Stories by Sam Costello

Court: Napster infringes copyright

The Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals has ruled that Napster infringes on record company copyrights through the operation of its music file-trading service. The ruling, however, also directed that the Napster service be allowed to continue ope...

Industry, regulators debate online copyrights

Whether or not Webcasters will have to pay a licensing fee to songs' copyright holders as their radio brethren do was among the topics discussed at a hearing held Wednesday before the US Copyright Office and National Telecommunications and Informatio...

SDMI announces challenge results

Well, maybe SDMI will work after all. The results of the Hack SDMI challenge seem encouraging for the music industry after Wednesday's release of a statement by Leonardo Chiariglione, the executive director of SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative), ...

SDMI cracked? Academics say yes, SDMI says no

Though a team of researchers based at Princeton and Rice Universities, as well as Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), announced this week that they had successfully cracked the encryption system designed to prevent piracy in the Secure Digital ...

Report: SDMI Challenge Leads to Cracked Code

After a three-week challenge aimed at improving the standard's security, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), the music industry's proposed standard for secure digital music, has been cracked, according to a report at the Web magazine Salon.co...

ICANN Unveils Final List of New TLDs

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body charged with overseeing the creation of Internet domain names and with resolving domain name disputes, has unveiled the list of the new proposed top level domain (TLD) names.

Despite optimism, SDMI wavers

After two years of proposals, meetings and controversy, the Secure Digital Music Initiative -- SDMI -- may soon become a major player in the Internet music arena. The technology is nearly ready for the market, according to Leonardo Chiariglione, the ...

DivX: from the underground to the living room

The din following the decision in the August DVD decryption case has largely drowned out notice of one technology that was a linchpin of the Motion Picture Association of America's successful prosecution of the DeCSS DVD decryption software: DivX.

Some hackers say no thanks to SDMI challenge

Surely you've heard the one about the fox guarding the hen house? Well, what if the hens asked the fox to try and break into their house so that they could learn how to better protect themselves? Strange as it may sound, that's exactly what the creat...

MP3.com to resume My.MP3.com service

Only two days after a judge found the company guilty of "willfully infringing" the Universal Music Group's copyrights, Internet music company MP3.com announced that it will re-launch its My.MP3.com service starting in a few weeks.

Passionate reactions to the DeCSS decision online

Online reaction has been voluminous and passionate since a federal court ruling Thursday that bars a hacker website from posting or linking De-Content Scrambling System (DeCSS) software, which decrypts DVDs (digital video discs).

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