Legal Drama

Photo by  Yuri Samoilov and used here with Creative Commons license.
Protesters rally for Net Neutrality outside City Hall in New York City. (photo: Timothy Karr)
Business
by Tim Karr

The following is a guest post from FreePress. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Net neutrality — the principle that protects Internet users’ free speech rights — is censorship. Did you get that? You did if you happened to be reading the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages. Former Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell recently wrote [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Steven Davy

Search the name of Representative Pete Hoekstra of Michigan’s second district and PeteHoekstra.com is among the top results. But click on the site and you’ll encounter this tag line: “Dangerous, Polarizing & Bad for Michigan!” Rep. Pete Hoekstra How could a nine-term Congressman, a ranking member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and now [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition I focus on the brouhaha surrounding Gizmodo obtaining a next-generation prototype of the Apple iPhone. The tech blog paid $5,000 for the prototype, took it apart, and then returned it to Apple. But police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house and took away [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

This episode of 4MR is brought to you by GoDaddy, helping you set up your own website in a snap with domain name registration, web hosting and 24/7 support. Visit GoDaddy to learn more. Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the trouble Google is having in [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the new Bay Area News Project, a non-profit startup with $5 million in funding from financier Warren Hellman, in association with KQED and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Plus, the FCC’s new chairman Julius Genachowski makes waves by supporting [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mike Rosen-Molina

When New York-based animator Nina Paley decided to distribute her independent animation project “Sita Sings the Blues” online for free, she recalled the fate of 1920s jazz vocalist Annette Hanshaw. Once hugely popular, Hanshaw had almost completely disappeared from public knowledge when Paley decided to include her songs in the score for her film. “How [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the controversy surrounding tech blog TechCrunch posting internal documents from Twitter that were obtained from a hacker stealing them. Some people defend TechCrunch as running newsworthy documents, while others think they are harming Twitter too much. I also look at [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

The music industry is still suing college students over file-sharing. Viacom is suing Google and YouTube for $1 billion for copyright violations. NBC and News Corp. are teaming up with their own video-sharing concept, dubbed NewCo (or “ClownCo” by Google), to help protect their copyrighted material. The increasing length of copyrights in the U.S., and [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

The heavyweights of the media world are lining up in opposition to YouTube, and supporting Viacom’s recent removal of all its clips from the video-sharing service. That removal followed a back-and-forth last fall when Viacom initially asked for clips to be removed, and then went into negotiations with YouTube. Those negotiations turned chilly, and now [...] more »


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