Why Musicians Need More Than Viral Videos to Succeed — Excellent interview with Billy Corgan on music, success, and value in today’s world.
You Can’t Have A Healthy Market Economy Without Property Rights. Why Do So Many In Tech Blogosphere Want To Abolish Cyber Property Rights And Cripple The Cyber-Economy? — David Lowery returns to the Trichordist: “I realize that what I am saying about robust property rights and healthy economies is nothing new. It’s a rather elementary and banal critique of the Copyleft’s proposed cyber-economy. What is more interesting is why there are so few other voices out there challenging these wackjobs? Why is it left to the singer of a moderately successful cult rock band to challenge this nonsense? That’s the real story here. Where are the grown-ups?” Part 2 here.
If it looks like a bubble and it feels like a bubble… — Is Silicon Valley partying like it’s 1999? Or is a 2 year old company with 13 employees and no revenue or business plan really worth $1 billion?
Silicon Valley’s Hottest New Start-Up Idea: Nothing — This Forbes article suggests answers to the above questions. “Do you have a can’t-miss idea for a start-up that could be the next Facebook, Pinterest or Draw Something? Great. Write it down on a piece of paper. Now burn that piece of paper. Congratulations. You’re halfway to your first billion.”
Is the Midnight Screening the New Rock Concert? — Interesting article on Viacom’s new blog. Midnight screenings of films have gone from niche to mainstream and are filled with hardcore fans, making the experience more like a rock concert than just another day at the movies. Check out the rest of the Viacom blog, it’s a cut above your run-of-the-mill corporate blog/press release archive.
Jimmy Wales’s Latest Speech Is ‘Nonsense on Stilts’ — Speaking of films, Andrew Keen takes on Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wale’s recent comments that “Collaborative storytelling and filmmaking will do to Hollywood what Wikipedia did to Encyclopaedia Britannica.” “Like so many other digital utopians,” says Keen, “Wales has been deluded by the leveling power of the Internet.”
Best Practices Make Best Partners — Good news: “Today the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) announced a Statement of Best Practices encouraging their members to adopt proactive measures to combat rogue websites dealing in counterfeit and infringing goods. The Best Practices also have the support of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).”
Rojadirecta — Both the US and Puerto 80 have filed their briefs concerning Puerto 80’s motion to dismiss the government’s civil forfeiture proceeding against the Rojadirecta domain name. US Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Motion (PDF). Puerto 80 Reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion (PDF). A hearing on the motion is scheduled for the beginning of next month.