Monday, July 29, 2002  [!]

Well, all CEOs except Dick Cheney, that is... I heard a news soundbite within the last few hours: Geo W. Bush in a speech to CEOs, said "If you're a CEO and you think you can fudge the books in order to make yourselves look better, we're going to find you, we're going to arrest you and we're going to hold you to account."

So how come the person from Judicial Watch who attempted to serve a legal complaint on Veep Cheney on behalf of Halliburton shareholders was threatened with arrest by White House security?

piracy, drm, legislating for corporations I've been thinking of putting together a primer on all these issues. Barring that, how about a few links? Amy Harmon in the NY Times Movie Studios press Congress on Digital Copyright

Ms. Sohn [President of Public Knowledge, see below] said she had told legislators that if they thought they must pass additional laws to protect Hollywood's copyrights, they should also insist on an agreement that the studios would actually deliver their material over the new channels. She noted that they had already promised to do so in 1998, after Congress gave major copyright holders additional protections in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but that so far there had been little to show for that agreement.

m trying to find words to describe what this site is about; alas their mission statement has too many flowery words ("fortify and defend a vibrant 'information commons'" --aack, not quite as bad as "core competencies" this kinda language reminds me of the scintillating, virtuoso performance-brochurespeak from, say, the UCLA performing arts upcoming season calendar). Their list of goals is better.

Public Knowledge will seek to fulfill four broad goals:
  • Ensuring that U.S. intellectual property law and policy reflect the "cultural bargain" intended by the framers of the constitution: providing an incentive to creators and innovators while benefiting the public through the free flow of information and ideas.
  • Preserving an Internet that is built upon open standards and protocols and "end-to-end" architecture, thereby fostering innovation and user control.
  • Protecting consumers of digital technology from market practices designed to erode competition, choice and fairness.
  • Ensuring that international intellectual property policies are adopted through democratic processes and with public interest participation.

When it comes to the primer I was after, it looks as though Public Knowledge is on it. Here's their Intro to Copyrights page.

science Thanks to Scott Rosenberg, I just found Dave Harris' Science News. Cool.

Local color Sprezzatura visited the Huntington library and gardens. In this case, gardens. (to the left of the view depicted, the Japanese gardens)

Clinton on Corporate abuses in this interview on ABC's website. [via dangerousmeta]

We started back in '98 warning about the accounting problems and when my Securities and Exchange Commissioner tried to stop the Enron accounting practice of accountants being the consultants, the other party stopped us, and their main lobbyist was Harvey Pitt, who is now head of the SEC.

More accessibility and web technique I'm back to checking through the different things covered by the Dive into accessibility site by Mark Pilgrim.

Some examples are given in radio/blogger/moveable type. Other places he says that this (calendar html markup) doesn't work in Manila.

On relative font sizes, I think I'll be playing with another site that has a buncha CSS (this site does not--yet) to see how the examples given apply. More news here.