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August 18, 2003
Volume 1, Issue 6

Blaster Worm Alert

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Microsoft Product Support Services Security Team has issued an alert about the new W32.Blaster.Worm that will spring into life tomorrow 8/16. This worm has the ability to force a computer to participate in a DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service), and generally exploit a ‘remote-access’ vulnerability found in Windows 2000, Windows NT4, Windows XP and Windows 2003 (Server edition). Our technical team advises keeping your PC offline from tonight until the crisis has passed. A patch is available for this security issue, available directly from Microsoft (click on MSFT Help link above).

Report from CEO Marty Lafferty

This week was busy with stakeholder discussions among content, platform, and operations sectors, preparations for the upcoming Senate hearing, and meetings with related trade association executives.

Just over a year ago, an exchange of letters between entertainment and technology industry leaders drew attention to the ongoing threat of digital piracy. The critical area identified in that series of communications remains -- unauthorized peer-to-peer file distribution.

We’re inviting the companies represented in those documents to join us in Washington, DC on October 8th. At our quarterly general meeting, DCIA will focus on solutions to piracy. Near-term interim remedies will be considered as well as longer-term more deliberative solutions. Immediate relief will be examined as well as paving the way for secure distribution of robust digital content into the future.

DCIA is committed to helping in a way that promotes innovation and embraces the Internet as a medium for commerce. We recognize that there is no magic chip or special piece of code that will completely stop piracy. But there are things we could be doing together now that we are not doing, and there are things that some of us are doing now that we should stop.

We have begun to explore the means by which unprotected content finds its way into peer-to-peer distribution initially and the actions that can be taken at each step throughout the integration chain to remove it.

DCIA was established, as a high level working group, to foster the legitimate commercial growth of distributed computing, and to deter unauthorized peer-to-peer trafficking in entertainment and other content.

Peer-to-peer file sharing technologies, in their current positive manifestations, represent barely the beginning of what will be achievable in the future via ‘super-distribution.’ No other distribution channel eliminates costs of manufacturing, packaging, shipping, storage, stocking, bandwidth, etc. With consumers readily bearing these costs, content can be disseminated to millions of customers rapidly at minimal expense.

And this implementation of distributed computing just scratches the surface of what can be done by harnessing the power of unused capacity in millions of consumer-owned computers. Discovering cures to diseases, collaborating on complex technical problems, solving environmental issues, and advancing scientific research are but a few exemplary uses of this technology, beyond giving average citizens the chance to be enriched beyond expectations with unprecedented personal collections of entertainment media at attractive prices.

We believe that technology, and digital rights management (DRM) software in particular, is part of the solution, but not all of it. Educating consumers, enforcing existing laws, exploring new ways to harness the Internet, and addressing expectations of customers, are also part of intellectual property rights protection and innovation on the web.

This is not a time to delay when, according to recent government reports, 2,300,000,000 files are now being transferred monthly, the vast majority of which are unauthorized. We would like to be able to report to the Congress in the Fall that constructive progress is being made. Plan now to join DCIA, or attend our October 8th meeting to learn more about membership.

2003 Future of Entertainment Forum

Entertainment Forum Registration

Turner Entertainment Group President Mark Lazarus keynotes this 9/22 executive forum being held in Atlanta, GA focused on the impact of technology on entertainment and marketing. Cutting-edge topics include:

  • Evolving Content Strategies in the Technology Age
  • VOD, PVRs and the Influence of Technology on Programming
  • The Digital Copyright Debate
  • The Future of Production
  • The Future of Marketing and Advertising

Phil Corwin, Partner, Butera & Andrews, and Lobbyist for DCIA Member Sharman Networks, and Marty Lafferty, DCIA CEO are among the featured speakers. Register today for reduced rates. Contact DCIA for Member discount information.

Publications quote file sharing statistics and other industry metrics from numerous syndicated research sources (Nielsen NetRating, Jupiter, Forrester, etc.). DCIA would like to know which of the services your organization subscribes to for measuring the P2P climate. Please let us know by responding to rick@dcia.info. All responses will be held confidential.

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