News

  • Fifty of Australia’s most significant playwrights and screenwriters have signed an open letter calling on the Federal Government to reject controversial changes to copyright law proposed by the Productivity Commission.
  • Andrew Orlowski reports at The Register that last week Google quietly suspended its legal action to “muzzle” an investigation by Mississippi Attorney General Hood into whether or not the search giant was abiding by the terms of its 2012, non-prosecutorial settlement with the government over illegal online sales of prescription drugs. Any explanation of Google’s change in strategy or the future of that investigation are subjects for another day. But the fact that AG Hood was ultimately not stymied—either by litigation or by a brazen attempt in the State House of Representatives to legislatively tie his hands—is probably good news for American consumers because State Attorneys General “often act as the de facto consumer protection arm in their respective states,” notes a new report published yesterday by Digital Citizens Alliance.
  • Creators of every stripe must watch Miranda Mulholland’s May 24th speech delivered to the Economic Club of Canada. The musician, composer, and label-owner, with nearly 20 years of professional experience, does an excellent job of contrasting the realities of being a professional creator in today’s market against the rhetorical promises of the corporate leaders who designed that market. In addition to answering some of the classic tech-utopian “advice”—like adapting, selling CDs at venues, touring, etc.—Mulholland focuses broadly on the subject of accountability and the fact that what we normally call piracy occurs on legal platforms. She says …
  • Recent incidents of online ads appearing alongside content that endorses violence and hate speech have put programmatic advertising - the use of algorithmic tools that automate the placement of online advertising - firmly in the spotlight.
  • We are all – or nearly all – slaves to technology. Think about how many times you consult Google every day. Consider the role that social media like Facebook and Twitter play in your lives. And when you buy a book, or countless other items, it’s increasingly likely that you purchased it from Amazon
  • Something invigorating and full-bodied is brewing in Indonesia, and it’s not a cup of mocha java. It’s a cinematic resurgence, the biggest since the early 2000s, when Rudy Soedjarwo’s 2002 teen romance “Apa ada dengan cinta?” (What’s With Love?) rocked the Southeast Asia market while in the same year Riri Riza’s “Eliana Eliana” stunned the festival circuit with femme-centric social realism.
  • Memento Films International (MFI) is launching sales on Palme d’Or-winning Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s upcoming film The Wild Pear Tree, which is in post-production and will be ready for Cannes 2018.
  • BALI, Indonesia -- Asian TV has long been known for its rice porridge programming. Public broadcasters reigned over the region, but their shows rarely wavered from the monotonous.
  • Google touts its efforts against piracy on its various platforms, yet, when push comes to shove, the talk is generally more bark than bite. Much has been made about pledges to down rank or flag repeat offender pirate sites via its search engine, but little mention of another Google product where pirates find safe haven, Google Drive.
  • Steve Jobs said: "From the earliest days at Apple, I realised that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started."

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