Ranny Levy (
Tue, 18 Jul 2000 16:08:34 -0700 (PDT)

I'd like to include a couple of these announcements in my
next e-zine. Please advise me as to protocol for crediting
the source, ie. when the source is other than yours, such as
[SOURCE: USAToday (3D), AUTHOR: Mike Snider]
but the info is from your list serve does both USA Today and
Gary Handman, UC Berkeley need to be acknowledged? I don't
want to make anyone angry and believe that some of this info
is of interest to our e-zine readers.
Tks for your help,
Ranny Levy

Gary Handman wrote:
> Issue: Television
> Today, about half of U.S. homes have at least one set-top box, according to
> Forrester research. Those black boxes are undergoing huge changes. In 1996,
> the Congress pass a law requiring the industry to create a standard that
> lets consumers buy their boxes at retail, which means that the devises will
> be interoperable, allowing subscribers to use them with all cable systems.
> The advent of broadband Internet services has lured some of the biggest
> media players, including Microsoft, AOL and Sony, to get involved in mix.
> Several companies are developing set-top boxes that function as personal
> video recorders (PVRs). About 11% of U.S. households expect to purchase a
> PVR within the next year, according to a recent random survey of 1,000 homes
> conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association. Some experts envision
> that consumers will eventually be buying a box that handles all forms of TV,
> plus phone and Net services -- with an upgradeable hard drive.
> [SOURCE: USAToday (3D), AUTHOR: Mike Snider]
> (
> >
> >Issue: Digital Divide
> >Lawmakers and technology companies have plans to use one of the most
> >ubiquitous household devices -- the television -- to bring the Web to
> >hundreds of fourth-grade schoolchildren. The WISH TV program will provide
> >them with free digital set-top boxes for one-year that enable them to
> >receive Web services on standard televisions, plus the two-way cable
> >connection needed to access the Internet. Educators from several
> >universities are developing Web-based curriculum for participating schools
> >to use with children at home. WorldGate Communications, a provider of
> >interactive services using the TV, is spearheading the effort with support
> >from Rep. Billy Tauzin, (R-LA). "The idea of putting a PC in the local
> >library was better than nothing but it was far short of bringing the
> >Internet into every household in America," said Hal Krisbergh, chairman and
> >chief executive officer of WorldGate. Once the year is up, however, families
> >probably will have to pay to continue their Internet service from WorldGate
> >and for a cable subscription.
> >[SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News, AUTHOR: Kalpana Srinivasan (Associated
> >Press)]
> >(
> >
> >Issue: DTV
> >The Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection has
> >scheduled a hearing on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn
> >House Office Building. The hearing will be an oversight hearing on High
> >Definition Television (HDTV) and related matters. Witnesses will be by
> >invitation only.
> >[SOURCE: House of Representatives]
> >(
> >
> >Issue: Television
> >It's another British invasion. First "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" then
> >"Survivor." Both are 100% British-made television ideas. Millionaire may
> >possibly be England's most successful cultural export in the last 30 years.
> >"It's a bit like the old days of the British empire," said Paul Smith,
> >managing director of the British production company Celador, which came up
> >with the game show. "We've got a map of the world in the office colored in
> >pink where we've placed the show. Most of the world is pink."
> >[SOURCE: New York Times (B1), AUTHOR: Bill Carter]
> >(
> Issue: Intekkectual Property
> The trial of Universal City Studios Inc. v. Eric Corley et. al is slated to
> begin in Manhattan on Monday and the case is seen as an important test of
> the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). Mr Corley made
> available on his Web site a software program, DeCSS, which allows users of
> Linux, a free operating system patched together by volunteers and
> distributed over the Internet, to view DVD movies on their machines. But
> Hollywood executives say the software also allows users to bypass the
> security system of DVD movie disks, thus paving the way to unauthorized
> viewing, copying and online transmission of movies. "This case is a
> well-focused presentation of the question of whether or not the DMCA created
> a new right to control access to a work if the work is encoded and encrypted
> in digital media," Benkler said. "No one has made the argument so
> audaciously as the movie studios have done here, that the DMCA has created
> that new right. Up until now, there has been no general right to control the
> reading of a book or to control access to a work. If the argument flies,"
> Benkler said, "there will be a completely new theory of copyright." Under
> the plaintiffs' view of the law, he said, a young student could not use
> DeCSS to decrypt a DVD in order to copy ten seconds of the movie for use in
> a multimedia report at school. Yet such a "fair use" right to quote from the
> movie exists in non-digital media, he said. [SOURCE: CyberTimes, AUTHOR:
> Carl S. Kaplan (]
> (
> Issue: Intellectual Property
> Some years ago, CBS began selling a video collection, "The 20th Century with
> Mike Wallace," that included footage from Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a
> Dream" speech. Dr. King's family which has long been criticized by scholars
> for its aggressive profit-making approach to Dr. King's legacy, argued that
> outside corporations should not be allowed to exploit Dr. King's memory
> without giving a share to the estate. "It has to do with the principle that
> if you make a dollar, I should make a dime," said Dexter Scott King, Dr.
> King's son and president of the estate, in 1997. After years of dispute, the
> two sides have settled on an agreement which includes CBS making a
> tax-deductible contribution to the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change,
> in Atlanta. (Amount undisclosed) Both sides feel victorious. "From CBS's
> perspective, this has always been about the principle that they have right
> to use footage they take of news events," said the network's lawyer, Floyd
> Abrams. "From their vantage point, that principle remains inviolate, and is
> consistent with this resolution."
> [SOURCE: New York Times (A12), AUTHOR: David Firestone]
> (
> Gary Handman
> Director
> Media Resources Center
> Moffitt Library
> UC Berkeley 94720-6000
> "Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)

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