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You Can Take The Company Out Of The DRM Business, But You Can't Take The DRM Business Out Of The Company

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Rovi is the company that used to be called Macrovision. It got its start as the annoying DRM for VCRs and expanded into all kinds of DRM over the years. In 2008, it bought GemStar-TV Guide and was then in the TV Guide producing business as well. While it eventually...
You Can Take The Company Out Of The DRM Business, But You Can't Take The DRM Business Out Of The Company
Calling Snapchat "the sexting app" misses a huge shift in mobile, photos, and communication

How Key Decisions In Copyright Cases Can Impact The Pace Of Technological Innovation

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Next month, I have a law review article coming out, specifically focused on how much innovation is held back and hindered when courts rule against new and innovative technologies based on the claim that they are infringing copyrights. This goes well beyond just the technology on trial itself, but many...
How Key Decisions In Copyright Cases Can Impact The Pace Of Technological Innovation

An Amusing Historical Look At Moral Panics And The Content Industry

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PopeHilarius was the first of a few of you to send over the amusing Cracked story on "5 Insane File Sharing Panics from Before the Internet." If you're a regular reader of this site, none of these will be all that surprising to you. But, it does show that time...
An Amusing Historical Look At Moral Panics And The Content Industry

RIAA's New War: Shutting Down The Equivalent Of Internet VCRs

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The entertainment industry just won't quit trying to kill perfectly legal technologies with substantial non-infringing uses. Back during the big legal fight over Grokster, the RIAA insisted that it had absolutely no interest in stopping technologies people used to record things. In fact, Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro reminded...
RIAA's New War: Shutting Down The Equivalent Of Internet VCRs

Clickslide nails down seed round from Ariadne Capital and others to build a test platform for APIs

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Clickslide, the cloud-based platform that allows users to test APIs has closed a seed round to fund future product development. The investment has come from Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund and three angel investors, and the amount is undisclosed. In particular, Clickslide has been working on the development of its product...
Clickslide nails down seed round from Ariadne Capital and others to build a test platform for APIs
Xbox One: our first look at the new console, controller, and Kinect from Microsoft

iPad danger: app v. web, consumer v. creator

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I tweeted earlier that after having slept with her (Ms. iPad), I woke up with morning-after regrets. She’s sweet and pretty but shallow and vapid. Cute line, appropriate for retweets. But as my hangover settles in, I realize that there’s something much more basic and profound that worries me about...
iPad danger: app v. web, consumer v. creator

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - review

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Xbox 360, PS3, PC; Ubisoft; £10.99 - £11.99 (1200 MSP)Reading this on mobile? Click here to viewAlthough it uses Far Cry 3's game engine and mechanics, Blood Dragon has absolutely nothing else to do with it, eschewing all the attempted seriousness and hostage drama for a movie reference-laden story of...
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - review

Hollywood & The RIAA Won't Let Tech Save Them

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We've discussed in the past how ridiculous it is to claim that there's a fight between "Hollywood and Silicon Valley." After all, the tech industry keeps creating the tools for Hollywood to succeed and broaden its market... and every time they do so, Hollywood responds by attacking those providing the...
Hollywood & The RIAA Won't Let Tech Save Them

But Does It Copy Macrovision, I Mean, Run Linux?

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When we copied movies two decades ago, the very oldest video cassette recorders (VCRs) were in high demand. If you’re wondering just how old these VCRs were, think “coal-powered”. The reason was a curious mechanism preventing the copying of movies, and to understand it, we need to look a little...
But Does It Copy Macrovision, I Mean, Run Linux?

Ways of watching: how technology is changing our TV habits and content | Dan Gillmor

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The downside is that great TV drama is rarely a 'social event' in our culture. The upside is a golden age in televisual storytellingLive TV disappeared from my life long ago, apart from major breaking news and the occasional sporting event. At first, with a video cassette recorder and later...
Ways of watching: how technology is changing our TV habits and content | Dan Gillmor
Microsoft defends the look of the Xbox One

Here's The Privacy Line That Facebook Just Crossed...

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I think Facebook’s problem lately with its disliked like button (and Google’s problem with the start of Buzz) is that they confuse the notion of the public sphere—that is, all of us—with the idea of making a public—that is, the small societies we create on Facebook or join on Twitter....
Here's The Privacy Line That Facebook Just Crossed...
Could the next Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram ever debut at CES?

YouTube lets you relive the old-school look of VHS -- in HD

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Sure, watching YouTube videos in HD is great when you want clarity, but maybe you've been yearning for that grainy, tape-recorded look. Marking what's apparently the 57th anniversary of cassette-based video recording, the YouTube team has snuck a VHS tape-shaped button on select videos. Clicking it will the throw...
YouTube lets you relive the old-school look of VHS -- in HD
6 ways to watch your own videos from your iPhone or Mac on your TV

Copyright Office Boss Admits Copyright Law Is Broken And Needs A Rethink... But Still Focused On Bad Ideas

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We posted one short post about a key comment from Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante, suggesting that the focus of copyright law should be on large scale piracy, rather than the teenager downloading at home. Many in our comments rightfully cheered on this line, but as the hearing is concluding...
Copyright Office Boss Admits Copyright Law Is Broken And Needs A Rethink... But Still Focused On Bad Ideas
YouTube Adds "Tape Mode" To Select Videos In Celebration Of Video Casette Recorder's 57th Birthday

Kim Dotcom predicts victory in war with Hollywood

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is confined to his mansion near Auckland as he waits for the New Zealand courts to decide whether to extradite him to the United States. But that didn't stop him from penning a defiant open letter to Hollywood. "The very powerful and the very stupid have...
Kim Dotcom predicts victory in war with Hollywood

Yes, There Are Many, Many, Many, Many Legal Uses Of BitTorrent

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When the VCR first came on the market, nearly 100% of the TV and movie content it was used for was "unauthorized," because the big studios refused to offer films. Of course, thankfully, the Supreme Court eventually made it clear that just because it was "unauthorized," it didn't mean that...
Yes, There Are Many, Many, Many, Many Legal Uses Of BitTorrent
Who's afraid of a little live TV? Why streaming service Aereo scares the broadcast industry
The amazing, uncertain, and super-personal future of 3D printed sex toys

Google Looks To Cut 'Funding' To 'Illegal' Sites It Doesn't Fund In The First Place

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A few folks have pointed us to this odd article at the UK's Telegraph, in which it claims that Google is "in discussions with payment companies" to stop funding to "illegal download websites." There are a bunch of problems with this, with the first one being, huh? It's not clear...
Google Looks To Cut 'Funding' To 'Illegal' Sites It Doesn't Fund In The First Place
Sorry, iPad, kids still like their handheld consoles more than you

Internet Archive Enables Over 1,000,000 Torrents Of Books, Music And Movies

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We sometimes hear people say that BitTorrent as a technology is only good for infringement. We know that's not true, but then people will point to examples of how frequently it's used for infringement. Of course, that's meaningless when you look at both the larger picture and the nature of...
Internet Archive Enables Over 1,000,000 Torrents Of Books, Music And Movies
Nielsen discovers Generation C

What the Betamax Case Teaches Us About Readability

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The Betamax SL6500! I totally had this model!!!Several really smart people in our industry are arguing very publicly right now about a company called Readability and how great and/or evil their service is. One side thinks what Readability does is wrong, and by extension, that the company’s founders are immoral....
What the Betamax Case Teaches Us About Readability
Case Study: Band Embraces Grooveshark And Catapults Its Career

There Can Be No 'Balance' In The Entirely Unbalanced System Of Copyright

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For many years now, I've argued against the idea of calling for "balance" in copyright law -- because I don't think it makes much sense. In articles from 2007, 2009 and 2011, I argued that by focusing on "balance" -- as many critics of copyright law do today -- we...
There Can Be No 'Balance' In The Entirely Unbalanced System Of Copyright
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