"Home taping is killing the music industry. Instead of making billions and billions of dollars, we are only making billions of dollars." -Matt Groening "Video would be the death of Hollywood?" Well, specifically, the death of the movie industry. Here is Jack Valenti's testimony before congress in 1982, foretelling the downfall of the movie [...]
Updated Half of the charges made against the four men behind the notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay have been sensationally dropped on day two of the trial. Prosecutor Håkan Roswall made the surprise move this morning, according to reports on The Local and TorrentFreak. He has amended the charges against Carl Lundström, Peter [...]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann's been reading all the submissions to the Copyright Office on exemptions to the DMCA, and he's found this beauty: Apple is trying to ban jailbreaking iPhones: Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office [...]
For the "computer illiterate": burying folders is not as effective as burying treasure chests.
Next week sees the start of the long-awaited Pirate Bay trial. With the eyes of the world on Sweden, Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge argues that there is much more at stake than the future of the site's operators. The world has changed. Technical developments allow all of us to collect, store and share digitized information on an unimagined [...]
During the early days of P2P, many companies such as Morpheus attempted to promote up and coming artists as a way of deflecting criticism. This was fine and all, but in the end who and what got promoted was generally up StreamCast. But the arrival of BitTorrent has changed much of this in favor of the aspiring artist. Take MiniNova's content [...]
Wired Gadget Lab has taken down a video made by in which he gives a brief overview and demonstration of how to install OSX on an MSI Wind netbook. This apparently didn’t sit well with Apple, who contacted Wired and complained; Wired agreed and removed the video. Frankly, we’re disappointed with Wired’s response. While they were technically [...]
Perhaps this has been going on for a while, but I’ve never noticed it before. YouTube users often create an original video using their favorite popular song as the audio. I’m afraid that they won’t be able to do that much longer, since YouTube has started muting videos that use unauthorized copyrighted music (and that pretty much means all [...]
China has confirmed itself as the "king of counterfeiters" with the building of a new shopping center dedicated to fake brands. Some of the brand impostors at the mall in Nanjing, east of Shanghai, include a McDonalds look-a-like burger bar called McDnoald’s, a Starbucks-style coffee shop called Bucksstar Coffee, and a wannabe Pizza Hut [...]
NRK, the Norwegian public broadcaster, has had to pull its legal MP3 archive of all 212 Beatles songs. Turns out the agreement they had with the local rights society didn't mean what they thought it meant. Our new agreement with rights holder TONO gives us rights to publish radio and TV shows we aired a long time ago. But the agreement NRK has [...]
Some weeks ago, NRK - Norwegian Braodcasting - signed a deal with music rights holder organisation TONO in Norway. The new deal gives NRK right to publish podcasts of all previously broadcasted radio- and tv-programs that contains less then 70% music. Podcast containing music may be up for four weeks, while our podcast without music stay up on [...]
There are a lot of good things to be said about TV and movie studios opening up to the idea of streaming content. Almost any popular TV show is freely available for streaming, without any fear of copyright enforcement. Legal sites such as Hulu.com also provide a great avenue for streaming video entertainment as well. Could embedded advertising [...]
Please note that HD DVD was done completely right. Blu-Ray killed HD DVD through studio bribes and in the process, killed the format. I and others said a year ago that if HD DVD wins the content war then HD disc media will have a future and if Blu-Ray wins it will not. Yeah, I was right. You idiots screwed yourselves buying into Sony hype when you [...]
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Olympic logo police workers are tasked with vigilantly going around all facilities and putting masking tape over the logos for any product where the company is not an official sponsor... 7 To ensure that only the companies that pay millions of dollars to be official Olympic sponsors enjoy the benefits of exposure in Olympic venues, organizers [...]