June, 2009

Cablevision case puts kibosh on collection society claims

The Supreme Court’s denial of cert. in the Cablevision remote-DVR case has launched countless column inches of commentary and analysis already, much of it focused on the problems it poses for the Hollywood studios and TV networks worried about its impact on ad-skipping (see here, here and here). But the studios and networks aren’t the only losers in the case. By letting the Second Circuit’s opinion stand, at […]

I linked the news today, oh boy

I’m assuming a judge and scholar as smart as Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t really believe copyright law should be extended to cover the paraphrasing of news reports without the permission of the copyright owner, as he seemed to suggest in a recent blog post (h/t TechCrunch). Instead, I’ll assume he simply meant to be provocative. Posner’s subject was the parlous condition […]

An uneasy alliance on TV Everywhere

I have a guest post up this weekend over at GigaOm where I discuss some of the potential technical and anti-trust problems with Time Warner  CEO Jeff Bewkes’ concept for TV Everywhere, particularly the amount of cooperation and information sharing among nominally competing service providers necessary to make the system work. But there are other potential problems that could also scuttle the industry’s best-laid plans. Like […]

Nothing to ad

Got a business plan for a digital media application and looking for funding? Better take out that part about, “and they we sell ads against it” and come up with Plan B. According to a panel of venture capitalists at the Digital Media Conference in Washington, DC, Thursday, ad-supported is not a viable online business model. “We’re really looking for consumer-pay models,” said Arun Gupta of […]

Creation and the Internet

Last week saw two interesting developments in the ongoing debate over effects of file-sharing and what to do about it. On Thursday, a federal jury in Minneapolis ordered Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay $1.92 million to Universal Music Group and other record labels after finding she had downloaded 24 songs illegally. That works out to a staggering $80,000 per song. Even Sony BMG’s lead lawyer in the case, […]