Category Services

Big Data, Skinny Bundles

This past week, Google pre-announced a new live Internet TV service called YouTube TV.  YouTube TV is a “skinny bundle”: a pay-TV service with a subset of channels commonly available on American cable and satellite TV at a price that’s lower than what pay-TV subscribers pay for TV programming. I used this announcement in my latest […]

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, […]

2017 Conference: New Website, New Panel

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated website for the Copyright and Technology 2017 conference.  You can find all the details about agenda, sessions, speakers, and so on.  Registration is live now, with earlybird discounts available through November 24, and there are still plenty of speaking slots available if you would like to […]

E-Book Retail Platform Offers Choice of Watermarking or DRM

EditionGuard is a “white label” e-book retail platform that, like many of its type, is based on Adobe technology, including Adobe Content Server DRM.  This week the company added an option called EditionGuard Social DRM, which enables its customers — publishers, retailers, and independent authors — to use e-book watermarking instead of DRM. EditionGuard Social DRM […]

FCC to Vote Thursday on Open Set-Top Box Ruling

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote this Thursday on a rule that would require pay-TV operators in the United States to make their services available on third-party devices in addition to the set-top boxes (STBs) that they currently require subscribers to rent from them.  This week’s vote has more drama than usual because one of […]

Crowdsourced Cover Collections: A Copyright Conundrum

A friend recently introduced me to a website called Cover Me, in which contributors write about cover versions of songs.  There are artist-cover anthologies, lists of “Five Good Covers” of oft-covered songs, and entire albums’ worth of cover versions.  Accompanying text describes the songs, the original artists, and the various cover versions.  Sometimes the “art” is […]

E-Books: Subscription Services vs. Libraries

Business model flexibility with digital content leads to a blur between the public good and private enterprise.