Simson Garfinkel Losing Control of Your TV In…

Simson Garfinkel: Losing Control of Your TV.

In the future, the Motion Picture Association of America will control your television set. Every TV sold in the United States will come equipped with an electronic circuit that will search incoming TV programs for a tiny electronic “flag.” The MPAA’s members will control this flag, putting it into broadcast movies and television shows as they see fit. If the flag is present, your TV will go into a special high-security mode and lock down its high-quality digital outputs. If you want to record a flagged program, you’ll have to do so on analog tape or on a special low-resolution DVD. Any recording will be limited to analog-quality sound. This security measure is not designed to protect the television from viruses or computer hackers–it’s designed to protect TV programs from you.

Lawrence Lessig Some Like It Hot If piracy…

Lawrence Lessig: Some Like It Hot.

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.

1.3 gig archive of the collected audio works…

1.3 gig archive of the collected audio works of Douglas Adams. They should probably turn that thing into a BitTorrent before they get slashdotted.

The Douglas Adams media archive is presented here by the wi2600.org groups for your enjoyment. This allso is to serve as a tribute to Mr. Adams’s great, but suddely shortened career. Those who have not heard his voice and those who know it well will both enjoy having this material available. We will miss him!