Copyright and New Technology in the News
a Creator's Perspective
companies and criminals have made billions supporting the illegal
exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the
dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future
Politics of Digital Piracy
Whitten -- It has been thirteen years since the free music service
Napster burst into our consciences and anti-copyright activist Larry
Lessig began campaigning for the free culture movement. Today however,
we find that the free culture movement has lost the war for hearts and
minds within the creative community and also increasingly with
consumers.... over a decade into the free culture debate, where are the
Top 40 Creative Commons stars? Where is the blockbuster TV series given
away free on YouTube? Clearly there is no grass roots revolution in
free entertainment that is gaining unstoppable momentum.
10 Artists Shazam Expects To Break in 2014, Based on User Curiosity
By Eliot Van
Buskirk -- When people hold their phones in the air to identify a song,
they are essentially saying, "I don't know what this song is, but I
like it." As such, Shazam has unique insight into where our collective
music taste is headed.
Music May Slip to 2014, But What About Beats Music?
Dredge -- 2013 has been a momentous year for digital music for all
sorts of reasons, but as we enter its home straight, two of the
most-anticipated new music services of the year haven't yet launched –
and look increasingly likely to slip to 2014. We're talking about
YouTube Music and Beats Music, which were both slated for 2013 debuts,
and have been shown to rightsholders and some artists behind closed
doors in the last few months.
Spotify, Rdio and What Didn't Happen in 2013
By Steve McClure
Pains: Blip Upsets Publishers by Deleting Countless Videos
Roettgers -- Online video service Blip is trying to scale
down from 900,000 publishers to just a few thousand serialized shows.
That process is anything but painless
Your Voice On The Social Web: Don't Let Old Thinking Hold You Back
Amerland -- What's the similarity between writers and
corporations? They often face the same problem: They don't know how to
sound like real people on a public stage.
Giants in Bloody Battle to Put Your Eyeballs in a Jar
By Chris Mellor
-- As consumers become ever-more attached to their gadgets - variously
glued to PCs and tablets, and, after-hours, laptops, game consoles and
mobiles – the gigantic digital businesses are competing with each other
to capture and monopolise users' screen time on internet-connected
devices. And all of the contenders are using many monumentally large
data centres and data vaults.
Bypass Facial Recognition by Building Social Networks from Photo Tags
Harris -- A new algorithm from University of Toronto researchers can
predict the identity of untagged photo subjects by analyzing the
relationships of the other people (or things) in the photo.
Internet of Things: Great Promise, Great Risk
Levitas, Nancy Perkins, Christina Brenha and Amie L. Medley -- On
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a
day-long workshop to discuss and explore the consumer protection and
privacy issues surrounding the so-called "Internet of Things," namely,
the expanded ability of web-enabled devices to communicate directly
with one another and create an increasingly seamless integration
between the physical and digital world
creators survive a 'Screw it, just do it" world if the Feds think it's
hunky-dory to steal?]
The U.S. Army Got Caught Pirating $180 Million in Software. It's
Settling for $50 Million.
Banned From Using Piracy and Theft Terms in Hotfile Trial
By Ernesto --
Leading up to the trial, Hotfile has scored several significant wins
against the MPAA. The Florida federal court ruled on several motions
this week, and many went in favor of the file-hosting service. Most
prominently, Judge Kathleen Williams decided that the movie studios and
its witnesses are not allowed to use "pejorative" terms including
"piracy," "theft" and "stealing" during the upcoming proceedings ...but
may use terms of "art."
Hotfile to Pay Hollywood Studios $80m
Damages in Filesharing Settlement
By Stuart Dredge -- Online storage service must also shut down unless
it adopts technology to filter out infringing films. ... This judgment
by the court is another important step toward protecting an Internet
that works for everyone," said MPAA chairman and chief executive Chris
Dodd in a statement. "Sites like Hotfile that illegally profit off of
the creativity and hard work of others do a serious disservice to
audiences, who deserve high-quality, legitimate viewing experiences
the Tech That Makes These Age-Defining Artworks Possible
Grovier -- Every great artwork is a gadget, a cutting-edge device
engineered to enrich our understanding of what it means to be here, to
be alive in the world. What motivates art and what motivates technology
is ultimately the same: a desire to know ourselves more deeply and to
enhance our engagement with the universe around us.
to Host Naming Ceremony For New Music Building Named For Ray Charles'
By ADW Staff --
Continuing the institution's storied partnership with legendary singer
Ray Charles, the Georgia music icon often referred to as "The Genius," Morehouse College announced that it
will host a naming ceremony Tuesday for the Music Academic Building to
be renamed in honor of Charles' mother, Aretha Robinson. ... The naming
of the Aretha Robinson Music Academic Building is made possible by the
latest gift from the Ray Charles Foundation in the amount of $3 million.
1943 – The Hi De Ho Man
By ASCAP100 --
Cab Calloway, who joined ASCAP in 1942, was a songwriter, jazz singer
and bandleader most associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem. A master
of scat singing, Calloway also led one of the most popular big bands in
the country from the start of the 1930s through the late '40s.
Yahoo Search Trends in 2013: Less Voting, More Twerking
Bailey -- Yahoo has released its list of most popular search terms for
the past year, and there's no need to panic: professional famous-person
Kim Kardashian is still among the top ten, as she has been for each of
the last five
Soundproof Cardboard Shed Lets You Scream in Peace