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April 2, 2005

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True cause for celebration: Walt Crawford of the consistently excellent Cites & Insights has joined the blogosphere.

For a taste of Crawford in action, here he is analyzing the FCC's reply brief in ALA v. FCC -- that is, the legal challenge to the broadcast flag technology mandate:


I've gone through the 45-page FCC response (also available from the EFF site). All I see is a series of "Did not!" responses. The brief includes demonstrably false statements, assumes that the bluff issued by Viacom and others is legitimate and the basis for dramatically overstepping the FCC's bounds, and nonsensically claims that the broadcast flag "protect[s] the integrity of broadcast digital transmissions" although it has nothing to do with broadcast quality or integrity. The brief is as breathtaking in its assertion of boundless FCC power as it is dulling in its lack of legitimate evidence or serious counter-argument.

Very exciting.

In other bloggy news, three developments I wanted to blog about this past week but couldn't (Grokster + EFFector + extremely silly EFFector in one week = no time):


  • In case you were wondering, Between Lawyers is really fun -- not much of a surprise, especially considering that we have the witty, intelligent Denise and Marty combining (what else but) wit and intelligence.
  • As previously noted, the Induce Act Blog is covering much more than the Induce Act (which shall return in a form we can't now predict), and doing so beautifully. It can only get better with the smart addition of EEJD's Brandon Rash.
  • Rik Lambers of CoCo Blog has unveiled his version of a "blink" or "clip": the "jot" -- meaning we'll get even more of CoCo's picks, in smaller bytes.

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1. Walt Crawford on April 2, 2005 1:37 PM writes...

Thanks! I'm a little overwhelmed by the early response, particularly outside the library community. You may note that my fourth post (and first non-April 1 post) is related to copyright: Namely, a suggestion that people look elsewhere for commentaries on Orphan Works because I know there's no way I can do a plausible overview in Cites & Insights. (700 comments? Good grief...)

And since you added a Print button, you're off the list that will be spelled out in the next C&I, in an essay on "printability"--namely, all those Movable Type and TypePad weblogs that resist all efforts to print more than one page of the blog. (Walt at Random uses WordPress. WordPress is superlative at printability. This is not a coincidence.)

Don't expect lots of copyright stuff in the blog--after all, C&I is my primary place for thoughtful comments--but I'll probably do some heads-up items, although between you and Mary Minow and Ed Felten and others, I'm not sure there's any need.

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2. Donna Wentworth on April 2, 2005 1:47 PM writes...

You're wise to manage expectations, and scrupulously avoid the "must blog everything" fever. The fact that you're blogging is terrific news even if you were to use it strictly as a vehicle for notifying us that a new issue of "Cites & Insights" is out. :)

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3. Walt Crawford on April 2, 2005 7:48 PM writes...

Actually, that weblog (C&I Alerts) has been around for several months, using Blogger software. It serves its very limited purpose. (Given Blogger's print problems, I wouldn't use it for this purpose.)

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4. Donna Wentworth on April 2, 2005 7:59 PM writes...

In my state of persistent/consistent information overload, I missed it or it entered my head only long enough to make the faintest of impressions, alas. I did a search and see you have an interesting discussion about the birth of C&I alerts over here: http://cites.boisestate.edu/v4i13b.htm

Anyway, my point was that the new weblog is a vehicle for reaching your thoughts, and any way you use it is exciting. I like how Kottke has "remainders" -- C&S remainders would be terrific.

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