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The war isn’t over, no matter how much we want it to be

Posted in Commentary with tags , on December 8, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Every December 8th, Yoko Ono marks the day as the anniversary of her husband, John Lennon’s, death by the hands of a crazed gunman.

Most people would rather close themselves in and not want to face the world for 24 hours, but, Yoko, she continues spreading John’s message of peace and love.

She uses this day, not to mourn Mr. Lennon, but to praise him and his work. He was a musician by trade, but a human by birth. And as a human he sought to end the mis-treatment of others.

It’s not hard to imagine, it’s easy if you try.

War is over.

25 reasons to fight the DRM

Posted in music with tags , , on October 18, 2008 by Bradley Hall

This was a fantastic read.

It’s a list of 25 reasons why Digital Rights/Restrictions Management should be done away with altogether.

I particularly enjoyed #22, “It locks you in” – Several years ago during the heyday of Napster 2.0 and iPods, several companies around my town (and others, I’m sure) decided to combine the two in marketing promotions that most people would see as “ill advised.”

If you bought a car or whatever, you were given an iPod and a 25 song download card for Napster… neverminding the fact that you wouldn’t be able to put those 25 songs on your iPod, ever. Due to the incompatibility of the two DRM schemes the companies enforced.

Lots of unhappy kids that Christmas.

iTunes will stay open

Posted in Intellectual Property, music with tags on October 4, 2008 by Bradley Hall

The Copyright Royalty Board is has decided not to increase the royalty price to 15 cent, or at all. So iTunes is safe for now. Though, this is something that will come up again in the future and will eventually be passed. When that happens, Apple will be forced to increase the price of music along with it.

Apple Loses NDA, Loose Lips Sink iPhones

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags on October 1, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Today’s just a day for Apple news isn’t it?

Apple recently announced that they were lifting the NDA, the Non-Disclosure Agreement, on released iPhone software.

This means that the NDA is still in effect for unreleased iPhone software.

Apple Threatens to Close iTunes

Posted in music with tags on October 1, 2008 by Bradley Hall

This is unrelated to the recent Norway developments.

The Copyright Royalty Board is deliberating right now as to whether the royalties paid to music publishers and writers would be increased to 15 cent.

Currently, Apple pays 9 cent per song to the publishers.

Apple states that an increase in price for royalties will end iTunes’ profitability.

Brave Norwegians Plan War Against Apple

Posted in Intellectual Property, music with tags , on October 1, 2008 by Bradley Hall

According to Reuters, a Norwegian consumer organization has filed suit against Apple, primarily for iTunes’ lack of interoperability with other media playing devices and mobile phones (iPhone aside).

Bjoern Erik Thon, ombudsman for the lawsuit hopes that more countries will realize Apple’s problem and join his fight, “Next we will try to gather a number of countries to support this case.”

Apple has until November 3rd to respond to the lawsuit.

Open Tech For Sale

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags , on August 23, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Just a few moments ago, I received an email from Open Tech’s Vice President of online sales and PR that states the following sentence as the sole line in the email:

“Open Tech is For sale. This includes all trade secrets and brand equity. Thank you for tour time.”

For those who have not followed the Open Tech story, they are/were a company that created a line of computers able to install and run Mac OS X. – A feat Apple claimed was a breach of its copyright and the EULA.

The EULA, or the End User License Agreement is the preamble to installing any piece of software. In it the user agrees to certain conditions of using the software, such as not using the Mac OS in a machine not made by Apple.

Apple filed lawsuit after lawsuit trying to drive the small company under. It seems the house that Steve built finally dealt the crushing blow.

I wonder if one of the trade secrets is how they managed to install Mac OS X in a non-Apple product.