The News – 11/20/00
Supreme Court to Decide Freelancers’ Database Rights
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a suit
filed by six freelance writers regarding whether publisher must get
permission from freelancers before including their work in databases. The
appeals court said that databases were like anthologies and didn’t require
additional permissions. Laurence Tribe said finding for the plaintiffs
would ruin the online database industry and cause the deletion of thousands
of contributions from freelancers.
A decision is expected by next June.
Gartner on the Wireless Future
I mostly like this article for offering the
most bizarre timeline graph I’ve ever seen:
What in heaven’s name is this all about? I
guess this means we’ll get all this cool wireless stuff by 2004, since none
of the, uh, bars reach the outer ring? Or do they all end at 2005? I’m confused.
Anyway, Gartner predicts that Bluetooth
will replace wires and infrared as the connectivity choice by 2004.
Catch the Waves
Gartner defines three waves of eBusiness:
- Wave 1: the Web as marketing tool
- Wave 2: the extended enterprise
- Wave 3: the new world
Riding the extended
enterprise wave into the new world is part of what I’ll cover in my
upcoming speech at Delphi Group’s B2B Summit at the end of the month. I’ll
include a link to the PowerPoint once it’s published.
More on UDDI
UDDI is the eBusiness standard proposed by
Ariba, Microsoft, and IBM. It intends to allow businesses an easy way to
find out how to do business with each other. To that end, the companies are
creating a series of directories:
- The White Pages contain business names,
descriptions, and other information regarding the kinds of services a
vendor uses and also what technology they can respond to.
- The Yellow Pages organize companies by geography
and classify types of business operations using current government classifications
as well as international and technology-based naming protocols.
- The Green Pages provide more specific information
on what types of documents a company can receive, the entry points for
transactions, and the technology they currently interact with and
Lots of companies have
signed on to use the standard. Initially, the three sponsors will support
the directories but say they’ll turn them over to a standards body in 18
Wireless Too Big for Big Blue?
In an incredible InfoWorld
story, an IBM spokesman is quoted as saying that IBM was trying to sign up
traditional system integrator competitors at a recent InfoWorld conference
to help them with wireless implementations. IBM is holding “Wireless
m-camps” for 200-300 professional services organizations starting in
Any doubt wireless will be
Just What We Need: Another XML Standard
IBM, Oracle, and Sun announced they are developing XAML, or Transaction
Authority Markup Language. They hope the specification will ensuring the
integrity of automated transactions over the Internet.
Microsoft declined to sign up for the
effort, calling it a “pig in a poke” that was long on marketing and short
on technical detail. News flash: Pot calls kettle black!
The companies claim XAML (pronounced zamel,
perhaps?) will run over Microsoft’s SOAP protocol.
Honestly. Can’t we all
just get along?
FTC Publishes B2B Anti-Trust Guidelines
In a highly anticipated
move, the FTC has published a report that lays down guidelines for how they
will look at B2B marketplaces regarding anti-trust concerns. It said that
each case is likely to be unique, but there are three major areas they’ll
use to evaluate an eMarketplace:
- a high aggregate market share for the participants
in an industry-specific b-to-b exchange
- a high level of restraints on processing
supply-chain transactions outside the exchange
- limits on interoperability with other
D&B and American International Group Create Risk Management JV
Well it’s about time credit reporting
behemoth D&B woke up to the huge opportunity in helping businesses
qualify their trading partners on the Internet. The new company, Avantrust
(stupid name alert), will allow companies to confirm the identity of
trading partners, inspect goods, manage and insure counterparty credit
risks, insure delivery, and insure their Web sites.
D&B has had a dynamite service that
allows you to get a Verisign digital certificate backed by D&B Business
Information Report information for some time now. This builds on this toe
in the water service to offer a complete suite.
Now if someone would only include the
location-based evaluation services like those offered by Société Générale de
Surveillance in the mix, that would really be a complete solution.