the promotions costs and get a much clearer view of whether your newest creative venture will be a success, or, if it's looking bad, what your audience doesn't like about it. It means sacrificing control (attempting to determine taste) for faster reactivity to taste.

The RIAA's inability to adapt to this new business model can only be a reflection of the sham of modern music. Sure, there's creativity, but as soon as a genuinely good idea comes along, it is bludgeoned into blandness or marketed to death through repetition or copycat bands/songs. Art is about performance, and artists should be paid for performances, and should gain credit for their performances, not for some mass promotion machine.

Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Let my cell phone go

I always wondered what gave mobile telcos the right to lock my property - especially as I'm contractually bound to them for a period of time anyway. I appreciate why they want to do it (to bind the latest, coolest handset to their network), but what gives them the right? Well, as it now turns out, nothing: Cell Phones Freed! Poor Suffer? (Wired News):
"In the mid-1990s, big content providers were complaining that they couldn't distribute their work digitally if clever crackers were free to break Hollywood's digital rights management, or DRM, schemes at will. The DMCA was enacted to promote the digital distribution of content by making it illegal to circumvent DRM controls placed on music, movies and games. Since then, companies have repeatedly tried using the DMCA to quash unwanted behavior that has nothing to do with copyright infringement."

It seems that a new ruling has now preventing them from exploiting a protective law for their own gains.