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  • February 10, 2012
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When it comes to copyright and piracy, it often seems that some of the most vehement objectors don’t practice what they preach. The Boston Phoenix’s Carly Carioli has posted an editorial to the Phoenix’s blog calling out the New York Times, which published a couple of scorching columns on piracy over the weekend, for at…

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  • February 2, 2012
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Seems as though there’s still some life in the old “hot news doctrine” horse yet. The NY Times’s Media Decoder has a brief piece on a dispute between Hollywood news sites Deadline.com and The Hollywood Reporter set for a July 2013 court date. In their joint report, the plaintiff — that would be Penske, owner…

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  • January 22, 2012
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PaidContent has a brief report on IDG Connect statistics suggesting that iPad owners are buying less physical media. The survey shows that 72% of worldwide professionals polled are buying fewer newspapers, 70% are buying fewer books, and 49% are buying fewer DVDs since owning an iPad. The biggest areas of decline for newspapers are Asia,…

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  • January 14, 2012
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On News & Tech, Douglas Page posts a diatribe against “the newspaper cognoscenti who see a terminal disease in every printed newspaper.” He declaims against papers turning digital because a digital newspaper is “just another website” and less attractive to advertisers than a printed publication. He suggests a number of possible ways to keep printed…

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  • January 14, 2012
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On Vegas Inc, Steve Green reports that the company’s lawyer, Shawn Mangano, actually showed up in court for the rescheduled hearing (unlike the last one), and complained about the “scorched earth” tactics defendant Wayne Hoehn and his lawyer Marc Randazza have been using to collect judgments against the company. (That’s pretty rich coming from a…

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  • January 9, 2012
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PaidContent reported a few days ago that the Associated Press has branched out into digital distribution by making content available through tablet-based reading apps Pulse and Flipboard. The AP is not providing the readers with all its content, but making available “a selection of international and national news and associated images.” This will include special…

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  • January 9, 2012
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Although not a lot can top the last Righthaven story in my book, a couple of post-scripts that have come up since then. First, the Righthaven.com domain name has been sold for $3,300 to an unknown buyer. There’s not anything actually up on that website at the moment, but keep watching. Proceeds will go toward…

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  • January 5, 2012
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You can stick a fork in Righthaven. It’s pretty much done. The domain name is being sold off, one of the defendants the company sued is asking a court to hold them in contempt (since they have this annoying habit of not showing up for hearings when things go against them), and now Righthaven’s process…

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  • December 25, 2011
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This past week, the Kindle iOS app received an update. We did mention it when it happened, but I think a couple of the features in that update are important enough to go into in detail. First of all, the software can now read PDF files. I tried it out with a TV manual downloaded…

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  • December 21, 2011
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Oh my. I have the urge to go make popcorn for real and munch on it while I read this story. It looks like Righthaven’s just about reached the end of its rope. Last week, when it turned out Righthaven had less than $1,000 in the bank, one of the courts that issued a legal…