If You Can't Beat 'Em
Major media companies used to hate YouTube. That was before they got wise. The New York Times reports they are now treating YouTube like an advertisement, not an adversary. Universal Music, Lionsgate, Electronic Arts, and others have stopped requesting that YouTube remove unauthorized clips of movies, music videos, and other media. Instead, they are making sure that users know who the legal owners are with disclaimers. The companies are also placing their corporate logos next to pirated video in order to encourage viewers to click on it for more information. —John Stoehr
A divide between universities and the entertainment industry keeps getting wider, says Politico.com. The American Council on Education claims that Hollywood-approved legislation moving through Congress that aims to toughen laws against copyright infringement will overly burden university administrations with being "copyright police" — monitoring their network for illicit downloading. Colleges, however, are pushing back by protecing their students from lawsuits leveled by record labels and movie companies.
Google wants your help. If you feel like it, go ahead. The internet giant is asking the public to ask the Federal Communications Commission to allow high-speed wireless signals to operate in the empty spaces of the television spectrum that are between major broadcast channels, The Washington Times reports. Google is calling the move a bid to establish "Wi-Fi 2.0" and it has created a website called Free the Airwaves (www.freetheairwaves.com) to encourage the public to directly contact the FCC. Additional channels will free up when the nation switches from analog to digital TV signals in February.
TV Still News King
Fewer people are reading newspapers. More people are getting their news online. But most Americans still get their news from television, a new survey by Pew Research Center suggests. At the same time, the Associated Press reports, the survey shows a shift toward online news consumption. Even so, there is now a sizable group of a "more engaged, sophisticated, and well-off people that use both traditional and online sources to get their news." —John Stoehr