Derek Powazek posted a great synopsis of J.D. Lasica's Future of Darknets panel @ SXSW. Folks like Michael Verdi and Kevin Smokler took the Motion Picture Association of America to task for suing consumers instead of making media available when and where they want to use it (i.e. time-shifted, online). Kori Bernards from the MPAA was quite smooth handling the crowd.

VIDEO 1: SXSW Audience confronts MPAA
VIDEO 2: Ian Clarke confronts MPAA on how DVD encoding broke his DVDs
VIDEO 3: Flickr's Heather Champ: Digital Milennium Copyright Act served Flickr an overly-large takedown notice
VIDEO 4: JD Lasica's awesome mashup about darknets


March 17, 2006 at 01:14 PM in Copyright | Permalink


Wow, that mashup video is heavy. Time to change these intellectual property laws so work like that is legal.

Posted by: jonny goldstein at Mar 18, 2006 2:17:36 PM


I'm listening to the whole panel discussion from the archived mp3.

The RIAA and possibly the MPAA are using a service called MediaSentry

Dirty Dirty stuff. Google them.

Posted by: Paul at Mar 18, 2006 7:43:43 PM

That entire session was infuriating to me, because it confirms my impression from several recent conferences that rightsholders don't even want to engage us in a market conversation. They just want to talk past us and trot out lawyers and DRM companies to tell us that they only treat customers this way because we're all criminals. I had the mic for a few seconds, and my hands were shaking -- not out of nerves, but out of rage.

Posted by: Matt May at Mar 23, 2006 2:17:05 AM