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Want to boost your sales 10%? Remove all DRM
December 17, 2013 | 1:15 pm

drmCoverage courtesy of Ron Miller in Computerworld has brought to light a research paper published last month which brings fresh data points to the anti-DRM debate. Put simply: All DRM does is kill your sales. That's all. It doesn't protect you against piracy; it doesn't preserve your revenues. The only thing it does is drive customers away. And if you want an easy sales hike - all you have to do is remove it. [caption id="attachment_103481" align="aligncenter" width="496"] Kevin Spacey gets it[/caption] The paper "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry," by Laurina Zhang, a PhD...

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley says let my freebies go
August 4, 2013 | 10:08 pm

YouTubeThe Australian House of Representatives committee report on hardware and software pricing, geographical restrictions, copyright law, and other issues around tech and digital media in Australia, hasn't exactly vanished into the legislative waste basket. Indeed, it's sparked comment and reaction across the Internet thanks to the spectacle of a developed economy siding with the little guy against Big Media. And one of the highest-level comments so far comes from Chad Hurley, former CEO of YouTube, courtesy of the Australian Financial Review. “I definitely think we are in a global consumer environment now,” he opines in the AFR. “I think the business models...

Post-Apocalyptic Reading: A short story from the end of the world
December 10, 2012 | 10:00 am

With the End of the World coming up on the 21st of December and all, we need to consider our reading options carefully. (Here’s a tip: don’t start the Wheel of Time series.) Nate Hoffelder has a piece on Digital Reading in a Post-Apocalyptic World over at the Other Place that got me thinking ... Maw was kinda upset the day the Apocalypse came. I remember her yellin’ at Paw: "Bruce! You’re a CPA! What the hell use are YOU gonna be?" But Paw, he just took it calm. "Elsie," he said, "I got on to the file-sharin’ sites before the power went down." He held up...

Groundbreaking series of articles about file-sharing studies from Zero Paid
May 8, 2012 | 9:13 am

Images I say groundbreaking because it's the first time I've seen all these studies collected in one place.  Zero Paid takes a look at eight different academic studies of file-sharing.  These are not the usual industry sponsored drivel, but legitimate academic studies with science backing them up.  Unfortunately they haven't gotten the publicity they deserved.  As the first article in the series says: One question you might have right now is why are some of these studies seemingly unknown after all this time? There are a variety of possible reasons. One possible reason is that studies like this have a tendency to...

Publishers, DRM, unauthorized sharing, and the NPR example
April 23, 2012 | 1:00 pm

We’ve heard a lot of people arguing that publishers should fight Amazon by dropping DRM. However, in The Scholarly Kitchen, Joseph Esposito has written a long and thoughtful piece looking at the possible drawbacks of this approach. Esposito first looks at the question of whether unauthorized sharing of e-books increases the market for them. His own guess is that infringement helps sales when there is sufficient friction—i.e. the free copy is harder or more annoying to use for some reason—but hinders them when friction approaches zero. And since free e-books are getting easier and easier to find, publishers...

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit
March 28, 2012 | 11:51 pm

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after apparently settling for an undisclosed amount. The publisher is going to go forward with suing the remaining, now-identified six. It’s not clear whether any settlements Wiley gets out of this case will cover even a fraction of the costs of bringing it, or whether it will act as a deterrent or just make...

Unrepentant file sharer explains why he does it
March 15, 2012 | 12:15 pm

hise’s a quite long screed by Bobbi Smith, a media consumer who both buys and pirates a lot of material, in the form of an open letter to content creators. To sum it up, Smith finds he actually buys significantly more media since he started pirating than before he could ($2,500 per year, he says, according to his credit card statements: “A $200 per month entertainment habit that is unequivocally fueled by file-sharing”), but he has no patience for media publishers and producers who do not make their media available in a manner in which he desires to buy and...

Megaupload prospects look dim; other file-sharing services take notice
January 22, 2012 | 8:35 pm

Dreamwidth blogger synecdochic has taken an in-depth look at the allegations against Megaupload and agrees with Ars that the prospects look dim for the company’s execs. The problem is not so much what Megaupload did—indeed, synecdochic suggests that a sufficiently skilled legal team would have had a decent chance to get the execs off the hook for a lot of it, except for the real problem. The real problem is that Megaupload’s employees regularly emailed each other to discuss how wicked they were—and the company kept email logs that the feds could—and did—subpoena, providing more than enough rope...

Universal censors news video in Megaupload case, then quietly drops DMCA order (Updated)
December 15, 2011 | 11:45 pm

I had been planning to leave this story alone for a while, given that it’s not directly about e-books. But Universal made a really dumb move that should remind us all about the dangers of giving the content industry a bigger padlock to slap onto our digital printing presses, whichever medium we use. Remember that Megaupload music video that Universal slapped with a DMCA takedown? Tom Merritt of the daily news video blog Tech News Today covered the controversy on Monday, including the use of a couple of clips of the Megaupload video in question. By Monday night,...

Allegedly fraudulent Universal DMCA takedown notice raises questions about DMCA, SOPA
December 11, 2011 | 12:17 pm

This story might need to be taken with a grain of salt based on its sources, but it could have some serious implications if true. Megaupload, like Rapidshare, is a cyber-locker site where people can upload files of any kind for others to download. Many of those files are illicitly-copied commercial material, which naturally gives Hollywood, record labels, and publishers (after all, this material does include both e-books and audiobooks) conniptions. Recently, a number of music celebrities recorded a music video in support of Megaupload. This was considered a newsworthy event, and covered by a number of places, but...

Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit
November 26, 2011 | 11:32 am

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for Dummies and Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. PaidContent speculates that Wiley’s goal is to force defendants to settle for a few thousand dollars, as with the RIAA, RightHaven, and other litigators before it. However, this sort of legal approach has proved risky lately, with one recent judge ruling that...

John Wiley & Sons sues 27 BitTorrent sharers of ‘For Dummies’ books
November 1, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Suing copyright violators had had such terrific results for the music, movie, and newspaper industries that it’s only natural publishers would step up to take a shot. John Wiley & Sons has filed suit against 27 BitTorrent sharers of its “For Dummies” books. Wiley argues that through the massive piracy that occurs on BitTorrent, their company is suffering severe losses that might cost several authors their jobs. “Defendants are contributing to a problem that threatens the profitability of Wiley. Although Wiley cannot determine at this time the precise amount of revenue that it...