Weekend Bits: Digital Economy Bill, Espinel, AOL, BBC, Sony, Slacker

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*The Digital Economy Bill has officially been published in Britain (the complete bill can be found here).

The proposal contains a number of anti-piracy provisions, including warning letters and measures to disconnect accounts and throttle bandwidth for repeat copyright infringers.

*The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Obama’s pick of Victoria Espinel for Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, or ‘Copyright Czar’.  The selection now moves to a full vote on the Senate floor.

*Ahead of a split with Time Warner, AOL is moving forward with a plan to reduce its workforce by one-third.  The reduction will be achieved through voluntary and involuntary layoffs, and will save the company approximately $300 million annually.  AOL currently has about 6,900 employees.

*The BBC is moving to incorporate UK-based broadcasters into a comprehensive, online radio player.  RadioCentre, Global Radio and Guardian Media Group are part of the consortium, and the player will deliver both live and on-demand content from roughly 400 stations.

*Sony is now planning to sell a broad range of media assets online, much like the iTunes Store.  That includes music, movies, audiobooks, and mobile apps.  Those assets will be compatible across the range of Sony hardware products.  The Sony Online Service, previewed Thursday in Tokyo, does not have a specific launch date.

*T-Mobile is now allowing subscribers to incorporate the premium Slacker Radio Plus into their monthly mobile bills, specifically for BlackBerry devices.

*In Friday trading on Wall Street, the Dow (DJIA) stayed largely steady at 10,318.16, and most music-related shares posted mild ups-and-downs.  One exception was Trans World Entertainment (TWEC), up 10.08 percent to $1.42, and RealNetworks (RNWK), down 4.19 percent to $3.43.

The proposal contains a number of anti-piracy provisions, including warning letters and measures to disconnect accounts and throttle bandwidth for repeat copyright infringers.

*The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Obama’s pick of Victoria Espinel for Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, or ‘Copyright Czar’.  The selection now moves to a full vote on the Senate floor.

*Ahead of a split with Time Warner, AOL is moving forward with a plan to reduce its workforce by one-third.  The reduction will be achieved through voluntary and involuntary layoffs, and will save the company approximately $300 million annually.  AOL currently has about 6,900 employees.

*The BBC is moving to incorporate UK-based broadcasters into a comprehensive, online radio player.  RadioCentre, Global Radio and Guardian Media Group are part of the consortium, and the player will deliver both live and on-demand content from roughly 400 stations.

*Sony is now planning to sell a broad range of media assets online, much like the iTunes Store.  That includes music, movies, audiobooks, and mobile apps.  Those assets will be compatible across the range of Sony hardware products.  The Sony Online Service, previewed Thursday in Tokyo, does not have a specific launch date.

*T-Mobile is now allowing subscribers to incorporate the premium Slacker Radio Plus into their monthly mobile bills, specifically for BlackBerry devices.

*In Friday trading on Wall Street, the Dow (DJIA) stayed largely steady at 10,318.16, and most music-related shares posted mild ups-and-downs.  One exception was Trans World Entertainment (TWEC), up 10.08 percent to $1.42, and RealNetworks (RNWK), down 4.19 percent to $3.43.