Although Poster Boy has been getting most of the credit for the very creative remixing of the NYC subway ads that plague us riders, it has been going on for years.
Recently, I saw this incredibly simple but totally brilliant little remix of a Gatorade ad:
Well, it isn’t everyday I get quoted in the New York Times so that makes today pretty cool. In an article exploring the rise of the netbook and the “trend” of cutting expensive cable for free/cheap online alternatives I am the lead voice!
SAN FRANCISCO — The global credit crisis may have caused the decline in consumer and business spending that is assaulting the giants of high tech. But as the dominant technology companies try to emerge from this slump, they may find themselves blaming people like David Title just as much as they blame Wall Street.
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Mr. Title, a 35-year-old new-media manager at a film production company in New York, has dropped his cable subscription and moved to watching most of his television online — free. While shopping for a new laptop for his girlfriend recently, he sidestepped more expensive full-featured computers and picked a bare-bones, $200 Asus EeePC laptop, also known as a netbook.
“We’ve reached one of those moments in tech history when there are low-priced and free alternatives that are both user-friendly and reliable enough to make the switch,” Mr. Title said. “Then there’s the extra bonus of saving some cash.”
You can read the whole thing here.
One of the many incredibly outrageous things that RIAA tries to do is to recoup “statutory damages” from file sharers that massively outweigh the actual financial damages incurred.
Now, at least a few judges are beginning to see the light. TechDirt points to a recent NY court ruling:
“In a recent case in the Southern District of New York, Yurman Studio, Inc. v. Castaneda, 07 Civ. 1241 (SAS)(S.D.N.Y. November 19, 2008), District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin reminds us of the well settled principle that “At the end of the day, ‘statutory damages should bear some relation to actual damages suffered’ [citing RSO Records v. Peri, 596 F.Supp. 849,862 (SDNY 1984); New Line Cinema Corp. v. Russ Berrie & Co., 161 F.Supp.2d 293,303 (SDNY 2001); 4 Nimmer Sec. 14.04[E] at 14-90(2005)] and ‘cannot be divorced entirely from economic reality‘” (via)
More people are waking up to the reality that the current manner in which copyright law is being applied to digital content is just plain crazy. It is an extremely complex problem but it will not be solved unless more individuals stand up to these powerful organizations.