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[ | 18 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Netflix and Original Content

My Wednesday post on Jason Kilar and Hulu touched on the possibility that Kilar sees Hulu as a potential prime distributor, dealing directly with content creators instead of getting only content originally distributed by others.
It turns out that Netflix is thinking along the same lines — see Netflix’s Risky Bet on Original Programming, at GigaOm: “Netflix is reportedly in talks to score its first original programming, bidding against cable networks like HBO for the rights to a new project called House of Cards that would star Kevin Spacey and …

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[ | 16 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
And the Truth Will Make You Free

Perhaps even free of your employment.
When Hulu CEO Jason Kilar blogged his “thoughts about the future of TV” on the Hulu website, the reaction was strong:  “Is Jason Kilar Trying to Get Fired?” headlined a piece the next day on the WSJ’s All Things Digital site, noting that “some . . . believe Kilar wrote it so that his bosses–executives at News Corp.’s Fox, Disney’s ABC, and Comcast’s NBCU–will give him the hook.”
They same “some” also thought the piece “smart and well-written,” as indeed it is, so there seems to …

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[ | 7 Mar 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Community Disorganization

Following the announcement of the sale of the Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, all of which will, apparently, be kept by a few founders, some of its writers are organizing a strike to protest the level of their wages, which is zero.
The leader wrote that “it is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing,” and proposed a system of collective bargaining over pay. The writers also want a clearer demarcation between “paid promotional content and writers’ work.”
“Unethical” is an odd characterization, when …

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[ | 24 Feb 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Will Firefly Glow Again ?

Now, fans of the 2002 sci-fi series Firefly are adapting this collective action approach to bringing back their show. It started when the Science channel announced a showing of the 12-episode series, starting in March, and escalated when leading actor Nathan Fillion opined that he would love to pick up the role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds again and that if he had the money he would buy the rights and put the on the Internet. Others involved in the show chimed in with their support.

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[ | 24 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
Torrenting Establishing Its Own Free Market

I had the opportunity to read a paper by several professors at the University of Madrid, Darmstadt University of Technology, and the University of Oregon a few weeks back on the subject of Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing often referred to in passing as “torrenting”.

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[ | 22 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
State of the Recorded Music Industry

Michael DeGusta does a nice job analyzing “The REAL Death of the Music Industry” at Business Insider.
In terms of revenue per capita, the recorded music business has gone down from $71 in 2000 to $26 in 2009 (2011 dollars).  In terms of raw revenue, the take fell from about $15 billion in 1999 [corrected] to $8 billion in 2009, divided as in this chart:

There are more charts, looking at singles vs albums, digital versus physical, and other splits.
DeGusta is presenting facts, not preaching so he stays low-key – here are …

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[ | 17 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
If “All the World’s a Stage” How Do You Charge Admission?

Today’s NYT has  an article by Scott Turow, head of the Authors’ Guild, and some colleagues entitled Would the Bard Have Survived the Web? that defends copyright and intellectual property, and the importance of institutions that allow creators to monetize their work.
By the time Shakespeare turned to writing, . . . “cultural paywalls” were abundant in London: workers holding moneyboxes (bearing the distinctive knobs found by the archaeologists) stood at the entrances of a growing number of outdoor playhouses, collecting a penny for admission.
They add:
The rise …

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[ | 17 Feb 2011 | Comments Off | ]
COICA Hearing

The testimony is available from last Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary hearing on “Targeting Websites Dedicated To Stealing American Intellectual Property.”
I could not go, unfortunately, so I will have to await the transcript to read the discussion, but the prepared statements are fine. Witnesses included the content side – the CEO of an innovative content company (Rosetta Stone) and of the Authors Guild — and executives from companies that deal with payments (Visa), domain names (GoDaddy), and telecom (Verizon).
The striking feature of the statements is that they are all free of abstractions …

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[ | 14 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Coming Attractions on the Hill: COICA

On Wed., Feb. 16, Senate Judiciary will have a hearing on “Targeting Websites Dedicated To Stealing American Intellectual Property.” In other words: COICA. 10:00 a.m. in Dirksen 226. Prior DS commentary here, here, here, here, here :
Witnesses:

Tom Adams – President and CEO, Rosetta Stone Inc.
Scott Turow  – President, Authors Guild
Christine N. Jones – EVP/General Counsel/Corporate Secretary, The Go Daddy Group, Inc.
Thomas M Dailey – VP/Dep. GC, Verizon
Denise Yee – Senior Trademark Counsel, Visa, Inc.

Image from The American.

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[ | 7 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
China & Intellectual Property

Another interesting event tomorrow to which you cannot go because it, like the Kauffman affair, is full up – the Broadband Breakfast Club’s session on China and Intellectual Property, featuring Fuli Chen, IPR Attache for the Embassy of China and former Director of the International Law and IPR divisions at the Department of Treaty and Law at the Ministry of Commerce.
(However, this post is not completely an exercise in futility because Broadband Breakfast routinely makes webcasts of its events available quickly, so this one should be up before the …