Information Society Series Book: The Digital Rights Movement

I’m very pleased to announce that the fourth book in the MIT Press “Information Society Series” I am co-editing with Laura DeNardis has been released: The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright Hector Postigo The…

Information Society Series Book: Interfaces on Trial 2.0

I'm pleased to announce that the first book in the MIT Press "Information Society Series" I am co-editing with Laura DeNardis has been released: Interfaces on Trial 2.0 By Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh March 2011 ISBN-10: 0-262-01500-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-262-01500-4…

Google + China + Free Music = A New Business Model for Online Music Distribution?

News reports indicate that Google will begin providing free music downloads in China. Apparently Chinese Internet users have grown so accustomed to downloading music online, that piracy and illegal downloading has impacted music sales there more than even what the…

Kutiman’s “Thru You” – Brilliant YouTube Mashups

Just in time for the sections on intellectual property and fair use in my "Information Technology Ethics" class, the Israeli artist Kutiman released a brilliant collection of YouTube video mashups called "Thru You" (his site has been down due to…

A Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

A group of legal, cultural, and social scholars have published a "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video", providing an important framework to help address the growing challenge of allowing fair use of online content in the…

Google Auto-Link Function Raises Copyright/Trademark Discussion

[source: The Trademark Blog]The new Google toolbar adds links to content through a function named Auto-Link.  For example, it is my understanding that if an address appears on a webpage, a program in Google's toolbar can create a link from…