In a scorching post on the company’s blog, YouTube Chief Counsel Zahavah Levine accuses Viacom of going to great lengths to secretly upload videos to YouTube in order to take advantage of its promotional value even as they were suing YouTube, arguing that YouTube should be able to tell the difference between Viacom videos that were uploaded by actual infringers as opposed to Viacom employees and agents being paid to pretend to be infringers.
from Mashable! by Adam Ostrow
YouTube: “For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there.”
from Google Blogoscoped by Philipp Lenssen
Over a million jobs and up to ?240 billion in business could be lost in the European Union over the next five years as a result of illegal downloading, according to a new study into Internet piracy.
In my latest Guardian column, “Is the music industry trying to write the digital economy bill?”, I look at the last two weeks’ events in the life of the UK Digital Economy Bill, a piece of legislation tailor-made for the record industry at the expense of the public interest, freedom and due process. The question I can’t answer is, does the record industry put on these vastly over-reaching shows of power because they don’t care about backlash, or are they just so arrogant that they don’t imagine that there will be a backlash?
Online Hate Sites Grow With Social Networks (New York Times)
Terrorists and racists are turning to online social networks and depending less on traditional Web sites, according to a new report on digital terror and hate speech. The report, by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, found a 20 percent increase in the number of hate and terrorist-abetting Web sites, social network pages, chat forums and micro-bloggers over the past year, to a total of 11,500.
from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
Internet display advertising expenditures increased 7.3 percent in 2009, aided by sharply higher spending from the telecom, factory auto and travel categories, according to data released today by Kantar Media, the leading provider of strategic advertising and marketing information. Total advertising expenditures fell 12.3 percent in 2009 to $125.3 billion as compared to 2008
From the New York Review of Books blog (on Tumblr no less!), a consideration of some pre-blog and pre-Twitter writing that is bloggy in nature, including documents written of the events in London coffee houses and French cafes.
With all the recent developments in media consumption on mobile devices, from state of the art e-readers and the sleek iPad to the advent of countless newspaper iPhone apps, it is no wonder technology has taken center stage among news companies.