Sunday, 26 May, 2002
An interesting story of using small claims court to try to collect on overdue writer’s payments: http://www.mediabistro.com/content/archives/02/01/10/
Spent the day cleaning out the cellar. An ugly job, but rewarding is the outcome.
SlashDot sent me off on an interesting trail through the web starting at http://research.yale.edu/lawmeme/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=227. Worthy of more study. Short form: Lessig good, MPAA/RIAA/Adkinson bad. But, we knew that. Many. many very worthwhile links from this page, though, including http://kmself.home.netcom.com/Rants/piracy.html. Fascinating commentary, with some really interesting conclusions, like:
cost in a market with piracy will always be less than in a market without piracy
Lessig’s links are surely impressive as well: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/future/. His thesis in The Future of Ideas, ISBN:0375505784, is that there is a coming Dark Ages of the Information Era, as AOL Time-Warner, Sony-Paramount, Microsoft and the other big media conglomerates take over the web is a pretty chilling conclusion.