Massachusetts federal judge Nancy Gertner just slashed the damage award against admitted P2P user Joel Tenenbaum from $675,000 to $67,500. In her opinion, she drew a fascinating parallel between Tenenbaums conduct and that of bars and restaurants who dont pay up for a license to play music in public. Why arent they hit with tremendous six-figure fines?

via Double standard: Unlicensed bar music vs. P2P users.

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“Once upon a time, the U.S. patent system served a useful purpose. It was meant to encourage inventors and innovation. Ha! Boy, was that a long time ago. Now patents, especially software patents, serve only as bludgeons for patent trolls–companies that do nothing but own patents and then threaten to sue or sue, companies that actually do something with ideas-and big companies to beat up on smaller ones.”

via Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues – Computerworld Blogs.

“The first episode of the new science fiction drama Pioneer One has debuted and it looks like a hit. The pilot wasshot for just $6,000, raised through the micro-funding platform Kickstarter, and the production is being supported through donations on the show’s website. Donations can be made on a sliding scale with ‘bonus’ rewards for each level, such as an MP3 of the opening theme and deleted scenes. The show is being distributed through file-sharing systems such as BitTorrent and LimeWire thanks to VODO, the group that also helped produce it. Is this the future of television?”

Slashdot News Story | Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama “Pioneer One” Debuts.

This is, dare I say it, quite a fair and balanced writeup of the current state of the recording industry.  It’s so nice to know that levity still exists in parts of cyberspace.

“The large recording companies are struggling to find a new business model that is anywhere near as profitable as the old one used to be. Other parts of the music industry are doing very well,” says Oberholzer-Gee.

The Record Business Blues – Magazine – ABA Journal.

This is potentially a great thing for the little guy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the incumbents find some way to shit on this.

Allied Fiber Begins Building National Dark Fiber Ring – 11,548 miles of dark fiber goodness – dslreports.com.

Mad props to TW CABLE!! 🙂

Time Warner will not turn in info of alleged pirates – AfterDawn.

Bitch-Fucking-Niggery!

EA Sports to charge $10 to play used games online.