[ISN] DCSB: Burning the Jolly Roger; Internet Anti-Piracy Technology

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Date: Sat Sep 12 1998 - 00:15:19 PDT

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    Forwarded From: Robert Hettinga <rahat_private>
                 The Digital Commerce Society of Boston
                           Peter Cassidy
                         TriArche Research
                      Burning the Jolly Roger:
             Can Anti-Piracy Technologies Make the Internet
                a Shrinkage-Free Commercial Platform?
                        Tuesday, October 6, 1998
                               12 - 2 PM
                  The Downtown Harvard Club of Boston
                    One Federal Street, Boston, MA
    For most of this century, the fusion of intellectual property and media
    was enough to ensure that its owners could reasonably be expected to
    profit from its consumption.  Most people didn't have the means to lift
    Ella Fitzgerald's music from her records, so fans of her music would
    actually have to go out and buy her records.  Today, a high proportion of
    ordinary households have the technical capacity at hand to take
    recordings, visual or audio artifacts and executables, digitize them if
    need be, and transmit it to millions of people overnight over the
    Internet.  This state of affairs could signal the demise of the software
    and entertainment industries.  Evolving almost as quickly as the
    interlopers' sophistication in aquiring and distributing ill-gained wares,
    however, are technical solutions to foil pirates, technologies of varying
    potency and adaptability.
    	Standard specifications for license management systems that
    prevent unauthorized use of software have been drafted by the X/Open Group
    this summer; watermarking systems and digital wrappers that allow
    creatives to either mark or encapsulate images and sounds to frustrate
    infringers have been on the market for the past few years; comprehensive
    smart wrapper systems like InterTrust and C-dilla promise persistent
    protection for all digital artifacts; and at least one system TriArche
    Research Group has reviewed under NDA can prevent the most all
    non-photographic copying of content presented in a Web browser.
    Meanwhile, policing technologies like Online Monitoring Service's
    WebSentry can locate pirated intellectual property on the Web and in
    Usenet news groups.  None of these technologies are perfect but, as they
    mature, they will make it far more difficult for infringers to take
    control of intellectual property and to share it with their
    contemporaries.  The Web might never lower its shrinkage rate to that of,
    say, Wal-Mart but merchants in this medium already have many of the tools
    they need to clean up this digital Barbary Coast.
    Peter Cassidy is an IT industry writer and analyst at large:  Mr. Cassidy,
    director of research at his own firm, TriArche Research Group, has engaged
    consulting clients in North America and the Middle East.  As well, Mr.
    Cassidy contracts as an information technology analyst with other
    industrial research firms, researching topics as varied as network
    security, multimedia applications and international telephony markets,
    among them, Strategy Analytics, Giga Information Group, Decision
    Resources, Dataquest, Business Research Group, The American Institute for
    Business Research and CI-InfoCorp.  Mr. Cassidy writes under his own name
    for international business publications and general readership magazines
    such as  WIRED, Covert Action Quarterly, InformationWeek, CIO Magazine,
    The Economist, Forbes ASAP, Software Developer & Publisher Magazine,
    Silicon Strategies, The Texas Observer, The Progressive, Telepath
    Magazine, American Banker, Datamation, Computerworld, World Trade
    Magazine, and the National Security Institute Advisory.  Mr. Cassidy has
    been interviewed about technology issues on several broadcast radio
    programs in the United States and, appropriately enough, on C|Net Radio,
    an international Internet-based audio network. His reportage on national
    political affairs has been reprinted in college text books and
    anthologies. He has also contracted as a consultant to syndicated
    television magazine programs in the United States and Britain.
    This meeting of the Digital Commerce Society of Boston will be held on
    Tuesday, October 6, 1998, from 12pm - 2pm at the Downtown Branch of
    the Harvard Club of Boston, on One Federal Street. The price for lunch
    is $32.50. This price includes lunch, room rental, various A/V hardware,
    and the speaker's lunch. ;-).  The Harvard Club *does* have dress code:
    jackets and ties for men (and no sneakers or jeans), and "appropriate
    business attire" (whatever that means), for women.  Fair warning: since
    we purchase these luncheons in advance, we will be unable to refund the
    price of your lunch if the Club finds you in violation of the dress
    We need to receive a company check, or money order, (or, if we
    *really* know you, a personal check) payable to "The Harvard Club of
    Boston", by Saturday, October 3rd, or you won't be on the list for
    lunch.  Checks payable to anyone else but The Harvard Club of Boston
    will have to be sent back.
    Checks should be sent to Robert Hettinga, 44 Farquhar Street, Boston,
    Massachusetts, 02131. Again, they *must* be made payable to "The
    Harvard Club of Boston", in the amount of $32.50. Please include your
    e-mail address, so that we can send you a confirmation
    If anyone has questions, or has a problem with these arrangements
    (We've had to work with glacial A/P departments more than once, for
    instance), please let us know via e-mail, and we'll see if we can work
    something out.
    Upcoming speakers for DCSB are:
    November   Dan Geer       TBA
    December   Joseph DeFeo   TBA
    January    Ira Heffan     Internet Software and Business Process Patents
    We are actively searching for future speakers.  If you are in Boston
    on the first Tuesday of the month, and you would like to make a
    presentation to the Society, please send e-mail to the DCSB Program
    Commmittee, care of Robert Hettinga, <mailto: rahat_private>.
    For more information about the Digital Commerce Society of Boston,
    send "info dcsb" in the body of a message to <mailto:
    majordomoat_private> . If you want to subscribe to the DCSB e-mail
    list, send "subscribe dcsb" in the body of a message to <mailto:
    majordomoat_private> .
    We look forward to seeing you there!
    Robert Hettinga
    The Digital Commerce Society of Boston
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