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Archive for October, 2014

Have a blockbuster strategy. Also have a non-blockbuster strategy. It’s interesting, isn’t it? Obviously, the greater percentage of content creators or entertainment entrepreneurs have a non-blockbuster strategy simply because they do not have access to the resources that it takes to pursue the alternative. In this light, we can see that the ideas of “convergence” […]

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Today, we’re going to explore the idea of “convergence” in the communications, media and technology industries. We will attempt to imagine what comes after the next consolidation as part of Professor Wu’s “cycle,” as described in The Master Switch. (For our purposes, we will allow for the validity of this theory.) The Master Switch puts the spotlight on AT&T, and […]

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Today’s discussion will examine communications technology as cultural infrastructure, with an eye towards how the costs of building out and maintaining this infrastructure can result in barriers to entry and a tendency towards monopoly. We’ll also look at closed systems vs. open systems and how the two modalities can inhibit or aid in the advancement […]

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Today we’re going to take a field trip to the sausage factory. And by “sausage factory,” I mean the venue where laws get made in the United States, which is Congress. I have some direct experience here. Often, I consider my engagement to be along the lines of “observer status,” being that my organization isn’t […]

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Here are a few questions/jumping off points regarding Digital Copyright by Professor Litman for response in the comments field. 1. You are a member of Congress. You are in the process of drafting new copyright legislation. Who do you talk to for input? 2. The public is not a party to negotiations around copyright law, […]

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