Charlie Nesson scores victory vs. RIAA: court to webcast lawsuit proceeding in RIAA music file sharing lawsuit

January 15, 2009

News: Charles Nesson is a Harvard law professor and member of the Berkman Center. In a RIAA copyright lawsuit against Boston University students, Nesson is representing the students and has just pulled off some pretty deft strategic maneuvers against the RIAA, not only challenging the constitutionality of the RIAA’s lawsuit but also persuading the judge to webcast next week’s (Jan 22) hearing over the Internet. I will post a link to the webcast when I find it.

: Charlie Nesson was my evidence law professor, only he didn’t really teach us evidence. By then, he was much more interested in this new technology called the Internet. Nesson is an incredibly creative and “out of the box” (and sometimes “out there”) thinker whose imagination knows no bounds. I look forward to what he chalks up on Thursday of next week!!

Congress invades YouTube

January 15, 2009

News: The Senate has an official YouTube channel. So does the House.

Analysis: Incredibly interesting, especially following President Obama’s YouTube channel. Kind of makes Viacom’s theory that YouTube’s business model is based on copyright infringement pretty laughable. Except for the judiciary, the entire federal government is now on YouTube.

YouTube giving “mute” option for videos with unauthorized music

January 15, 2009

News: YouTube is providing another way to deal with unauthorized music synched into user videos on YT: mute. After a copyright complaint by the music copyright holder, a user can elect to keep the video up on YouTube without sound. Here’s what YT says:

“Previously, when a music label or other rights owner issued a copyright claim to block audio, the video was automatically taken down. Uploaders had two choices: dispute the claim or use our AudioSwap tool to replace the track with one from our library of pre-cleared music. Now we’ve added an additional choice. Instead of automatically removing the video from YouTube, users can choose to leave the video muted and live on the site, and many of them are taking that option.”

Analysis: Interesting development. Still doesn’t solve the relative difficulty of finding good music to synch into user videos. It’s true YT provides some music selections for free on Audioswap, and other services like Jamendo and Magnatunes are helping to offer many more songs. But why doesn’t the music industry offer something like an iTunes for synching music in a way that is easy as buying a ringtone. I’ve been clamoring for several years for this service. It could make the music industry millions.

Barack Obama YouTube address 1.10.09: jobs

January 15, 2009

Apple CEO Steve Jobs steps down for medical leave

January 15, 2009