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Friday, January 20, 2006

The Entrepreneurial Mind: Opportunities in Podcasting?
"We've gotten to the point that everybody and their grandmother can produce a podcast and everybody and their grandmother is producing a podcast," he said. "Now it's about separating the wheat from the chaff."
Content is cheap. Filtering is what counts.

Google Video: Trash Mixed With Treasure - New York Times
Why is it that you can download a Charlie Rose talk show to have and to hold forever, but a "CSI" episode self-destructs after 24 hours?

Advocates of Wi-Fi in Cities Learn Art of Politics - New York Times
The move from building physical networks to building political influence | 01/18/2006 | Feds want Google search records
The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was meant to punish online pornography sites that make their content accessible to minors. The government contends it needs the Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches.

Radio broadcasters are responding to the static from advertisers miffed about losing market share to satellite radio and iPods by quickly rolling out hundreds of HD Digital Radio stations, and several dashboard tuners are now on the market.

Austen making a publishing comeback (from the public domain). Copyfight: the politics of IP
Yup, even though Austen's books are all in the public domain, so Headline gets no copyright exclusivity in their publication, the publisher still thinks it can make them profitable with clever packaging and marketing.

Freedom to Tinker » Blog Archive » Google Video and Privacy
Google’s decision to use DRM was driven by the insistence of copyright owners, not by any illusion that the DRM would stop infringement.

DMCA review sparks some well-written comments from the public
By most accounts, the DMCA has been tremendously anti-consumer, and these are just two of the many issues that have received comments.

P2P use remains steady, but lawsuits are rising
nfortunately for the industry, their 300 percent growth rate over 2004 could've been much higher if it weren't for all the dirty, dirty pirates swapping copies of "Don't Phunk with my Heart."

Wired News: Rockers Seeking Fame Online
And while the traditional record deal remains the holy grail for up-and-coming acts, the internet's ability to build a fan base from scratch puts more power into artists' hands and is changing the way many labels are doing business. - Science Journal
Because they don't keep discoveries under wraps until publication, they can build on each other's work sooner.

Apple Matters | Want to Marginalize the iPod? Ask Steve Jobs How!
Were Microsoft to jump headlong into the digital audio player market there would be strong incentive to Apple to begin licensing FairPlay.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | File-sharing 'not cut by courts'
Mr Kennedy also warned that the music industry could sue internet service providers (ISPs) if they do not crack down on their customers who flout copyright rules. Music piracy could be "dramatically reduced within a very short period of time" if ISPs took action against their law-breaking customers, Mr Kennedy said.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Digital music: Ask the industry
The BBC News website has assembled a virtual panel of music industry executives to respond to your questions and comments.

Furdlog » Pre-loaded Video iPods Raise Questions
A tiny Massachusetts company named TVMyPod is selling iPods that come with movies and TV programs already loaded on them, a practice that raises questions of legality as it addresses consumer demand for convenience and portability.

Furdlog » Good Luck With That!
We’re not making any money off of it. We’re not selling it



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