October 2009 Archives

I don’t know that I could do anything that would add to this compendium of craven copyright panic; Big Content takes a mighty length of rope and coils it around its own neck just fine.

Copyright expert William Patry put it strongly at the conclusion of his new book, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars, writing, "I cannot think of a single significant innovation in either the creation or distribution of works of authorship that owes its origins to the copyright industries."

100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words - Ars Technica

Today’s mind-melting post, wherein the fourth estate bitches about the way readers like to get their news, threatens to make news artificially scarce and expensive, and likens search engines to “plagiarists.”

All from a stage in freed0m-loving Beijing.

BEIJING — The leaders of two of the world's major news organizations said Friday that it is time for search engines and others who use news content for free to pay up.

The comments from Tom Curley of The Associated Press and News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch come as the media industry struggles in the Internet age. Many news companies contend that sites such as Google have reaped a fortune from their articles, photos and video without fairly compensating the news organizations producing the material

The Associated Press: AP, News Corp bosses tell search engines to pay up

I found this story courtesy of an aggregator (Techmeme) and read it hosted on the noted running dog lackey of the plagiarists’ website, Google News.