What's in an IP address? Not much, according to the latest opinion in Malibu Films v. Does 1-5. That's part of a growing shift away from pinning IP addresses to specific individuals, based on a range of possible errors, inevitable false accusations, and technological foibles. "[T]he assumption that the person who pays for internet access at a given location is the same individual who allegedly downloaded a single sexually explicit film
is tenuous, and one that has grown more so over time," District Judge J. Paul Oetken opined.
So, how much did Beats by Dre actually pay for MOG? A fire-sale pricetag of $14 million has now been confirmed by major shareholder HTC (just take a peek at 'Recent Announcements'). That actually falls on the higher end of rumored purchase prices, and totally confirms a dump-off exercise. Total MOG investment was approaching $25 million at the time of sale, according to TechCrunch.
Recovery? Not quite: mid-year stats from Nielsen Soundscan show a 3.2 percent dip in album sales across both digital and physical formats. Broader, a-la-carte single sales remain up, though the notion of a 'bottom' was probably premature.
Never, never underestimate the car dashboard. It remains a major reason for Sirius XM Radio's survival (and subscriber ramp-up), not to mention the continued potency of terrestrial radio. But the dashboard also represents a massive, disruptive opportunity for Pandora, iHeartRadio, iCloud, or any other smartphone-connected service. And, that opportunity is only growing: according to stats just released by ABI Research, more than 60 percent of dashboards will have connected, 'telematics' features, up from just 11.4 percent today.
Heard of CueSongs? The licensing company was started by Peter Gabriel and Ed Averdieck, formerly head of Nokia Music and OD2, and beta-launched in January. Six months later, the group has inked a licensing arrangement with the UK-based PRS for Music, essentially granting licensing rights for roughly 90,000 writers, publishers, and composers. So what's the ultimate payout for Cue? Gabriel's might be on a roll with we7; let's see.
Yes, public pressure does work - online, and on the streets. In a well-watched vote, the European Parliament voted 478-39 against the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement ACTA, despite an approval by the European Commission, US, Japan, Canada, and seven other nations.
The phrase '7-inch' will never be the same, again. The latest Apple rumor-bubble surrounds the so-called iPad mini, with reports coming from Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. A lower-priced, 7.8-inch device could be primed for the holiday season.
Only a few years ago, this might have been unthinkable in hip-hop. But in a heartfelt, very real Tumblr post on July 4th, Frank Ocean very openly described a love affair with a man. Which, in the land of categories, might make Ocean bisexual.
ha ha ha Thursday, July 05, 2012
This card is very funny:
From 99 to 999? Seriously? Why can't you just make six cards instead of one and leave a good impression to your future clients?
I blame the social media for the decline in language and copy writing.
" Tracks can also be licensed for 3 or 6 months at a lower fee according to weightings table"
How are you going to enforce this when YouTube pisses on artists everyday and laughs at them, via ChillingEffects?
Misprint? Friday, July 06, 2012
Where did you guys see that Google is discontinuing the Nexus 7" tablet? I googled it (no pun intended) and cannot find anything supporting this idea.
I'd love to see a reference for this claim.
paul Friday, July 06, 2012
It is (was) a misprint, and thanks for catching that.