The amazing story of Sony’s Betamax
This famous decision became one of only a few that can be said to have significantly expanded the “fair use” clause of copyright law.
‘In 1976, shortly after its Betamax machine hit the market, Sony Corporation had been sued by the studios, which said that home taping was illegal. They hoped to force Sony to pay a royalty for each device and cassette sold or to withdraw from the market. Sony fought back, saying that many forms of home recording were absolutely legal and that, in any event, it couldn’t be held responsible for what its customers did with its machines.
‘If viewers of Channel 58’s 1978 TV guide were waiting for legal clarity on the home taping situation, they weren’t going to get it anytime soon. Not until January 17, 1984 did the Supreme Court—where the case finally ended up—publish a decision making it clear that home recorders weren’t scofflaws…’
Good News for Bloggers
The First Amendment applies to everyone, not just journalists
‘When Montana blogger Crystal Cox lost her defamation case in 2011, the decision was greeted by a chorus of cheers from journalists, who were quick to argue that Cox wasn’t a journalist in any real sense of the word, and therefore didn’t deserve any protection from the First Amendment. An appeals court for the Ninth Circuit has disagreed, however: on Friday, a panel of judges overturned the original decision and said that Cox was in fact entitled to protection…’
What happens when niche journalism meets the network effect
‘The way Grantland reported a story involving a transgender woman has raised a host of troubling questions, but also reinforced how stories that might once have remained in a specific niche can jump the tracks and smash headlong into competing viewpoints, thanks to the web…’
The Music Timeline
A platform where you can relive popular music from different decades
‘Music can be appreciated in a multitude of ways, and Google’s new Music Timeline is testimony of that. This multi-colored and multi-faceted visualization documents the popularity fluctuations of different genres and individual artists from 1950 to today.
‘Analyzing the music libraries of millions of Google Play users, Google put together this interactive graph to help define the peaks and valleys of the music industry in terms of content. If you play around with the features, you will come to discover the sudden explosion of Classic Rock during the 70′s or when Snoop Dog’s career took a massive plummet after his initial album, Doggystyle…’