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October 9, 2011
Calling all geeks: Here's a site where you can share, find or discuss all those trips to your local dairy or wig museum. Name: http://www.nerdydaytrips.com What it does: Offers up funky pit-stop options for road trips in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and more. What's hot: Anyone can add their favorite quirky exhibits and locales to this user-generated map of eccentric museums and pit stops. It's global, so you could plan a trip to Jaipur, India, around a visit to the Jantar Mantar, a collection of architectural astrological instruments, or travel to Arcachon, France, to see the tallest sand dune in Europe.
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OPINION
April 6, 2012
A federal appeals court has given Viacom a second chance to prove its copyright infringement claims against Google's YouTube, reviving a high-stakes battle between entertainment companies and Internet entrepreneurs over "user-generated content" sites. The decision Thursday by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was a partial win for both sides, but it left a few important issues unsettled as it tried to strike the right balance between competing interests. Viacom — a giant entertainment conglomerate whose assets include Paramount Pictures and Comedy Central — alleged that YouTube made more than 60,000 snippets of its content available for free, damaging the market for its movies and TV shows.
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BUSINESS
January 5, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
News Corp. has concluded that the best strategy to succeed in providing online movie news and information is to get out of it. The media conglomerate led by Rupert Murdoch on Monday sold Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review aggregation website, to fast-growing user-generated review site Flixster Inc. News Corp. acquired Rotten Tomatoes as part of IGN Entertainment, which it bought in 2005 for $650 million. Under the terms of the all-stock deal, News Corp. will get a minority equity stake in 4-year-old Flixster and a nonvoting seat on its board.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011
Calling all geeks: Here's a site where you can share, find or discuss all those trips to your local dairy or wig museum. Name: http://www.nerdydaytrips.com What it does: Offers up funky pit-stop options for road trips in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and more. What's hot: Anyone can add their favorite quirky exhibits and locales to this user-generated map of eccentric museums and pit stops. It's global, so you could plan a trip to Jaipur, India, around a visit to the Jantar Mantar, a collection of architectural astrological instruments, or travel to Arcachon, France, to see the tallest sand dune in Europe.
OPINION
July 1, 2010 | By Rich Bengloff
The June 29 editorial about a court absolving YouTube of liability for copyright infringement asserts that for the Internet to work, YouTube can't be required to police the behavior on its service. The piece does not acknowledge that if YouTube-type services do not screen the music that users post on their sites, then music creators must turn into Internet police. Otherwise these creators may not be fairly compensated for their musical works.  YouTube adds 24 hours of new video content each minute of every day, much of it user-generated.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2009 | Amy Kaufman
As a camera zoomed in on his face, Jon Heder widened his eyes slowly, pretending to begin his character's transformation from man to zombie. "That's about as monster-like as you can get," director Tim O'Donnell said, watching the scene play back on a monitor and then leading the crew in a round of applause for Heder, who had finally wrapped the scene after numerous takes. On a warm July evening earlier this year, the setting at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles had all the makings of a set for a feature film shoot.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Chad Hurley, one of the three original founders of YouTube, the groundbreaking website that radically altered the media landscape, is stepping down as its chief executive, the San Bruno, Calif., company said Friday. Hurley, 33, let the news slip Thursday night during a technology conference at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. When asked what he was up to, he said he would be giving up his CEO title and taking on an advisory role. The company said Salar Kamangar, vice president of product management, would take over the position.
OPINION
April 6, 2012
A federal appeals court has given Viacom a second chance to prove its copyright infringement claims against Google's YouTube, reviving a high-stakes battle between entertainment companies and Internet entrepreneurs over "user-generated content" sites. The decision Thursday by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was a partial win for both sides, but it left a few important issues unsettled as it tried to strike the right balance between competing interests. Viacom — a giant entertainment conglomerate whose assets include Paramount Pictures and Comedy Central — alleged that YouTube made more than 60,000 snippets of its content available for free, damaging the market for its movies and TV shows.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Once considered the scourge of traditional entertainment, YouTube is making an aggressive new play to earn friends in Hollywood. The Google Inc.-owned Web video giant Thursday unveiled a new section on its site and an advertising program designed specifically to showcase TV episodes and feature films. YouTube's effort to play nice with studios and networks underscores how important Hollywood's content is in the company's efforts to increase revenue and develop a profitable business model.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
On a blustery spring day five years ago, Yakov Lapitzy pointed a video camera at his friend Jawed Karim standing in front of two elephants at the San Diego Zoo and hit the record button. The resulting 19-second clip, titled "Me at the zoo," was not a cinematic masterpiece, with Karim remarking on the pachyderm's "really, really long trunks." But as the first video uploaded to YouTube, it played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media and helped usher in a golden era of the 60-second video.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Chad Hurley, one of the three original founders of YouTube, the groundbreaking website that radically altered the media landscape, is stepping down as its chief executive, the San Bruno, Calif., company said Friday. Hurley, 33, let the news slip Thursday night during a technology conference at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. When asked what he was up to, he said he would be giving up his CEO title and taking on an advisory role. The company said Salar Kamangar, vice president of product management, would take over the position.
OPINION
July 1, 2010 | By Rich Bengloff
The June 29 editorial about a court absolving YouTube of liability for copyright infringement asserts that for the Internet to work, YouTube can't be required to police the behavior on its service. The piece does not acknowledge that if YouTube-type services do not screen the music that users post on their sites, then music creators must turn into Internet police. Otherwise these creators may not be fairly compensated for their musical works.  YouTube adds 24 hours of new video content each minute of every day, much of it user-generated.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
News Corp. has concluded that the best strategy to succeed in providing online movie news and information is to get out of it. The media conglomerate led by Rupert Murdoch on Monday sold Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review aggregation website, to fast-growing user-generated review site Flixster Inc. News Corp. acquired Rotten Tomatoes as part of IGN Entertainment, which it bought in 2005 for $650 million. Under the terms of the all-stock deal, News Corp. will get a minority equity stake in 4-year-old Flixster and a nonvoting seat on its board.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2009 | Amy Kaufman
As a camera zoomed in on his face, Jon Heder widened his eyes slowly, pretending to begin his character's transformation from man to zombie. "That's about as monster-like as you can get," director Tim O'Donnell said, watching the scene play back on a monitor and then leading the crew in a round of applause for Heder, who had finally wrapped the scene after numerous takes. On a warm July evening earlier this year, the setting at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles had all the makings of a set for a feature film shoot.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Once considered the scourge of traditional entertainment, YouTube is making an aggressive new play to earn friends in Hollywood. The Google Inc.-owned Web video giant Thursday unveiled a new section on its site and an advertising program designed specifically to showcase TV episodes and feature films. YouTube's effort to play nice with studios and networks underscores how important Hollywood's content is in the company's efforts to increase revenue and develop a profitable business model.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
The new headquarters of one of the world's most popular websites is 3,000 square feet of rented space furnished with desks and chairs bought on the cheap from EBay and Craigslist. A sheet of printer paper taped to the door says the office belongs to the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that runs Wikipedia, the online almanac of anything and everything that users want to chronicle, from Thomas Aquinas to Zorba the Greek.
OPINION
October 22, 2007
The phrase "user-generated content" is Internet-speak for audio and video clips posted to a website by the public, not the site's owner, such as a homemade video by a singer/songwriter or an aspiring filmmaker. Much to the chagrin of the entertainment industry, however, the category also includes recordings made from TV shows, Hollywood movies and music videos.
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