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Today we’re going to take a field trip to the sausage factory. And by “sausage factory,” I mean the place that laws get made in the United States: Congress, aka the legislative branch. I have some direct experience here. As a former artist advocate, I was not representing a specific industry—I helped advance the perspective of creators but always took a holistic view of the many […]

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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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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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