Steve Jobs and iJustine unveil iPad

January 29, 2010

I would buy it if they stick a phone in it.


Pres. Obama first State of the Union (full video)

January 28, 2010


C-SPAN version.


White House version.


Pres. Obama criticizes Supreme Court right to their faces, as Justice Alito shakes head and says “not true”

January 28, 2010

Wow–talk about awkward moment.


Megan Wright will (not) be the next American Idol

January 28, 2010

ooooo. Just heard Megan Wright sing an audition on Idol. Reminded me a little of Carrie Underwood’s knockout audition.

I haven’t seen any episode except tonight’s, but I’m making my prediction. Megan Wright will be the next American Idol.

UPDATE: Wow. Megan got knocked out in Hollywood yesterday. Very disappointing. Judges said she was all over the place. They didn’t show her performance, but she was playing the piano and singing. Must have been a bad song choice. But there goes our pick! Oh well.


Justin Bieber defends fan channel “bieberzone” from YouTube suspension–is copyright uncertainty to blame?

January 20, 2010

News: YouTube teen sensation Justin Bieber has entered the copyright fray. Apparently, YouTube suspended the account of a Bieber fan called bieberzone @bieberzone on Twitter,” who probably was reposting Justin Bieber videos. YouTube may have even removed some of Bieber’s own music videos (performing other people’s songs). All of this no doubt has something to do with copyright concerns–as the underlying music is copyrighted. But it’s not clear whether YouTube did this on its own, or whether some copyright holder complained. Bieber is working under Usher’s music label, so we’re guessing those in the music industry give Justin their blessing to create his YouTube videos.

Here’s what Justin writes on Twitter:

Dear Fans…IM ON THE JOB. you support me and I support you. fan sites like http://www.youtube.com/bieberzone should not be shut down!!
about 3 hours ago from web

Dear Youtube. I love u. U helped me start living my dream. But I want u 2 stop messin with my fans and let ’em post any vid of me they want!
about 3 hours ago from web

very upset that some of my vids and some of my fans vids are being taken down by youtube. working to fix this now. no 1 messes with my fans

Analysis: Somewhat reminiscent of YouTube’s wrongful termination of the PS22 chorus’s YouTube channel–which thankfully was reinstated. It’s a shame YouTube is not doing more with the music industry to promote user-generated music videos, including with cover songs. The music industry can benefit by discovering more Justin Biebers or teen idols, who can bring in millions more in revenues.

I’ve written about copyright and user-generated content in an article titled “Warming Up to User-Generated Content,” which you can download by clicking here.


Justin Bieber’s “Baby” feat Ludacris debuts No 1 on iTunes Canada, 2 in US

January 19, 2010

Justin Bieber is a teenage singer discovered on YouTube. We discovered him a few years back before Usher did. His new song “Baby” just went on sale and hit No 1 on Canada iTunes (where he’s from) and No 2 in the US.

Justin is using social media on Twitter and Youtube to attract a huge fan base.

Justin may become the biggest star from YouTube soon, if he’s not already. Quite an accomplishment for a 15 year old!


Pres. Obama on Martin Luther King, Jr. day

January 18, 2010