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Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

But the rioting in London is really the stuff of the Internet made flesh, a virtual tableau come to life.  So this is as good a time as any to mention Robert Levine’s book, Free Ride, currently the subject of the Two Minutes Hate on the Internet. For this reason alone Free Ride is an important book for policy makers to keep close by.

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

But the rioting in London is really the stuff of the Internet made flesh, a virtual tableau come to life.  So this is as good a time as any to mention Robert Levine’s book, Free Ride, currently the subject of the Two Minutes Hate on the Internet.  For this reason alone Free Ride is an important book for policy makers to keep close by.

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

But the rioting in London is really the stuff of the Internet made flesh, a virtual tableau come to life.  So this is as good a time as any to mention Robert Levine’s book, Free Ride, currently the subject of the Two Minutes Hate on the Internet.  For this reason alone Free Ride is an important book for policy makers to keep close by.

Challenge to Radio Station Purchase Helps Define FCC Radio Ownership Limits in Arbitron Markets

Broadcast Law Blog

One of the cases we overlooked raised the question of whether the FCC cares about a broadcaster’s market share when it goes to buy a new radio station, or will it simply apply the numerical station ownership limits set out in the rules? The case involved the purchase of a radio station in the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia market.

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A Thorough Guide to Freelance Lawyering

Media Law

Virgin Islands (where I once met her while giving a CLE presentation), she moved to Alaska to pursue her dream of remote living. Alderman.

Why the distinction between “new” media and “traditional” media is pointless, and a little dangerous.

Gordon P. Firemark

It’s time we all stopped thinking this way. The Internet and Web have become the mainstream. The same can be said of radio.

Canadian Authors Oppose Google Book Settlement: The Smartest Guys in the Room Can't Handle the Truth--AGAIN

Music Technology Policy

The objection to the Google Books Settlement filed on 1/28 by Canadian authors clearly lays out the high level legal reasons why the Google Books settlement is unlawful on its face. Register of Copyright Marybeth Peters: Copyright Office Position on the Proposed Google Book Settlement. If the U.S. is really just a joke.

Music Business Panel at Denton — 35 Conferette

Current Trends

This free and open to the public  presentation will assist the new or established musician/artist/music business professional in navigating the ins-and-outs of legal issues involved in the music business. Bennett : Attorney, Bennett Law Office, PC; President, Farm To Market Music, LLC, Lewisville, TX. Moderator. Tamera H. Panelists.

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

Music Technology Policy

May, 2015 : Google, Pandora and companies with market cap over $2 trillion form MIC Coalition to lobby against songwriters. Hakim Jeffries, Rep.

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations The New York Times May 1, 2005 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations By FAREED ZAKARIA THE WORLD IS FLAT A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. The book is done in Friedman's trademark style. By Thomas L.

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations The New York Times May 1, 2005 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations By FAREED ZAKARIA THE WORLD IS FLAT A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. The book is done in Friedman's trademark style. By Thomas L.

Why is the New York Times Coverage on Artist Rights So Oddly Inconsistent?

Music Technology Policy

Indie bookstores account for only about 10 percent of overall book sales, but they have a vastly disproportionate impact on the sale of the creative midlist books that are so vital to the health of the culture. People didn’t stop buying books, they just stopped buying them from booksellers. Oh really? 

Blawg Review #295

Cyberlaw Central

Eric Goldman’s post on the new book “The Next Digital Decade&# is well worth reading. The book itself is a free PDF download. Eric says: What makes this book so special is that *every* essay I’ve read is top-notch. In contrast, in many essay collection books, the essays are spotty—some great, some clearly inferior.

Homeless Military Widow: “My heart is sad for my teenager”

Digital Media Law

Her goal had been to “acquire certification in billing and coding in health information management so I could be more marketable and my son could have a better future in his college studies.” “Now, sad to say, (education) is a pipe dream,” Cindy said. Cindy Kureth just wants a job and a place to call home. They were two peas in a pod.”

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 045

Gordon P. Firemark

She wrote a book, and the court found she did so because it was the only way to shield the information that she had gathered about the incident.

The Controversy Never Ends Near the Grassy Knoll

JetLawBlog

Texas School Book Depository. Byrd claimed Mayhew’s auction affected his ability to collect fair market value for his window.

Guest Post: If Not PROTECT IP, Then What, When and How? By Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

In my book Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back , I present a counter-narrative – what I see as the real history of the last decade in the media business. This supposed to be the happy ending. balance of trade, as well as the economy as a whole.

I’ll Take Artificial Intelligence for $1000, Alex

JetLawBlog

As if Jeopardy! competitors as early as this fall. Comprehension of natural language, of course, is incredibly important for a successful Jeopardy!

Will Google Submit “The Power of Google Adsense” to Voluntary Oversight?

Music Technology Policy

However, that progress should not be understood as having addressed the public health, moral and economic  hazards presented by rogue sites to be covered by the PROTECT IP Act.  It was only when the Google Books case was joined by the U.S. At the September 22 hearing of the U.S. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Instead, U.S.

Join Me at New Media Expo (NMX) January 6-8

Gordon P. Firemark

This time around I’ll be doing double-duty, giving a solo presentation and joining a panel of social media lawyers. So book now!

I’ll be speaking at NMX (New Media Expo)

Gordon P. Firemark

This time around  I’ll be doing double-duty,  giving a solo presentation and joining a panel of social media lawyers. .

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

Music Technology Policy

“Murdoch asked what would happen if he were to search for a particular blockbuster film, and the [Google TV] presenter explained that the results would be the same ones you’d find in any Google search. Yes, unless those sites have already been removed from search results in response to takedown requests, the presenter confirmed.

Guest Post: The Fallacy of Music Like Water by Gavin Castleton

Music Technology Policy

” In early 2005, Berklee VP David Kusek and “futurist” Gerd Leonhard based their book The Future of Music on the concept of “ Music Like Water ,” i.e. the transformation of the music industry into one in which music is ubiquitous and subscription-based, paid for and delivered like any other utility service.

The Success of Louis C.K. is Not a Joke on Anyone

Music Technology Policy

Marketing Budget: Unknown. has made some very good choices in not only how he presents his show, but also how he presents himself. Grossing up Louis C.K.’s $5 margin—assuming he actually books 100% of the retail price–will probably result in an unrealistically high retail price. Attributed to Jimmy Durante.

The Success of Louis C.K. is Not a Joke on Anyone

Music Technology Policy

Marketing Budget: Unknown. has made some very good choices in not only how he presents his show, but also how he presents himself. Grossing up Louis C.K.’s $5 margin—assuming he actually books 100% of the retail price–will probably result in an unrealistically high retail price. Attributed to Jimmy Durante.

Looking at the FCC’s Indecency Rules – Does Anyone Know What’s Prohibited and What’s Permitted?

Broadcast Law Blog

The Post article presents a very good overview on the status of the FCC’s indecency rules. Broadcasters do have greater leniency after 10 PM to run more adult fare, but again driven by marketing and advertising concerns, most still refrain from using those four-letter words and other explicit content that you might see on cable channels.

Sharing is Caring: What is Google’s Position on Data Sharing with Artists?

Music Technology Policy

Of course, Google will add this information from non-display uses to the data that it has already collected from serving ads to pirate sites offering the identical music, movies and books. Beats is making positive noises in that direction and I would expect others to follow shortly.  Good thinkin', Dob.]. But, wait, not so fast.there's more.]

Guest Post: If Not PROTECT IP/Stop Online Piracy Act, Then What, When and How? By Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

In my book Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back , I present a counter-narrative – what I see as the real history of the last decade in the media business. This supposed to be the happy ending. balance of trade, as well as the economy as a whole.

Music Makers Mixer at NX35 March 11; Denton Texas

Current Trends

Music Makers Mixers are held several times a year around the Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth area as networking opportunities for music biz professionals including artists, producers, engineers, songwriters, attorneys, accountants, managers, booking agents and members of The Recording Academy® Texas Chapter (the “Grammy®&# folks).

Nipper, the EFF and the Badges: Triangulating their master’s voice

Music Technology Policy

Not to mention–Ben Scott of Free Press whom we will come to presently.  emphasis mine). ICE wants to do its own investigation. Government? 

Intermission in the First Act of The Fetishism and Cognitive Dissonance of the Singularity

Music Technology Policy

And nowhere is evidence of both the organization of artists through their unions and the contempt for those unions of the anti-copyright groups led by Google more present than at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act.  Not a government , but government altogether. Also known as profiting from human misery.

Technology’s Effect on the Legal Profession

Media Law

On one hand, the article reads like a time capsule. But some of what lawyers said then about the downside of technology is no less true today.

Guest Post: The Fallacy of Music Like Water by Gavin Castleton

Music Technology Policy

” In early 2005, Berklee VP David Kusek and “futurist” Gerd Leonhard based their book The Future of Music on the concept of “ Music Like Water ,” i.e. the transformation of the music industry into one in which music is ubiquitous and subscription-based, paid for and delivered like any other utility service.

Update: Joshua Johnson’s KQED Forum on Rogue Sites

Music Technology Policy

Although the GAO denied that this was their intention in response to my FOIA request–despite the fact it is clearly stated in at least two places in their public study–the perception persists that there is no harm because the black market cannot be measured as easily as the Billboard chart. One example:  Ryan Haight. Senator

Creative Commons Corporation: Because it sure seems to cost a lot of money to give things away for free

Music Technology Policy

Granting exclusive licenses to distributors, book publishers, music publishers or digital aggregators is an important, if not crucial right, for a creator to retain, there’s not much left to parlay if the work is subject to a prior public license. 5. None are present. By Chris Castle reposted from August 2010. Unported License. Gaming.

Basic Cable Clarification & Details

Digital Media Law

The AMPTP will be present, and the sessions will be at AMPTP headquarters, but the discussions are technically with “authorizers,” which appears to mean some of the AMPTP members plus other companies. It doesn’t go unnoticed, either, that AFTRA’s approach has enabled the union to achieve greater market share in basic cable.

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Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful: Google Is Playing By the Rules They Make

Music Technology Policy

Not incidentally, Europe is also investigating Amazon for allegedly stifling competition in e-books, and Apple for doing the same in music.

Texas Bar Association Speech (Pt. 2)

The Digital Lowdown

Here’s a breakdown of the average market segments worldwide. For example, in Japan, the mobile market segment is 91%. Source:  IFPI).

The Future for Television or Google Wants to Burn Your Remote: More Google Union-Busting

Music Technology Policy

“Murdoch asked what would happen if he were to search for a particular blockbuster film, and the [Google TV] presenter explained that the results would be the same ones you’d find in any Google search. Yes, unless those sites have already been removed from search results in response to takedown requests, the presenter confirmed.