The Ugly Numbers Behind Unbundled Cable TV. If you’re a cable TV subscriber who grumbles about paying for dozens of channels your family never watches, a media analyst has a message: That cable bundle carries all sorts of unseen benefits. In a report that attempts to quantify the costs of an à la carte pricing for cable television, Needham & Co.’s Laura Martin estimates that $45 billion of TV advertising would be at risk under such a change, along with 1.4 million jobs, $20 billion in taxes paid by such cable operators as Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), and $117 billion in market capitalization.
And maybe you wouldn’t miss the Christian-themed Smile of a Child channel or Jewelry Television, but if you love any of those niche networks you could almost certainly kiss them goodbye for lack of financial support. To keep the average cable roster of 180 channels, U.S. households would need to pay $1,260 yearly—or 75 percent more than they do now. What about advertising? 15 Technologies The Legacy Content Companies Have Sued In The Past 15 Years. Many are familiar with the Sony Betamax case, the landmark Supreme Court decision which nearly 30 years ago ruled that selling videocassette recorders to consumers was not copyright infringement. Not as well known, but equally important, was the case of the Diamond Rio.
Fifteen years after Sony, when the future of the home electronics industry turned on the vote of a single Supreme Court Justice, the recording industry sued to kill MP3 players. In fact, it was exactly 15 years ago today when recording industry lawyers told a federal court that Diamond Multimedia’s Rio, one of the earliest MP3 players, was illegal and needed to be stopped before it found its way into consumers’ hands. A federal appellate court finally spiked the industry’s campaign against the Rio, which paved the way for a wave of consumer products which ultimately converged into the modern smartphone. ReplayTV MP3.com MP3.com, founded in 1997, preceded modern cloud-based file storage services. MP3tunes iCraveTV ClearPlay Veoh. Roseanne Barr: "MK ULTRA Mind Control Rules in Hollywood" Roseanne Barr is an outspoken actress and comedienne who never shied away from tackling difficult and controversial issues, even if that meant being unpopular or being tagged as “crazy” by mass media.
While I can’t say that I agree with all of her views, she remains one of the very few people in Hollywood who dare talking about its most damning issue: MK ULTRA. In a recent interview with RT, Roseanne talked about the dark side of the entertainment industry and directly mentioned MK ULTRA as being a major force in Hollywood. Here’s the interview (it is set up to start at the part about the entertainment industry).
Roseanne basically says that Hollywood stars are terrified of using their status to speak out about important issues because there’s a “culture of fear” going on there, where “speaking out” almost automatically equals being shunned from the industry and having one’s career destroyed. More importantly she adds: “It’s also a big culture of Mind Control. New Study: Megaupload Shutdown May Have Hurt Box Office For Smaller Movies. 'Innocence of Muslims' Actress Attacks Google in New Attempt to Pull Down Trailer. Picture People Cindy Lee Garcia Earlier this week, Chris Armenta, the attorney for Innocence of Muslims actress Cindy Lee Garcia, phoned up the defense attorney for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the jailed producer behind the anti-Islam film that has stoked violent protests across the Muslim world.
Garcia is suing Nakoula for duping her into appearing in a controversial movie that has led to a fatwa on her head. The purpose of the call was to find out whether Nakoula had accepted a settlement offer. In new legal papers filed in the case, Armenta says she followed up by asking who was the right person. "The one that owns the rights to the film," purportedly responded Nakoula's lawyer, who wouldn't identify that person. STORY: Protesters at Google's London Headquarters Demand Removal of 'Innocence of Muslims' on YouTube Armenta's next move was to e-mail Timothy Alger, a former deputy general counsel at Google, who now represents the company from the outside as a partner at Perkins Coie. Why not?
Stupid Copyright Licensing Tricks Strike Again: NBC Can't Show Viral SNL Pandora Intern Clip. Ah, stupid copyright licensing rules block perfectly normal activities yet again. This past weekend, Saturday Night Live ran a mildly amusing skit involving a power outage at internet streaming radio company, Pandora, in which an intern -- played by Bruno Mars -- has to step in and sing a variety of songs to keep the streams running.
It's a slightly hacky trick to show off Mars' singing mimicry, but done pretty well. While NBC has had a somewhat ridiculous love/hate affair with putting SNL clips online. Over the past few years, it's finally realized that viral clips are an important promotional vehicle for the show. Of course, this is the internet, so the clip was quickly uploaded all over the place, and while some of those sources have already seen it pulled down, others still seem to have it up. Of course, having now seen it, it would seem like there's a pretty strong parody defense claim if anyone argued they were infringing. The end result, though, is nothing but stupidity. Nine Nobel Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel “Stars Earn Stripes”
OTTAWA - August 13 - Nine Nobel Peace Laureates today issued an open letter to the Chairman of NBC Entertainment, as well as General Wesley Clark and others involved in the new “reality” show premiering tonight on NBC—“Stars Earn Stripes”—calling on them to walk away from the show immediately. In the letter, the Laureates—who include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams and President Oscar Arias Sanchez—note that “war isn’t entertainment” and challenge NBC’s promotional line that that such a television program would be “pay[ing] homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S.
Armed Forces and our first-line responder services.” The Laureates say that the program pays homage to no one and is “a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent.” The following Nobel Peace Laureates signed the letter: Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1984), Jody Williams (1997), Mairead Maguire (1977), Dr.
August 13, 2012 Sincerely, DirecTV Forced to Drop All Viacom Channels Over Fee Dispute. A Big Victory For Fair Use Via South Park, What What (In The Butt), Numa Numa, Afro Ninja, Et Al. A couple years ago, we wrote about the bizarre case filed by Brownmark Films, who produced the "viral" video "What, What (In The Butt)," against South Park for doing a parody of the video.
The show had actually licensed the song, but the producers claimed that they should have also licensed the video, which is separate from the song (thus, the "singer" was not a part of the lawsuit). Viacom and South Park argued that this was clear parody and fair use and the district court not only agreed, but dumped the lawsuit without a trial on the fair use claim.
Some copyright maximalists like to claim that fair use is only a defense to infringement, and thus can only be raised at trial, not earlier in the process. The loss was so complete and thorough, that the court even awarded Viacom legal fees from Brownmark -- something you rarely see in copyright lawsuits, except in the most egregious overreaches. Similarly, it highlights why such copyright trolling is so problematic: Why Hollywood Is Losing the Public Relations War on Piracy (Analysis) Getty Images On Wednesday, to protest President Barack Obama’s decision to withhold unilateral support for a new anti-piracy law, Hollywood has decided to suspend all film productions for a day. In addition, the major TV networks have announced plans to axe all shows that might be critical favorites with small, fervent fan bases, but haven’t mustered enough ratings to make a sizeable profit. Of course, none of the above is really happening. For innovative forms of protest, look elsewhere.
Instead, Hollywood is taking the derailment of major new intellectual property laws in stride, stressing the positives – “We welcome the Administration's clear statement that legislation is needed to stop foreign based thieves…” – and probably ignoring its own failings. What happened? For the past year, the entertainment industry relied on its old playbook and clearly underestimated its opponents. Mistake #1 --Much of the legislation was negotiated behind closed doors. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Emma Roberts Responds To Talk Of Nepotism. Boycott "The Grey" For Its Harmful Depictions of Wolves. Timothy Spanfelner, FL 4 years ago susan steinbach, FL theresa allen, CO Inês Guerra, Portugal Valdelina Gomes, Brazil Ivanna Ojeda, CA Sally Palmer, FL Lindy Katz, QC Wolves were here long befor Cattle It's man that moved in on them Not the other way around. Zoe Sallee, WA Paolo Fattiboni, Italy tanya bruhwiler, NY Ben Dickson, Australia Name not displayed, Portugal Татьяна Алмазова, Russian Federation maria chiara pagliazzi, Italy Sylvia Berger, Switzerland Wolves are not bloodthirsty, dangerous killers !!!!
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We've been pointing out all week that the anti-SOPA folks who just discovered ACTA shouldn't stop there, but should pay close attention to what's happening with the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). That's the agreement that the entertainment industry is betting on to get SOPA-like laws introduced around the globe. And, if you thought that ACTA was negotiated in secret, you haven't seen anything.
Rather than learn their lesson from the excessive and damaging secrecy around ACTA, it appears that the USTR has decided that the lesson to learn is "we can be as secret as we want... and we still win. " Of course, this seriously underestimates the mood of the public towards backroom deals on IP laws that will benefit a few large industries at the expense of the public (in a big, big way). To show just how ridiculous this is, it has been leaked out that next week there will be a negotiation over TPP. While You Were Searching For Kim Kardashian, Tim Tebow, And Lady GaGa...
Why Is NBCUniversal Threatening To Report Commenters They Disagree With To Their Employers? This one is a little bizarre. David Seaman, a contributor to Business Insider, claims that he lost his contributor status at the site following a dispute he had with an NBCUniversal employee, Anthony Quintano, concerning NBC's coverage of both SOPA/PIPA and NDAA. The details are a bit complex, but I've emailed with David a few times. It appears he posted some comments on NBC Universal's Google+ page, complaining about their lack of coverage on both issues: The comment seems perfectly reasonable, but NBCUniversal deleted it, and later claimed that it was spam: It's pretty difficult to see how that's spam, and David said so: Following this, Quintano told David that he had contacted Business Insider to complain about David's statements.
This is the part that seems the most troubling. Either way, David then alerted his editor at Business Insider, who said: I think it might be best if we revoked your account for now. Hollywood: SOPA/PIPA DNS Blocking "Off The Table" The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Hollywood's lobbying group, has been one of the strongest supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act. Both of those bills were originally designed to block or re-route DNS (Domain Name Service) requests for sites considered to be illegally hosting copyright-protected content. But the DNS provisions have now been struck from both bills — and the MPAA is apparently not trying to get them back. "DNS filtering is really off the table," said MPAA tech policy chief Paul Brigner said, according to Ars Technica. Brigner made the comment Tuesday during the State of the Net conference. Opponents of SOPA and PIPA have long considered the bills' DNS-filtering provisions to be especially problematic.
Brigner acknowledged that the online world is changing the way Hollywood does business. However, the MPAA isn't giving up on its quest for new tools to fight digital piracy. Image courtesy of iStockphoto, oversnap.