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 IN THE NEWS
* Mixed Signals in Online Music
Recent headlines about online music have offered conflicting views about how
file sharing has affected music sales. A study from professors at
Harvard Business Schooland the Universityof North Carolina, Chapel Hillfound that
downloading activity has no discernable impact on how well a song sells.
markets seemed to support this conclusion: for the first time in three U.S.
years, music sales rose 9.1% in the first quarter. But international music
sales followed the opposite trajectory, dropping 7.6% in 2003.
Developments on the legal front were similarly mixed. A Canadian court ruled
that music downloading does not violate the country's copyright laws. But
the organization representing the European music industry, the IFPI, launched
legal action against 247 individuals in
Europeaccused of illegal
's report on developments in European courts: Berkman Center
News about the Canadian decision:
While the picture of digital media continues to get blurry, the
recently released a new study shedding light on one aspect of this Berkman Center
landscape: iTunes, Apple's Online Music Store. The iTunes Case Study
analyzes the legal foundations of the service and considers the future of the
contract-copyright interplay as iTunes and other online music stores consider
expansion into international markets.
The iTunes Case Study:
* Cybernews From Around the Globe
CRTC on VoIP: <http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/NEWS/RELEASES/2004/r040407.htm>
Internet gambling legal?: <http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040408.gtgamble0408/BNStory/Technology/>
Filesharing the news: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3611227.stm>
Companies may share tech: <http://news.com.com/2100-7343_3-5186262.html>
Vietnamese access tightens: <http://star-techcentral.com/tech/story.asp?file=/2004/4/12/technology/7749162&sec=technology>
Dispute resolution in the
Find missing kids with tech: <http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/business/2004/0404080938.asp?A=CEL&S=Cellular&O=FPT>
Nigerian ISP troubles: <http://allafrica.com/stories/200404080921.html>
* Google Controversies Grow
Gmail, the new email service from Google, is bumping up against privacy
and trademark complaints. Can a free gigabyte of storage sell the online
community on Gmail, which will serve targeted ads based on the content of
a customer's email? As of this writing, a
state senator is drafting California
legislation to block the service, and Google has responded to complaints by
promising to listen to customer concerns. And by the way, how did that
anti-Semitic group get to be #1 in the search engine for the word "Jew"?
At least that issue can be solved by users, by what's known as a Google-bomb
- linking to a particular site in order to "fix" the search results.
On Googling "Jew":
* Social Networking: The Next Generation
A new generation of social networking applications is beginning to emerge.
Last week, the New York-based company, Dodgeball.com, released software that
utilizes text messaging so that users can post their whereabouts from their
cell phones and find out if members of their networks are in the area. Our
newest Berkman Fellow, John Clippinger, is also exploring new forms of social
networking. His project, Social Physics, creates a platform to support more
sophisticated layers of contacts and group memberships.
The Dodgeball.com news:
More on John Clippinger's work:
The most recent release from AudioBerkman explores the ins and outs of social
networks. Producers traveled to South by Southwest Interactive to find out
what happens when an online community is forced to meet face-to-face.
And read a Berkman Briefing, "Interactive at Interactive":
* Lessig's Extremely _Free Culture_
Professor Lawrence Lessig of Stanford's Center for Internet & Society recently released his third book, _Free Culture_, under a Creative Commons license - downloadable as a .pdf as well as in book form. This groundbreaking act has spurred the online community to create an audio library of the book's chapters, translations, and a Wiki version, among others.
About the book:
More on the story:
 CASE IN POINT
Case In Point is taking a short hiatus. Please look for a new topic in the May issue of Filter.
 BERKMAN NEWS
* New Berkman Fellows: Mary Rundle and John Clippinger
is pleased to announce the arrival of two new fellows, Mary Rundle and John Clippinger. Rundle, also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will be working on her Net Dialogue Project. Clippinger, also an advisor at the Department of Defense, studies social networks from a scientific perspective. Stanford Center
* A Few Seats Remain for the Internet Law Program
Register now for the Internet Law Program, which brings together the top minds in cyberlaw for three days of on-site instruction. The program kicks off with a distance learning component on April 14 to May 5. The program is intended for a broad audience, and no previous experience with Internet law is necessary. Past participants have included entrepreneurs, policymakers, educators, technology professionals, and journalists who write about technology. American lawyers in some states may be eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.
* iTunes Case Study Released
's Digital Media Project Team has just released a new Case Study that examines the legal foundation of Apple's online music store, iTunes. The Study analyzes the interplay between contract law, copyright, and DRM, and it also investigates how this legal foundation is likely to fare in other jurisdictions, such as in the EU and Berkman Center , which have different regulatory guidelines for copyright and contract. Read an overview of the research and download the Study from the iTunes Case Study website. Japan
 CONFERENCE WATCH
* April 16, 2004,
--Slowing the Stream: Digital Media Meeting Cambridge, MA
* April 17, 2004,
--BloggerCon II Cambridge, MA
* May 2-4, 2004,
--Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit Washington, DC
* May 10-14, 2004,
--INET/IGC 2004 Strengthening the Net: Building an Open and Trusted Internet Barcelona
* May 13-15, 2004,
--Internet Law Program (Registration Open!) Cambridge, MA
* May 26-27, 2004, Zaporozhye, Ukraine--The Second Cybercrime Conference 2004
* June 9-11, 2004, San Francisco, CA--IAPP TRUSTe Symposium: Privacy Futures
* June 24-25, 2004, Lucerne, Switzerland--Digital Rights Management: The End of Collecting Societies?
* July 14-31, 2004, Oxford, UK--Oxford Internet Institute Summer Programme (Applications Now Being Accepted)
* Ethan Katsh to ICANN: Where is our ombudsman?
* Copyfight Moves, Expands Authorship
* New EFF Weblogs - Deep Links and Mini Links
"...In a technologically mediated age, our grand freedoms -- freedom of speech, of association, of the press -- are based on the narrow ones. Wave after wave of world-changing technology like email and the Web and instant messaging and Napster and Kazaa have been made possible because the technological freedoms we enjoy, especially the ones instantiated in the internet." -- Clay Shirky
"The upshot is that any blogger in the heat of exchange, a pissy mood, or an incautious moment can get you killed in the news, which feeds off matters the campaign will comment on." -- Jay Rosen, on the Kos-Atrios-Kerry controversy
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