Retro games market shows piracy doesn’t always win

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Piracy might not be as bad of a scourge to business as some people make out. Or at least, that’s what Techdirt’s Timothy Geigner suggests, based on an article about price hikes in the retro video game market. Retro video games are some of the most easily-pirated, most often-emulated media [...]

What’s in a word? The new ‘sharing economy’

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sharing is good, right? What about when you charge for it? A New York Times piece on the new “sharing economy” looks at the way services like Uber, Lyft, and AirBNB characterize themselves as being all about “sharing” while at the same time charging you money for using them (and sometimes [...]

Why own media when you can rent the library?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Is ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a [...]

Do You Know How to Pirate?

By Joanna Cabot
March 31, 2015 // 5 Comments

Techdirt’s latest on the whole cord-cutting thing was a good one. They make an interesting point, which is this: piracy exists. That might not seem like such a revolutionary statement—surely we all know that?—but their point is is: One gets the sense that media outlets feel like [...]

Weekend Links: Don’t blame readers for book devaluing. Oscar movie piracy

By Joanna Cabot
January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Don’t Blame Readers If Books Are Being “Devalued” (Book Riot) If you hang out on the bookternet at all, you have no doubt seen one or more pearl-clutching declarations that books are losing their value–especially ebooks, which you can get for as little as NINETY-NINE CENTS (omg)–which is [...]

Weekend Links: Lessons from Kindle Scout. Publishers to sue over pirate eBooks

By Joanna Cabot
November 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

eBook Publishers May Soon Sue ISP Providers Over Pirate eBooks (GoodeReader) Rightscorp is trying to establish a precedent with suing Cox Communication.  If a judge finds Cox liable for the actions of users on its network, it will have major implications for the company, the cable industry and any [...]

The pirate pay? BitTorrent survey finds users more likely to buy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

Good news for authors and creatives out there – if you’re prepared to believe its source. According to a BitTorrent user survey reported by Torrent Freak – though so far at least I’ve been unable to access this via BitTorrent Inc. itself – “BitTorrent users are [...]

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns

By Joanna Cabot
November 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

New Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating [...]

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