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Monday, October 23, 2006

Tracking down historical clips not easy.
Maybe this will help...

Copyright Merit Badge for LA Boy Scouts.

Picking on reimportation.


Friday, October 20, 2006

GooTube gives in to copyright cops.
Others get sued.

Tall center no longer looking so good.
Part of the reason why.
Meanwhile, the long tail's looking good.

Details of the pressure on AllofMp3.


Monday, October 16, 2006

"The RIAA has dropped its case against Chicagoan Paul Wilke, with the two parties moving to dismiss the case with prejudice in federal court late last week." Fight and win?

Virtual economies may be taxed. Also, Reuters is supposedly opening a virtual world news division, but that seems vaguely rumouresque to me.

"These deals allow people to create their own music videos to upload to YouTube using copyright sound recordings."


Friday, October 13, 2006

Way to reward all those users using 'illegal' code to watch their DVDs (a.k.a. Linux users), and punish those using official solutions.

Geist thinks copyright is becoming a huge mainstream political issue. I don't think we're there yet, but perhaps Canada is different.

Wikipedia co-founder is starting a new project, more focused on experts.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Netflix prize news.

Cheaper DVDs for Target?

End of format wars?

Another movie download entrant.

Don't know that OUP counts, as they have a semi-open strategy anyway.

Lack of credit card stymies teen music sales.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Piracy is mentioned, but not as the only cause. A step forward in the way these things are reported.


Friday, October 06, 2006

Tracking shopping carts...gee, who'd do that :-)


Thursday, October 05, 2006

"The judges couldn't tell the impostor from one of their own. Collins argues that he is therefore as qualified as anyone to discuss this field, even though he can't conduct experiments in it."

The amount of knowledge that can be acquired by dedicated laypersons these days is truly incredible. Certainly astronomy has had its fair share of amateur discoveries. And that's a major reason why Wikipedia works, particularly on the filtering end of things. I'm as tired of experts decrying popular opinion as worthless as I am of Wikipedians decrying expert opinion as worthless.