I work for O'Reilly media. We are actually quite bold in being one of the first to market on the whole ebook thing. We actually offer quite a few books as PDF downloads. I know we are a breed of our own, but we don't worry much about piracy in the process. I don't have much of anything to do with the selling or monitoring of any of that, but my understanding is that O'Reilly has plenty of books online in various places that aren't authorized, but that really hasn't hurt the sales all that much.
Of course I hear a lot of this second hand, and it is totally unscientific, but it seems that if you have a good enough product, people are willing to pay. For us our brand is sustained by the community that we foster. We are loved in the tech world and people trust the products we produce. The money follows that sense of community.
I still say Metro is a fine example at least here in Boston. I'd say that 1 out of ever 3 people riding the T in the morning has a metro in hand. I read it on my way home from work so the number could be higher. They have people stand outside to hand it to you as you walk into the stations. It is the only physical news paper I read, and one of very few "news papers" that I read religiously. A lot of it has to do with their local news information that I can't get easily anywhere else, but it is also just a good news paper. And they do it all *for free*. They have my business. And I keep coming back. In fact if I miss a day I feel out of the loop.
How low would the bandwidth have to be in order to prevent file sharing? Because Torrenting is pretty low bandwidth ordeal. I mean yea I guess the lower the bandwidth the slower the process. So perhaps you would be scaled down, but it would have to be lower than dial up speeds to rule out torrenting.
I mean if 50 is selfish for figuring out a way to make money without pissing off users and that somehow makes him selfish for not thinking of other people? Isn't she equally selfish then? I mean she isn't thinking of 50, or Radiohead or NIN or any other group that figured out a new way. So really she has no point!
What if I buy, but then give away the tickets. I bought two tickets for a concert. My wife suddenly couldn't come so I asked a friend to come along. Now perhaps that wouldn't have been such a problem since I purchased the tickets and all, but what if I skipped out and told him and his wife to go?
I just don't like the idea of locking things out like this.
Anyone notice how last quote said "somebody" Not that the artist should be paid, but that somebody should...ideally them. That is the issue. It isn't about the artist it is about their own pocketbooks. How dare and artist try to go around the perfect system and cut them out. They must be "naive."
To be fair this took a long time in coming and a lot of complaints. I personally am an every day rider. To work and back from work. So by now I've figured out most things on my own. Still I find myself in uncharted waters from time to time and this info is invaluable. I know when I was in NYC for vacation my iPhone was used to ride public transit. Without it I would have used their subway a lot less.
From what I can tell there are a lot of great computer geeks in the area planning on some great projects with this new data. Stay tuned and we'll see what happens.
So way back when I used to frequent slashdot. It was the best, especially before wide spread use of RSS. From time to time, probably not all that often, techdirt would be mentioned or an article that linked to techdirt was mentioned. I don't remember how many times I clicked through, but eventually I figured out that the topics covered here were near and dear to my heart. So instead of relying on Slashdot I started coming right to the source. It was the same process for Ars Technica. They kept getting linked and every time I liked what they have to say. Actually now I don't really ever go to slashdot because I kept finding that everything they had to say was either a link to sites I already went to or I found out the information from another source. So in my story the aggregator got surpassed by the actual information.
I think the only person that loses is the people who think they deserved to be payed for the small quotes. They could have made it in a book thus insuring their lasting impact and instead they are excluded. The book is likely still brilliant, so who loses? Not the reader and not the author it is the artists. It is absurd the way some people think.
Of course I wouldn't have even thought this would ever be an issue. I cited music sources all the time in college. I couldn't imagine having to pay for them. I think fair use is clearly on his side. Shame the publisher got in the way. All the publisher needed to do was say, "go ahead, I dare you, sue me."
Re: Computer Science department vs bean-counting IT department
Indeed there is a huge difference between the teaching departments and the hired pay. But the CS department can and should step in to clarify the blatant misinformation. Which is why I said they are either incompetent or mortified. If it is the latter than it is excusable and all things should be cleared up in short order. Same goes for their legal school.
If that is really happening at MTU than that may be far worse than what is happening here. I would have serious problems if I went to that school and needed to pay $100 to get my internet back for a mere DMCA notification. It is the educational equivalent to 3 strikes. So glad I go to school in Boston.
"Companies beaming their content online for free similarly discriminate against their paying customers: in fact it would start eating into their business as more and more people would decide watching it for free online makes more sense."
That is just the point. Most of the stations that offer all of their content online for free also "beam" that very same content over the air for free. Just because the vast majority of people choose to pay for cable doesn't make it the standard that we must live by for the rest of our lives. If NBC or even USA or whomever decides they can make a better business by bypassing cable companies so be it. I think you have the real business model confused by the way. Free is how TV began and how TV largely operates. When you pay for cable you are really paying for access to their lines not for the TV stations per se. NBC or ABC has always been in the business of selling an audience to advertisers. You seem to have this inverted.
So I don't own a GPS, but I have used them. Sure you have to enter input by hand, most people know to do this while not moving or before crunch time. But even if someone were dumb enough to enter in the location while moving that is far safer than the many times I've used google maps printed out. I mean the GPS dictates directions. Google maps you have to read, how is that for distracted. Of course eventually all this just becomes absurd. Common sense is not too much to ask for, and I think we have find laws in place for the people who just being reckless.
The other day I was stuck about 3 miles from my place in Boston just after the public transit closed down (Don't know why they do in Boston, but 12:30 is last call how ridiculous is that?). Anyway it was late, 1:00AM and 3 or 4 miles is plenty of distance to go. Needless to say that this is a huge time for cabs. They rake in tons of money from stranded movie watchers or drunk people. I didn't bite. I would rather walk, for free, than ride in a cab. Fortunately I ran into a late going bus, the very last one, and made it home. But hey by their logic they should have sued me. After all since I am an able bodied person I competed against them with free with my own two feet (how dare my feet do that). Maybe they should have people come by and whack people in the knees to get their business back ;-)