Wednesday, August 15, 2001

On Blogger I use two webservices to run this column, Blogger and SPAM by Philip Greenspun. Both are excellent, both are free, and both represent the future of Web services (except maybe for the free part). has a great run down of how XML RPC is building distributed computing services.

On the DMCA One of the absurdities of the DMCA is that it effectively outlaws fair use by making it criminal to use circumvent ANY copy-protection of protected media. As folks so often forget, fair use came FIRST and copyright was a sop to give content producers an incentive to enrich the public domain. It seems someone in Congress has noticed this. Unfortunately, it's being dealt with in a granting-exceptions-to-special-interest-group approach instead of scrapping the bad legislation and replacing it with something reasonable.


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