In a Q-and-A with BusinessWeek, Stanford Law School professor and Creative Commons chairman Lawrence Lessig predicts the fallout from the Grokster decision will stifle innovation and creativity and force inventors to spend more time with lawyers and less time at the drawing board.
The media revolution many predicted in the mid-1990s appears to be taking place, with broadband connections, rich media, video and DVR, smart phones and digital music players giving individuals more opportunities to program and tailor their personal media diet.
The advertising landscape is increasingly dotted with spots for telecommunications and cable companies vying to sell consumers on triple-play packages (phone, TV, Internet). While in other sectors, advertising budgets are contracting or at least moving away from traditional forms of media, the battle between cable and phone is fueling much of the growth in advertising.
On Friday, Michigan's and Utah's "Child Protection Registry" laws, designed to protect minors from adult content, will take effect. The laws prohibit marketers from sending to any registered e-mail address or domain commercial e-mails that reference products that children cannot legally purchase, such as alcohol, tobacco and pornography. Advertisers must match their e-mail lists against the registry, but advertisers who use the registry lists to harvest e-mail addresses will face felony charges.
Cablevision Systems has announced a broadband service capable of reaching
download speeds of 100 Mbps. The service uses out-of-band overlay
technology from Narad Networks. Cablevision initially will offer the
service as 50 Mbps to customers in Oyster Bay, N.Y.