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The Free Trade

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| One of the biggest challenges which videogames are going to face in the 
| coming years, however, is a slightly more abstract business concept. Ushered 
| in by the digital era - not just by the technology, but by the subtle yet 
| fundamental shifts in consumers' thinking created by that technology - the 
| concept of Free is slowly gathering pace, and threatens to wash away many of 
| the business models which have supported media industries for a century or 
| more.       


Diller Calls Free Web Content a ‘Myth, Joins Refrain 

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| Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp, 
| said Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, joining the 
| refrain of media moguls who say an era of free Internet content is ending.   


Newspapers: 180 years of not charging for content

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| I have a history lesson worth reading for those who think news should or may 
| have a price online. 
| The common discussion among such people these days goes like this: "We've 
| always charged people to read us in print, and so people ought to pay 
| something for reading us online, too."  



How Open Source could save the Media Industry

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| Youtube was a brilliant idea. Allow users to sign up for accounts and upload
| video after video after video. Without dolling out so much as a penny Youtube
| managed to gather millions of user-created videos that other users could
| watch and enjoy (or not). It was content created by the masses at no charge
| to  the owner.
| But if you read the licensing close enough you realize that basically once
| you upload a video you can not modify said video (or any aspect of the
| youtube experience). You can not redistribute user videos on Youtube even
| though the user may have no copyright on the video.
| [...]
| Take a look at what Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails did with their Ghosts
| I-IV recordings. Not only did he release these albums in a “Pay for it if you
| like it scheme” (which, by the way, netted him over $750,000 in three days
| after releasing) he also released the music and artwork under a creative
| commons license which allowed the fans to remix the music and alter the
| artwork. His fans ate it up. This culminated in his allowing fans to video
| tape the last leg of his Lights In The Sky tour. He eventually released the
| videos for the fans to enjoy and edit.


let the remixes begin (UPDATED)

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| Sam did the first remix of my Colbert appearance.


The Culture of Free, and The Power of Less

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| A few people on other websites have commented on the irony of me selling a
| book (The Power of Less) about working and doing and living with less, saying
| something along the lines of:
| “Yes, I’m going to live with less … starting with not buying books!”


Taxing ISPs To Fund Newspapers?

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| In trying to explain why a music tax is a bad idea, I pointed out that if you
| start with music, you quickly have to start adding pretty much every industry
| disrupted by the internet. The obvious one is movies, but what about
| newspapers? They're struggling due to the internet, so why can't they demand
| an ISP tax to support newspapers? The idea, of course, is that this was a
| ludicrous suggestion... but apparently some people have thought seriously
| about it.


RIAA Stops Suing Individuals: Are We Home Free?

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| Instead of its usual strategy of pinning scofflaws and wringing them through
| the court system, the RIAA will shift the burden to ISPs. When it appears as
| though an ISP customer is downloading illegally, the RIAA will contact the
| ISP and it will now be the ISP's responsibility to slap wrists via e-mail. If
| the actions do not cease, more e-mails will come; until finally, the alleged
| criminal's Internet access is either watered down or shut off, or they see
| themselves in court.


Internet Filtering Appearing On Various Wishlists For Obama

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| It's tough to get that worked up about the various "wishlists" being sent by
| different interest groups to President-elect Obama. After all, you'd expect
| the groups to basically push for their entire agenda, and there's no
| indication that an Obama administration will agree to any of these -- but
| it's still worth watching. For example, the MPAA's wishlist includes plenty
| of forced filtering and a "three strikes" policy that Europe recently
| rejected as taking away basic human rights (there's that MPAA spirit!).


Internet Censors Must Be Accountable For The Things They Break

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| Censorship technologies are purveyed as a way to protect us from the evils of
| child abuse. But they're costly systems that are unlikely to actually protect
| anyone or prevent any child abuse — they're more likely to interfere with the
| way the Internet works and hamper innovation by online communities.


Labor plan to censor internet in shreds

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| The Government's plan to censor the internet is in tatters, with Australia's
| largest ISP saying it will not take part in live trials of the system and the
| second largest committing only to a scaled-back trial.
| And the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has written to critics
| saying that the so-called "live" trials would be "a closed network test and
| will not involve actual customers". Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said this was
| a sign the Government was slowly backing away from the heavily criticised
| policy.

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