updated 12:00 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2007
Review, FAIR USE act
In brief: MacNN has reviewed Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2, congressional representatives introduced the "Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship" Act, Hammacher Schlemmer has begun carrying a Wireless Water-Resistant iPod Speaker, and the early bird discount of $100 on registration for Photoshop World is due to expire on March 2nd. The Universal version of Guitar Rig ($340 or $580) from Native Instruments features a state-of-the-art amplifier, cabinet, and microphone modeling with numerous built-in effects. The application also provides access to all of its tools from in an organized layout with a simple tabbed screen to avoid overwhelming users with too many options.
"Fair Use" bill opposed by RIAA
Congressional representatives Rich Boucher (D-VA) and John Dolittle (R-CA) today introduced the "Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing US Entrepreneurship" Act, shortened in acronym to FAIR USE. The bill would amend the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to reduce its power. The representatives say that the DMCA reaches too far, and that it dramatically tilted the copyright balance toward complete copyright protection at the expense of the public's right to fair use. The officials also argued that the DMCA is hurting the digital media industry by dissuading consumers from purchasing media that is too restricted, and results in apprehension from device makers that are reluctant to introduce new products into the market.
Wireless water-resistant iPod speaker
Hammacher Schlemmer has begun carrying the Wireless Water-Resistant iPod Speaker, a stereo system designed for music enthusiasts at the poolside or in the shower. The company claims the combination of its wireless connectivity with a splashproof chassis allows for close listening while keeping the iPod itself in a dock safely out of harm's way.
Photoshop World early bird discount
Photoshop World's early bird discount, which enables attendees to save $100 off the original price of registration, is scheduled to expire on Friday, March 2nd. The offer is extended to all perspective attendees, and individuals interested in attending the conference can register at any time at photoshopworld.com. The east coast Photoshop World Conference & Expo will be held at the John B. Hayes Convention Center in Boston from April 4-6th, 2007. The worlds event features 80 in-depth classes for graphic artists, photographers, and digital artists of all skill levels presented by industry experts and professional instructors.