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CROWDSOURCING: Short Movie “LIVE MUSIC” Shows What Online Virtual Communities Are Capable Of Producing

“LIVE MUSIC”, a new 5-minute movie about a guitar and a violin falling in love, is a successful example of CROWDSOURCING or VIRAL publishing. The company Mass Animation used Facebook as their online interface, supplying 266 contributors with propriety software that was accessed or downloaded from the Facebook site. Later, the created content, was uploaded back to Facebook, voted upon by the contributors, and the editors at Mass Animation pulled it all together.

Overall cost of production was only a fraction of normal animation costs.

Increasingly, free social networking tools are being adapted to facilitate the creation of original content. A new backbone of online functionality exists today that allows authors and artists to team up and build things faster, cheaper, and at times radically different from what humans have ever done before.

WATCH THE TRAILER: http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/livemusic/

READ THE ARTICLE: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2009/11/live-music-crowdsourced-animation/

20 November 2009 Posted by | Crowd Sourcing | , , , , | 1 Comment

Selling E-book Readers in China. Using Patent Laws to restrict competition. A Lesson from the DVD player.

I expect China will plan to use its own local technology for e-book readers. This is what they did for DVD players several years ago. The government created a new and unique standard for the type of laser that must be used in Chinese DVD machines. The standard is different from the rest of the world. The result is all locally sold DVD players, even if manufactured by a foreign-owned factory located in China, have to use Chinese technology in order to be Chinese compliant, and therefore everyone has to pay a royalty to the Chinese patent owner of the “new” DVD standard. The problem is the standard was not decided by open market forces, but rather has been artificially created and legislated into existence by the Chinese government.
The future demand for e-book readers in China will be huge. China Mobile, the world’s largest cellular company, has already announced it intends to dominate the e-reader market and plans to use Chinese technology.

19 November 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

A Win for the Eagles (in the Copyright Arena) Will Help The Public Knowledge Movement and Self-Publishing.

RE: Copyright Battle Comes Home
Eriq Gardner
IP Law & Business
October 08, 2009
http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202434372952#
To quote Eriq: “The looming problem is the so-called termination rights Congress gave to creators of copyrighted material when it amended the U.S. copyright law in 1976. The rights — which allow a copyright grant to be terminated after 35 years — have bedeviled the film and publishing industries lately in cases involving the Superman franchise, John Steinbeck novels and Captain America comic books.”
While Superman and Steinbeck are known the world over, their legal struggles over copyright are not. As such, any victories Superman might have in court will have only a small impact on the global publishing industry. However, the Eagles are everywhere. If the globally famous music group the Eagles win the right to take back copyright from the current record label owners, and then manage their Intellectual Property as they see fit, the world will notice, wake up, and ask itself “can I regain the right to manage my own material, too?”
In 2013, the Eagles will certainly roll out an ubercool online e-commerce site to sell their music, a site that fans and businessmen alike will use, and seek to imitate. Anyone who has created intellectual property (like authors and universities) will wonder “what if we do the same thing…”
Also, the notoriety of the Eagles newly-gained control will be a lesson to all future musicians and authors who want to do things right now, and not wait the mandated 35 years for the opportunity to personally manage their products and the profits from sales thereof.
I expect we will be hearing a lot of “Hotel California” playing at conferences over the next couple years. And Copyright Termination is going to be a hot new buzzword.

Source article: http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202434372952#

17 November 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Future & Open Access – via Andrew Spong

http://stwem.com/2009/11/02/the_last_stand/.

 

Thoughtful piece by  Andrew Spong on the future of traditional for-profit publishing in light of the recent growth of open access publishing models (which are NOT FREE), but usually are NOT-FOR-PROFIT.   Ergo. they can make a profit, and some make big profits, but that is not their default business model…

http://stwem.com/2009/11/02/the_last_stand/

3 November 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

   

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