Mike Masnick

Is 'Happy Birthday' Still Under Copyright?

By Joanna Cabot
June 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Photo by Emma Glover | http://tiny.cc/m1yo2w Mike Masnick has a great write-up about a pending lawsuit that finally challenges the copyright claim Warner/Chappell Music has been enforcing for decades over the ‘Happy Birthday’ song. I remember first hearing about this odd little [...]

More on the Death of Google Reader

By Joanna Cabot
March 14, 2013 // 4 Comments

We’ve all heard by now about the upcoming death of Google Reader. Our own Chris Meadows, in his write-up, has even thoughtfully offered some alternatives for those who, like me, are suddenly scrambling to fill the void. But to my surprise, reactions around the Web have been decidedly mixed. [...]

Schools: The Next Frontier for Battles Over Copyright?

By Joanna Cabot
February 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Techdirt is one of many who have picked up this story about a copyright battle that’s brewing in a Maryland school district over who owns work done by teachers—and students—during school time. The Prince George district is trying to pass a policy that would give it ownership over all [...]

Mike Shatzkin thinks publishers should protect paper books

By Chris Meadows
October 16, 2010 // 5 Comments

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin has another interesting post on his blog. I don’t know that I entirely agree with this one, but he does raise some good points that are worth thinking about. Unlike a number of pundits we’ve heard from in the past, Shatzkin holds that it is logical for [...]

Blogs respond to Sargent’s pricing post; ‘a premium on impatience’

By Chris Meadows
March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

I’ve found some good blog responses to John Sargent’s post about Macmillan’s agency pricing model, which we reprinted the other day. In his Kindle Nation Daily blog, Stephen Windwalker praises Sargent for at last addressing the general public rather than just the industry insiders at whom his [...]

Quick Notes: Author Solutions, Random House, junk shops, the UK

By Chris Meadows
March 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

A few days ago I mentioned that independent book publisher Author Solutions had announced an e-book distribution deal with Scribd. Today it comes out they have announced a similar deal with Barnes & Noble for the Nook. As with the Scribd deal, AS e-books will be set at a default price of $9.99, [...]

Do we ‘resent’ content creators?

By Chris Meadows
February 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

Mike Masnick at TechDirt links to an article by Martin Bosworth, the managing editor of ConsumerAffairs.com, entitled “The Creative Class War”. (Sadly, Bosworth passed away the day after writing this piece.) After discussing a novel set in a dark future world, which involves a copyright [...]

Why do e-magazines need a tablet?

By Chris Meadows
February 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

Apropos of the article I blogged yesterday about the opportunities the iPad presents for publishing, now Mike Masnick at TechDirt looks at plans to put Sports Illustrated and Wired on tablets such as the iPad and asks the question, “Why wouldn’t these forms of content also work on the web?” [...]

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