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Saturday, March 18, 2006

An introduction to IPTV : Page 1
In this primer, we'll explain how IPTV works and what the future holds for the technology.

Federal government supports "Buy It Now" patent
The Office of the Solicitor General of the United States has filed a brief with the Supreme Court, taking the side of MercExchange.
Business methods patents are miserable.

Slashdot | Bill Could Restrict Freedom of the Press
An aide to the bill's author assures us it's not aimed at reporters, but the language is ambiguous at best.

Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. Author/Speaker/Consultant
Oyster is a java-based system, which assists researchers in managing, searching and sharing ontology metadata in a peer-to-peer network.

Wal-Mart and the Shanghai Pirates - Hollywood's newest business model? By Edward Jay Epstein
The success of the video pirates demonstrates the economic principal that the demand for entertainment is exquisitely elastic: DVDs priced at $15—the official, nonpirated retail price—hardly sell in China; DVDs priced at $1.25 a copy (or lower on the street) sell an estimated 1.3 billion copies per year.
Well, no, it demonstrates that perfect substitutes are perfectly substitutable.  Were they doing a longitudinal study of price changes, then they could conclude that the demand is elastic.

TechCrunch » eJamming - Distributed Jamming
which launched v.1.0 today, allows musicians located anywhere to get
together for jam sessions. Your drummer’s in New York, lead guitar is
in India, your bass player is somewhere else, and you’re on keyboard.
No problem. eJamming lets you jam anyway. And you can talk to the other
musicians via a VOIP feature.

More lowered barriers to music production. - Profs to challenge copyright regulation
They are making their case now because law requires that anyone seeking exemptions from such copyright laws do so during a designated period every three years.
I don't have much hope for these, given past "rule-making periods'" lack of results.



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