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Oct 19, 2013 Scientific research has changed the world. Now it needs to change itself

QUOTE: Too many of the findings that fill the academic ether are the result of shoddy experiments or poor analysis (see article). A rule of thumb among biotechnology venture-capitalists is that half of published research cannot be replicated. Even that may be optimistic.

Mar 01, 2013 Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?

QUOTE: On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, went into affect across the five biggest ISPs in the U.S. The system hopes to catch those pirating content over P2P networks, and send them a notice detailing their infringement. The hope is that those who are caught will start using legal alternatives. To better understand the CAS, we have to look at what the Center for Copyright Information is doing with it. First, there are three tiers to the CAS that consumers should be aware of with each tier having two levels within it. The three tiers are as follows – educational alerts, acknowledgement alerts and mitigation measures.

Nov 30, 2012 Does Google the Link Lister Equal Google the Publisher?

QUOTE: s Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same?...An Australian high court has found Google liable for libelous content tying a man to organized crime. Of course, Google didn’t create the article that made the references, it simply provided a link to it within its search results.

Mar 28, 2012 The reason I'm helping Chris Hedges' lawsuit against the NDAA: By placing journalists in jeopardy for reporting on 'terrorists', the Homeland Battlefield Bill has had a chilling effect on media work

QUOTE: I believe part of my job involves meeting with, discussing ideas with, and publishing stories about persons and groups who have, or are under threat of being, labeled a terrorist or terrorist group. My understanding of the [NDAA] bill, however, has forced me to decline to meet with certain newsworthy individuals, and groups of people, for fear that my communications with them and publishing articles on these individuals could be considered to be providing material support to a terrorist or terrorist organization.

Guardian Unlimited
Jun 27, 2011 Justices Reject Ban on Violent Video Games for Children

QUOTE: Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for five justices in the majority in the video games decision, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, said video games were subject to full First Amendment protection. “Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot and music) and through features distinctive to the medium...

New York Times
Feb 22, 2011 Free Trove of Music Scores on Web Hits Sensitive Copyright Note

QUOTE: The site, the International Music Score Library Project, has trod in the footsteps of Google Books and Project Gutenberg and grown to be one of the largest sources of scores anywhere... That is a worrisome pace for traditional music publishers, whose bread and butter comes from renting and selling scores in expensive editions backed by the latest scholarship. More than a business threat, the site has raised messy copyright issues and drawn the ire of established publishers.

New York Times
Dec 06, 2010 Can you defame someone with a hyperlink?

QUOTE: Crookes says that, by linking to defamatory articles, Newton became a "publisher" of that material. It's an argument that raises questions about the nature of the hyperlink. Does it "incorporate" all the linked material into the original post? Is it a suggestion to go read the linked piece? Is it merely a bibliographic footnote?

Ars Technica
Apr 16, 2010 Apple Blocks Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist From App Store

QUOTE: Apple's walled garden approach to App Store content means they can exclude pretty much whomever they want. But can and should are obviously entirely different things. And if they're sincere about the iPad being the future of media, they're going to need to accept that satirical—even controversial—voices are an essential part of the information landscape.

Apr 08, 2010 Complicating Relationships in Media: Apple, NY Times Dealings Raise Questions

QUOTE: By appearing on stage at the Apple event and by launching an iPad app that the Times wants to monetize in every possible way — an app from which Apple will likely make money as well — the Times is becoming more of a business partner with a company it covers incessantly.

Apr 02, 2010 The End of History (Books)

QUOTE: In order for electronic books to live up to their billing, we have to fix a system that is broken: getting permission to use copyrighted material in new work. Either we change the way we deal with copyrights — or works of nonfiction in a multimedia world will become ever more dull and disappointing.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2008 Google Wins the Presidential Election (So Does Obama)

QUOTE: if Lessig has Obama's ear, you might see more policies leaning towards "fair use" of other people's copyrighted works. That also dovetails with Google's agenda, which needs net neutrality and could use less content protection so it can take over the world by providing other people's content and its own advertising over other people's pipes.

PC Magazine
Sep 30, 2008 MPAA, RealNetworks Wage Court Battle Over DVD-Copying Software

QUOTE: RealNetworks and the Motion Picture Association of America are suing one another over whether movie fans can copy their DVDs.

Sep 12, 2008 Spore's Piracy Problem

QUOTE: "Electronic Arts had hoped to limit users to installing the game only three times through its use of digital rights management software, or DRM. But not only have those constraints failed, says Garland, they may have inadvertently spurred the pirates on.

Apr 08, 2008 Media giants start whisper campaign to kill Fair Use

QUOTE: The big media companies are trying to convince the world's governments that the USA's statutory exceptions to copyright (embodied in Fair Use) are so broad that they violate the centuries-old Berne Convention, a widely adopted copyright treaty.

Boing Boing
Nov 07, 2007 AT&T's Piracy/Privacy Dilemma

QUOTE: It wants to incorporate antipiracy technology to protect video content and attract advertisers, but runs the risk of enraging privacy advocates and others.

Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media

QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.

New York Times
Oct 22, 2007 Crass public discourse: Time to push back? The impending return of Don Imus to the airwaves comes as some see a desire for moderation.

QUOTE: Now, some experts suggest that the level of the nation's discourse has sunk to a new low, and there's a growing push-back from both the grass roots as well as some in the media – a demand for a more civilized way of conversing publicly. Others aren't so sure a push-back is under way, but say that the more the hard-edged, crass aspects of the media are discussed, the better it will be for the nation – ultimately helping to moderate the tone of public discourse.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 12, 2005 Keep the Internet Free

QUOTE: ...U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan wrote that a U.N. role in Internet governance would be benign and would concentrate on expanding the Internet into the developing world. But while Annan's intentions are no doubt well-meaning, the same cannot be said for the coalition of U.N member states making the loudest noise for change. Among them are regimes that have taken measures to control their citizens' access to the Internet...

Washington Post
Sep 20, 2005 Google Print Has Legal Support

QUOTE: Though copyright law predates the Internet, case law has been established regarding the indexing of copyrighted material, and it has come out in favor of the indexer. Publishers who have issues with Google's Print for Libraries project may end up with little more than hurt feelings.

Apr 10, 2005 Our Ratings, Ourselves

QUOTE: Change the way you count, for instance, and you can change where the advertising dollars go, which in turn determines what shows are made and what shows then are renewed. Change the way you count, and potentially you change the comparative value of entire genres (news versus sports, dramas versus comedies) as well as entire demographic segments (young versus old, men versus women, Hispanic versus black).

New York Times
Mar 08, 2005 How Much Is Your Stolen Music Worth? Probably more than you think.

QUOTE: When the digital pirate can be shown to have "willfully" violated intellectual property rights (knowing it was an infringement), statutory damages go as high as $150,000 per song, movie, or album.

Feb 03, 2005 In Detroit, Case of Rosa Parks Against Record Firms Wages On: Lawyers for Ailing Activist Press Suit Over OutKast Song Title

QUOTE: By using her name without her permission, Parks's many lawyers contend, the producers and marketers broke federal rules designed to prevent people from profiting through misrepresentation.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2005 Tech Firms to Seek Legal Protection From Pirating: Internet File Sharing at Issue in Supreme Court Case

QUOTE: At issue is the continuing popularity of Internet file-sharing services, whose software lets users swap digital music, videos and software regardless of whether they are copyrighted works that should be paid for each time they are sent to another consumer.

Washington Post
Oct 29, 2003 DVD Back-up Software Developer Vows Fair Use Fight

QUOTE: "The Copyright Office has made two fundamental mistakes: it has failed to recognize that DVDs are software and it has failed to recognize that Americans have a right to backup DVDs they spent hard-earned money to purchase,"....
May 22, 2003 FCC Travel Routinely Funded by Industry: Watchdog Group Documents Regulators' Trips on the Regulated's Nickel

QUOTE: Over the past eight years, Federal Communications Commission officials have taken 2,500 business trips to global tourist spots, most of which were paid for by the media and telecommunications companies the agency oversees...

Washington Post