ABC v. Aereo: the Supreme Court will reverse the Second Circuit — Hugh Hansen predicts a win for creators in Aereo. If you’re at the Fordham IP Conference today, I’ll be on a panel discussing Aereo this afternoon.
The Supreme Court On Aereo And The Future Of TV — NPR does a segment on Aereo featuring Eleanor Lackman and Michael Carrier, worth a listen!
A Supreme Court ruling against Aereo won’t spell the end of cloud computing — One more item on Aereo, this one from Geoffrey Manne, Ryan Radia & Ben Sperry. “Aereo’s argument ignores Congress’ decision in the Copyright Act of 1976 to expressly define the transmission of a television broadcast ‘by means of any device or process’ to the public as a public performance, ‘whether the members of the public capable of receiving the performance … receive it in the same place or in separate places and at the same time or at different times.’ Aereo has built an elaborate system for distributing live high-def broadcast television content to subscribers for a monthly fee—without obtaining permission from, or paying royalties to, the copyright owners in the audiovisual works aired by broadcasters.”
The Gigaom interview: Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza on how “we live in a streaming world” — “Yeah. It’s tough too, because these are your friends. You’re coming up to them, and they’re, ‘What did we earn this last six months?’ Here’s the $100. Here’s the numbers to show it. You do that enough times and you’re like, ‘I don’t really want to be in this part of the business, because it’s kind of depressing.'”
The Bay is burning! Google Glass, techno-rage and the battle for San Francisco’s soul — “Yes, the Luddite movement may have been smashed by the forces of the state and the newly ascendant industrialist bourgeoisie. Yes, the Luddites may never have had the remotest chance of maintaining their pre-industrial way of life in the face of the steam engine. But there is a version of history in which the Luddites were far from unthinking goons. Instead, they were acute critics of their changing times, grasping the first glimpse of the increasingly potent ways in which capital was learning to exploit labor.”