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Just As Many Musicians Say File Sharing Helps Them As Those Who Say It Hurts

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We've discussed in the past that the Future of Music Coalition was putting together a fantastic artists revenue streams project, in which they sought to look at the myriad ways in which musicians make money today. FMC has been releasing bits of data from the project here and there, but...
Just As Many Musicians Say File Sharing Helps Them As Those Who Say It Hurts

Whatever happened to Brightcove’s China ambitions?

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When online video platform provider Brightcove filed for its IPO earlier this year, it spent a great deal talking about its international business. “We have established a global presence,” the company’s S-1 filing read, touting deals in Europe, Australia, Japan and elsewhere. Notably absent from the filing was any mention...
Whatever happened to Brightcove’s China ambitions?

Monterosa to get TV firms making their own second-screen content

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Partners with Zeebox for invitation-only tools for broadcasters, producers and brandsBritish firm Monterosa is launching a set of tools to help TV companies make their own "second-screen" apps and websites designed to be used by viewers while watching their shows.The tools will be invitation-only for now, and are aimed at...
Monterosa to get TV firms making their own second-screen content

In Defense Of Digital Freedom: It's Time To Get Beyond 'Cyber' Hyperbole

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Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament often credited as one of the most tech savvy (and, yes, a regular Techdirt reader) has penned an excellent article, In defense of digital freedom. It's well worth a read, even if it covers many things that regular readers of the site...
In Defense Of Digital Freedom: It's Time To Get Beyond 'Cyber' Hyperbole

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The missing switch: High-performance monolithic graphene transistors created

Too Much Copyright: This Generation's Prohibition

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The folks over at ReasonTV have put together a great episode about the state of copyright law today. Hosted by Zach Weissmueller, the video includes three guests. Professor Tom Bell, who is well known for his useful depiction of the insanity of copyright extension via the Mickey Mouse curve, Cheezburger...
Too Much Copyright: This Generation's Prohibition

Legal Experts Suggest Justice Department Unlikely to Win Antitrust Suit Against Apple

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In the wake of yesterday's announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and a number of book publishers over alleged price fixing, CNET notes that the government may have a hard time winning its case against Apple. The publishers may, however, find themselves...
Legal Experts Suggest Justice Department Unlikely to Win Antitrust Suit Against Apple

Native Advertising Is Advertising People Want

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In the internet media and advertising worlds these days, there's been a lot of talk about so-called "native advertising." This is advertising that is "native to the medium" or which fits within the framework of the site or service, rather than being off to the side, flashing away, hoping for...
Native Advertising Is Advertising People Want

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How Much Does HBO Pay MarkMonitor To Send DMCA Notices Removing Its Official Content From Google?

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We've seen plenty of ridiculous stories about bogus DMCA takedowns, but none get so ridiculous as the ones in which the content being demanded taken down is the officially released content. This often happens because of shoddy / clueless middlemen, as is the case with the latest example being passed...
How Much Does HBO Pay MarkMonitor To Send DMCA Notices Removing Its Official Content From Google?

German Courts Ruling Changes Little For Facebook

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A German court's ruling Tuesday that Facebook has not changed its Friend Finder utility as it promised it would appears to be of little consequence for the social networking giant. The key point of the ruling is that Facebook needs to change the wording of its policy to make it...
German Courts Ruling Changes Little For Facebook
Amazon to let you buy real stuff inside Kindle Fire apps

Verizon clarifies: You can keep your unlimited data plan, unless you buy a new subsidized device

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Verizon has issued a statement to The New York Times which clarifies what will happen with ‘grandfathered’ unlimited data plans when its new shared data plans roll out. Basically, anyone who currently has an unlimited data plan will be able to keep it, unless they purchase a new device that...
Verizon clarifies: You can keep your unlimited data plan, unless you buy a new subsidized device

FreedomPop's iPhone sleeve shipments held up awaiting FCC approval

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If you’re a FreedomPop customer wondering where in the hell that iPhone WiMAX sleeve you ordered is, CEO Stephen Stokols has an answer for you: talk the Federal Communications Commission. Stokols told FierceWireless that the feds are holding its first 5,000 sleeves at customs while the FCC goes over an...
FreedomPop's iPhone sleeve shipments held up awaiting FCC approval

Video About Fair Use, Remix & Culture Taken Down Over Copyright Claim (Of Course)

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A few years back, we had a post highlighting an absolutely fantastic video by Julian Sanchez about the value of remix culture. The video made a key point that often gets lost in these debates: that remix culture is often more about the culture than the remix, but that copyright...
Video About Fair Use, Remix & Culture Taken Down Over Copyright Claim (Of Course)

Dear Ron Kirk: Transparency Isn't Hearing From Critics, It's Telling The Public What You're Doing

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We've been spending a lot of time talking about just how secretive the USTR (led by its boss Ron Kirk) has been concerning the TPP negotiations. However, what may be even worse isn't just Ron Kirk's stonewalling, it's the fact that he either does not know what transparency means, or...
Dear Ron Kirk: Transparency Isn't Hearing From Critics, It's Telling The Public What You're Doing

Oracle and Google comment on (copyright-related) draft jury instructions and verdict form

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On Thursday afternoon, Judge William Alsup filed his "proposed charge to the jury": draft jury instructions and a draft special verdict form for the current, copyright-focused, trial phase. This (Friday) afternoon, he will discuss these documents with the parties' lawyers, who already identified their priority issues in filings made at...
Oracle and Google comment on (copyright-related) draft jury instructions and verdict form

Copyright Explained Musically

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For those of you who claim that copyright inspires no creativity whatsoever, perhaps you have not seen the following video, PandoHouse Rock: Copyright, explained, a collaboration between PandoDaily and Explainer Music's David Holmes: I usually find these sorts of things to be pretty bad. Copyright isn't something that you can...
Copyright Explained Musically

The Stupidity Of Data Caps: No One Knows What A Megabyte Is

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We've argued that data caps for internet access are silly, and even as they're becoming more popular for both wired and wireless broadband data offerings, it seems more people are recognizing this. The NY Times has an article about data caps that makes the key point upfront: no one knows...
The Stupidity Of Data Caps: No One Knows What A Megabyte Is
Opinion: Data caps aren't perfect, but that's OK

Drawbridge aims to solve 'cross-device' ad targeting problems

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US startup decloaks from stealth mode armed with funding from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner PerkinsApple and Google may own their own mobile advertising networks – iAd and AdMob respectively – but there is still room for innovation in the mobile ads world from startups.The latest is Drawbridge, whose chief executive Kamakshi...
Drawbridge aims to solve 'cross-device' ad targeting problems

Taxi, Limo Trade Group Hates Innovative Upstarts, Labels Them 'Rogue Applications'

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There's nothing like a bit of disruptive innovation to make the legacy players start busting out the old moral panics. We've written a few times about the new generation of ride-for-hire and ride-share services, which are really disrupting the old taxi and limo business -- leading to all sorts of...
Taxi, Limo Trade Group Hates Innovative Upstarts, Labels Them 'Rogue Applications'

Tax breaks for games and training announced in autumn statement

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Chancellor's autumn statement brings good news for UK creative industries with a 25% tax relief and £6m fund for trainingGeorge Osborne has confirmed that the UK's video game, animation and "high end" television industries will benefit from a 25% tax relief from April 2013.The chancellor had already promised some form...
Tax breaks for games and training announced in autumn statement

Death metal: tin mining in Indonesia

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If you own a mobile, it's probably held together by tin from the Indonesian island of Bangka. Mining is wrecking the environment and every year it claims dozens more livesSuge doesn't have a mobile phone, so he uses a friend's to tell us the news: he doesn't want any visitors and...
Death metal: tin mining in Indonesia

15 Advanced Military Research Projects That Will Change Your Life

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gets a ton of funding to develop the science and techological future of the military. This is the agency responsible for GPS, the internet and stealth planes. They're the real deal.  We looked at their active projects to find the ones that might...
15 Advanced Military Research Projects That Will Change Your Life

Myth Dispensing: The Whole 'Spotify Barely Pays Artists' Story Is Bunk

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One of the key talking points that we've heard from the "haters" of the new music business models is the claim that Spotify pays next-to-nothing to artists. This is really based on a few stories, taken totally out of context, concerning a few artists who received relatively small checks from...
Myth Dispensing: The Whole 'Spotify Barely Pays Artists' Story Is Bunk

Publishing Isn't A Job Anymore: It's A Button

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Tim Lee points us to a really fantastic (as per usual) discussion with Clay Shirky about media disruption, in which he makes the key point that publishing is no longer a job, but a button: Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre...
Publishing Isn't A Job Anymore: It's A Button

Google Defends The DMCA's Safe Harbors Against The MPAA's Attempts To Reinterpret Them In Hotfile Case

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We've noted that the MPAA's case against Hotfile is surprisingly weak, and seems to be arguing that usage alone is proof of Hotfile's complicity in any infringement done by users. This is a strange argument, which is more smoke and mirrors than anything legit. It's as if the MPAA believes...
Google Defends The DMCA's Safe Harbors Against The MPAA's Attempts To Reinterpret Them In Hotfile Case

Prenda's Paul Hansmeier Asks Appeals Court To Delay Sanctions; Appeals Court Says 'No, Try Again'

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Well, well. Some Prenda supporters (shockingly, they exist) in our comments have been arguing that Judge Otis Wright's order against Team Prenda is the sign of a rogue judge who will get overturned. Of course, similar actions underway in other district courts suggest otherwise. On top of that, it would...
Prenda's Paul Hansmeier Asks Appeals Court To Delay Sanctions; Appeals Court Says 'No, Try Again'
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