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Getting Real

Bob Lefsetz explains why the music industry is even worse off than I thought, pushing them deeper into the hole they've been digging for years. They are so far removed from what is real and passionate in the art of...

Posted in Napsterization on May 21, 2007 09:35 PM

Anti-Copyright and Anti-Fair Use: The Broadcast and Audio Flags

Broadcast and Audio Flags are provisions in Senate Bill 2686, up on Thursday. They are bad for users, bad for balanced copyright, bad for fair use, bad for innovation, and bad for new companies (including Dabble). This is about incumbent...

Posted in Napsterization on June 20, 2006 05:06 PM

The 5-8 Year Problem: Asking the Ocean To Turn Back Won't Work With Digital Media Tides

In 5-8 years, I think the Grokster problem will be solved by a combination of: 1. business model changes by legacy media; 2. changes in demographics because the fact is there will be a critical mass of users who have...

Posted in Napsterization on June 30, 2005 07:18 AM

Grokster Loses, and so do we on that and broadband

I'm sure you all know this by now, but Grokster has lost it's latest.. the ruling says: "P2P software manufacturers can be held liable for the infringing activities of people who use their software." usly_inducement_test.php ">Ernie Miller has excellent information,...

Posted in Napsterization on June 27, 2005 12:39 PM

Mark Pesce on BitTorrent: Chaos is Your Metaphor

Susan Mernit posts Mark Pesce's email on BitTorrent. Best part is the ending: It's said that the best sequels are just like the original, only bigger and louder. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for one hell of a crash. This...

Posted in Napsterization on December 21, 2004 04:55 PM

Registration Systems for News Sites...

Robert Andrews commented on the Online News Association maillist, and on his blog about registration systems and users/readers frustration with online news sites that each require registration. His thoughts about a common registration system are understandable, but his suggestion that...

Posted in Napsterization on August 8, 2004 11:10 AM

China Digital Conference Day II: Larry Lessig Keynote.

Xiao Qiang (our host and organizer of the conference): The conference is about China, but not static country, but a dynamic, changing, interconnected country. With that, introduced Larry Lessig (the following are notes from his talk). Larry Lessig: China's Digital...

Posted in Napsterization on May 1, 2004 11:24 AM

Digital Media Summit Day 1

At the Digital Media Summit at McGraw-Hill. Lots of big media are attending, and there is not much digital, and a little digitized, media being discussed. They appear to also discuss "IP" as though it were intellectual property, except the...

Posted in Napsterization on February 10, 2004 06:23 AM

Mediapost On Music, Gets It Wrong In Multiple Ways

Yesterday I got an email from Mediapost with this article: The Record Industry Continues To Crush the Life Out Of the Fans By Cory Treffiletti. I read it, and was interested in seeing the SFGate article (the backup) and in...

Posted in Napsterization on December 11, 2003 07:19 AM

Perspectives on Napsterization

From Lucas Gonze: Tania's roommate Chris is a rock musician. He's a hip guy, skinny, slack, low key, playing in a band cool enough to tour a bit. I am not hip. I am a post-bohemian comp sci guy, balding,...

Posted in Napsterization on October 21, 2003 09:10 PM

Digital Media Redux

Two thoughts before we get into the meat of it: Pixel Power! (Linda Yablonsky/NYTimes) David Byrnes Alternative PowerPoint Universe (Veronique Vienne/NYTimes) And now for the meat of it: Frank points to this: Finally, the video revolution in art has led...

Posted in Napsterization on August 17, 2003 10:48 AM

The Copyright Wars Heat Up

With this: KaZaa is suing the RIAA. Apparently the countersuit is meant to assert that they have “obscenely” abused their copyright powers. And this from the Economist: ...Certainly, the content industries are likely to experience the most upheaval. They may...

Posted in Napsterization on January 28, 2003 08:13 AM

NET Act May Be Coming to You

Declan McCullah of Cnet recently wrote a piece on an obscure law called the No Electronic Theft Act (1997) which could be used soon by the Justice Department to prosecute P2P file sharing pirates. Several US Senators sent a letter...

Posted in Napsterization on January 27, 2003 08:15 AM