What we’re seeing with ‘The Pirate Bay’ (TPB) case that’s ongoing in Sweden, is not a fight to uphold copyright, but rather a dying institution trying to survive.
What is the case?
TPB is a search engne for torrents. The RIAA alleges that the site aids copyright infringment. TPB is defending itself by stating that they do not host any illegal material, and are doing nothing that Google or any other search engine cannot already do.
So who’s right?
I think both sides have a reasonable argument, but this case is bigger than mere copyright infringment.
On the face of it, TPB is morally (and legally) wrong, but let’s ask the question: why is TPB so popular?
This is the million dollar question. Like napster and grokster before it, TPB challenges the RIAA in it’s content delivery system. You would think that after many legal cases and with new technologies and high rates of broadband penetration that the music and film industry would finally deliver a product in a manner which suits their customers!
The success of Apple’s iTunes store would suggest that digital media can succeed, so why is the RIAA so against online delivery?
They believe it’s bad for business, but that’s nonsense, if anything online delivey can only increase your presence in amy given market.
How does this affect the artist? If anything it could earn them more money and give them a bigger following. Oh wait, is this actually the RIAA’s problem?
By empowering the artist, you risk losing them as a client and thus losing a valuable income stream. So what do you do? You control the access. Sites like TPB provide access to anyone and therefore compete
with the record labels.
I think the content creators and those who wish to distribute that content need to strike a balance. Today you can gve stuff away for free and still make money from other revenue streams.
For instance, provide your singles for free, but sell the album or promote your merchandise.
The last thng anyone should consider doing is imply that your paying customers are stealing your content, and that’s what you see every time you go to the cinema!
A Microsoft executive, Kevin Johnson sent an email on Friday to placate Yahoo! staff on their proposal. He defended Microsoft’s recruitment policies and highlighted the Redmond companies offices in Silicon Valley and stressed the need to retain knowledge.
At this stage it’s looking like the takeover will be hostile and not amicable as was first thought. This means that things could get nasty with each companies board issuing sniping statements which both parties will ultimately regret.
Further analysis on the deal highlights Microsoft’s lack of skill in the online area and inability to launch new products all on its own. Yahoo! on the other hand has proved that it cannot cope with the strength of googles online presence both as a search engine and as an ad agency. How then will the two combine to effectively challenge google?
Maybe it’s time Microsoft concentrated on its operating system business and stopped trying to be something its not.
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Twitter bot bootstrap
This is a bootstrap for setting up a Twitter bot with Node.js using the twit library, the bot will like and re-tweet what you specify when configuring it, it will also reply to followers with a selection of canned responses.
As a primer for this there are the great posts by @amanhimself on making your own twitter bot and this is an expansion on that with further detail on configuration on Heroku
What you’ll need
- Twitter account [Duh!]
- Development environment with Node.js and NPM
- c9 account
- Heroku account
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The easiest way to convert Keynote files to Google Slides or PowerPoint is to use CloudConvert.
If you don’t have keynote (or you don’t want to install it) but you have a keynote file (.key) that you want to edit, the easiest way to convert it for use in PowerPoint or Google Slides is to convert it via cloudconvert.
Simply select the file you want to convert and ‘start conversion’. You can then download the file and upload to Google Slides or open it in PowerPoint.
Another option is to use Mac OS’s Preview to open the .key file and export it as a PDF. However, you will not be able to edit the presentation.
This looks like a useful app from Google to backup your old print photos.
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