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May 05, 2001

Rambus loses patent fight
Patents
5/5/2001; 10:24:37 PM This is news I've wanted to pass on for months now.

'Rambus, the pugnacious memory IP designer, has received a bloody nose its US court fight against Infineon, with the judge dismissing the three remaining patent claims against the German chipmaker.'


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May 05, 2001

Videocard->Monitor Protection System Details Leaked
Misc.
5/5/2001; 10:03:43 PM This is the stuff that's supposed to prevent us dastardly consumers from tapping into our monitor lines and obtaining copies of content that way. Technical reading, leaked to cryptome.


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May 05, 2001

Coalition Developing DVD Watermark
DVD & DeCSS5/5/2001; 9:51:19 PM 'An alliance of seven technology companies has developed a digital watermark technology that it says could be available on DVDs as early as September. 'The Video Watermarking Group (VWM) is a combined venture of Hitachi (HIT, info), NEC (NIPNY, info), Pioneer (PIO, info), Sony (SNE, info), Digimarc (DMRC, info), Macrovision (MVSN, info), and Philips (PHG, info). The companies have come together after months of negotiations to combine their technologies and produce a digital watermark that will be embedded in original DVDs, says John Fread, director of public relations for Digimarc. 'Detector circuits in future DVD recorders and playback machines will read the watermark, says Miz Nakajima, spokesperson for Digimarc. The technology does not work with today's DVD players.'It won't work in today's players... of which millions exist... and it's far too late in the DVD cycle to just suddenly mandate a switchover and expect everyone to upgrade. Exactly what good is this supposed to do?Also see Wes' remarks, w/ my reply.


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May 02, 2001

While the finer points of the Digital Millennium Copyright A
DMCA5/2/2001; 2:27:54 PM 'While the finer points of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act take center stage in a New York appeal's court, a team of researchers continue to protest the heavy-handed use of the law by the recording industry.''On Tuesday, a trio of federal judges heard arguments about the legality of distributing the DVD-descrambling utility DeCSS. The panel, which appeared to be taking a pro-entertainment industry stance, gave both sides until May 10 to file 10-page supplemental briefs.'I can kind of understand the judicial reluctance to recognize the argument that the DMCA stifles free speech... the interesting question is how many real life examples are necessary before they start to understand. Suppressing academic research is fairly easy to understand... let's hope that will help the inevitable breakthrough.


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May 01, 2001

Engelbart to Help Prodigy Fight BT Lawsuit
Patents
5/1/2001; 10:57:31 PM 'User interface pioneer Douglas Engelbart, who demonstrated a mouse-driven hypertext system called NLS in 1968, said in an interview Wednesday that he will help Prodigy defend itself against a patent infringement lawsuit filed by British Telecom. BT is suing Prodigy for infringement of BT's patent on hyperlinks.'

(Admin note: Apologies for the paucity of posts... my school year ends this Thursday and the final projects are consuming the usual 150% of my available time. iRights should be back with a vengeance this May.)


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