One of my favorite PowerPoint slides shows a picture of an iPod with a simple question under it: “Why is the number one personal music device made by a computer company?” Up to now, the answer was pretty simple — the electronics and intellectual property sides of Sony simply couldn’t get it together. While they […]
Essays on technology, media, marketing and politics.
On April 2, 2005 XM will increase their monthly subscription fee by 23%. Their, very matter of fact, letter states that they have made “dramatic improvements” to their channel lineup. These improvements include 50 new channels, like: ACC, PAC-10, and Big Ten college football and basketball and traffic and weather channels covering 21 markets. Will […]
Video, video, video. Everyone is shooting, everyone is editing, everyone is encoding — there must be billions of hours of video sitting on shelves and lying around on file servers worldwide. This plethora of sight, sound and motion presents both an opportunity and a challenge. Is XML the answer? How do you meta-tag? Who has […]
Tim Halle, our Technology Subcommittee Chair, send me a .pdf copy of the Brief of the National Venture Capital Association as Amicus Curiae in support of Respondents in the very important, METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC., ET AL., Petitioners, v. GROKSTER, LTD., ET AL., Respondents. Download amicusbrief.pdf Tim thought that I would be surprised that the […]
I spend a great deal of time talking and writing about copyright law, digital rights management and piracy. And, I always close my articles with a plea for you to contact your elected officials and voice your opinions. As it turns out, the Copyright Office is interested in your views directly on the issue of […]