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October 27, 2009

I have about 10 open Firefox and Safari windows. They’ve been open for days…weeks even. Interesting articles that have popped up thanks to Google Reader and some widgets on my iGoogle page. Yes, all bow to the great Google. Anywho, I haven’t had time to read them yet. Clearly I thought, at some point, that they are worth my while. Clearly, I still think they are worth my while, because I have not X’d out of them yet. Here are three of them:

IP Strategies for True Innovation

Copyright Battle Comes Home

Something about the show Glee from Billboard Magazine

Maybe you will find them interesting, too. And maybe one day, being a 1L will stop.


Copy[written], So Don’t Copy Me

October 21, 2009

1. Hip Hop sampling Imogen Heap? A recent song, at that. Very interesting. I don’t know how I feel about it. I don’t think I like it. I like both songs, but I feel awkward/guilty liking a song that straight up rips a hook from a relatively recent song. Its almost creative to the point of being not creative. Kind of like Kid Cudi’s Make Her Say (ripping off Lady GaGa’s Poker Face). YouTube them if you want to see…or, a good segue into point two, is

2. You can probably both those songs juxaposed at
I just discovered this. Haven’t checked it out much, but looks like quite the interesting project. The tagline is “exploring and discussing the DNA of music.” I like the idea a lot, and I’m sure we can all learn a lot about sampling and its pervasiveness in how we make music today, given how wide and flexible the creative spectrum is now.

i love technology but…

October 20, 2009

I just don’t know what you can do with a 27 inch computer.

I got the email from Apple today about the new iMacs.

iMac 🙂

21.5 inches…ok. Big screen. Understandable.

But 27? Isn’t that a little much? I really want a 27 inch touch screen though. That would be cool.

It’s what you do with it

October 14, 2009

I know I said I don’t like Twitter. I guess I owe Twitter some clarification, now that I’ve realized a few things. I still don’t like using Twitter. But I actually think it has been quite the helpful service. See, there is enough content on the Internet. There’s so much content pumping through the veins of our networks trying to sort through it all would surely give anyone (even Google) a heart attack. While I won’t say that we don’t need more content — we do, and the purpose of the internet is just to amass an infinite amount of content — what we also need is a way to do more. Google’s success is based on the static data paradigm that we’ve been so used to: information is sitting, waiting for us to come find it. But now, enter the real-time data paradigm. Instant Facebook updates and Twitter tweets are the best examples of this: We don’t want to just send Google searching through a garbage dump of all the world’s information anymore. We want information to be brought to us, in the furtherance of our impatience due to technology.

This has been a long time coming – think of when we didn’t have email, instant messaging, and text messaging. How many of you would have an aneurysm if you were without your connectedness. I would. As our attachment to technology grows, the technology advances in a sort of natural selection way: the purposes for which we use the tech most and provide the most benefit to us will survive, and the purposes which are less favored don’t advance. We like things instantly. We like things before we ask for them, even. When we send an email, we want a response right after. We’re fast-paced. This isn’t new. But we’re only getting faster. And with that, the static-data paradigm is going to face resistance from the real-time paradigm that is quicker, more direct, and easier to get information out of.
Twitter can be used as real time search, not just a “tell everyone that I’m going to the bathroom” tool. People are pumping their thoughts, information, content through Twitter, and we can see instantly any trend for any subject in any part of the world. Look at the (supercool) Hype Machine for music as an example.
This real-time data search stuff has been looming for awhile now. It’s booming and its going to keep booming. It is interesting though, that Twitter as a real time service is more important than Twitter as a social networking tool.

BigContent v. Technology

October 12, 2009

This is a very helpful guide/brief history of Big Content v. Technology. Very glad Nate Anderson wrote this.

I don’t like Twitter

September 30, 2009

I don’t like Twitter. And when I have time I’m going to write about why I don’t like Twitter.

The Big Mean IP Machine

September 15, 2009

The World Economic Forum released a list of countries ranked by how strong their IP protection is. The U.S. was number 19, with a ranking of 5.4 (where 7 was strongest and 1 was weakest). The rankings were determined by business leaders polled by the WEF in their respective countries. Its no surprise that business leaders/content owners/the like all want stronger IP protection in the US — and abroad — because hey, the Internet/new media (which they all use to their advertising advantages) is (allegedly) destroying the value of content by distributing it all over the universe for free. If the US is ranked weak, well then doesn’t that present the idea of stronger IP here in a much more favorable light? Also interesting to note is that the UK, with its copyright term now at life of the author + 90 years (20 years longer than US copyright term), ranks below the US at #21, with a score of 5.3. So it looks like we’re about equal in the ranking there — but the UK has 20 years of copyright protection on us? It seems to boil down to the general ideas of a society; in other words, the US and the EU have different philosophies on what is strong protection. Look at the #2 country on the list: Sweden – home of the defunct-go-not-defunct Pirate Bay torrent hosting service. They think they have the strongest protection there? Something, somehow, somewhere, is skewing the minds of these American business leaders…

Thanks to Ars, as always. The List is here, on IP Watch