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Podcaster Con – Help Make It So

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Anton, who as MisterSugar created our Triangle Bloggers Con and the local blogger meet-ups, and Brian, who as AudioActivism was just featured on Voice of America’s story on podcasting, have come up with a plan (in the planning stage) for a Podcaster’s Convention.
You can get in on the planning now. Just go on over to the Podcastercon.org site and contribute to the Podcastercon wiki. Already some very good folks signed up and contributing.

Mark Cuban defends Grokster

Paul, · Categories: General, Information Commons

Mark Cuban made serious money on the mysterious (to me) Broadcast.com. He also made the Dallas Mavericks into something serious when they once were a joke.
Now Cuban has a lot to say about digital content and innocation on his BlogMaverick.com. Even more to the point, Cuban who sees himself as a content man (I see him as a distribution guy more tho) is standing up for Grokster in the MGM v Grokster challenge and is even offering to finance the EFF’s supoport of Grokster.

The whole article is well worth a read, bur I won’t be giving much away by giving you the final paragraph:

Thats what is ahead of us if Grokster loses. Thats what happens if the RIAA is able to convince the Supreme Court of the USA that rather than the truth, which is , Software doesnt steal content, people steal content, they convince them that if it can impact the music business, it should be outlawed because somehow it will. It doesnt matter that the RIAA has been wrong about innovations and the perceived threat to their industry, EVERY SINGLE TIME. It just matters that they can spend more then everyone else on lawyers. Thats not the way it should be. So , the real reason of this blog. To let everyone know that the EFF and others came to me and asked if I would finance the legal effort against MGM. I said yes. I would provide them the money they need. So now the truth has been told. This isnt the big content companies against the technology companies. This is the big content companies, against me. Mark Cuban and my little content company. Its about our ability to use future innovations to compete vs their ability to use the courts to shut down our ability to compete. its that simple.

Blogger Ethics?

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Martin Kuhn, who has been working on a working version of a Code of Blogger Ethics (which he calls COBE), writes to say his latest thoughts are posted on his blogethics2004 site.
Both Rebecca Blood and Jessamyn West have comments. Rebecca has a comment and Jessamyn has a guest post.