April 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The escalating cyber attacks on corporate and government computers have provided a rare opportunity for bipartisan legislation to address the problem. But rather than sailing through Congress, the latest cyber security legislation is exposing a fault line in the tech industry. On one side stand some of tech's biggest companies, such as Intel Corp., Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp., which are pressing for more government action. On the other side are thousands of smaller tech firms and privacy activists who have launched online protests to raise the alarm over a bill they say harms privacy and civil liberties.
April 4, 2013 |
The third season premiere of "Game of Thrones" did very well for HBO, with 6.7 million subscribers tuning into the program during the multiple airings Sunday night. However, the program broke another kind of record this week, with people who presumably don't subscribe to HBO. The episode, "Valar Dohaeris," broke records for simultaneous illegal downloads through BitTorrent and other sites, according to the new site TorrentFreak . With over a million downloads already, and a record 160,000 simultaneous users sharing the files, the "Game of Thrones" season premiere is on record for having the largest "swarm" of users ever downloading the program at once.
March 4, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before yet another flight back to Los Angeles. The Skinny: I've said it before and I'll say it again. AMC's "The Walking Dead" could have worked on broadcast TV. The show has very little sex and language issues, and the gore could be toned down a little without losing anything. Last night's episode was very powerful and had a great closing song by Jamie N. Commons. OK, done plugging. Monday's headlines include the box office recap, a look at how NBCUniversal is battling piracy and a piece on whether "Oz: The Great and Powerful" will find streets paved with gold.
February 25, 2013 |
This week the entertainment industry finally is getting a version of something it has been craving since the original Napster transformed online piracy into a mass-market phenomenon: a new Copyright Alert System that turns Internet service providers into anti-piracy enforcers. It's not as powerful as the major record companies and Hollywood studios have proposed, and it ignores many sources of bootlegged music and movie files online. But it's a start. And if the industry's assumptions are correct, it could make a dent in the problem.
February 16, 2013 |
The USC Annenberg Innovation Lab offered the entertainment industry some good news and some bad news this week. In the latest in a series of reports on advertising supported online piracy, the lab says that two major distributors of ads online -- Google and OpenX -- have "significantly reduced the number of infringing sites they are placing ads on. " In response, however, smaller ad networks have rushed in to fill the gap, the report says....
January 2, 2013 |
Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., two Internet companies that have long cultivated relationships in Hollywood, are nevertheless placing ads on sites that feature pirated movies, TV shows and music, a new report says. USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab ranked Google and Yahoo among the top 10 advertising networks that support major piracy sites around the world, based on the lab's analysis of online ads that receive the most copyright infringement notices. Google took issue with the report's findings, calling its conclusion "mistaken.