John’s Observer column has a very nice illustration of the problem with current copyright law. As Larry Lessig put it, it’s increasingly formulated to ensure that “…no one can do to the Disney Corporation what Walt Disney did to the Brothers Grimm”.
Well, that didn’t take long. People are already opening up the AppleTV and installing extra stuff on it, like browsers, and Perian, which gives you the ability to play rather more video formats. There’s a wiki with more info here.
Now, I have a Mac Mini under my TV so I don’t need one of these. But I can think of a few nice uses for a box that size if somebody made it run Linux… which I’m guessing might not be too hard…
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