Yale Cybercrime Conference

The Yale Information Society Project will be hosting a CyberCrime and Digital Law Enforcement conference  at Yale Law School, March 26-28, 2004. There’s also a writing competition and a call for papers on CyberCrime and Digital Law Enforcement.

Remix Dean

Nevermind all that politicking and horse-racing: This is cool (via Jason). Very silly, but also cool.  They’re taking a currently important moment in the cultural landscape and (re?)defining it from their points of view.   I wish these sorts of remixes could happen for other things as well.  (Maybe, for better or for worse, it’ll become part of the political lexicon like “I paid for this microphone” – with, probably, the opposite consequences for the speaker.  The remix probably gives it more staying power, because it puts a name and a context – a “hook”? – to what is otherwise an un-replicable sound – a bizarre sound, a memorable sound, but just a sound nonetheless.) (BTW, this is not meant as a comment on Dean.)

IFPI Report on International Digital Music Market

Lots of spin, but still worth a read (see here for a summary from News.com).  Apparently, lawsuits against file-sharers has already started to a much lesser extent, but more are on the way.


I am quite interested in Loudeye’s plan to be the US version of OD2.  OD2 makes some sense as a business model because they are servicing many different countries and thus many different markets. They were also basically the first on the European scene.  Loudeye’s only going to be servicing the US, it seems, and the market is already beginning to fill up. What is the target audience for Loudeye’s service?  How many more iTunes can the market hold, and how many more iTunes will people want to create?  With small margins, why and how would someone be able to pay Loudeye?  How much flexibility will there be in the Loudeye back end?  Are they maybe going to aim at segments of the music market that are not currently served by the current, major-label-heavy offerings?

MUTE File-Sharing Network

P2PNet reports – the interesting aspect is the supposed privacy protections.  Sounds kinda like Freenet in that you only know who your neighbours are, but it doesn’t seem to have an analogous caching mechanism.  It also sounds similarly slow.  Something to look into a bit more…