Rogers Communications has made plenty of money from the music business. Like many ISPs it had to decide whether to cross the piracy Rubicon. Was it going to stay on the right side with creators and work on sustainable innovation or cross over to the wrong side with Google and many others and pursue false […]
Giant Cloud, Three Blind Wolves, Ellie Goulding, Hot Riot!, The Ruse
I heard a leading novelist asked where he got the ideas for his books. He said that he kept a journal and wrote down every detail of his life. He’d keep a very precise account of what he did every day and what he thought every day and then one day he began to lie. […]
Managing the blogosphere is hard work. The very well funded Michael Geist recently showed up in an MSM tech blog going on about his currently favorite moral panic—so to speak–the Anticounterfeiting Trade Agreements (or “ACTA”). One can’t help noticing that there has been a blister pop of activity trashing ACTA by the anti-creator labor crowd, […]
There is an apocryphal quotation attributed to GEN William Tecumseh Sherman that is instructive. When asked why he would not run for President, GEN Sherman reportedly said, “I will not entrust my good name to 100,000 people I have never met.” So it is in public life. But in the digital constituency, you not only […]
Readers of MTP will understand why this headline caught my eye today: “Google Trying Not To Cross the Creepy Line“ Well…it’s a little late for that. Really, truly, cataclysmically bad advice will hang that “creepy” sign around you and it’s very hard to get it off.
“What’s to stop students from paying for one month and downloading the whole collection? ‘Nothing,’ said Mr. Griffin….’Our gut tell us that the right model is flat fee, unlimited use.’” Another Choruss sighting in the Chronicle of Higher Education (with a lovely picture of Peter Jenner and Jim Griffin courtesy of the Future of Music […]
As I’ve noted, I just know that I’m not going to have the time to read the new book by PS, the most prolifically legendary copyright scholar in the history of those who have never sold a record. I’ve noted a creeping argument from various thimbleriggers over the last couple years that the problems with […]