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Archive for September, 2014

Copyright law was not conceived to work within an Internet framework. Still, all of its basic provisions have been ported over to the network, and new limitations and exceptions have been crafted that can be seen as an attempt to deal with a technology whose basic design involves making instantaneous copies of information and distributing […]

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Today we’re going to discuss the concept of “free culture,” and what it means in terms of technology, the cultural commons and the commercial marketplace. The free culture “movement,” if it can be described as such, is an offshoot of the free software movement, in which developers and computer engineers recognized quite rightly that networked technology […]

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By now, it is becoming clear that cultural production faces real challenges in the digital age, especially for individual content creators. While there are new efficiencies in production and distribution, a great idea still takes the time it takes to bring to fruition, and there are some activities, like reporting, that require considerable investment to […]

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Our general topic today is the music industry. The music industry took the hit first and is in the throes of a decade-plus remaking; disintermediation has also reshaped other creative industries as traditional business are models upended and a host of technologies—established and emerging—vie for primacy in the new paradigm. Film, television, and even gaming […]

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The following is a transcript—more or less—of the introductory remarks leading into class discussion from August 28, 2014. — How many of you are familiar with the term disintermediation? Basically, it’s the idea that the former protocols for information dissemination have been upended, or radically reshaped by digital technology. The music business provides a pretty great […]

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