Archive for June 10th, 2005

German Search Engines: Compliance With Own Code of Conduct?


Earlier this year, we reported that at all major search engines in Germany (Google, Lycos Europe, MSN Deutschland, AOL Deutschland, Yahoo, T-Online, and t-info) have reached an agreement to filter harmful-to-minors content.Recently, Marcell Machill tested the search engines’ complicance with their own code of conduct. Find a summary of the results here.

OECD Music Industry Report


Find here a terrific report by the OECD on the digital music industry (pre-release.) The report includes, inter alia, references to Terry Fisher’s seminal book Promises to Keep as well as to the Berkman Center’s iTunes case study.

The report concludes that online music distribution will grow significantly over the next few years, will force the music industry to reconsider their business models, and will continue to pose regulatory challenges to governments. The study includes a detailed impact analysis of digital music distribution on artists, consumers, the record industry, and new intermediaries.

The OECD underlines the positive potential of digital distribution, both as a new business model and a cultural phenomenon. It’s report further concludes that Internet-based piracy may be reduced, if licensed file-sharing and new forms of superdistribution evolve.

The study, part of the OECD Project on Digital Broadband Content, is the outcome of work involving a wide range of stakeholders, including many governments. It’s among the first roadmaps exploring as to how public policy should be re-evaluated in this space.

The Berkman Center’s Digital Media Team was invited to comment on a draft version of this report. Today, we congratulate the study’s authors to a thorough multi-stakeholder analysis, written in a challenging environment.

Stay tuned.

Update: The OECD report is also featured in the latest edition of The Economist (subscription required.) See also WIRED News with reactions from IFPI.

Internet Prevents Copying of Books


Baker & McKenzie’s Premium Global E-Law Alert (June 7th edition, subscription required) reports:

Publishing companies and universities in Brazil are offering alternative options for students that might significantly reduce the problem of illegally copying publications at the campuses. The proposals include downloading text excerpts from books contained into the book companies’ systems onto the users’ computers, or downloading text from the universities’ intranet and printing in one of their terminals, at a pre-established price, which shall cover the due copyright fees and the cost of the operation.
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