piracy

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 [...]

TeleRead Links: UK e-book piracy, loosening e-book licensing terms, digitizing fanzines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

eBook Piracy Virtually Nonexistent in the UK (GoodEReader) The Intellectual Property Office conducted a three month study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. It found that  1% of UK internet users aged 12 and over read “at least some” ebooks illegally. This is a stark [...]

Morning Links: Comixology Subscription Plan? New Movie Anti-Piracy Ads Aimed at Moviegoers

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

Comixology to Launch “All You Can Read” Subscription Plan? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) There’s an unsubstantiated, unverified, and unsupported (but almost certainly true) rumor going around today that Comixology is about to offer a Kindle Unlimited type of subscription service for digital [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links: Pretending piracy doesn’t exist. Changing roles of bookstores and libraries

By Joanna Cabot
March 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

When Analyzing Cord Cutting Options, Most TV Analysts Continue To Pretend Piracy Simply Doesn’t Exist (Techdirt) One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing — they’ll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. [...]

Morning Links: Illegal music file sharing virtually eliminated in Norway. Auditing media habits

By Joanna Cabot
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Recording Industry Has ‘Virtually Eliminated Illegal File-Sharing’ In Norway — By Offering Better Products (Techdirt) A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. *** 4 [...]

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 [...]

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Cory Doctorow came over to Budapest at the invitation of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University to speak on policing computers and other issues. In the course of a fascinating interview with me, he shared a slew of observations on a great many issues, many of which [...]

Weekend Links: Downsides of Kickstarter model for authors. Piracy an unknown with apps

By Joanna Cabot
January 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Downsides of the High Risk, Low Reward Kickstart Business Model (Dear Author) The problem with Kickstarters is multi-layered and it requires anyone who donates to understand a couple things. *** Piracy is Just as Much an Unknown With Apps As it is with Books (The Digital Reader) Book piracy has [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links: Five small presses killing it. Pelican relaunched with few links to the past

By Joanna Cabot
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

In Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future (The Digital Reader) But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one [...]

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