Category Business models

The Myth of DRM-Free Music, Revisited

The most widely-read article on this blog these days one that I wrote two years ago called The Myth of DRM-Free Music.  So I thought I’d follow up on it. I wrote that piece as a reaction to the popular story — which was coursing around the book publishing industry at the time — that Apple […]

Facebook Faces Copyright Issues Amid Video Explosion

It’s fairly well established by now — thanks to court decisions like Viacom v. YouTube and UMG v. Veoh — that online service operators have no legal duty to proactively police their services for potential copyright infringement.  But that doesn’t mean that some services don’t do it anyway.  The biggest example is Google’s Content ID system for YouTube, […]

Forbes: The Myth of Cord Cutting

In my latest piece in Forbes, I examine the idea of “cord cutting” in light of recent announcements from Viacom, Time Warner, and DISH Network of over-the-top (OTT) streaming video services that enable people in the US to watch pay TV channels without a pay TV subscription.  Cord cutting means cancelling one’s subscription to cable […]

Why Does Apple Want to Halve the Price of On-Demand Music?

Apple needs to throw the on-demand music market into disarray in order to become a serious player in it.

Ghosts in the UltraViolet Machine

Copyright and Technology London 2014 takes place next Wednesday; Amazon and Apple announce family accounts for sharing content and apps; Garth Brooks launches his own competitor to iTunes and Amazon.

Disney and Apple’s UV FUD

Disney Movies Anywhere brings competition to the video rights locker market.

Awareness Grows over Digital First Sale

Media industry people are beginning to realize just how disruptive resale of digital content can be.