Berkeley Professor Hal Varian has a piece in the New York Times about orphan works. Borrowing one of our ideas, Varian suggests a marketplace of private copyright registries: “Reducing the transactions costs of acquiring reproduction rights potentially makes both creators and users of information better off.”
The Associated Press is trying to clamp down on unlicensed use of its stories. Says AP's general counsel, “What we are trying to say is that if someone wants to use our news, they have to pay for it.”
Being DRM-free isn't the same as being anonymous. TUAW shows that songs downloaded off iTunes come embedded with your user information, insuring that if the song gets shared, the first downloader can be identified.
Yesterday Google launched Google Gears, an open source development kit for building offline web applications. The new technology, launched at Google's annual Developer Day, will position the company to challenge Microsoft in offline content
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