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Dana Liebelson

Here's The Digital Privacy Battle At The Center Of Obama's Big Trade Deal | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Open Internet advocates are still fighting for key privacy protections in a major trade pact the Obama administration is negotiating with 11 Pacific n...

Who holds your keys?

Simon St. Laurent | Posted 07.06.2014 | Home
Simon St. Laurent

Put your books, movies, and music on a gleaming shelf. Close the door to keep the dust off. Lock the door, so no one can take it, and hand me the key. I'll let you have the key when you need it, if you promise not to share these with anyone else. It's the Deal of the (21st) Century!

What Pirating Taught Me About Life

Brian Penny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Brian Penny

I bought, sold, and traded every game, application, movie, and album I could find. In doing so, I saw the evolution of digital privacy.

Microsoft Discovers The Xbox Isn't Going To Make Everyone Happy

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 07.12.2013 | Technology

Some may have believed that the Xbox One bashing would have died down after Microsoft dropped the most controversial features of its forthcoming game ...

Why Gamers Haven't Really Won The War With Xbox One

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 06.20.2013 | Technology

Many gamers were overjoyed on Wednesday when Microsoft announced it would remove the most controversial restrictions for the Xbox One after much backl...

EA's Sims PR Disaster: The Final Straw in the DRM Debate?

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 05.13.2013 | Technology
Raymond Schillinger

One would think that the makers of a game focused squarely on effective management of resources and public sentiment could do a bit better. The irony, nonetheless, is striking.

SimCity Launch The Worst Gaming Disaster Ever?

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 03.08.2013 | Technology

Despite positive reviews from many critics, EA's disastrous SimCity launch might go down as one of the worst debacles in the history of gaming. How ba...

Freegal: Emphasis on the the Free Public Library of Cool

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 04.30.2013 | Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Public Library

I write here about my experience not as an administrator since I am not one of those, or even as a librarian although I am one of those. I offer this opinion only as an impenitent bin rat that has collected songs going back to the original days of vinyl.

Andrew Losowsky

Indie Bookstores File Lawsuit Against Amazon | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 02.20.2013 | Home

Three independent bookstores are taking Amazon and the so-called Big Six publishers (Random House, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster ...

Amazon Allegedly Erases Customer's Kindle, Tells Her To Shop Somewhere Else

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.23.2012 | Technology

Amazon allegedly erased the contents of a customer's Kindle without providing adequate information as to why this action was taken, Norwegian tech wri...

A More Honest Way Of Selling Ebooks

Robert Martinez | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Robert Martinez

We believe that of you simply treat the customer with respect, then they will reciprocate in kind. With the help of Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow among others, we are testing this idea.

eBook Piracy May Have Unexpected Benefits

CBC News | Dan Misener, | Posted 06.19.2011 | Home

Back in 2009, O'Leary did this for one publisher, O'Reilly Media, which publishes technical books. Surprisingly, he found that sales actually increase...

DRM is a Business Decision, Not a Moral Decision

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hugh McGuire

When we started building our new audiobook publishing company, iambik, we made an early decision: no digital rights management (DRM). (*See below for ...

Copyright Office Rules in Favor of Fair Use and Consumer Freedom

Edward Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Edward Lee

The law marks a decisive victory for consumers and a firm rejection of attempts to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to achieve market control that copyright law was never meant to protect.

Is It Possible To Build An eBook Library In An Industry Full Of Restrictions?

The Wall Street Journal | By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Reading devices like the iPad, Kindle and Nook will come and go, but you'll likely want your e-book collection to stick around. Yet unlike music, comm...

Interview with Liza Daly about the Ibis Reader

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hugh McGuire

We're still calling titles on Ibis Reader "books," but in the digital space it doesn't have to be a traditional book at all. We want to help readers and authors connect with all forms of writing.

Why Pirates Pirate

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hugh McGuire

Indie game designer Cliff Harris recently asked software pirates why they made illegal copies of his games. One of the top answers: "Because of Digital Rights Management (DRM)..."

Protect eBooks Or Trust Customers To Do The Right Thing?

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Coker

Publishers should trust customers. Most people are honest and well-intentioned. Let's educate them about their social obligation to financially support the author, publisher and retailer who helped bring them this book.

It's Been Too Long...

Theodore Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Theodore Bergquist

It's been awhile since my initial post on here, but that wasn't the original plan. In the coming weeks and months, I'll start contributing regularly ...

Piracy vs. Availability: A Parable

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hugh McGuire

If as providers of content, give me what I want, when I want it, at a reasonable price, I'll be happy to pay for it. If not, I'll be compelled -- when I really want something -- to find other ways to get it.

Wired Parodies MPAA, RIAA: Imagine Handbag Industry Association Of America

Wired | David Kravets | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For starters, handbags would only work in one country. All of a handbag's contents would fall from the bottom at a border crossing, or while on an int...