points us at a description
of weblogs that's the best look at the subject I've seen so far. It's
interesting how the form evolved from a list of links to interesting sites
and pages, occasionally with commentary, into a more social form.
ZedneWeb, in its current incarnation, is somewhere near webloggishness.
I don't update daily, but my entries also tend to be long. (These are
related facts. Unfortunately, now I'm reluctant to post anything unless
I can throw a few paragraphs into it.)
More Copyright Stuff
In my previous
look at copyright, I came down firmly in the middle: I believe that
freely copying music is, at a minimum, disrespectful to artists, but at the
same time I disagreed with the recording industries attempts to stop it.
Partially, this is for technical reasons. The fact is, it is impossible
to completely copy-protect music (or video). At some point, the music has
to exist in a form that can be heard by the human ear, and at that point
it can be re-recorded without copyright protection. That's illegal, of
course, but copying music is already illegal and that doesn't
seem to be stopping people.
This brings us to Andrew Leonard's
open-source software and music swapping. There are a number of
rules regarding what people may or may not do with open-source software,
and they tend to be followed even though it's unclear whether those
rules would actually stand up in court. Mr Leonard argues that
people obey the open-source licenses because they believe in their
fairness, whereas the music industry is busy going around charging
far more for a CD than it takes to make one and ripping off its own artists.
Who's going to respect a system that itself shows no respect?
This isn't a perfect argument. The only real restrictions on the use
of open-source software apply to programmers who want to use its code
in their own projects and who, presumably, can appreciate that something
they create might be protected by an open-source license someday.
With music, the people swapping tracks with their friends generally aren't
musicians themselves, and are don't necessarily care about license
That may not be a meaningful point in a few years. If it ever becomes
convenient to transfer small amounts of money ("micropayments"), we may
see artists put up web sites that allow you to send them a few dollars if
you heard their music and liked it. If that turns out to be a viable way
to make a living, then we can expect some major changes in the music