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November 9th, 2007 | Arts • Strike • WGA • Writers
Derek Powazek has written about the Writer’s Guild of America strike: Luddites on the Picket Lines? He’s right – the writers need to demonstrate that they understand the internet a lot better than they have so far.
But before you start talking about the internet, read up. Internet distribution is not the same as TV or DVD. A DVD buyer is someone who then owns a shiny plastic disc with stuff on it. Codifying a viewer online is a lot trickier. If I watch half a show on NBC.com, do you get half a royalty? What if I only watched 12 minutes, while the browser was in the background, while I was also chatting and texting and doing whatever it is the kids do nowadays?
There is a distinction between, say, a paid download from iTunes and a YouTube viewing, and if the writers want a percentage of the latter, well, they’re going to be waiting a long time.
November 6th, 2007 | Andreessen • Arts • Strike • WGA • Writers
Marc Andreessen has written an interesting post about the Hollywood writer’s strike: Suicide by strike. The title’s a bit misleading though – his main questions are about the bosses, not the workers.
You’re faced with a massive, once-in-a-lifetime shift in mainstream consumer behavior from traditional mass media, including film and television, to new activities that you do not control. [...]
Is this really the right time to pick a fight with the writers over royalties from DVD and Internet sales, leading to an industry-wide shutdown and massive economic pain for all sides in the world of traditional scripted film and television content?
May 15th, 2007 | Arts • Dali • YouTube
on YouTube from What’s My Line in the 50s. The ongoing whispered negotiations between Dali and the host are very funny.
May 15th, 2007 | Arts • Powazek • Visual
The Real Story of JPG Magazine. Derek has left the company he created after they tried to rewrite history by changing it’s origins story – including removing all references to Heather’s crucial involvement in the founding of the magazine. What a crappy story.
Update: the remaining founder of 8020 Publishing has posted about the departure, though his post is more notable for what wasn’t written than what was.
June 6th, 2006 | Arts • Books • Music
when we learned that Leonard Cohen had been fleeced by some people who have worked for him for a long time, he has slowly but surely started to raise his profile once again. Knowing the circumstances, I haven’t heard anyone begrudge Cohen this sortie to make money, which is refreshing. Claire Crighton in Maisonneuve magazine makes a very good point in her article about Cohen, “Canadian Idol,” when she suggests that he should really be considered as a writer and poet more than as a songwriter or singer.
January 16th, 2006 | Arts • Canada Election 2006 • Copyfight
Cory Doctorow’s op-ed from Saturday: Trademark political shenanigans. On Copyright law, corporate political funding, and artist-unfriendly DRM.