Friday , June 5 2020

Culture and Society

“Verizon Four” Getting Cease and Desist Letters

RIAA treading lightly with the four Verizon uploaders plus one Earthlink customer: Four Internet users at the center of a legal battle over copyright violations will receive cease-and-desist letters demanding they stop illegally offering free music for downloading, the Recording Industry Association of America said Wednesday. A U.S. appeals court …

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DRM: “in the real world it is evil”

Our own Dazzling David Weinberger featured in an anti-DRM essay by Steve Levy in Newsweek: When Steve Jobs introduced the iTunes music store a few weeks ago, the acclaim was nearly universal. Nonetheless, a small but vocal minority viewed the online emporium as a menace – because the iTunes program …

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Fan Fiction Flourishing

More copyright nightmares: Fan fiction – fiction created using characters and scenarios from books, TV, film, etc., is flourishing due to the Internet, and the largest body of all centers around Harry Potter. J.K. is tolerant unless the material veers into the “adult” range: As fans await the June 21 …

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Willful Infringement

This is very interesting: My name is Jed Horovitz. I run a very small company that distributes the movie previews you see in your local video store. We have about a half dozen employees. We’ve been doing that for 16 years. In 1998, we started to help retailers like Netflix.com …

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Follow the Middle Path, Grasshopper

Company seeks to thread needle between consumer freedom and people getting paid for online music: In effect, Mediacode is attempting to re-create online what the music industry has in the physical world. There, standards for compact discs enable artists, labels, gear manufacturers, distributors and retailers to offer music and players …

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Dude Digs iPod

An ode to the Pod: For some time, therefore, I have been eyeing the iPod with a wary desire. It is beautiful and clever, holding thousands of songs in magical digital form within its sleek, pristine loveliness. There is a nifty wheely control and it glows warmly when you touch …

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Whither the $.99?

When you pay the Apple Music Store, MusicNet, Pressplay, or Rhapsody your $.99 fora tune, where does the money go? Check out the cool graph at Business 2.0. According to them, 40% goes to the hosting site, 30% to the label, 12% (average) to the artist, 10% to various slug …

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Mary Wants to Be Hilary?

Rep. Mary Bono, widow of Sonny Bono, copyright beneficiary, copyright fanatic, may be in line to replace Hilary Rosen as head of the RIAA: Bono, R-Calif., said she hasn’t considered whether she would accept a prospective offer to replace the departing chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America …

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Brownback to the Rescue

Our bud Farhad Manjoo at Salon, cyber-sleuth, got hold of a draft of Sen. Sam Brownback’s consumer digital rights bill, discussed in Blogcritics here. Salon: Verizon has thrown in its support for an eight-page document that, in civil liberties circles, is referred to simply as the “Brownback bill.” That phrase …

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Blogcritics – Plain Brown Wrapper

After millions of dollars in marketing and developmental costs, Blogcritics disreputable sibling – the Roger Clinton of the blogosphere – Blogcritics Plain Brown Wrapper is finally up, providing news and reviews from the world of adult entertainment. Though it is intended for those 18 and older, there isn’t anything all …

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