Australian ‘copyright expert’ advocates perpetual copyright

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Techdirt is one of the more opinionated news sources I read, and while I do often agree with that opinion, sometimes it isn’t terribly well informed. Sometimes it’s even flat-out wrong. You always have to adjust for that when you read any story on the site. But that said, when it’s right, [...]

Motorola’s ‘Duet’ tells a story as only a smartphone can

By Chris Meadows
November 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

I was just answering a message on Google Hangouts in my Moto X when I saw a blue stylized figure of a ballet dancer dance across the bottom of the screen. It left a glowing blue circle that I tapped on, and I was presented with a screen that said “Duet”. This puzzled me, as I certainly hadn’t [...]

Disney sees big growth from mobile as gaming monetization options multiply

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Disney has announced new mobile gaming products in news that highlights just how profitable mobile gaming spinoffs have become for creative and media franchises. Quoted in GigaOm and elsewhere, Disney Interactive president James Pitaro claimed that Disney is now the world’s sixth largest [...]

Terms of Amazon dispute with Disney seem oddly familiar

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

A Wall Street Journal article (if it’s paywalled, Google the headline to read it) delves into the sources of the pre-order blocking matter between Amazon and Disney…and if you could summarize it with a single phrase, it would be “the shoe’s on the other foot.” It has some commonalities [...]

Amazon stops taking pre-orders for Disney movies

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

Amazon’s been busy lately. Folks might remember that Amazon stopped taking pre-orders for Warner DVD/Blu-ray titles for a while, including The LEGO Movie, during a contract dispute similar to the contract negotiation it is undergoing with Hachette. (Unlike Hachette’s, said dispute was resolved [...]

The public domain hiatus continues

By Chris Meadows
January 3, 2014 // 4 Comments

So, another new year, and another collection of works that should have but won’t pass into the public domain thanks to Sonny Bono’s Copyright Term Extension Act. GigaOm has a good roundup of titles, drawing on the report from Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain. They [...]

Morning Links: Should Walmart buy B&N?

By Joanna Cabot
March 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Walmart Passed on Barnes & Noble Before, Maybe it Should Look Again (Yahoo Finance) Hydra is Appropriately Named (Digital Book World) Disney’s Hyperion Will Reportedly Sell Off Most Titles, Focus on TV-Related Books (Paid Content) How Much Time and Effort Should Publishers be Spending on [...]

The Problem with Children's Books: A Parent's Perspective

By Joanna Cabot
February 26, 2013 // 12 Comments

We recently had our Family Day long weekend, and the Beloved and I spent some of it at the home of his sister. She’s the mother of a toddler and a newborn, and while we were visiting, the subject of books came up. I enjoyed having the opportunity to pick the brain of a parent on this [...]

Public domain and piracy: Once Upon a Time and my epiphany

By Chris Meadows
November 20, 2012 // 5 Comments

When I was visiting relatives over the weekend, I had a fairly potent reminder of the enduring power of the public domain—and I finally succumbed to the inevitable realization, that in some cases, piracy is just too much work. On Saturday night of our stay, it turned out we didn’t have time to [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By Joanna Cabot
November 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Why I’m Not Sold on the iPad Mini (Good E-Reader) Will Disney Block Star Wars Fan-Made Content? (Techdirt) Content Hackathons: The Future of Textbooks (GigaOM) Readability Adds New Grid Reading View (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Sly Fox by Jeanine Pirro {and} The Templeton Twins [...]

How did Mark Twain really feel about perpetual copyright?

By Chris Meadows
January 9, 2011 // 3 Comments

I’ve often mentioned that Mark Twain was a supporter of perpetual copyright, but it occurred to me that in a sense I’ve not been living up to the dictates of the state we share. I’d been taking an out of context quote’s word for it, rather than insisting that you have to “show me”. And [...]

Disney has delivered 1 million iOS book apps

By Paul Biba
January 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

That’s what TUAW is reporting: Parents must be finding it easier than ever to keep kids in the backseat distracted — Disney Publishing has hit 1 million downloads of its Disney Book Apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Disney Publishing has 9 book apps on the App Store, all of [...]

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