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Their Targets Are EXACTLY Their Customers

A new survey indicates online file sharers are more likely to buy music than others: The survey was based on 36,000 Internet users and released by Web tracker Nielsen//NetRatings, a unit of NetRatings Inc (NTRT). It showed that nearly 31 million active Internet users aged 18 or older — representing 22 percent of the active Internet universe — downloaded music ... Read More »

Samples of Samples of Samples …

Mash-ups sample from samplers: “Rock the Party” is an incredibly generic title, but the song is anything but conventional. Its vocals are lifted from “Let’s Get This Party Started,” Pink’s catchy and forgettable hit du jour. Behind them, though, is the rattling beat of “Rock the Casbah,” released two decades ago by the Clash. Not an imitation of the beat. ... Read More »

Is Government Behind Visa Porn Crackdown?

Forbes says maybe: Is Visa sinisterly putting the squeeze on the Internet porn business at the behest of the U.S. government? That’s just one conspiracy theory going around the industry following new rules Visa U.S.A. imposed late last year requiring adult content Web sites to pay a $750 fee and register intimate financial details about their operations. Little noticed outside ... Read More »

Potty Training

This does not strike me as a great idea: you’re sitting on a porta-potty at a summer concert, the same one visited by dozens of your fellow revelers before you. I do not linger when forced to use a porta-potty, if for no other reason than I am breathing out of my mouth. Why would I want to use a ... Read More »

Pete Townshend Cleared of Child Porno Charges, But Will Still Be Registered Sex Offender

I guess he, um, won: That registration was part of a formal police caution Townshend received for accessing a Web site containing images of child abuse. Townshend was arrested in January on suspicion of making and possessing indecent images of children. The arrest was part of Operation Ore, an FBI-led crackdown on Internet child pornography. After a four-month investigation, London’s ... Read More »

A Day in the Life

If you’re like I am, you often feel that life is passing by in a blur, rushing from the past to the future, rarely stopping for the present. One of the great things about blogging is that it slows, or at least documents, this rush. Here is a project taking a photographic approach to documenting the present, coming up this ... Read More »

Meet the Jordans

CNN interview with one of the four college students sued by the RIAA for contributory copyright infringement: BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: A story we talked about yesterday want to pick up again today. The recording industry opening up a new front in its fight against file sharing over the Internet. For the very first time, individuals are paying damages for ... Read More »

Joe Camel is Gone, But the Software Ferret Is Here

The Business Software Alliance has a new site, Play It Cyber Safe, and a new mascot, a grinning ferret, in its campaign to teach kids as young as 8 years old “safe and responsible” computing practices, like avoiding the rampant software piracy that member companies like Microsoft and Adobe blame for eroding their profits. “It’s never too early to start ... Read More »

Sonic Foundry Now Sony

Via, Glenn Reynolds, Sonic Foundry, maker of our beloved Acid music creation and Vegas video editing software, has been swallowed up by Sony: Sony Pictures Digital and Sonic Foundry®, Inc. announced today Sony Pictures Digital has struck an agreement to purchase all of Sonic Foundry’s desktop software products and related assets for $18 million cash and assumption of certain trade ... Read More »

Ripping Off Apple Again

HP and Microsoft are not just trying to copy Apple. Oh sure, "It may not be a coincidence that the Athens PC resembles an Apple machine." But that doesn't mean anything, right? Read More »