May 20, 2008
An interesting article from the good folks at TorrentFreak. While it wont have any of the humor and fireworks ThePirateBay brings to the party, I still think this will be an interesting battle. Mininova doesnt run a tracker or host files it is truly only pointing in the general direction of both legal and questionable torrent files. However the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BRIEN disagrees.
<Insert trite music industry is doomed comment here> blah </insert>
I noticed that the article keeps referencing the DMCA, which as a US law and as such probably has little applicability as a defense in a Dutch courtroom. Hope the folks at MiniNova have a better battle plan up their sleeve then “we kinda follow a fuzzy US law”. The Dutch agency persuing the case counts among is success forcing Demonoid offline for a couple of months and getting them to move their popular bitTorrent tracker to a different ISP.
<Insert music industry loves whack-a-mole comment here> blah </insert>
May 19, 2008
I thought this was a joke at first but apparently its real. Google is now officially in the health market. Read the full release after the jump but the following line baffled me.
“Partnership Allows Patients the Ability to Share their Prescription History”
Why exactly would I want to share my Valtrex, Vicodin and Viagra prescriptions with everyone in the pharmacy back office?
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May 18, 2008
American political thought is dominated by talking heads and media personalities who get on TV and radio programs and shout inane platitude’s at their audience and each other. If you’re like most Americans, you accept these platitudes, unless they run contrary to your preferred bias in which case you then turn to American Idol and veg out . However, every once in a while a commentator will remember that they are supposed to do more then entertain and polarize. Every once in a blue moon they will think test the validity of assumptions and talking points peddled by professional screamers. The Huffington Post has a story about this clip with Chris Mathews showing the historical ignorance of wingnut commentator and popular radio host Kevin James.
May 3, 2008
Last week I got a request from Dr. Kay Beck, asking me to sit in on a panel at the Digital Arts Entertainment Lab‘s Symposium at Georgia State. If Kay asks you for something, the answers is Yes. So yesterday I found myself sitting on a stage at Georgia State with Jim “the face of corporate America” Distefano, Mark Wynns and Chad Eikoff, talking about how content creators might best navigate the choppy digital waters.
It’s been a while since I’ve done any public speaking, Turner kindly asked me to decline a number of invitations during my tenure there, and this was a great chance to get back in the game.
It was a small group in a very large auditorium and the following list outlines some of the things I learned while listening to other speakers or just chatting with folks:
– meta-tagging is a actionable legal issue, for which your new venture could be dragged into court to defend your use of certian trademarked meta tags. I had no clue.
– keyword advertising could also be something that requires legal representation if one wants to avoid litigation.
– i speak to fast, quote random papers no one has ever read and ramble on!
Like I said it was lots of fun.