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A Copyfighter’s Musings



by Derek Slater



Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:39:15 +0000

 



Takedowns

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:39:15 +0000

These days, I spend most of my work time here. The copyfighting lives on within the family, though.



noimnotgoingtolawschool.com

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:39:58 +0000

noimnotgoingtolawschool.com https://plus.google.com/u/0/107734895193166429976/posts/TsrKbF2BvP1            



Life and death in Subspace

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 19:37:51 +0000

Matthew Butcher’s hockey teammates started a memorial fund for him last week. Some of these friends had known him for as many as twelve years. Few had ever met him in person. These friends all played an online video game called Subspace. The game came out in 1997 — making it one of the earliest […]



Homes with very messy tails

Mon, 18 May 2009 05:28:40 +0000

In Bucharest, neighborhoods formed their own networks in order to bypass incumbents and meet their own needs. Later, these networks transformed into small businesses. My understanding is that the state of affairs is a bit different now, but these networks were quite normal 5 years ago.



Homes with incredibly short tails

Mon, 18 May 2009 05:18:12 +0000

Not quite the same as what Tim Wu and I proposed. But this is  a neat demonstration of why ownership is attractive to consumers, and could be attractive to carriers. “In addition to entering an area with tremendous support already lined up, Lyse also does something innovative: it allows prospective customers to dig their own […]



Freedom to Connect 2009: The Emerging Internet Economy

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 19:14:40 +0000

I’ll be speaking on Homes with Tails, or Measurement Lab, or something else. In any case, I’ll be there, and you should too. F2C: Who, What, When, Where, Why http://www.freedom-to-connect.net WHO: F2C is a meeting of people engaged with Internet connectivity and all that it enables, including     * vendors,     * customers,     * […]



Introducing Measurement Lab

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 20:18:05 +0000

(Cross-posted from Official Google Blog) Posted by Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, and Stephen Stuart, Principal Engineer When an Internet application doesn’t work as expected or your connection seems flaky, how can you tell whether there is a problem caused by your broadband ISP, the application, your PC, or something else? It can be difficult […]



Homes With Tails, the paper

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 17:25:40 +0000

Download the full paper here. Homes With Tails: What if You Could Own Your Internet Connection? by Derek Slater and Tim Wu America’s communications infrastructure is stuck at a copper wall. For the vast majority of homes, copper wires remain the principal means of getting broadband services. The deployment of fiber optic connections to the home […]



“Homes With Tails,” the presentation, next Friday

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 20:53:08 +0000

Tim Wu and I are going to be presenting our forthcoming paper about customer-owned last-mile broadband connections —  “Homes With Tails” — next Friday at the New America Foundation. For more on the concept, see my previous post. We’ll post the v1.0 of the paper early next week. If you’d like to come to the event, […]



Blogging Again

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 18:46:47 +0000

Just not here so much. More here. Here’s the latest: What if you could own your internet connection? It may sound strange, and it’s certainly not what we’re used to. Today we have a “carrier-centered” model; phone and cable companies spend billions to build, operate, and own the “last-mile” connection — the copper, cable, or […]



Warner Music Hires Jim Griffin

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 04:22:40 +0000

This is a huge turning point. Jim Griffin has been telling everyone to “monetize the anarchy” for essentially the entire decade. This solution was on the table dating back to Napster. The idea has long percolated within the entertainment & tech community (read: the pholist). Many, many others contributed to its development, including academics Terry […]



The Copyfight.ca

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 21:56:25 +0000

December 2007: Copyright for Canadians Feb. 13, 2008, Google Public Policy blog: “Here in Canada, where there is an ongoing debate about how to best implement the WIPO Copyright Treaty, Google has joined with a number of other Canadian and international companies who have a shared vision of balanced copyright. The Business Coalition for Balanced […]



Rep. Markey’s new net neutrality legislation

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 19:39:19 +0000

Today, Rep. Ed Markey and Chip Pickering introduced bipartisan legislation to help preserve Internet freedom and explicitly make “net neutrality” a guiding principle of U.S. broadband policy. The bill would affirm that the Internet should remain an open platform for innovation, competition, and social discourse, free from unreasonable discriminatory practices by network operators. It would […]



Towards a bigger, better broadband future

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 03:53:30 +0000

(Extended cross-post from Google Public Policy Blog) Broadband deployment in the U.S. is at best disappointing and at worst a crisis. The United States lags behind other countries in broadband uptake per capita, ranked 15th in the latest Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development (OECD) data. While consumers in Sweden and Japan are starting to zoom ahead with 20 and even 90 megabit/second connections delivered over fiber connections, U.S. consumers pay more for less, with only DSL and cable available in most markets. Some rural areas lack broadband altogether. At a pre-conference yesterday before the “State of the Net” in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit association EDUCAUSE released a thoughtful proposal for how to achieve a better broadband future: “[T]his paper proposes the creation of a new federal Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) that, together with matching funds from the states and the private and/or public sector, should be used to build open, big broadband networks of at least 100 Mbps (scalable upwards to 1 Gbps) to every home and business by 2012. U.S. state governors and foreign heads of state have found the resources to subsidize broadband deployment; the U.S. federal government should as well.” Though some dispute how bad U.S. consumers have it, everyone can agree that the U.S. can – and should – do much better. Deploying faster, universal, and ubiquitous broadband is essential to sustaining the Internet as an engine for economic growth, innovation, and social discourse. Whether or not one agrees with EDUCAUSE’s particular strategy, the paper demonstrates that a clear, concerted national broadband strategy of some kind is required to reach that bigger, better broadband future. You can read the whole paper here. I liveblogged notes at the conference, including the opening remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, which you can read after the jump.



Google Policy Fellowships: A Dream Come True For Aspiring Tech Policy Wonks

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:32:22 +0000

If code is law and architecture is policy, then a Summer of Policy is a natural complement to Google’s Summer of Code. That’s exactly what Google announced yesterday — a new Policy Fellowship program offering $7,000 stipends for undergraduate and graduate students to dive deep into the tech policy world with top-flight organizations like EFF […]