Stop pretending cyberspace exists — Salon makes the case that “cyberspace” as a metaphor should join “cyberspace” as a term in the dustbin of history. “If you’re not convinced by now that the very notion of cyberspace is silly, try substituting ‘fax’ or ‘telephone’ or ‘telegraph’ for ‘cyber’ in words and sentences. The results will be comical. ‘Activists denounced government criminal surveillance policies for colonizing Fax Space.’ ‘Should Telephone Space be commercialized?’ Again, the point is not that telecommunications should not be structured and governed in the public interest, but rather that the debate about the public interest is not well served by the Land of Oz metaphor.”
Ninth Circuit Poised to Address Torrent Site Liability — Remember Isohunt? Oral arguments were held nearly two years ago in an appeal of the decision holding the BitTorrent site liable for massive copyright infringement, but the Ninth Circuit has yet to issue a decision. Jesse Creed has an analysis of the issues in that case over at the Idea/Expression blog.
He Builds It, Audiences Come: A Q&A With A Good Day to Die Hard Production Designer Daniel Dorrance — An interesting interview over at the Credits, taking a look at some of the behind-the-scenes highlights from Dorrance’s career, which includes films like Hook, Saving Private Ryan, and Collateral. Great copyright-related anecdote at the end too, where Dorrance talks about clearing the rights for graffiti.
Of Brands, Digital Pirates — And Shame — The USC Annenberg Lab has released its latest monthly look at ad-supported piracy. The February edition highlights a number of brands that frequently show up on illicit file-sharing sites. Fox Business has the scoop.
The De Minimis Doctrine Plays an Important Role in Copyright Law — A quick at some of the notable cases exploring the de minimis doctrine in copyright law.
National Recording Preservation Plan aims to protect America’s audio history — The Library of Congress is moving to implement a Congressionally mandated plan to curate and preserve the vast trove of recorded music from the past century plus. “The library’s plan makes 32 recommendations toward preserving the nation’s endangered audio heritage. It calls for a publicly accessible directory of sound collections; a national policy for collecting, cataloguing and preserving neglected recordings; the implementation of best practices for preserving digital audio files; and more.”
The Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV — Finally, on a personal note, I’m very happy to point readers toward Eric Hart’s (my brother) new book on building props, which
has just gone on sale today goes on sale February 26th. Eric also blogs at Prop Agenda.