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Monday, May 14, 2007
Power to the art people
Josh wrote here on Brainiac 12 days ago about what he cleverly called the "May Day revolution," the widespread publication online of the "processing key" that can be used to crack the encryption on HD DVD discs. The consortium of corporate forces behind the creation of that encryption method were not pleased and sent cease-and-desist notices to a number of Web sites, which only fanned the flames. (He also mentioned the hubbub today.)
The New York Times reports today on a twist on another fight-the-power online phenomenon -- software that blocks Web advertisements from appearing in users' browsers. Instead of replacing the ads with blank space, AddArt, a program currently being developed by Steve Lambert, a conceptual artist, will replace display ads with selected artwork by contemporary artists.
Lambert thinks this will make for a more pleasing Web browsing experience -- no more flashing "click here to collect your winnings" banners, for example. And it will give artists some badly needed exposure, which blank space doesn't exactly need. I bet I'm not the only one awaiting the finished product.