Must read article in the Atlantic

As more and more of the creative class start to wake up to the absolute corruption that is growing among the absolutely rich and powerful at Google, it is not surprising that authors foreshadow the apocolypse and the “final encyclopedia“, that creepy, geeky sci-fi cliff that Google is driving us all to jump over. Excellent […]

New Orphan Works Legislation: From Each According to What is Not Nailed Down, To Each According to How Little We Can Get Away With

The House and Senate both introduced new versions of the “orphan works” legislation (the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act” named after the late AOL lobbyist). Why, you may ask? What is so important about “orphan works”? Do the songwriters, artists, photographers, illustrators, screenwriters, actors, directors you know come up to you in the street, strike […]

More bone in the head

So I heard yet another bonehead argument about “markets” etc. from the other side that went something like this: The reason why iTunes has been a financial success for the music industry is because they have a great product that is easy to use. This sounds good when you first hear it, right? However, it […]

Generation L Innovates the Wisdom of Mobs

In every conversation I have with Generation L about the effects of technology on the music industry, it is only a matter of time until the world “innovation” comes up. “Innovation” must be protected at all costs, including at the cost of the entire creative community. Hundreds of thousands of jobs lost? That’s the cost […]

Book Review: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View From Europe

Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View From Europe by Jean-Noël Jeanneney Today being Sunday, I found myself at Book People, our local independent bookstore. The onslaught against the independent bookstore that started with Crown Books, continuing through Barnes & Noble, Bookstar, etc., and now culminating in Amazon.com is almost complete. (Nothing against […]

Why does the EFF hate artists so much?

Fred von Lohman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation treats us to the workings of his mind in this post to the Los Angeles Times opinion blog where he claps on one and three regarding the desire of the creative community to extend the digital performance right to terrestrial radio. He writes: “Copyright is a tax […]