Of all the business strategies to imitate, one would think the very last one on the list would be the RIAA's campaign of suing individual users for piracy. The gaming industry disagrees. Game makers are suing alleged file-sharers in the U.K. -- and are bungling it as badly as the RIAA has botched its anti-piracy efforts in the U.S.
The debate about whether to use white spaces for broadband is growing increasingly frenetic, with broadcasters, performers and consumer advocates now sending out bulletins daily, and in some cases hourly, advocating for their positions.
In recent weeks, two federal judges have criticized the record industry's attempts to extract exorbitant sums from alleged file-sharers, who might have uploaded/downloaded tracks on peer-to-peer services, but only for personal use as opposed to profit.
Advocacy group Free Press is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to order broadband companies to disclose any efforts to monitor or interfere with their subscribers' Web activity.
In 2004, Chinese journalist Shi Tao used what he believed was an anonymous account from Yahoo to tell an overseas organization that the Chinese government had warned his newspaper against covering the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Another Chinese dissident, Wang Xiaoning, had posted a message calling for political reform to a Yahoo Group. Both were arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison after Yahoo revealed their names to the Chinese authorities. Since then, the company has taken a lot of flak for that decision, including a public condemnation by Congress.
Should economic woes lead people to cut back on spending, consumers are more likely to cancel their cable subscriptions or landlines than their Internet or wireless plans. That's according to a new report by the Toronto-based Solutions Research Group.
It's not that unusual to see disputes between publishers and the people they write about, but most disgruntled subjects of stories realize that news organizations pretty much have a right to run truthful articles about them. For some reason, the law firm Jones Day doesn't seem to grasp that online publications are as free to write about the firm and its personnel as any traditional media outlet. The firm's lawyers also are having trouble wrapping their minds around the idea that online publishers put links into their stories.
Whether the McCain-Palin campaign likes it or not, digital rights groups have seized on the campaign's recent highly public beef with YouTube to criticize copyright laws in this country more broadly.
As if Yahoo didn't have enough problems, it's now been sued by American Airlines for alleged trademark infringement. Much like American's earlier lawsuit against Google, the airline alleges that Yahoo unlawfully allows other companies to use the words "American Airlines" to trigger paid search ads.
Only 58% of adults younger than 30 say they watch TV almost every day, while 23% of say they watch television only a few times a week. That's according to new research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. These stats make it clear that, while advertisers aiming to reach people older than 29 can still count on television, those trying to reach consumers in the 18-29 bracket need to consider placing ads elsewhere. Which is one reason why the faltering economy might not be completely devastating for online media