U.S. copyright waived in tiny nation

U.S. copyright waived in tiny nation
The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has won the right to waive U.S. copyrights in films, television and music under an unusual ruling by the World Trade Organization. The landmark decision by the Geneva-based trade watchdog means that the tiny islands are able to violate intellectual property protection worth up to $21 million as part of a dispute between the countries over online gambling.


One third of all PCs use LimeWire

$40K to fill an iPod? One third of PCs use LimeWire instead
Pop quiz: what music and movie downloading app is installed on over one third of the world’s computers, according to a new report from Digital Music News and media tracking specialist BigChampagne? The answer isn’t iTunes, nor is it any other DRM-encumbered media program that has been blessed by Big Content. The answer is LimeWire, with a presence on an estimated 36.4 percent of the world’s PCs.

I do not like the way small labels and independent artists are always overlooked in these articles. These authors always like to say Big Content or Big Biz as if that is all there is. It’s always portrait as Big Business against the little file-sharers. That is not the reality.