OPEN Act (OPA) draft language released â€” The big news in the US this week was the public release of draft legislation for an alternative to SOPA and PROTECT IP. Thoughts? I’ll have a post on the language next week, most likely.
The Mystery Man Behind Megaupload Piracy Fight â€” As I understand it, Megaupload would not be covered by OPA’s provisions. Kim Schmitz’s marble bathtubs and yachts are safe.
PIPA/SOPA: Responding to Critics and Finding a Path ForwardÂ â€” Daniel Castro of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation addresses criticisms of rogue sites legislation, paying special attention to technological criticisms of the site blocking provisions of those bills. Highly recommended.
What I Know… Explaining Piracy’s Profit PyramidÂ â€” Independent filmmaker Ellen Seidler provides this illustrated guide to how cyberlockers and linking sites profit off misappropriating the work of others. “The only way todayâ€™s crop of cyberlockers can be forced to institute similar content ID systems is if their current business model becomes unsustainable.Â For that to happen, like Youtube, Â they too will need to face the threat of litigation and/or the long arm of the law. Â At this point, that puts the ball squarely back in the lap of Congress.”
Internet Piracy: Will SOPA Change the Web as We Know it?Â â€” Excellent podcast from KCRW focused on SOPA, with guests from both sides of the debate.
Get To Know a New York City Street Musician: Union Square EditionÂ â€”Â Interesting interviews with several street musicians about what it’s like to perform in public spaces.
Workspace: Christine BoylanÂ â€” I love reading about individuals describing their creative process. Here, screenwriter John August interviews Christine Boylan, a writer and television producer who has worked on Leverage and currently co-produces Castle.
How An All-Christmas-Music Format Doubles Radio RatingsÂ â€” I did not know this, but apparently the all-Christmas-music-all-the-time format that many radio stations have already switched to is ratings gold.