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How to Save the Music Industry

I first started getting interested in “copyfight” and issues related to filesharing in college, where I was introduced to a local network where resident students across the university campus could connect and share what they…Continue readingHow to Save the Music Industry

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Who Really Has the Moral High Ground on Filesharing?

A number of people I have talked to claim that they do not engage in filesharing because “it’s wrong,” a sentiment that seems deeply rooted in the idea that sharing files involves taking something that…Continue readingWho Really Has the Moral High Ground on Filesharing?

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Music, Evolved

I have been talking about the evolution of content distribution in my last couple of posts, and I’ve pulled together some thoughts about how this has affected the music industry specifically. Robert Heinlein said it…Continue readingMusic, Evolved

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The “Right” to Get Paid?

The concept of an artist’s “right to get paid” for their efforts inevitably arises in any discussion of filesharing and the future of the web. The thought is that artists have worked hard for what…Continue readingThe “Right” to Get Paid?

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Deconstructing Michael Lynton

For those of you who missed it, Michael Lynton is the venerable Charmain and CEO of MPAA member studio Sony Pictures entertainment who said, in words that are destined to be etched on the monument…Continue readingDeconstructing Michael Lynton

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Student Government Meets Federal Government

A guest blog from Michael A. Castello, Assistant Speaker of the Senate at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. This past Friday I had the unique opportunity to take a trip to Washington, D.C. with…Continue readingStudent Government Meets Federal Government

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Bricks, Windows, and Sam I Am

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, president and CEO of the LEGO Company; William Gates, founder of the Microsoft Windows operating system; and Theodor Seuss Geisel, author-illustrator of over forty children’s books. While at first blush these three men…Continue readingBricks, Windows, and Sam I Am