Sorry. Haven’t uploaded a new chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts in two weeks. Busy, you know. So here’s the latest, on paywalls. Uh-oh. The start of it: There is no more emotion-laden topic, no fiercer battleground in the hunt for new business models for news than the discussion of paywalls. I have personally been taken […]
The Gaye estate seeks to expand Blurred Lines ruling, DVDFab hit with more injunctions and Beastie Boys win sampling case.
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Remember that post-2012 RNC "autopsy" that was supposed to expand the party? Now comes contender Cruz who wants the base to vote, not grow. Ron Christie and Gara LaMarche debate whether he's the party's RX or poison. Show More Summary
Robin Thicke and co plan to appeal the Blurred Lines Ruling, Jay Z settles a dispute, buys a company and Evan tells us how to steal Canadian satellite
Blurred Lines verdict is in, Village People copyright termination case moves forward, VMware sued over GPL violations and much, much more!
9th Circuit reverses Jersey Boys ruling, SiriusXM gets to appeal over pre-1972 sound recordings and the Megaupload case gets its first guilty plea.
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green They're both famous, divisive, demagogic headline-hunters and racial accelerants - and problems for their respective parties given their unpopularity with large blocks of voters along racial lines. Lowry and...Show More Summary
Officials at the University of Tulsa sent a chilling message earlier this week to its student journalists: Stop investigating news we don't want you to cover or you will be punished. Happy Friday, folks. The word of the day: censorship. Show More Summary
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Frum and Reagan debate the growing Ukrainian civil war and Obama's 2015 budget in a growing economy. What happens if sanctions and arms don't stop Russian-backed separatists? Can the GOP credibly complain about a wealth/income gap they created, but then oppose tax reform that reduces it? On the U.S. Show More Summary
Evan and I get caught up on the Supreme Court, Fox, Dish, Apple, Sony, SESAC and many more in a jam-packed episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show!
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Conason and Clarke debate "Iowa Freedom Summit" and Mitt's failure to launch. Will Walker be the Jimmy-Who or Bachman of 2016? With 20 contenders, this contest can't be clown car -- at worst a clown bus. Then: will the Kochs inspire a backlash that helps overturn Citizens United? On Romney's Retreat. Show More Summary
Universal sues over commercial mixtapes, Sirius XM loses again, MPAA eyes new power to block online piracy and James Bond lawsuit settled.
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum and Lowry discuss North Korea's film fatwa and Cheney's eagerness to become Mr. Torture. Then: If Nixon recognized China 25 years after its Communist Revolution, why shouldn't Obama do so with Cuba 50 years later? And can the third Bush beat the first woman? On Obama and Cuba. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay closed in Swedish raid, sampling lawsuit against Jay Z dismissed and Actors Guild comes to the aid of Cindy Lee Garcia...
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Frum and Corn agree that the Feinstein Committee documents "torture" and should have been released but they clash on justifications for the torture. Ditto on Bush-Cheney legacy since, argues Frum, "safety is the goal of the state." Also: why can't Obama get any economic respect? On Senate Torture Report. Show More Summary
Music publishers sue Cox Communications, Cisco sues competitor, Kim Dotcom remains free on bail and Authors Guild has its appeal heard against Google.
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green After white cops kill three black suspects, two grand juries seem steered to no charges. What's different now are huge, national non-violent protests involving tens of thousands yet no demonstrator deaths, unlike '60s race riots. Show More Summary
Meeting P.D. James made me rethink my aversion to titles I associate with monarchy. She was an authentic lady long before she was a Lady. She earned that title, of course, which made the honorific sweeter. P.D. James' murder mysteries triumphed, cornering the world market for superlatives about murder mystery writers. Show More Summary
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the changing world of book publishing. If you are an author—or an aspiring author—this episode is for you. I am always surprised by how many people have either written or want to write […]
Aereo declare bankruptcy, SiriusXM loses a key decision, Perfect 10 loses again and Kim Dotcom has a very rough week.