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Last Updated: October 24, 2003

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Commentary: What's Real and Make-Believe with the RIAA Subpoenas?
If any of the current rash of RIAA's subpoenas were determined to be "patently unlawful," file sharers could potentially retaliate with lawsuits for alleged electronic privacy and computer fraud violations. In this opinion piece, I take a close look at the current tension between the RIAA and file sharers.

Index of Articles (by Publication)


Hot debate over the future of Webcasting
September 21, 2001
After years of big-money litigation, bankruptcy, and polemics, Webcasters, artists, and labels are finally sitting down with the U.S. Copyright Office to hammer out the licenses under which music will be distributed on the Internet. But Webcasters and artists claim that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with its deep pockets and high-placed lobbyists, has hijacked the process and is setting up a world where the music industry fox guards the Internet henhouse.

The RIAA is lobbying the U.S. Copyright Office to set both the royalty rates paid by Webcasters for the music they play and the means by which those royalties will be collected and distributed to artists. Whatever rate is set will also apply retroactively; Webcasters will be legally obligated to compensate copyright holders for any material used over the past three years.

Webcasters insist that the RIAA's proposed rates are too high, while artists insist that the system the RIAA proposes for collecting and distributing royalties is unsound. There's a lot at stake for all interested parties, from Webcasters to artists to the recording industry.

O'Reilly Network Weblogs

CARP Rejected: A Ray of Hope for Independent Webcasters
May 21, 2002
Based on the Recommendation of the Register of Copyrights (Marybeth Peters), the Librarian of Congress (James H. Billington) has formally rejected the CARP Panel's determinations for webcasting rates. The Librarian of Congress now has until June 20, 2002 to issue his final determination.

The E Development Platform: It's a real eye opener!
May 18, 2002
Marc Stiegler's presentation on the E Development platform and "capability secure" browsers and desktops caught the attention of many an E-Tech conference goer. (Paul Prescod, Wes Felten, Aaron Swartz and myself, just to name just a few...)

Fair Use vs. DMCA: 321 Studios Takes the First Swing
April 23, 2002
321 Studios has filed a complaint against the movie studios in a defensive measure that challenges the constitutionality of the DMCA.

Dmitry Sets the Record Straight
December 21, 2001
Dmitry Sklyarov, his past, present and future employer (Elcomsoft), and Elcomsoft's attorney clarify a few facts about their cases and the agreement Dmitry made with the U.S. Attorney's office.

Dmitry Buys Some Time With Testimony
December 13, 2001
Dmitry Sklyarov's case has been deferred until the case against his former employer, Elcomsoft, is resolved -- or one year (whichever is longer) in exchange for his testimony.

RIAA President Hilary Rosen Speaks to P2P Community
November 7, 2001
Hilary Rosen delivered an enlightening talk at the O'Reilly Peer-to-peer and Web Services Conference about the evolution of the relationship between the recording industry and Peer-to-peer technologies.

RIAA Threatened By Anti-Terrorist Law
October 15, 2001
Under the Uniting and Strengthening America Act (USA Act), 'collateral damage' inflicted by virus-like software used to seek out and delete infringing files on a home user's computer (non-infringing files deleted by accident) would constitute an act of terrorism.

P2P Keeps the World Connected
September 13, 2001
In the wake of Tuesday's events, P2P networks played a key role in connecting survivors with their loved ones and providing a timely and reliable source of information.

Science Fiction, Copyright, Natural Law, and You
August 31, 2001
OpenCola's Cory Doctorow questions the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and takes a long hard look at the future of Copyright.

CD-Rs Target of RIAA Press Release
August 23, 2001
A new RIAA press release says that CD sales are down and CD-Rs are to blame.

Fired over MP3s
August 6, 2001
If you've been running file sharing or distributed computation software over your employer's network, even if you're not causing anyone any harm in any way, now would be a good time to stop.

Dmitry Sklyarov Released On Bail
August 6, 2001
Dmitry Sklyarov has been released on bail and instructed to remain in Northern California under a friend's supervision until his pre-trial hearing on August 23.

So Much For Letting the Market Decide
July 31, 2001
After receiving proposals from what it feels are the important parties, the U.S. Copyright Office is in the process of deciding how much webcasters will be required to pay copyright owners for webcasts.

And Justice for Adobe
July 24, 2001
An individual's right to Free Speech has been put to the test after a Russian programmer was arrested last week in Las Vegas. Find out what exactly happened and how the legal implications of what took place could affect us all. (Includes a cohesive Resources section linking to all legal documentation, public statements and media coverage on the subject to date.)

Turn About Is Fair Player
July 10, 2001
How Microsoft's platform and media format-specific digital rights management strategy will only benefit its competitors in the long run. (Includes lots of links to Windows Digital Media Rights (DRM) technical documentation.)

IEEE's Internet Computing Magazine

The World of XML Tools
March 2002
This update features P2P Applications, as well as XML tools, standards and technology updates up to March 12, 2002.
IEEE's Internet Computing
August 1998
A roundup of XML products and standards for the IEEE's Internet Computing Magazine. Articles

XML '99: Quotes from the Conference Floor
December 15, 1999
Opinions and commentary from XML developers-at-large at the December 1999 XML '99 conference.
The W3C, P3P and the Intermind Patent
November 3, 1999
This piece provides a detailed explanation of the issues surrounding Intermind Corporation's claims that the P3P standard-in-progress infringes upon its patented technology. The story includes both sides of the story, including: a summary of a legal analysis by the W3C's patent counsel and a first hand explanation from one of Intermind's founders explaining the company's point of view.
XHTML: Three Namespaces or One?
October 6, 1999
This story analyses the different sides of the technical issues surrounding XHTML's namespace. (Warning! This article will only bore and confuse you if you are a beginner!)
XML Right On evidenced by this year's MetaStructures 99 and XML Developer Days in Montreal
August 25, 1999
A report back from the trenches of the GCA's MetaStructures 99 and Jon Bosak's hand-tailored XML Developer Days in Montreal. A discussion of the new technologies and discussion of some of the most noteworthy content of some of the presentation (but by no means all of the noteworthy content that was presented, I'm sure :-).
XSA (XML Software Autoupdate)
June 23, 1999
An over view of Lars Marius Garshol's XSA format for notifying software directories about developer updates. The XSA client is Java-based and very easy to install use. This is an XML-based "syndication" format in the sense that it provides a distribution channel for the repurposing of update information, not like many of the "XML Syndication formats", such as XML News or RSS or ICE, that are beginning to come of age.
The Evolution of a Privacy Standard
May 5, 1999
This story provides a general overview of P3P, as well as examples of both human and machine-readable versions of a site's privacy policy, and a checklist to help you devise your own privacy policy.
The Quest for an XML Query Standard
March 2, 1999
This article explores the many different strategies for querying XML documents, using the W3C's Query Language Workshop's participants' position papers to launch the points of discussion.
XML in Ship-to-Shore Telemedecine
December 19, 1998
This piece describes JABR Technologies' use of XML as a data format for storing and communicating patient information for a remote medical consulting system that works using a simple process based on SMTP-based e-mail messages and a server-side XSL transformation process, called XMTP (extensible mail transaction protocol).
Live Data from WDDX
October 6, 1998
WDDX (Web Distributed Data eXchange) is Allaire Corporation's new XML syntax-based serialization format. Find out all about it and how you can put it to use for yourself.
Is HTML+Time Out-of-Sync With SMIL?
October 7, 1998
Microsoft has been reluctant to adopt the SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) standard, even after it became a W3C Recommendation. Is this reluctance a technical decision on the part of Microsoft due to flaws in the SMIL specification itself, or is there more to it than that?
Developers Driving XML in Montreal
August 28, 1998
A joint report from myself and Liora Aschuler about last August's XML Developer Days in Montreal.
Getting Real With XML
August 12, 1998
The background and details surrounding a real world real estate listing search engine -- plus the business case for XML search engine functionality in general.
Handling Binary Data in XML
July 24, 1998
An in depth look at handling binary data from within XML documents with JABR Technologies' real world neuroscience implementation.
XML and Vector Graphics
June 22, 1998
How will all these numerous experimental specifications (PGML, VML, and Web Schematics on the WWW spec) coalesce into a single scalable vector graphics industry standard? Well, I'm-a-gonna tell ya....

Wired News Stories

MS, Sun Weave Tangled Path
August 19, 1998
In describing the network of the future, both Microsoft and Sun see distributed, self-monitoring systems. How to achieve this goal is where the companies diverge.
Browser Battles Script On
July 8, 1998
Countering Microsoft's Internet Explorer beta release last month, Netscape has submitted a new scripting proposal to the W3C that muddies the water for developers.
Microsoft Frowns on SMIL
July 7, 1998
Microsoft has decided not to support a significant new W3C standard for streaming video and sound files online. RealNetworks and other multimedia developers are taking the vendor-neutral route.
The Smarter Classified
June 12, 1998
The Newspaper Association of America has formed a task force to develop an electronic classified advertising standard. If it takes, supporters think the business of online selling may get a lot more intelligent.
Your Data as Online Commodity
June 2, 1998
A new protocol under development will provide Web-based businesses and content providers with a standardized way of exchanging users' personal information, preferences, and other types of data related to online business.
How Will PDAs Paint Pictures?
May 15, 1998
A series of recent proposals are tackling the problem of how to display graphics on PDAs, cell phones, and other "small footprint" devices. The answer may lie in vector graphics and XML.
Perl Opens Arms to XML
March 17, 1998
By upgrading Perl to be more XML-compatible, millions of pages of existing Web content could be enhanced with the eXtensible Markup Language (XML), almost overnight. Such is the goal of Perl programmers in updating the behind-the-scenes language...
Netscape: Bring on the Frankenbrowsers
February 13, 1998
As the date approaches for Netscape's browser source-code giveaway, developers are lining up to create their own, mutated versions of the world's most popular browser. Keeping the free-for-all under control may be the company's next great challenge.
A Truly Organic Network
December 15, 1997
Data transmission through your fingertip? A technology with its roots in magic promises to tap in to the human body's saline to power personal information devices that communicate by touch.
XML and the New Industry Order
December 9, 1997
XML has gained considerable ground in the past year, going from an arcane metadata language hashed around in developer circles to a prime-time player at this week's Internet World.
Browsers Mask a Bug in Feature's Clothing
November 12, 1997
A potentially serious security hole inherent to both Netscape's Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer opens up hard-drive files to ill-intentioned Web servers. And there's not much they can do about it.
XML Ushers in Structured Web Searches
October 17, 1997
As HTML-based search engines reach their limits, a new method of categorizing Web-page data offers promise for returning more focused query results - though it's uncertain when the search-engine vendors will get around to supporting it.
Interpreting the Java Earthquake
October 10, 1997
What's most important in the Sun Microsystems Java lawsuit against Microsoft isn't the back-and-forth over who did what, but its impact on the future of computing.
XML Wins
October 9, 1997
Despite the allure of the whiz-bang, high-tech publishing systems at last week's Seybold conference, developments in XML and Web fonts took center stage.
XML Rules. Any Questions?
October 6, 1997
Developers can start getting excited, now that Extensible Markup Language tools are finally beginning to emerge.
Microsoft Pushes Java Aside
September 30, 1997
As the language slowly matures toward usefulness - and potentially - an operating system, Microsoft continues to sweep it under the rug.

Web Techniques Articles

The Next Big Picture: Scalable Vector Graphics for the Web
September 1998
This story discusses the issues surrounding the formation of a Scalable Vector Graphics format, and analyses the two member submissions that were relevant at the time (PGML - Precision Graphics Markup Language) and VML (Vector Markup Language).

Web Review Articles

Mozilla: Born Free Again
March 13, 1998
An in-depth analysis of the political, legal, and technical "components" surrounding Netscape's impending source code giveaway.
Hands On XML
December 5, 1997
A step by step tutorial for deploying a cross-browser applet capable of reading CDF-like XML applications.

JavaScript Stories from NetscapeWorld

ECMAScript in a nutshell: Our guide to the new specification
July 1997

Plus, we answer 5 readers' questions about JavaScript, sound and more. (Co-authored with Jennifer Spelman.)

11 JavaScripts and tips you asked for -- Keen advice you never knew you needed, a handy JavaScript/VBScript comparison chart, and answers to reader mail
June 1997

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JavaScript 1.2's evolution as explained by its creator
May 1997
Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript, provides an enlightening description of 1.2's data types, as the language continues to search for its own identity and a universal standard
Steal this JavaScript! Hand-picked code you need to pocket
May 1997
A JavaScript imager, 2 flashy background color changers, a cool scrolling status bar applet. Plus, answers to your questions about positioning custom browser windows!

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We reveal 6 clever readers' JavaScripts you can steal!
April 1997
Use these scripts to change background color, estimate your taxes, check fields in forms, and check plug-ins. Plus a technique to get the `opener' property to work with Navigator 2.X browsers.

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Other NetscapeWorld stories

Using Director/Shockwave and embedding it to be seen by both browsers
May 1997
How to use Director 5 to make Shockwave movies and then how to embed them in your HTML so that your movies will work in both browsers.
Webmaster security reminder: How GET can expose your user's sensitive data in other servers' Web logs -- Protecting confidential information and collecting the logfile data you need
April 1997
A how to for Webmasters about the importance of using POST instead of GET on all forms in order to protect your clients' privacy. Also -- just what gets carried along in that referrer log.
Five reasons people find cookies objectionable and how to address them
February 1997
Background information Webmasters and Web developers need to know before implementing cookies; the psychology behind the fear of cookies.(Co-authored with Greg Michelson)
`Extranets' in a nutshell
January 1997
What are extranets? Do you have one? Do you need one?

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Last Updated: October 24, 2003