Legal Drama

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BookShift
by Fannie Cohen

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, a one-stop shop for books, streaming movies, and even toilet paper. And they became the world’s largest online retailer with a mix of convenient delivery and low prices that beat the competition. For authors, this has been a mixed bag — Amazon connects consumers with books that don’t [...] 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 »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

The last week has been a surreal one for fans of fake news. TV shows such as Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have had huge boosts in their popularity thanks to online communities, who share video clips and summaries from each show. But the corporate parent to Comedy Central, Viacom, was [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

An Open Letter to Stephen Colbert, star of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” We in the Colbert Nation are sickened by the recent news that heavy-handed trial lawyers at Viacom, representing Comedy Central, have asked YouTube to force its users to remove video clips from “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show,” and “South Park.” While [...] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Tapscott

Mark Glaser is away on vacation this week, but we’re happy to have Mark Tapscott filling in as a guest blogger. Tapscott is editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner, proprietor of Tapscott’s Copy Desk blog and the Distinguished Journalism Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Glaser will return here next Monday, Oct. 9. Among the [...] more »


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