Monday Signal: Here Be Pirates (Yarrrrrr….)

(image) Sure, SOPA and PIPA are dead, for now, but I’m starting to think this piracy thing ain’t going away, and is somehow linked to this Internet thing and to the entertainment industry. Wild hunch. My weekend reading went deep into this issue, and I’m coming away thinking that we have to tone down the rhetoric, and get to know each other a bit better. To the links:

Lies, damned lies, and piracy statistics (BB) Everyone’s got an angle, and anyone can make numbers scary.

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Dodd, Now Top Hollywood Lobbyist, Threatens To Nix Campaign Cash For Obama Over Anti-piracy Bill (Fox) Well, there you have it. Follow the money, it’s screamin.

Piracy is part of the digital ecosystem (Monday Note) The argument: Make better services and piracy will ebb.

Inside Megaupload’s Megamind (FC) Wow. Here be pirates all right. Rather kooky, scary ones.

The next SOPA (Marco) The argument is that we stop watching movies and start focusing on campaign finance reform. I really doubt we’ll stop watching movies…

RFS 9: Kill Hollywood (YC) I don’t think so. More like, help Hollywood move along to new models. Entertainment is one thing. But powerful narrative? Quite another.

SOPA Defeat Is Not the End Of Hollywood’s Ramped-Up Fight Against Piracy (Analysis) (HR) Eric’s balanced analysis points out that there is much more to this issue than whether or not SOPA passes.

European Union to propose new internet data privacy regulations (Verge) One to watch. I’m sure Facebook, Google and many others certainly are.

How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work (NYT) A long read, but gives the nuance of why 700,000 or so consumer electronics jobs aren’t in the US. Key: it’s not just cheap labor. It’s the ecosystem and speed of that ecosystem.

Why Don’t We Have Abundant Solar Power? Blame Financing, and Industry, not Science (SU) It’s so close to tipping, it seems, and what could tip it is so slight…

Nice guys finish first. Eventually. (Hornik) David is right.

The History, and Future, of Web Protest (Anil) Toward thinking bigger than just our own backyard.

Jack Dorsey: Twitter’s Not Really Social (ATD) Jack makes some good points. I’ve never really seen Twitter as social first, more like social supporting news, discovery, and having a public voice.


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One thought on “Monday Signal: Here Be Pirates (Yarrrrrr….)

  1. Did you have the rights to publish that image of Johnny Depp? Where’s the photo credit? ;-)

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