Techcrunch has a fascinating interview with Tom Lowe, who responded to discovering his film being pirated with a polite request rather than with legal action: TC: What do you feel about piracy in general? Do you see it as a hindrance to art? Tom: I just see piracy as a reality. I don’t really see … Read the full post »
Gizmodo brings the news: New industry figures for 2011 say revenue from digital music surged by 25 per cent to £286 million, offsetting an £87 million drop in CD sales. As an extra economic boost, we’re turning away from glossy foreign music imports and buying more from British artists, who now account for 53 per … Read the full post »
The UK music industry’s revenues declined by less than 1% in the last year, a smaller drop than in previous years and a change that looks particular good given the economy overall was in sharp recession at the same time. These figures are likely to reinforce the views of critics of the Digital Economy Act … Read the full post »
Now this is a much better idea than many we’ve seen: rather than simply berate people for using songs illegally, make it easier for people to pay and use songs legally.
There are two major problems with Lord Mandelson’s desire to crack down on illegal file-sharing by using an awful lot of stick and no carrot. First, it means he’s come up with proposals that avoid the boring old-fashioned stuff like innocent until proven guilty and no punishment without a fair process. Second, though, it also … Read the full post »
I support the campaign by the Open Rights Group and others against Peter Mandelson’s proposed crackdown on illegal file-sharing. (You can support the campaign yourself here.) But in agreeing to call the proposals “three strikes and you’re out”, I think the campaign has ceded an important advantage to Peter Mandelson & co. That is because, taken on … Read the full post »
The latest Ofcom survey of internet users in the UK shows that less than half believes downloading shared copies of copyright music and films should be illegal. 42% say it should be illegal, against 33% who believe it shouldn’t be illegal and 25% who don’t know.
I’m not aware of comparable figures for other laws, but … Read the full post »
Interesting news from The Herald:
Internet piracy is merely demand where appropriate supply does not exist, people will never go back to buying music legally, and protecting information online will only destroy businesses, according to a provocative essay set to appear on a Scottish Government-funded website tomorrow.
Written by Alice Taylor, commissioning editor for education at Channel … Read the full post »
Both Amazon and Google have unveiled major developments in their plans to dominate the future of e-books. … Read the full post »
To what extent does the distribution of songs this way take money away from sales and to what extent does it act as a free form of publicity, which triggers purchases and income from other streams such as concerts and merchandise? … Read the full post »