EFF’s Misleading Criticism is a Wasted Opportunity to Contribute to the Discussion on How to Reduce Online Piracy — “In its quest to vehemently condemn creative attempts to address piracy, EFF not only makes unfounded and misleading criticisms. EFF also misses the opportunity to make constructive, collaborative suggestions to reduce piracy – a goal we all agree on.”
A Bitcoin for Digital Art — Many dismiss bitcoin and other digital currencies as a sham or a fad. But the technology underlying the currency may have broad applications, including applications for visual and other creators, that are only now being explored. A thought-provoking piece that looks at some of those potential applications.
Refresher Q&A on Oracle v. Google after appellate ruling: this copyright case is NOT about $1 billion — FOSS Patents takes a look at some of the details from last week’s important Federal Circuit decision holding Google liable for infringing Oracle’s Java platform.
Is it really a tech bubble, or is it something else? — “We live in crazy times — that is true — and things have gotten crazier, but it still doesn’t feel like the turn of the century. Last week, another former colleague from Red Herring brought up the topic and wondered how different things are now versus the 1999-2000 madness. And then he answered the question himself: 1999 had a gold rush mentality, a sense of broader mania. This time around you see more of a gross entitlement; and that’s what is different about the Bay Area.”
Mapping The International Availability of Entertainment Services — Cool maps, bro.
The joy of telling people how much money you make — Indie musician Nicole Dieker shares her experience with providing her fans with information about how much she makes through her music career. She observes, for example, that “One of the subtle assumptions of independent musicianry is the idea that once you go full-time, you somehow make a full-time income as a musician.”
Menell on Copyright’s “Making Available” Right — Legal Theory Blog points to Peter Menell’s latest, which responds to recent rebuttals of his earlier work that showed the legislative history of the 1976 Act supported the idea that US Copyright law provides for a general right of “making available.”
Google, don’t be secretive — “Now that these little garage businesses are some of the biggest companies in the world, it’s a whole lot harder for them to exhibit the qualities that once made them the darlings of the culture and counterculture alike. Yes, digital companies are being held to a higher standard than companies of previous generations. But this is largely because we all understand that they are building the infrastructure in which our economics, culture and perhaps even a whole lot of human consciousness will take place.”