Daily Archives: January 20, 2012

Hollywood: Founded By And On Piracy

Joint Statement from AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBT and SAG Regarding the PROTECT IP Act (S. 968) and the STOP Online Piracy Act (HR 3261)

Whenever Hollywood gets up on its monied hind legs and sticks its snout into the Net, it’s very satisfying to punch them in the nose with their own history.

Hollywood was founded by and exists solely due to pirates!

Motion Picture Patents Company

Backlash and Decline

All things fall before the law:

The end came with a federal court decision in United States v. Motion Picture Patents Co. on October 1, 1915, which ruled that the MPPC’s acts went “far beyond what was necessary to protect the use of patents or the monopoly which went with them” and was therefore an illegal restraint of trade under the Sherman Antitrust Act. An appellate court dismissed the Patent Company’s appeal, and officially terminated the MPPC in 1918.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Remember the history of Hollywood. It’s more important than remembering the Gunpowder Plot many of you idolize.


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Now All eBook Eyes Turn To Kobo

Children of @elandes reading on Kobo eReaders



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The Missing iBooks 2 Post

I made a special trip into Manhattan today to go to the Apple Store to try out iBooks 2.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t yet loaded onto any iDevices.

Apple Corporate has to give the word. There are things to consider when it comes to Sample books shown, apparently. Some might be Copyright-related, but I’m not sure.

As it stands, it will be perhaps a few days before I can try the new iBooks 2 and the new interactive iBooks Author-created books for myself.

Until then, I won’t have anything to say about all of what’s been happening Apple-wise in this area.

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