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  • Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber Data

    07/16/2014 11:43:11 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    HuffPost Canada ^ | July 16, 2014 | By Daniel Tencer
    Rogers Communications says from now on it will require police to get a warrant before it hands over subscriber data. “After hearing feedback from our customers and reviewing the Supreme Court ruling from last month, we’ve decided that from now on we will require a court order/warrant to provide basic customer information to law enforcement agencies, except in life threatening emergencies,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We believe this move is better for our customers and that law enforcement agencies will still be able to protect the public.” The country’s second-largest telecom by revenue released its first-ever transparency...
  • Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

    05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley
    It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements. The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
  • Devil baby terrorizes New York City for viral marketing campaign for 'Devil's Due'

    01/15/2014 8:39:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/15/13 | IRVING DEJOHN
    The terrible 2s came early for this bogus baby. An animatronic infant wreaked havoc on the streets New York City for a viral marketing campaign that scared the hell out of some bystanders. The “devil baby” — cruising around the streets in a remote control stroller — would lie in wait for an unsuspecting person to check on the child before pouncing, growling and sometimes even flipping the bird.
  • W3C presses ahead with DRM interface in HTML5

    05/13/2013 8:53:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    The H On-line ^ | 11 MaY 2013 | djwm
    On Friday, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first public draft of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME enables content providers to integrate digital rights management (DRM) interfaces into HTML5-based media players. Encrypted Media Extensions is being developed jointly by Google, Microsoft and online streaming-service Netflix. No actual encryption algorithm is part of the draft; that element is designed to be contained in a CDM (Content Decryption Module) that works with EME to decode the content. CDMs may be plugins or built into browsers. The publication of the new draft is a blow for critics of the extensions, led...
  • '60 Minutes' and '48 Hours' Twitter Accounts Hacked, Sent Anti-Obama Messages

    04/21/2013 2:39:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/21/13 | Noel Sheppard
    The Twitter accounts of CBS's 60 Minutes and 48 Hours have been hacked and suspended. According to the Hollywood Reporter, before the suspension, anti-Obama messages were sent: "Exclusive: Terror is striking the #USA and #Obama is Shamelessly in Bed with Al-Qaeda," the tweet -- published around 12:30 p.m. PT to 60 Minutes' twitter feed and then re-tweeted on 48 Hours' feed -- reads. **SNIP** A group calling itself the "Syrian Cyber Army" took the credit this time - in a Tweet that originated in Indonesian. An outfit called the "Syrian Electrionic Army" launched a similar attack on NPR last week.
  • RNC Report Calls for Fewer Presidential Debates, Mostly Ignores Moderator Unfairness

    03/18/2013 2:30:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 18, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    In a new report released today, the Republican National Committee owned up to a number of mistakes made during the 2012 election cycle. While the central party admitted there were too many presidential debates, it only barely touched on the role that unfair media moderators played in both the nominating process and in the general election. Despite its reluctance to criticize media impartiality, the RNC report did open the door to the creation of a new organization that would be assigned to create and host the debates apart from the media. “We are intrigued with the suggestion some have made...
  • Virtually Every Major News Organization Allows The News To Be Censored By Government Officials

    07/26/2012 2:55:37 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    The American Dream ^ | 7/25/2012 | N/A
    The New York Times Admits That Virtually Every Major News Organization Allows The News To Be Censored By Government Officials In one of the most shocking articles that the New York Times has ever put out, a New York Times reporter has openly admitted that virtually every major mainstream news organization allows government bureaucrats and campaign officials to censor their stories. For example, almost every major news organization in the country has agreed to submit virtually all quotes from anyone involved in the Obama campaign or the Romney campaign to gatekeepers for "quote approval" before they will be published....
  • Is the Internet Making Us Insane?

    07/09/2012 2:57:31 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    Newsweek (via The Daily Beast) ^ | 7-9-2012 | Tony Dokoupil
    Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports. (snip) Questions about the Internet’s deleterious effects on the mind are at least as old as hyperlinks. But even among Web skeptics, the idea that a new technology might influence how we think and feel—let alone contribute to a great American crack-up—was considered silly and naive, like waving a cane at electric light or blaming the television for kids these days. Instead, the Internet was seen as just another medium, a delivery system,...
  • China firm buys AMC [theaters] to form world's largest cinema chain

    05/21/2012 3:04:15 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 58 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 21 May 2012 | Kevin Voigt
    China's Dalian Wanda Group and AMC Entertainment announced Monday a $2.6 billion deal to take over the U.S. theater group, forming the world's largest cinema chain, according to a new release on the deal. The move is the latest in a raft of deals between U.S. entertainment companies and Chinese firms, linking the world's largest theater market with the world's fastest growing. "This acquisition will help make Wanda a truly global cinema owner, with theatres and technology that enhance the movie-going experience for audiences in the world's two largest movie markets," said Wang Jianlin, chairman and president of Wanda.
  • 'Hunger Games' Success Sparks Interest in Archery

    04/16/2012 11:00:38 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Chicago - Everyone expected the "Hunger Games" would rule the box office. But one unexpected side effect of the hit movie and book series is that archery is now hotter than ever. Archery clubs and ranges across the country are seeing a huge boost in interest right now.
  • Celebrating 20 Years of the Media Memory Hole

    03/07/2012 8:22:12 AM PST · by quickquiver · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/29/2012 | Jack Cashill
    If I had to pick a date when the mainstream media became fully vested in protecting Democratic interests, it would be March 11, 1992, the day Bill Clinton swept the Super Tuesday primaries and established himself as the party’s standard bearer. With a Republican in the White House for the previous twelve years, the media had been, if anything, overly inquisitive. Even during the Jimmy Carter years, the media had done their job well enough to make his life uncomfortable. Over the last twenty years, however, our media have descended from the merely partisan to the fully Orwellian. To commemorate...
  • Media Matters Allegations: “Virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff”…Politico Upset

    02/13/2012 6:40:45 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-13-12 | Curt
    Politico is a bit upset about the recent investigative journalist piece done by The Daily Caller on Media Matters. In that piece they spoke to many former staffers at Media Matters, and what did they find? Yet those same interviews, as well as a detailed organizational planning memo obtained by The Daily Caller, also suggest that Media Matters has to a great extent achieved its central goal of influencing the national media. Founded by Brock in 2004 as a liberal counterweight to “conservative misinformation” in the press, Media Matters has in less than a decade become a powerful player in...
  • Diane Sawyer: #Occupy Protests In ‘More Than 1,000 Countries’

    10/11/2011 7:55:21 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 45 replies
    bigjournalism ^ | 10-11-11
    Watch the video from this nitwit. Yep, Diane, the protests have spread to more than 1,000 countries. That means that more than 800 of those protests are on other planets. She has just proven we are not alone.
  • Record Industry Braces for Artists’ Battles Over Song Rights

    08/15/2011 10:46:58 AM PDT · by Borges · 46 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/15/11 | LARRY ROHTER
    Since their release in 1978, hit albums like Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute,” Kenny Rogers’s “Gambler” and Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove” have generated tens of millions of dollars for record companies. But thanks to a little-noted provision in United States copyright law, those artists — and thousands more — now have the right to reclaim ownership of their recordings, potentially leaving the labels out in the cold. When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted...
  • Indianapolis Star lays off 62 in cost-saving purge

    06/21/2011 6:54:29 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies
    IBJ.com ^ | June 21, 2011 | CorySchouten
    The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday laid off 62 employees including more than 15 percent of its newsroom staff in the latest round of cost-cutting by Gannett Co. Inc., the newspaper's parent company. Among those laid off in Indianapolis were 26 newsroom employees including 12 copy editors and eight reporters, mostly those covering suburban news. The Star also eliminated 19 open positions, said Robert King, the newspaper's religion and philanthropy reporter and president of the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild. "The Indianapolis Star, I’ve been told repeatedly, continues to make money," King wrote in an e-mail. "Yet Gannett, and its corporate bosses in...
  • Sarah Palin: Not being a candidate 'liberating'

    06/03/2011 9:11:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 108 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-06-03 | Juana Summers
    Coming off her week-long One Nation bus tour that was widely seen as a test-run for a presidential campaign, Sarah Palin says she’s starting to see that running for president might not be the best fit for her. “Not only do I love my freedom of not having a title and being a declared candidate — that is liberating — I know you can make a difference as an individual,” she said. “Hopefully, I can inspire others to know that you don’t need a title. You don’t need to be in office to effect positive change.”
  • Sarah Palin Toys with the Media

    05/31/2011 8:46:31 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 64 replies
    EIB Network ^ | 31 May 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want to move on to Sarah Palin now. You know the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour? You know the...? That was actually, ladies and gentlemen, an experimental movie that the Beatles made about a bus tour, and nobody could figure out what the Beatles were up to, either. By the same token nobody knows what Palin's up to. They're all trying to figure it out. The Drive-Bys are trying to figure out what Palin is up to. Now, the interesting thing is that whatever it is she's doing, she is doing it bypassing the media. She's doing an end-around...
  • Chasing Sarah: The Boys Behind the Bus

    06/01/2011 2:42:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 1, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Palin is rubbing the media mob’s sense of entitlement right back in its face. In the 1970s, The Boys on the Bus exposed how a clubby pack of male political reporters ruled the road to the White House and shaped the news. Four decades later, an outsider gal from Alaska has commandeered the 2012 media bus — and left Beltway journalism insiders eating her dust. We’ve come a long way, baby. Amid frenzied speculation over her potential presidential-campaign plans, former GOP Alaska governor Sarah Palin launched an all-American road trip with her family this Memorial Day weekend. Establishment media types...
  • CONFIRMED: CBS Refuse to Release Full Audio of Obama hot mic recording

    04/20/2011 3:59:46 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 20, 2011 | Andrew Marcus
    Last weekend, His Presidency Barack Obama was captured making potentially offensive comments to a group of big money donors who had paid large sums of money for special access to His Presidency. We observed that CBS only released “selectively edited” moments from the raw tape. We know how much the mainstream media values complete and full disclosure of recordings of this nature, so we found it curious, to say the least, that there was not one drop of intellectual curiosity from these guardians of media purity regarding the content of the full recording. Maybe CBS’s motive has nothing to do...
  • FCC Commissioner Tells BBC: “American Media Has A Bad Case Of Substance Abuse”

    12/01/2010 4:42:23 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12/01/2010 | Mark Joyella
    In an interview to air tonight on BBC World News America, FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps describes American journalism as having reached “its hour of grave peril.” -snip- It’s a pretty serious situation that we’re in. I think American media has a bad case of substance abuse right now. We are not producing the body of news and information that democracy needs to conduct its civic dialogue, we’re not producing as much news as we did five years, 10 years, 15 years ago and we have to reverse that trend or I think we are going to be pretty close...
  • FCC will vote on regulating Internet lines in December

    12/01/2010 7:59:31 AM PST · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2010 | Sara Jerome
    In an effort to meet an Obama campaign promise, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski indicated Wednesday that he will propose new regulations for Internet lines. He is expected to give a speech at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday laying out his proposal. Genachowski's attempt to revive the long-delayed net-neutrality proceeding is a delicate balancing act designed to garner some industry and public interest support without completely satisfying anyone. Genachowski has made concessions to AT&T, Verizon, and the cable industry that could forestall an all-out lobbying blitz by the nation's largest telecom providers. But the concessions have done nothing to...
  • Who Needs COICA When Homeland Security Gets To Seize Domain Names?

    11/29/2010 9:01:21 AM PST · by Ancient Drive · 18 replies
    Techdirt ^ | Nov 29th 2010 | Mike Masnick
    from the this-won't-end-well dept By now you probably know that over the Thanksgiving Holiday, Homeland Security wasn't just feeling up your grandmother and staring at your naked daughter at the TSA, but ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) went way beyond its mandate to seize a whole bunch of domain names. This is not the first time it has done this, of course. Back in June, we noted a very similar, if somewhat smaller, raid. That one was equally questionable, as not only did it involve seizing domains without an adversarial trial, but also the announcement was made at Disney headquarters,...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • 67% Say They Are Better Informed Than 10 Years Ago

    09/20/2010 4:48:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    67% Say They Are Better Informed Than 10 Years AgoSunday, September 19, 2010 While newspapers and broadcast outlets struggle to survive in the Internet age, two-out-of-three Americans (67%) feel they are more informed today than they were 10 years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just eight percent (8%) consider themselves less informed these days, while 22% think their level of knowledge is about the same. Women are more confident than men that they are better informed now. Adults ages 30 to 49 believe that more strongly than those in any other age group. Forty-four percent...
  • Former CNBC Reporter: GE CEO Immelt Meddled in Network's Editorial Coverage

    09/14/2010 1:47:36 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 48 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 13, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    This could confirm what many suspected all along - the corporate heads at General Electric (NYSE:GE) would try to use their media holdings to portray President Barack Obama and his administration in a positive light in order to gain a corporate advantage. That's how former CNBC reporter and current Fox Business Network senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino explains it in his forthcoming book, "Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street." According to Gasparino, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt had "helped his company feast off of the subsidies of Obamanomics," including the green energy initiatives and health...
  • Meghan McCain Writes that Palin Brought 'Drama, Stress... Panic' to Campaign (Gawd help us)

    Exclusive: Meghan McCain Writes that Palin Brought 'Drama, Stress... Panic' to Campaign Sen. John McCain's Daughter: Sarah Palin's Rise Was 'Too Fast,' 'Too Easy' Aug. 31, 2010— For the first time since the end of her father's 2008 presidential bid, Sen. John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain spoke out about Sarah Palin, writing in a new book that Palin brought "drama, stress, complications, panic and loads of uncertainty" to the losing campaign. Though she writes that during the campaign she wondered if the loss "was Sarah Palin's fault," McCain told "Good Morning America" today in an exclusive interview that Palin was...
  • RIAA: U.S. copyright law 'isn't working'

    08/25/2010 12:03:18 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | August 23, 2010 2:48 PM PDT | Declan McCullagh
    ASPEN, Colo.--The Recording Industry Association of America said on Monday that current U.S. copyright law is so broken that it "isn't working" for content creators any longer. RIAA President Cary Sherman said the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act contains loopholes that allow broadband providers and Web companies to turn a blind eye to customers' unlawful activities without suffering any legal consequences. "The DMCA isn't working for content people at all," he said at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum here. "You cannot monitor all the infringements on the Internet. It's simply not possible. We don't have the ability to search...
  • Radio Stations Propose Paying to Play Music (the dreaded radio tax, another bailout)

    08/23/2010 2:17:42 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2010 | JOSEPH PLAMBECK
    ...a framework of a deal in which stations would pay a total of about $100 million a year in performance fees. ...The association’s outline suggests that the largest stations pay a performance fee of 1 percent of net revenue, and smaller stations a lower rate or none at all. While labels and musicians have long sought performance fees, broadcasters have argued that the stations provide important promotion for artists, and that a fee might put small stations out of business. ...it would still need Congressional approval. ...Last year, after the both the House and Senate judiciary committees approved bills that...
  • Deal Would Mandate FM Radios In Cell Phones - agreement between NAB/RIAA headed to Congress

    08/23/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 69 replies
    Information Week ^ | August 23, 2010 02:13 PM | W. David Gardner
    There may be an FM radio in your next cell phone whether you want it or not. The National Association of Broadcasters is lobbying Congress to stipulate that FM radio technology be included in future cell phones. In exchange, the NAB has agreed that member stations would pay about $100 million in so-called performance fees to music labels and artists. Radio stations would be required to pay performance royalties on a tiered schedule with larger commercial stations paying more than smaller and non-profit stations. The agreement is part of a compromise between the NAB and the Recording Industry Association of...
  • True stories of bloggers who secretly feed on partisan cash

    08/23/2010 9:42:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    daily caller ^ | 8/23/10 | Jonathan Strong
    Katie Couric once described bloggers as journalists who gnaw at new information “like piranhas in a pool.” But increasingly, many bloggers are also secretly feeding on cash from political campaigns, in a form of partisan payola that erases the line between journalism and paid endorsement. “It’s standard operating procedure” to pay bloggers for favorable coverage, says one Republican campaign operative. A GOP blogger-for-hire estimates that “at least half the bloggers that are out there” on the Republican side “are getting remuneration in some way beyond ad sales.”
  • How Pitchfork Struck a Note in Indie Music

    08/16/2010 6:03:53 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 63 replies
    Time ^ | 8/15/10 | Claire Suddath
    Big Boi isn't indie. Or is he? As one-half of the rap duo OutKast, he has sold some 18 million albums, won six Grammy Awards and appeared on more hit songs than even he can keep track of. Yet there he was on July 18 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, playing alongside bands only a fraction as successful. As thousands of writhing, fist-pumping fans swarmed the main stage and climbed on top of fences to get a look at the hip-hop megastar, thousands more were across the park, stomping and dancing to the largely unknown noise-pop act Sleigh...
  • AEG Live sues concert bootleggers before they bootleg

    08/11/2010 12:12:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | Aug 10, 2010 | Eriq Gardner
    Just because the Mile High Music Festival this weekend in Denver hasn't happened yet, and just because the bootleggers haven't yet set up shop, doesn't mean that hundreds of individuals haven't already been sued. AEG Live has jumped on a growing legal trend in the concert world by filing a trademark infringement claim against hundreds of John Does and Jane Does. According to AEG's new complaint, "only the plaintiff has the right to sell merchandise bearing the Festival Trademarks at and near the Festival." AEG is asking a federal court in Colorado to order the US Marshal, local and state...
  • Chelsea Clinton Wedding Guest List Revealed [Streisand, Spielberg, Oprah, Ted Turner.......]

    07/14/2010 2:04:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 200 replies · 3+ views
    Chelsea Clinton Wedding Guest List Revealed Posted by Devon Thomas NEW YORK (CBS) It's wedding season and Hillary and Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea has her guest list all sorted out. The First Daughter, 30, who is getting married on July 31 to Marc Mezvinsky, is throwing a wedding bash that will reportedly have up to 500 guests, including some of the biggest names in politics and entertainment. Just who made the cut? According to the Hudson Valley News, guests include President Obama, singer Barbra Streisand, filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, and media moguls Oprah Winfrey and Ted...
  • RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales

    07/14/2010 11:38:18 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 60 replies
    tech dirt ^ | Jul 13th 2010 | Mike Masnick
    from the going-behind-the-veil dept We recently had a fun post about Hollywood accounting, about how the movie industry makes sure even big hit movies "lose money" on paper. So how about the recording industry? Well, they're pretty famous for doing something quite similar. Reader Jay pointed out in the comments an article from The Root that goes through who gets paid what for music sales, and the basic answer is not the musician. That report suggests that for every $1,000 sold, the average musician gets $23.40. Here's the chart that the article shows, though you should read the whole article...
  • 'The truth sets this graduate free' By LEONARD PITTS Jr. (barf alert over Beck U.)

    07/13/2010 2:50:04 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 12, 2010, 8:23PM | LEONARD PITTS Jr.
    ...the near future: Augustus Merryweather IV glanced up at the tapping on his office door. Harvey Carbunkle stood there... "You're firing me?" "I have no choice. Your work, ...it hasn't been up to the standard we expect for an editor at Merryweather Publishing. Frankly, I'm surprised. When I saw that you were a graduate of BU, I couldn't wait to hire you..." A proud smile. "Yes, sir. That's Beck University." Augustus was confused. "I've never heard of..." ..."You know, Glenn Beck? ...He founded an online university back in 2010 so people could learn the real truth they don't get in...
  • Tyranny This Way Comes – the Censorship of the Internet

    07/06/2010 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 7-6-2010 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    And so it begins in earnest… The stripping of free speech on the Internet. I have known for some time that it was heading at us like a freight train, with virtually no way of stopping the onslaught and it has finally arrived. First they came for the those they deemed as Internet counterfeiting and piracy sites. “Operation In Our Sites” targets Internet movie pirates. Given, many of these are crooks and are infringing on the entertainment industry and as such should be stopped. However, look closely at the wording on ICE’s site: Quote: In the first action carried out...
  • [...]Court Says It's Okay To Remove Content From The Public Domain And Put It Back Under Copyright

    06/22/2010 12:14:39 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 12 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | Jun 22 2010 | Mike Masnick
    Warning: this one is depressing if you believe in the public domain. You may recall that last year, a district court made a very important ruling on what appeared to be a minor part of copyright law. The "Golan" case asked a simple question: once something is officially in the public domain, can Congress pull it out and put it back under copyright? The situation came about because of (yet another) trade agreement that pulled certain foreign works out of the public domain. A district court had initially said that this move did not violate the law, but the appeals...
  • Behind the music: Is there any point in 'buying' your fans? (450,000+ bands compete for followers)

    06/10/2010 11:09:28 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 133+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 10 June 2010 | Helienne Lindvall
    Companies are preying on desperate musicians by selling them Twitter followers, Facebook fans and even download sales. But only a fool would think this is real success One of the most staggering statistics I took from this year's The Great Escape was that analytics company MusicMetric is currently tracking 450,000 artists. As it's not following every artist out there, we can safely say there are more than half a million competing for your attention. So how are they supposed to get heard? Unsurprisingly, new companies have emerged that are intent on profiting from the increasing desperation of artists and start-up...
  • News Organizations Ask Blagojevich Judge to Release Jurors' Names (260 already excused)

    06/02/2010 3:57:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 290+ views
    News Organizations Ask Blagojevich Judge to Release Jurors' NamesAssociated Press Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jun 2010, 5:46 PM CDT Chicago - Five news organizations have asked a federal judge to release the names of the jurors who will be selected in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial. The news organizations said in making their request Tuesday that both the law and tradition call for juror names to be made public and the Blagojevich case should be no exception. Making the request were the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Broadcasters Association....
  • Selling virgins on TV

    05/12/2010 1:39:24 PM PDT · by md2576 · 9 replies · 520+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 11, 2010 | Post staff writer
    A reality show that promises to sell off three virgins to the highest bidder is — to say the least — raising a storm of controversy on two sides of the Pacific. The show is the brainchild of an Australian filmmaker, Justin Sisley, and will be made for TV there. But, as of yesterday, the show was set to be filmed in Nevada. The three virgins — two women and one man — are to be paid $20,000 each plus 90 percent of their “sale price” to take part in the auction, according to a report in the Sydney Daily...
  • Will the Internet Kill Traditional Car Radio?

    05/10/2010 12:47:22 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 128 replies · 1,514+ views
    NY Times ^ | JOHN R. QUAIN | JOHN R. QUAIN
    ...Internet music services like Pandora, Slacker and Last.fm, already popular with computer and smartphone owners, are being tailored by software developers, consumer electronics companies and even automakers to work more seamlessly with car stereo systems... ...These handsets all have free applications that play customized music channels streamed over the Internet using the phone’s 3G wireless data connection. The services are generally free, although smartphone owners typically pay about $30 a month on top of regular voice service for unlimited data usage. The attraction is that rather than being shackled to the same old hits from local radio stations, listeners can...
  • THE END OF MOVIE THEATERS? FCC Will Allow Studios To Send First-Run Films Directly To Consumers..

    05/07/2010 3:04:32 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 46 replies · 923+ views
    Deadline ^ | 05/07/10 | Nikke Finke
    The MPAA, which is the Hollywood studios' lobbying organization, just made this announcement about the FCC's very bad decision. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: once again, Big Media shows that it doesn't want to share its profits with anyone else. Today's action allows the major movie studios to undercut the entire process of theatrical release. It would put the struggling cinema chains virtually out of business.
  • The Freeloaders - How a generation of file-sharers is ruining the future of entertainment

    05/07/2010 2:01:58 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 49 replies · 1,035+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2010 | Megan McArdle
    ...computational neuroscientist Anders Sandberg recently noted that although we have strong instinctive feelings about ownership, intellectual property doesn’t always fit into that framework.... ..Optimists argue that the music industry has coped before with disruptive new technology. Until recordings came along, songs, not singers, were Big Business. So while copyright law allocated royalties for performances, it said nothing about what happened when you recorded those performances and sold thousands of copies of the recording. Only after protracted legal maneuvering did we work out an arrangement that allowed both businesses to thrive. ...collectors switching from cassette and vinyl to CD swelled the...
  • Is music piracy worse than bank robbery? (songwriters want FBI focused on internet piracy)

    05/04/2010 12:00:55 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies · 464+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 4th, 2010 | Shane Richmond
    Music piracy is a more serious crime, at least in economic terms, than bank robbery, according to the Songwriters Guild of America [PDF]. The Guild has written to Victoria Espinel, Barack Obama’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, who has asked for public comment on tackling piracy. The Guild writes: “There are numerous economic crimes of much lesser magnitude (such as bank robbery) that are routinely and fully investigated, for which law enforcement agencies such as the FBI have significant resources. By contrast, online copyright piracy dwarfs bank robbery in causing economic losses, yet the FBI has limited criminal investigative interest and...
  • Leaked documents reveal draft text of top-secret global copyright deal

    04/08/2010 12:34:11 PM PDT · by day21221 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views
    montrealgazette.com ^ | April 7, 2010Comments | Vito Pilieci
    Leaked documents reveal draft text of secret global copyright deal ) OTTAWA — As negotiators from 37 countries prepare to meet in New Zealand on Monday to discuss a top-secret trade agreement, a draft text of the document has found its way onto the Internet. While bits and pieces of the agreement, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), have been leaked in the past, this is the first time a full draft is available to the public. The agreement, negotiated privately for the better part of two years, aims to create a global organization to oversee worldwide copyright and intellectual...
  • Music stars 'still need labels' (Pravda Media pimping for Big Media)

    03/10/2010 10:38:15 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 237+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 9 March 2010 | Ian Youngs
    Global music industry body the IFPI said it wanted to counter the "myth" that artists can make it on their own. In a report, it said virtually no new artists had broken through without the backing of a record label. Major labels invest $1m (£670,000) in each new act, who could not afford to make records and videos and go on tour without that backing, the IFPI said. Record labels around the world spend a total of $5bn (£3.3bn) a year on developing and promoting new and established artists. IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) chief executive John Kennedy...
  • George Lopez to voice Speedy Gonzales in live action/CG movie

    02/24/2010 10:35:45 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 63 replies · 872+ views
    Cartoon Brew ^ | 2/24/10 | Jerry Beck
    (Beck) From the story in today’s Hollywood Reporter: --- “We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy,” said the comedian’s wife Ann Lopez, who will serve alongside him as a producer. “Speedy’s going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he’s a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he’s good at.” That path becomes clearer once Speedy befriends a gun-shy...
  • Marvel Comics: Captain America Says Tea Parties Are Dangerous and Racist

    02/09/2010 1:56:57 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 51 replies · 1,555+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 2-9-10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Marvel Comic’s Captain America is the mightiest soldier with the super powerful secret soldier formula that makes him a super man. Sadly, this muscle bound hero that took on the whole Nazi army during WWII seems to be afraid of those American people who’ve joined the Tea Party movement. Not only is Cappy quaking in his little red booties, but he’s sure that the Tea Party folks are dangerous racists, too. Isn’t it wonderful that a decades old American comic book hero is now being used to turn readers against our very political system, being used to slander folks that...
  • Who really benefits from intellectual property law? And who should?

    02/04/2010 2:27:17 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies · 320+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 3, 2010 | August Brown
    ...Matt Yglesias... proposed that in a perfect marketplace for music,"The price of a song ought to be equal to the marginal cost of distributing a new copy of a song. Which is to say that the marginal cost ought to be $0." In a followup post... He argues that the entire infrastructure of intellectual property law is designed to bring the cost of all creative products down, eventually to zero, where it's best able to serve the most possible consumers; he cites the expiration date on the copyright of creative work as clear legal intent for all intellectual property to...
  • NFL putting the kibosh on mass [Super Bowl] screenings

    02/02/2010 6:18:17 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 117 replies · 2,513+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 2, 2010 | Chris Kirkham
    After a packed screening of the Saints' NFC Championship victory at Uptown's Prytania Theatre [in New Orleans], co-owner Robert Brunet has had hundreds of requests for tickets to view the Super Bowl at the historic theater this Sunday. But instead of preparing for the game, Brunet has been haggling with NFL lawyers for more than a week after he received a cease-and-desist letter telling him that the free screening had violated copyright laws. A similar story played out at the Sheraton New Orleans hotel, whose managers had planned a massive projection of the game on the side of the Canal...