Google and Facebook’s new tactic in the tech wars — It’s a pretty shady tactic.
Copyright and the Little Guy Part 2 – Copyright and Competition Redux — A great follow up from the Cynical Musician on why, contrary to some assertions, copyright is in fact more important to individuals and SME’s than large corporations.
Amazon decides it actually does need licenses for music — Kudos to Amazon for securing licenses that will allow some pretty cool (and legal) features for its cloud storage services. According to Ars Technica, “Amazon’s new scan-and-match service copies customer’s iTunes and Windows Media Player music libraries and matches songs to those in Amazon’s own library of 20 million songs, populating your cloud player so you can listen anywhere. ‘All matched songs–even music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CDs–are instantly made available in Cloud Player and are upgraded for free to high-quality 256 Kbps audio,’ an Amazon press release wrote.”
Craigslist’s Big Bluff — The popular online classifieds site changed its TOS to require users to grant an exclusive license in their postings to the site, in part to assist in recent efforts to combat third-party sites from using its listings. GigaOM speaks to IP prof Richard Gold, who doesn’t believe the move stands on solid legal ground.
Flava Works v. Gunter — The Seventh Circuit vacates a preliminary injunction against social bookmarking site myVidster. I’ll have a longer writeup on this decision next week, but for now, any thoughts?