Category: Copyright

BBC Make a Smart Move to Thwart Piracy of its TV Shows

For many people who download “free” stuff, particularly television shows, it’s not the free part that drives them to torrent sites but their eagerness to watch.  The BBC has taken a promising step toward eliminating this excuse to pirate.  The much-hyped series “Dr. Who” will have its premiere on September 1st.  Eager viewers in the United States and Australia will not have to wait long to watch it online (through legal means).   According to Forbes’ Ewan Spence: There will be fans that still do this, but for the majority of fans in tow major centres of Timelord fandom...

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Google Re-ranks Pirate Sites in Search Results

In a move that’s long overdue, Google has announced a change to the search algorithm it uses to “rank” websites listed in search results, lowering the ranking of the most egregious pirate sites.  In a posting on their “Inside Search” blog Amit Singhal explains the move: We aim to provide a great experience for our users and have developed over 200 signals to ensure our search algorithms deliver the best possible results. Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites...

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The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy

The New York Times reveals the truth behind what we all suspected.  You’d be well advised to read those customer reviews touting the latest online offering with a grain of salt because, like Twitter followers and politicians, many are bought and paid for.  From the NY Times: Reviews by ordinary people have become an essential mechanism for selling almost anything online; they are used for resorts, dermatologists, neighborhood restaurants, high-fashion boutiques, churches, parks, astrologers and healers — not to mention products like garbage pails, tweezers, spa slippers and cases for tablet computers. In many situations, these reviews are supplanting...

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Is Crowd-source funding all it’s cracked up to be?

Crowd-source funding via sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is all the rage these days for those seeking funds to finance their creative projects.  But is it as easy it seems to raise money?   Forbes contributor Suw Charman-Anderson examines a new report from professors at the Wharton School of Business that examines Kickstarter’s winners and losers. They say that you learn more from failure than from success, and that’s as true for Kickstarter as anything else. With the shiny, exciting and record-breaking projects getting most of the attention, it can be easy to forget that 56 percent of Kickstarter projects fail...

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E-books popularity continues to grow

Some good news for the publishing industry as the popularity of e-books continues to grow.  According to a study released by the Book Industry Study Groupthe Association of American Publishers, e-book sales totaled more than $2 billion in 2011, more than double the 2010 figurs of $869 million. “The BookStats survey encompasses all sizes of publishers. No matter what size of publisher you are, digital is an integral part of your strategy — but it’s a matter of degree,” said Tina Jordan, vice president of the AAP, referring to the difference in how large and small publishers perform digitally. –   Share...

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