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A Good Kickstarter in the Ass

by Paul Rapp May 3, 2012

By now, you all must be familiar with Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site. It (and similar sites like Indiegogo, Sellaband, etc.) allows for bands, filmmakers, inventors, almost anybody, to raise money for a project from the ...

Cloudy With a Chance of Infringement

by Paul Rapp April 19, 2012

I just became aware of a two-part article about what’s wrong with copyright law that ran recently on the business news site Bloomberg.com. It’s by the brilliant copyright scholar (and Google counsel) William Patry, and ...

Woolly Bully

by Paul Rapp April 4, 2012

The drapes got pulled last week on one of the most absurd aspects of major media culture—the MPAA’s movie rating system. The MPAA’s Film Ratings Board, the people who attach the G-PG-R-NC17 ratings on mass-distributed ...

The People in Gray

by Paul Rapp March 22, 2012

A number of folks have pointed me to reports that Internet companies are about to start some heavy-duty spying on their customers. That’s kind of right, and if you had nothing better last summer than ...

Google Vision

by Paul Rapp March 8, 2012

Gotta love this. The Wall Street Journal reports this week that one of the fastest growing segments of the electronics industry is sales of . . . television antennas! What’s going on is that, as ...

Fools Rush In

by Paul Rapp March 8, 2012

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Oh, my my my. A couple of weeks ago the Obama administration let it drop that it would require contraceptive care to be included in all employers’ health plans, including those in institutions associated with ...

Readying For Round Two

by Paul Rapp February 9, 2012

The dust is still settling from the epic defeat of SOPA/PIPA last month. Most major media outlets are still mischaracterizing it as a battle of Big Tech vs Big Media, which is a convenient way ...

Big Win for the Open Internet

by Paul Rapp January 25, 2012

It’s incredibly rare these days when something good happens in Washington. Even more rare when it happens unexpectedly, spontaneously, and for the right reasons. But last Wednesday something really good happened in Washington. The SOPA/PIPA legislation, ...

The Decency Effect

by Paul Rapp January 12, 2012

The Supreme Court is taking another whack at FCC vs. Fox , a case that’s been bungeeing around the courts for years. We’ve talked about the case here at least twice before. This time the ...

Oh What a Year it Will Be!

by Paul Rapp December 29, 2011

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Once again, I’m batting around .500 with my predictions for last year. Hank Jr. was bounced from Monday Night Football, but he wasn’t replaced by Kanye. Justin’s did threaten to stop booking jazz (again), but ...

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The Art, the Deal, and the Drama

by Paul Rapp December 14, 2011

There’s a fascinating drama playing out right now in Albany County Supreme Court. The Daughters of Mary, a group of nuns associated with the St. Joseph’s Church and Convent in Roundtop, have sued Albany art ...

Simmer Down

by Paul Rapp December 1, 2011

A few months ago, we talked about how an arm of the Department of Homeland Security was getting judges to sign orders allowing for the seizure of Internet domains that appeared to be trading in ...

Stop the Takeover

by Paul Rapp November 16, 2011

Back in the Spring,I wrote about some extremely dangerous legislation that had been introduced in Congress. Well,it’s still there and it’s crunch time. The legislation is called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the House ...

Middlemen: User Beware

by Paul Rapp October 20, 2011

The Sunday Times Union had a good article about a young rapper from Ravena who got invited and then disinvited to perform at Red Square at a show put together by an Atlanta company called ...

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Low Spark

by Paul Rapp October 6, 2011

Got back really late last night from the 10th annual Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. As usual, it will take weeks to get my brain around everything I saw and heard ...

Click Dislike

by Paul Rapp September 22, 2011

If you’re one of my 1,300-plus “friends” on Facebook, you know that I’m a frequent, perhaps compulsive, poster of unusual, funny, and informative stuff. I’ve defended Facebook here from time to time when some silly ...

The Art of Piracy

by Paul Rapp August 24, 2011

According to my abacus, this is the 150th ROT. ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy. Mwah! Moving on. A friend sent over an article yesterday about an exhibit at Art 404 gallery in New York ...

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A For Anonymous

by Paul Rapp August 10, 2011

There have been lots of headlines lately about Anonymous, a mysterious “hacker collective” that’s pulled off a string of “attacks” on various websites. The mainstream media reports on Anonym ous typically focus on the criminal aspects ...

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See Spot Run

by Paul Rapp July 27, 2011

Well, Spotify finally got here. The music-streaming service that has proven so wildly popular in Europe debuted here a couple weeks ago. So far, it’s living up to the hype.  Free Spotify accounts are readily available ...

Six Strikes and You’re, Um, Well . . .

by Paul Rapp July 13, 2011

First, the dates of this year’s Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit have been announced. It’s gonna be October 2-3 and will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Panelists and topics have not ...

Offa My Cloud (Part Deux)

by Paul Rapp June 29, 2011

I’m in Montreal at the jazz festival (more on that next week), but I’ll put down my breakfast beer just long enough to inform you about the latest doings in the ...

Lap Dancing with the Courts

by Paul Rapp June 15, 2011

A decision out of an Albany state court last week turned some art-world heads—it had to do with the Nite Moves “gentleman’s club” on Route 9. The court rejected the club’s owner’s claim for a ...

For Chrissakes, Al

by Paul Rapp June 1, 2011

Here we go again. Last year, loaded up with mountains of money, shiny lobbyists, phony statistics and cheap rhetoric, Big Media landed on Congress and nearly passed a bill called COICA (“Combating Online Infringements and ...

Offa My Cloud

by Paul Rapp May 19, 2011

Everybody’s been talking about the Cloud for some time now. Microsoft, in a series of typically cloying advertisements designed to communicate ideas to folks who aren’t all that bright, has actors proclaiming like so many ...

Comin’ to Getchoo

by Paul Rapp May 4, 2011

Seven years ago, record companies decided the best way to combat online “piracy” was to sue people. People like you and me. Mostly, the industry focused on college kids using peer-to-peer networks like Kazaa and ...