content filtering system? AT&T is mulling setting one up across its whole network. BusinessWeek’s reporting AT&T’s in talks with NBC Universal and Disney to possibly use content-recognition tech developed by Vobile—a company they’ve all invested in—to block pirated material from being sent to and fro along its network.
Here’s another view of what the telcos and cablecos have in mind for us,
or, rather, what they want in our minds:
This is substantially different from the Internet freedom we have today
to look at whatever we want to and to publish our own content.
EDUCAUSE is up in arms about a proposed
Higher Education Reauthorization Act that the Senate is supposed
to be considering today.
It basically makes the Secretary of Education an arm of the MPAA
and requires institutions of higher education to police file sharing.
I think this is the most interesting part of the amendment,
where it’s saying it will:
(1) the 25 institutions of higher education participating in programs
under this title, which have received during the previous calendar year
the highest number of written notices fromm copyright owners,
or persons authorized to act on behalf of copyright holders,
alleging infringement of copyright by users of the institution’s
information technology systems, where such notices identify
with specificity the works alleged to the infringed,
or a representative list of works alleged to be infringed,
the date and time of the alleged infringing conduct together with
information sufficient to identify the infringing user, and information
sufficient to contact the copyright owner or its authorized representative; and
So universities are supposed to keep lists of allegations against
their students (or staff or faculty) and those lists can be used
to determine their funding.
Allegations, mind you, not convictions.
This is once again the entertainment industry tail wagging the dog,
in this case higher education.
Hm, I suppose that’s a bad analogy, since the entertainment industry
seems to only understand the big head, not the long tail….
And as if to demonstrate Republicans have no monopoly on horribly
bad ideas, this amendment is proposed by the Senate Majority Leader,
Democrat Harry Reid.
Is the Internet really that hard to understand?
AT&T Inc. has joined Hollywood studios and recording companies in
trying to keep pirated films, music and other content off its network
— the first major carrier of Internet traffic to do so.
As AT&T has begun selling pay-television services, the company has
realized that its interests are more closely aligned with Hollywood,
Cicconi said in an interview Tuesday. The company’s top leaders recently
decided to help Hollywood protect the digital copyrights to that content.
“We do recognize that a lot of our future business depends on exciting
and interesting content,” he said.
Now it’s for Internet video.
Which is what “James W. Cicconi, an AT&T senior vice president,”
meant by “exciting and interesting content.”
Nevermind participatory customer-generated content,
or that customers might not want AT&T monitoring their content.
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In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media
in the U.S. … When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published
in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more
mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet
market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL
Time-Warner, the world’s largest media corporation.
In 2004, Bagdikian’s revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly,
shows that only 5 huge corporations — Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s
News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) —
now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric’s
NBC is a close sixth.