Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 27, 2013 09:58 AM
Amazon is courting the lucrative world of fan fiction with its launch of Kindle Worlds, the first commercial publishing platform for authors and the first of its kind to create an ammicable relationship between the creators of the 'worlds' and pen-happy fans.
Often hotly debated due to copyright laws, fan fiction has been near-impossible to monetize. However, Amazon has secured licenses with Warner Bros. Alloy Entertainment division for the best-selling book series Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liar and Vampire Diaries for starters. Over 50 commissioned works will debut with the platform in June, as well.
The platform will pay royalties to the rights holders of the 'worlds' and the fan authors will receive royalties based on story length: 35 percent of net revenue for works of 10,000 words or more, and 20 percent of net revenue for works between 5,000 and 10,000 words.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 7, 2013 03:35 PM
Since last year’s launch of Aereo, the disruptive streaming service that allows consumers to watch TV online as well as on mobile devices for a small monthly fee, there has been a lot of legal wrangling between the company and broadcasters of every stripe.
Two of the major players in the fight have been Barry Diller, whose IAC unit backs Aereo, and Rupert Murdoch, whose U.S. broadcast network FOX has threatened to move to cable to avoid losing out on streaming fees.
CBS head Les Moonves has also said his network could go the cable route if Aereo is allowed to continue unchecked. While CBS has previously taken legal action against Aereo, the tables have now turned as the streaming site moves to block future suits from CBS and its affiliates.Continue reading...
see you in court
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 28, 2013 02:31 PM
On Feb. 7, 2007, Stephanie Lenz did something completely unmiraculous. She posted a 29-second video of her 14-month-old son dancing around the house with a push toy while enjoying Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy. Cute, right?
Universal Music's lawyers were less than charmed — and a six-year legal battle ensued between the music giant and Google, the parent company of YouTube. While more than 1.2 million people have heard Prince do his thing on the video since its posting, Universal has been trying to get Lenz to take it down, citing copyright infringement.
But Lenz and lawyers with the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been fighting to keep it up — and will now have have their case heard before a jury. At issue is whether Universal considered the definition of “fair use” before sending the takedown message, The Hollywood Reporter notes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2012 09:02 AM
Abbott Laboratories to pay $1.6 billion over labelilng of antiseizure drug.
Amazon takes on high-end clothing.
Angry Birds gets embeddable, and bumps Rovio to pre-IPO valuation of $9 billion.
Apple sees iPad trademark settlement rejected by China's Proview.
Aviva sees CEO resign over shareholdre-pay revolt.
The Avengers offends Indian viewers with slum depiction.
Barneys New York skirts bankruptcy.
Costco seeks to grow online sales.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 13, 2012 08:45 AM
Apple balks at Proview's iPad trademark demands; held cross-licensing talks with Motorola, EU reveals.
AT&T expands 4G LTE rollout.
Audi said to be in talks to buy Ducati.
BabyBjorn gets a boost from Beyonce, while New York Times logo gets boosted by Jay-Z in Amex-sponsored show at SXSW.
Bob Lutz defends the Chevy Volt.
China promotes its homegrown brands.
Coca-Cola lobbyists spend millions to defeat soda taxes, hires Jean-Paul Gaultier as Diet Coke's European creative director.
Facebook sued by Yahoo for allegedly infringing patents, while Timeline apps inspire developers.
Friendly's ice cream chain expands ordering and loyalty online.
Intel reportedly eyes web TV service.
Jeremy Lin may endorse Volvo in China.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 21, 2012 11:01 AM
Pinterest has crossed the digital divide of 10 million, attracting 11.7 million monthly uniques in the U.S. “faster than any other standalone website in history” as TechCrunch commented earlier this month.
More than 100 brands are now on Pinterest, which has popped up in Facebook Timelines by more than 60% daily thanks to integration with Facebook Open last month. Facebook has helped fuel its meteoric rise as "Pin" has joined "Like" in the social media lexicon. It's so popular that even the U.S. Army released an introduction to Pinterest. So it should come as no surprise that the visual bookmarking site is standing at attention these days.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 19, 2012 05:44 PM
Opponents of SOPA and PIPA cheered yesterday’s web blackouts as a critical juncture in the escalating debate over copyright protection.
“The Web blackout Wednesday may be remembered as one of the first successful online uprisings in the U.S., but leaders in the U.S. Senate still planned to begin voting on PIPA next Tuesday.”
California Representative Anna Eshoo, Dem., tweeted "I do not support #SOPA! It is overly broad, threatens the Internet, will hinder new jobs & hurt economic opportunities" with a link to her statement: “History is being made by the more than 10,000 websites that have chosen to boycott SOPA by participating in today’s blackout,” and she followed suit by blacking out her own website.
A key factor in the turn was the education made quickly available to the public about the complex issues and alliances involved as shown in the following two videos:Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 5, 2011 02:45 PM
Gucci bags, Apple iClones, New Balance sneakers, jeans of all stripes, Oakley sunglasses, you name it. Head out to any major urban strip, market or sidewalk vendor and you'll find a plethora of knock-offs laid out on a table, selling for a low, low price.
Well, fakers beware. There are now 38 countries committed to an international anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting agreement.
At an Oct. 1st meeting in Tokyo, the United States and seven other nations signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which aims to stamp out piracy and intellectual property theft. Other new ACTA signatories include New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Japan, and Morocco.
Prior to signing, the US was embroiled in debates over the sections of the agreement pertaining to IP protection on the web, a hot-button issue that alarmed online privacy watchdogs such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, with some concerned about ACTA's constitutionality.Continue reading...