RE: Web IPR rises on the radar screen

I'm not a real doofus, but I play one at a national laboratory. (
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 8:26:59 -0500 (CDT)

> It discusses, in overview, various digital signature systems,
> cryptographic devices (e.g., "crytolopes"), and even SCAM (the

I assume he/they meant "cryptolopes". The missing bits here could lead to a
loss of clue. One might think that extremely cold 'lopers were running amok.

> Stanford Copy Analysis Mechanism which "roams the internet in
> search of words or phrases that its masters have reason to believe
> may have been illicitly borrowed.")

Mondo concept. Given a web full of monkeys on $500 network appliances, how
long will it take for them to duplicate a previously copyrighted, or better
yet, an illegal (or at least export-restricted) string of bits? If I ask you
all to sing me Happy Birthday via MBONE next May, will the international
high-energy physics community have to pay royalties to ASCAP? Can they detect
it if you sing off-key?

And then there may be restrict bits about bits. How about a SCAM-like engine
which scans the net for unlicensed metadata? Say, for example, that a certain
Redmond organization we all love went looking for FAT directories on systems
which have no detectable DOS license? This could get enormously silly.


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