|Samstag, 4. Dezember 2004|
Aus einer heute veröffentlichten Pressemitteilung des Deutschen Presserats (Hervorhebungen von uns):
"(…) Öffentlich gerügt wurde die Berichterstattung der 'Bild'-Zeitung über die Schauspielerin Sibel Kekilli. Die Zeitung hatte nach der Verleihung des Goldenen Bären mehrfach über die Vergangenheit der Schauspielerin berichtet, die vor ihrer Rolle in dem ausgezeichneten Film 'Gegen Die Wand' in Pornofilmen mitgespielt hat. Natürlich kann über die Vergangenheit einer Schauspielerin berichtet werden. Dabei ist aber zu beachten, dass in der Berichterstattung die Persönlichkeit der Betroffenen nicht mit den Rollen, die sie gespielt hat, identifiziert wird. Der Beschwerdeausschuss ist der Überzeugung, dass die Berichterstattung über Sibel Kekilli insbesondere durch die Kombination von Text und Bild diese Grenze deutlich überschreitet. Solche Berichterstattung entwürdigt nach Meinung des Ausschusses die Betroffene und verletzt damit die in Ziffer 1 des Pressekodex geforderte Wahrung der Menschenwürde:
Die Achtung vor der Wahrheit, die Wahrung der Menschenwürde und die wahrhaftige Unterrichtung der Öffentlichkeit sind oberste Gebote der Presse.
Das öffentliche Interesse deckt eine Form der Berichterstattung nicht, in der die Persönlichkeit der Betroffenen auf das reduziert wird, was man über diese in den Klappentexten von Pornofilmkassetten lesen kann."
PS: Laut Pressekodex (Ziffer 16) entspricht es " fairer Berichterstattung, vom Deutschen Presserat öffentlich ausgesprochene Rügen abzudrucken, insbesondere in den betroffenen Publikationsorganen." In der Richtlinie zu Ziffer 16 heißt es außerem: "Für das betroffene Publikationsorgan gilt: Der Leser muss erfahren, welcher Sachverhalt der gerügten Veröffentlichung zugrunde lag und welcher publizistische Grundsatz dadurch verletzt wurde."
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Wohl einer der schönsten Windows-iPodder clients wurde in den letzten Tagen veröffentlicht. Nimiq ist besser gestaltet, einfacher zu bedienen und featurereicher als so ziemlich alle andern ipodder tools. Das Downloadverzeichnis kann frei gewählt werden, die Zahl der zu herunterladenen Casts frei festgelegt werden, WMP und iTunes werder unterstützt und überhaupt, hat alles sauber, und ohne Bugs funtionert. Fazit: Als Windows User sollte Nimiq zum Standart-Client avancieren.
(iPodcast.de.)2:47:36 PM trackback 
es gibt mal wieder ein Update von Jäger. Wer also Lust hat, seine Podcasting Software aktuell zu halten, klickt auf diesen Link.
(iPodcast.de.)2:46:35 PM trackback 
Dircaster war schon gut. Einfach MP3s in ein Verzeichnis geladen, und schon hat Dircaster einen XML-Podcast erstellt. PHP auf dem Server war dafür allerdings zwingend erforderlich.
Was nun, wenn man nur einen kleinen PHP Webspace Account hat, aber irgendwo im Netz einen Public FTP für seine MP3s benutzen möchte, bzw. eventuell sogar über einen Uni-FTP verfügt?
Remote Dircaster heisst die Lösung. Entwickelt von Zord.de in Zusammenarbeit mit iPodcast.de kann man nun seine MP3s auf jedem beliebigen FTP Server im Netz hosten. Remote Dircaster liest dann von einem PHP fähigem Server aus, das Verzeichnis des FTP Servers ein und gibt ein Valides Podcast XML aus. Dieses ist komplett iPodder kompatibel und kann hier heruntergeladen werden.
(iPodcast.de.)2:45:06 PM trackback 
Kaum haben die Weblog genannten Internet-Tagebücher ihren Siegeszug angetreten, kommt eine neue Kommunikationsform, die diesmal Radiosender aufhorchen lässt: «Podcasting» heißt der neue Trend – ein Wortspiel aus Broadcasting und Apples I-Pod. Dahinter verbergen sich, vereinfacht gesagt, kleine Audiobeiträge, die mittels einer Software direkt auf MP3-Player oder eben einen I-Pod übertragen werden. weiterlesen…
…so fängt der durchaus lesenswerte Artikel “Radiosendungen von jedermann” in der FNP an. Geschrieben von “Thomas Wanhoff” gibt er einen guten Überblick der derzeitigen Podcast Szene, und beleuchtet so ziemlich alle relevanten Podcasting-Aspekte. Daumen Hoch.
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Manila weblogs are now supported by Flickr the "online photo management and sharing application."
The site structure feature in Manila now allows you to specify redirects.
<redirect pathname="pathToRedirectFrom" url="http://www.example.com/" />
<redirect pathname="pathToRedirectFrom" url="/pathWithinMySite" />
Bryan Bell has a new Manila theme called Papaver which makes use of the little-known module macro: "Modules are compelling because they will allow users to create Manila sites that are easy to use right from the start. Designs can include a sample BlogRoll, editable footers, and easy to manage sidebar content."trackback 
Michael Feldman has posted the tutorial from his BloggerCon session on starting a weblog using Manila.
Tip: You can find other howtos/tips in the community section of the Frontier directory.
David Bayly has a new release of his bounce suite for Windows that helps automate some of the Frontier server admin tasks: "A suite to control the the process of quitting and re-launching Frontier periodically. A suite to automate the save copy process for all roots."
Tip: You can find a howto that outlines the Frontier/Manila server maintenance tips here.
A new feature for Manila which makes it possible to subscribe to RSS feeds in Editors-Only Manila sites using any RSS news reader which supports HTTP authentication. To get the new feature, update Manila.root.
"The Mail-to-Weblog feature makes it easy to post to your weblog by simply sending an email to your site. When this feature is enabled, Manila periodically checks for new messages in a POP email account that you specify, and posts new messages whose subject matches your "secret subject" to your weblog."
Update Frontier.root, mainResponder.root and Manila.root to get the changes.
(Hosted by Dan Klass) Listener audio comment from Amy, Sesame Street v. Blues Clues, my dead business elephantdisc.com, then I ramble on and on about the interview on The Majority Report with Prof. Lawrence Lessig regarding copyright law. What an idiot I can be. Luckily I sneak a star sighting story in there to try to save the day. This time: Bebe herself. Enjoy!trackback 
The feedmesh group at Yahoo is working on a distributed system for weblog pinging. It wasn't started in a very nice way, but now they seem to have turned the corner. If you're interested in pinging systems like weblogs.com, check it out. At some point we're going to need a distributed system, and this may be a good way to get there. I monitor the list through its RSS feed.trackback 
This group was formed at a private, exclusive tech conference (that I was not invited to), by an engineer at Yahoo, to replace weblogs.com, presumably with a network that Yahoo manages. I assume this is why Yahoo didn't come to BloggerCon, and why I seem to find out about their RSS developments long after the fact. There was a time, not too long ago, when I had a friendly relationship with Yahoo people. I was reminded of that at the ONA conference, talking with some Yahoo people I used to work with. What happened? Not really sure, but the communication stopped right around the time they started trying to replace weblogs.com.
Anyway, that didn't work, and now they're trying to work with weblogs.com instead of replacing it, so now they get a free pointer on Scripting News.
This seems to be happening all over the place. The jealousy in the weblog tech community seems to be going back to where we started, a sense of respect and cooperative competition. I give a lot of the credit for this to Microsoft, who, by supporting RSS 2.0 and weblogs.com, has made using existing standards, instead of re-inventing them, a valid practice for large tech companies. Of course I'm not so naive to believe that this will always be the case, that's why new ideas like podcasting are so important. Keep the ball moving. Microsoft people like to talk about chasing the tail lights. Okay, I don't mind being the tail lights.
So to answer the headline's question, just work with me, instead of trying to replace me, and you'll find I can be a very friendly guy!
"Consider that none of the professional reporters, in hundreds of articles about blogging, predicted the importance of bloggers before they became important. Now that it's happened, they're still writing superior, dismissive pieces about people writing in their pajamas. One wonders when just one of them will write the story the other way. 'Pros fearful of a future when they have to compete with amateurs on a level playing field.' Except it's not the future anymore."
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"Flickr is quickly becoming one of the most popular
‘moblog’ and photo sharing site, is it the interface? The APIs? Caterina talks about this and more!
Name, rank, serial number…(who you are).
Name, rank, serial number…(who you are).
Caterina Fake, co-founder and jill of all trades. As you know, this being a small startup I do a lot of everything:
marketing, pixel pushing, strategy, product development, janitorial duties, money raising—you name it. :)
In a nutshell, what’s Flickr (including cost for user, etc..).
Flickr’s originality as an online photo sharing site comes from the marriage of content that users create the online community that they share their photos with…
The network creates a kind of self-organization that makes all kinds of things possible: collaborative curation,
group scrapbooking, easy search, dynamically assembled galleries — and has resulted in the best organized collection of
photos in the world. Over 80% of the photos in
Flickr are public — you can make it so only your friends or family sees your photos — which makes all kinds of
creative collaboration possible.
We also make it really easy to get your photos into Flickr, and really easy to get them out again in whatever way you
like, whether that be by RSS feed, posting them to blogs, or, as some of our users have done, making dynamic
screensavers built on the Flickr API.
There is a free version of Flickr, limited to 10 MB uploads a month and 100 photos displayed on Flickr; the paid
version permits 1GB uploads a month, and unlimited storage (as well as unlimited photosets, no ads and other
Do you plan to support video in the future?
We would like to support short-form video — like the kind of video you can take with your digital camera.
What are your favorite Flickr sites?
My personal favorite is the Squared Circle group.
It was started by a user named Striatic, and all submissions are of
something circular set in a square frame. The amazing thing is to watch
It is fascinating! You see plates of food, clocks, water towers,
airplanes that have been cut in half — and when you watch the slide
show they fade into one another. It’s amazing. One of the things that’s
great about Flickr is you can remix your own photos with other people’s,
by forming groups or using tags.
Some other great groups are Obscure Obverse, which shows
the back sides of picture frames, mirrors and other cool things;
Molskinerie, which shows cool things people have done
with their Moleskine notebooks; The Secret Life of Toys which
has great pictures of
toys acting like people — it’s really endless. I can, and do, spend
hours just surfing around looking at this stuff. People are so
Tag surfing is another thing that I do. Some great tags include:
What digital camera do you use (it’s interesting that you can see the EXIF data, is there a most popular
camera on Flickr?
I mostly use the cameraphone on my Nokia 6600. Because I always have it with me. Even though the picture quality,
admittedly, leaves a lot to be desired. There *is* a most popular camera on Flickr, according to the EXIF data, and
that is the Canon Powershot, though depending on how you
cluster the makes and models, the Sony Cybershot comes pretty close. We’ll see what happens after Christmas too!
Another thing to note is that no Nokia phones include EXIF data with their photos, so we don’t know about any of
What gadgets do you use? Tivos, which phone, etc..?
I’m not much of a gadgeteer, but I love my cameraphone so much! All those cool-weird-interesting-beautiful things that you see when you’re out in the world: you can finally save them and share them because you’re carrying the camera with you everywhere.
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"Xeni Jardin: Earlier today, I posted comments from a BoingBoing reader about the fact that MSN Spaces, Microsoft's new blogging tool, censors certain words you might try to include in a blog title or url. If you can't speak freely on a blog, what's the point of having one? This demanded a full investigation.
Using my existing MSN Passport account, I attempted to create a number of blogs, one after the other. The results of which titles passed and which were banned may surprise you -- or at least generate a few Beavis-and-Butthead snorkles. Each of the linked test-titles in this BoingBoing post points to to an actual, unmodified screenshot of the corresponding test blog I created (or was denied the ability to create) using MSN Search.
(1) BoingBoing's readers said the title 'Corporate Whore' was censored. My attempt at 'Corporate Whore Chronicles' met the same result, but 'Corporate Prostitute Chronicles' worked fine. Hooray for synonyms with more syllables!
(2) I figured anything in the original list of seven dirty words banned by the FCC would be off-limits: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. Most of that proved to be true, as did other potent cusswords which would likely cause license problems for a television or radio station. But a test blog titled 'Tits for Tats' passed without incident. Off to a good start, with no unneccesarily broad language policing. Chalk one up for MSN Spaces!
(3) More good news. 'World of Poop' is just fine. And the rather racy 'Butt Sex is Awesome' made it through, as did the overtly naughty 'Dick, Balls, Boobies, Goddammit.' The test blog titled 'My Craptacular Life' was free to do its bloggy thing, unhindered by prudish vocabulary cops. Even 'Internet Explorer is Crappy' was welcomed with open arms. Now that's free speech!
(4) Uh-oh. My attempt to create an MSN Spaces blog called 'Pornography and The Law' is met with rude red text advising me to can the profanity. So, if I were a law student who wanted to start a blog about the history of obscenity law in the United States, I'd be
shit out of luck.
(5) Very bad news for fans of Russian literature. The blog title 'Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov' is deemed inappropriate, as are any titles I try to create with the 1955 book's name.
(6) You may recall our previously-approved blog title, 'Butt Sex is Awesome.' That name was fine, but MSN Spaces puts the kibosh on 'Anal Health for People who Think Buttsex is Awesome' ('anal' was the problem word here; 'buttsex,' 'butt-sex,' and 'butt sex' all passed MS-muster.)
The conclusion? A mixed bag of results that manages to do what most attempts to automate censorship do -- make fools of the censors."
(Via Boing Boing.)12:04:23 PM trackback 
"Xeni Jardin: Updated. Today, Microsoft launches their free hosted blogging platform, spaces.msn.com. What effect the service will have on Blogger, TypePad, Userland, and the like is, predictably, a subject of great debate. The service is free, and seems aimed squarely at home users. BoingBoing reader alfie checks the W3 validator site and says, 'MSN Spaces seems to be completely ignoring markup standards. Well done chaps.' Link. Reader Christopher Carfi hosts a discussion about the launch on his blog, here.
Reader Paul Pellerito says,
For materials you post or otherwise provide to Microsoft related to the MSN Web Sites (a 'Submission'), you grant Microsoft permission to (1) use, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, modify, translate and reformat your Submission, each in connection with the MSN Web Sites, and (2) sublicense these rights, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. Microsoft will not pay you for your Submission.''Makes me wanna yell STOP! Soylent green is people!'
Peter Orosz says:
MSN Spaces, Microsoft's new blogging service, censors stuff! We're all gonna die! This is a screencap taken by a friend of mine who apparently tried to register at MSN Spaces. His blog's description reads 'A Corporate Whore', which the service promptly bounced. Yikes!Link"
(Via Boing Boing.)11:59:49 AM trackback 
Robert Scoble: 'It's not going to get me to switch from Radio UserLand.'
Me either! Radio is the bomb."
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1. A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener. 2. A specific speech or piece of writing in this form of discourse.
# The act of speaking to oneself."
Hugo Schotman has been a pioneer in sharing his early sound engineering setups for recording podcasts on the Mac. His initial diagram showing how we was able to combine GarageBand, Soundtrack, iChat, and Soundflower to record a podcast with another person remote over iChat enabled Phil and I to record our first Engadget Podcast. Phil and I modified his original set up slightly and cut Soundtrack out of the mix to save money and enable others to get in at a low barrier to entry and posted it on Engadget. We combined Line-In from Rogue Amoeba to route the mic, iChat for remote audio, Quicktime for music and clips, and recorded the whole shebang in Garageband routed through the Soundflower driver.
Recently, Hugo posted another way to
record a high quality Podcast, using his original set up with Line-In in place of GarageBand, and Apple’s Quicktime
Broadcaster (free) in place of Soundtrack. Since Hugo is on vacation he quickly jotted up a post to share his
discovery. If you have never gotten his original set up to work it is hard to figure out how to add the new
components in and get it all working. I spent some time and got it all working with a little help from Hugo and I
agree … this is the best low cost Podcast studio set up I have seen. Once you get it all going the quality is
great and it easy to use. If you are a Mac user looking to start podcasting without spending a thing follow these
step by step instructions below.
Get a good mic and headset. No one wants to listen to a radio show with bad audio. There are tons of low
cost solutions for this. I use a
VOIP ready USB headset
from Plantronics to give me both decent sound for monitoring the recording and a good quality noise-canceling
microphone. Other solutions running any external mic through the microphone port or
Griffin’s iMic for pro quality mics combined with a pair
You will want to make sure you have all the software ready to test your studio set up and make sure it is working. Download and install the following free applications at the links below:
- Line In from Rogue Amoeba
- Soundflower (will require restart to run)
- Quicktime Broadcaster
Open ‘System Preferences’ and choose the ‘Sound’ control panel. You will need to set the audio in and output
to route to the right source for system and mic audio to be recorded.
First set the ‘Output’ setting to ‘Soundflower (2ch)’ this will allow sound that comes from your system such as music to route to the audio driver that will combine multiple sources and allow you to record multiple voices, music, movie clips, etc.
Set the Sound ‘Input’ value to match your microphone source so that sound from your mic is mixed into the stream and recorded. In my case I have selected my USB headset with a built in mic. Mics connected via the mic jack on the Mac should select ‘Audio line-in port’
Make sure to check your mic levels in the ‘Input volume’ slider below to make sure you are not clipping (maxing the
meter) when you speak in a fairly normal tone and pace. This will result in bad quality in the recording if you
have your mic set too loud.
Open Line-In and check the ‘Enabled’ box. Set ‘Input’ to your headphones or headset that you plan to monitor the recording with. Set the ‘Output’ to ‘Soundflower (2ch)’. If you do not enable this correctly you will not be able to hear everything in your headphones. Once you enable Line-In you may notice a half second delay when you speak in the microphone from latency to the driver. We are researching solutions to eliminate this slight annoyance.
Launch Soundflowerbed. It will place a little flower icon in the menu bar that looks like a daisy. Set Soundflowerbed to route the audio from Soundflower to your headset so that you can monitor the entire mix that will be recorded through Soundflower to Quicktime Broadcaster.
Set up iChat to be able to add a remote co-host or guest from iChat or AIM 5.5 on Windows and record it. Open the ‘preferences’ for iChat and select the ‘video’ tab. Under ‘microphone’ and ‘sound output’ select ‘Soundflower (2ch)’. Check the levels of you and your guest and adjust as needed when connected.
Set up Quicktime Broadcaster to record your Podcast.
- Launch Quicktime Broadcaster
- Enable GUI Scripting using the instructions found here.
- Download and run this AppleScript to automatically configure all of the settings outlined below for you. If you run the script make sure you go to the ‘Network’ tab and add your Meta data so that your file will display the key information in a player.
OR … set it up manually using the following settings.
- Click the ‘Show Details’ button to access the advanced settings for Quicktime Broadcaster
- Click the ‘Record to Disk’ check box next to the ‘broadcast’ button to enable recording.
- In the ‘Audio’ tab set your settings as shown in this picture
You can select other compression if you desire. It has been my experience that recording in Apple Lossless has resulted in the fewest drops in quality and compresses nicely in iTunes after completion.
- Click the ‘Video’ tab and uncheck ‘enable video stream’ this should gray out the settings for video recording as you do not need them.
- Click the ‘Network’ tab and set the parameters according to the image below. Make sure you set the address and port values as I have below.
Now you are ready to test your set up. At this point you should be able to hear any sound source in the
podcast including yourself, music, sounds, movie clips, and your iChat partner. Your iChat partner should be able
to hear everything happening on your machine as well.
Test your levels and make sure your various sound sources are not overwhelming each other or drowning out your podcasters. Adjust your iTunes, Sound Input, and other volumes to get it even.
- Have your music and clips queued and ready to play in iTunes, Quicktime, or other players.
- Test your iChat partner vs. you. Who is louder? Adjust as needed.
- Click ‘Broadcast’ when you are ready to make a sample recording and get a feel for your studio and how everything sounds.
- When you stop broadcasting your clip will be deposited in your ‘Movies’ directory where it will be named ‘MyMovie.mov’
Compress your output from Quicktime Broadcaster to MP3 using iTunes.
- Open iTunes
- Open iTunes Preferences
- Select ‘Importing’ in the preferences pane
- Under ‘Import Using’ change the drop down to MP3 or your format of choice
- Chose a predefined bit rate or select custom to fine tune the variables for the smallest possible file size with best possible quality for your podcast. On the Engadget Podcast we tend to go for smaller file size for quick downloads at the expense of a little quality.
Assuming your test worked out fine and you are happy with the outcome, you are ready to start podcasting. Make sure to return your settings to your prior configuration after you are done recording. Rock on and happy podcasting.
Lenn Pryor is a serial technologist who spends far too much of his time and money trying to find gadget nirvana for the frequent traveler. Lenn has spent the last 7 years working for Microsoft including a gloriously fun stint on the Pocket PC team. Today Lenn spends his days with the 5 guys from Redmond running Microsoft’s Channel 9 video blog for developers.
(Via Engadget.)11:48:34 AM trackback 
"Joe Kissell's 'Take Control of Mac OS X Backups' is a 96-page e-book in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) that helps you develop and deploy a reliable backup strategy for your Mac OS X equipped computers. Kissell compares different backup media, describes how different backup software applications work, and then steps you through setting up, testing and maintaining your backup system. Kissell's instructions are suitable for users of single Mac OS X computers or small networks."
(Via MacCentral.)11:38:32 AM trackback 
"John A. Vink writes 'Apple engineer Keith Stattenfield produced and hosted a television show called Keith Explains which aired on Cupertino public access television. About a dozen episodes were produced before the television station closed. Now, audio portions of his show are being podcast over the Internet. In the first segment posted, Keith talks about how he tried to build a cage for his iguana. His discussion touches on the origin of the iguana in the System 7.6 secret about box. Not only one of Apple's most gifted engineers, who was technical lead of Mac OS 9 and currently works on Mac OS X system software, Keith is also widely regarded as Apple's funniest employee.n New audio segments will be posted about every week.'"
(Via MacSlash.)11:31:54 AM trackback 
"At a press event Tuesday, Apple released the iPod photo and U2 iPod in Korea. More than 95 percent of the Korean market is currently dominated by flash memory-based players.
One reporter is using his iPod and the Griffin iTalk for recording news audio content. 'Coming up next: an iPod with a station logo painted on it,' notes the blogger who spotted the act.
Diesel Sweeties is now selling a T-shirt for the iPod early adopters that reads: 'I had an iPod before you even..."
(Via iPodlounge.)11:22:30 AM trackback 
(Titel googlen!)Marqui. For somebody this means that I gave up my freedom, others will not invite me or accept my invitation anymore.
I don't think that this should be considered such a big issue.
I have always been paid to blog. When I blog about the products that my own company develops, I'm paid by my company. When google publishes ads on my blog according to what I write I'm paid by google. When I write about products of my customers, I'm paid by my customers. And this is always been very clear, just look at the banners on both sides of this text.
Of course, the big difference lays in the way I'm paid: signing the contract I agreed to write at least a post per week about Marqui's product, a CMS (CMS in this case means Communication Management System, and we'll learn in the next weeks if it's simply marketing hype or something really new ;-).
I think that I have been hired by Marc Canter, who created this Marqui and bloggers program, because I have been developing internet publishing tools for the last 5 years, because I have some readers, because he knows that I wouldn't lie to them about a product I really don't like and, of course, because we are old friends.
I think my integrity as a blogger is important, but most of all I believe in the blogosphere: I have received more than enough evidence of how much smarter than me my readers are, it would be totally stupid trying to cheat them writing faked praises for a product, it would be against my interests and Marqui's.
Actually, I think that the cool thing about this idea is exactly the fact that Marqui is trying to plug into the bloggers community trough us, Marqui bloggers, in order to gain feedback about their work. They will have to learn how to deal with a lot of big egos but if they will listen with an open mind they will win a lot.
Anyway, I will try to keep things clear by framing all Marqui related posts with a custom style like the one you are seeing for this post and add the disclaimer below for RSS readers.
It's going to be fun, enojoy the ride.
Disclaimer: I'm paid by Marqui to blog about their products
<"One of the first things you learn as an editor is that your concept of 'fair use' tends to be very different from the concept held by lawyers representing owners of intellectual property -- and that weirdly different rules apply in different realms. (Song lyrics, for instance, are policed far more furiously than, say, lines of dialogue from a movie.)
In the latest instance of something that any news organization would consider 'fair use' arousing the ire of corporate attorneys, veteran blogger Jason Kottke, who'd long followed the saga of Jeopardy wiz Ken Jennings, has drawn the wrath of lawyers from Sony. Kottke had posted an audio clip of Jennings' loss, then took it down after he heard from the lawyers, and replaced it with a transcript. The lawyers were still not happy -- although they don't seem to have gone after the Washington Post for publishing something quite similar. Maybe the thinking is, Kottke isn't a 'journalist,' he's 'just' a blogger. If so, then we're in for a bumpy ride, because the old line between journalists and non-journalists is now written in invisible ink, the border's unguarded, and hordes are streaming across.
Bloggers like Jeff Jarvis, Britt Blaser and others are starting to call for a kind of legal aid society for bloggers. Fine -- but I'm confused: a decade ago, an organization was founded to help protect individual rights in cyberspace. It even has a project called Chilling Effects specifically dedicated for this sort of problem. Wouldn't that be a good place to begin? Kottke -- call the EFF! Or even better: EFF, call Kottke! I don't know exactly how this sort of situation fits into the EFF's current mandates, but at the very least it's a good starting point. And surely if there is an effort to build an organizational structure to handle this sort of thing in the future it makes sense to try to do so under the EFF umbrella rather than starting from scratch.
Bonus link:Eugene Volokh's op-ed on balancing journalist's rights and the public's right to know in a world where everyone's a journalist."
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