Category Services

Dispatches from IDPF Digital Book 2014, Pt. 1: Wattpad

Why isn’t the book publishing world scared to death of Wattpad?

MP3Tunes and the New DMCA Boundaries

A federal district judge reopens an old case; courts start to limn the boundaries of “willful blindness” in qualifying for the DMCA safe harbor. Meanwhile, Michael Robertson’s latest provocative startup involves Internet radio.

“Netflix for E-Books” Approaches Reality

A subscription service for e-books finally gets a major trade publisher’s catalog.

Comcast Adds Carrots to Sticks

Internet service providers that have Hollywood studios as corporate siblings behave differently, regarding copyright issues, from those that don’t.

The Coming Two-Tiered World of Libary E-book Lending

Small publishers are willing to license e-books to new library e-lending systems under liberal terms. Major publishers are unlikely to follow suit.

Mega’s Aggressive Takedown Policy?

Here is an interesting addendum to last week’s story about Mega, the new file storage service from Kim Dotcom of MegaUpload fame. Recall that Mega encrypts files that users store on its servers, with keys that only the users know… unless they publish URLs that contain the keys, like this one.  This means that Mega can’t know […]

Kim Dotcom Embraces DRM

Is Kim Dotcom trying to compete with DropBox or just evade the DMCA?