Copyright and New Technology in the News
a Creator's Perspective
Tech 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
[As creators, we are all cut
from the same jib. We all have rights that are our duty to
protect. IMPORTANT READ.]
Bestseller to Bust: Is This The End of an Author's Life?
By Robert McCrum -- The credit crunch and the internet are making
writing as a career harder than it has been for a generation. Robert
McCrum talks to award-winning authors who are struggling to make ends
meet [Thanks to Thomas D. Sydnor for the link.]
Put A Decoy Album on Torrenting Sites to Confront Illegal Downloaders…
By Nina Ulloa -- RuPaul uploaded a decoy version of his new album, Born
Naked, to multiple torrent sites. The tracks seem normal at first, but
then RuPaul chimes in with "girrrrl, you done stole my album!"
... He tells listeners that if they admire or want to
support him they should buy his music so he can make a living, saying
"the real political power is right up here on the cash register".
Lego Movie Makers in Fight to End Piracy
By Jennifer Rajca
By Ray K. Harris and Thomas A. Dougherty -- There are now ten
Intellectual Property cases under review in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court docket demonstrates the accelerating importance of
intellectual property. In the decade of the 1990's the Supreme Court
wrote 6 patent opinions. The prior two decades saw a similar volume of
patent cases. In the same decade, copyright cases decided in the
Supreme Court (six) and trademark cases decided in the Supreme Court
(three, including two trade dress cases) were about equally rare.
[Will creators get their fair share? Unlikely.]
Arora Says Mobile Will Create Bigger Advertising Pie
By Alexei Oreskovic - Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets
will vastly expand the number of companies who advertise online and
will allow Internet companies to reap more revenue than they have from
customers on PCs, Google Inc Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora said
The Digital Royalties Debate [Artist -v- Record Company Perspective]
By Chris Cooke
Opens up 35 MILLION Images in Plan to Make Us All its TOOLS
By Andrew Orlowski -- Think a bit before you jump into (em)bed with the
Lets You Compose and Record Music on the Go
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Some music-making apps are designed for
Jedi-level music producers who can't wait to get back into the studio,
while others are for beginners looking to have a little fun.
FiddleWax sits somewhere in the middle. Anyone could pick it up and
make something resembling music, but if you know your music theory (or
are willing to learn by doing), Fiddlewax rewards your knowledge with
Bitcoin Startup Tanks After $600,000 Theft
By Andy Greenberg
[Invasion of the money snatchers.]
of Bitcoin Exchange Spawns Mutant Digital Currency
By Robert McMillan
CEO of Bitcoin Exchange Found Dead in Singapore
By Associated Press
Privacy Become a Luxury Good?
By Julia Angwin -- It takes a lot of money and time to avoid hackers
and data miners.
Internet Of Things: The Real Money Is The Internet, Not The Things
By Matt Asay -- The Internet of Things is exploding, but the real
opportunity is building pan-device business services.
Prankster" Posted Videos of Alleged Assaults Online, Faces Felony
IT-Lex Technology Law -- Here's the heartwarming story of a dumb guy
who did stupid things, put them online, and now faces serious legal
ramifications for his actions.
Mark Mothersbaugh On Making Music For TV, Games And Film
By David M. Ewalt -- In 1972 Mark Mothersbaugh co-founded the rock band
Devo, and four decades later is still lead singer of the hugely
influential band. But in his time off-stage, Mothersbaugh has built up
an equally impressive body of work as one of our age's most unique and
[Leeds Levy, this one's for you.]
to Wake Up to the Smell of Bacon? Enter Oscar Mayer Contest
By Salvador Rodriguez -- Oscar Mayer has created an iPhone dongle that
functions as an alarm clock by producing the smell of bacon in the
morning. But to get one, users will have to enter a contest.
Adele Dazeem Name Generator
By Chris Kirk and Jim Festante -- When John Travolta called Idina
Menzel "Adele Dazeem" at the Oscars, he created a new standard for
superstardom: You're no one until you've had your name mangled by a
confused, squinting John Travolta. What's your Travoltified name? Find
out with our handy widget!