Category archive for: media business models

Google’s Move to Copyright Cop Had to Happen

December 6, 2010 | 3 Comments

It’s quite interesting to note how one blog post can both illuminate and obfuscate hugely complex issues. An example? Here’s one right here. Google’s chief legal counsel, Kent Walker, pledges that Google will work even harder to make sure that copyright holders which send take-down notices because unlicensed content is on, for example, YouTube. That’s… Read More

Hulu Plus: You Can Pay?

June 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

So now we’ll get an answer to the $9.99 question: will making TV shows available on consumer PCs and portable devices be enough to get those consumers to pay directly for TV shows? Shows they’re probably already getting for free or through their service provider. OK, wait, let’s put a real fine point on this… Read More

Google 1, Viacom 0 (Now, we head into overtime)

June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’m over in Europe running about visiting clients at the moment, so it was interesting to be in a different part of the world when the news that a judge effectively gutted Viacom’s $1billion copyright infringement case against YouTube/Google. (Yes, yes, I know, Viacom will appeal which means this case will drag on for awhile.)… Read More

Steps to Towards Taming the Complexities of Content Licensing Content in a Multi-channel World

June 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

One of the serious challenges facing media companies and new online (and I include mobile in “online”) distribution intermediaries is knowing what content is available to license out (media and content companies) and how to secure licensed content and then track its consumption (distribution intermediaries). Royalty calculations, among other contractual obligations, are paid out based… Read More

Limewire Gets Squeezed by Appeals Court

May 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Inducement, thy name is Limewire. So now – almost five years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2005 (in the MGM vs. Grokster case) that purveyors of file-trading software could be held liable for “inducing” copyright infringement – a district court ruling in a suit between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)… Read More

FCC Considers Opening the Door to “Hi-Def rental” for Movies at Home – but at What Price?

May 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

Want to pay to rent a movie that’s still in the theaters – or just left the theaters and is wending its way through various distribution windows before it gets to the DVD rental or online VOD services – and watch it on your TV? Well, there’s what we will pay for as consumers and… Read More

Rhapsody: Moving Out and Moving On . . .

April 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Rhapsody, one of the very earliest of legitimate online music services and, as a result, one of the first to be hammered by the juggernaut that became iTunes, has finished the spin-off process from Real Networks and like a divorcee celebrating the end of a rocky marriage, has made some changes. First, an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch… Read More

Sign of Things to Come for Hulu?

March 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Interesting news here that Comedy Central (a Viacom property), home of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” is going to pull those two shows from the Hulu line-up, as of March 9. Apparently the reason is that Comedy Central and Hulu couldn’t agree on a revenue split of advertising generated on… Read More

Today’s Save-Money-Live-Better Deal? Over-the-Top Content

February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

  Walmart’s the latest entrant in the over-the-top sweepstakes and it could be one of those deals that will be viewed in the future as an important example of my colleague Andrew Frank’s “IP-Dominant-Gene Theory” that applies to all things media. By acquiring VUDU, Walmart positions itself to be an important intermediary between content providers… Read More

Soundtrckr Tries to Marry Location, Music: Marriage Made in Heaven or Shotgun Wedding?

February 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

Just when you thought there weren’t any more ways one could use “social” as a modifier for music, along comes Soundtrckr ( What Soundtrackr has done is marry streaming music, shared playlists and geo-tagging. The result: what the company calls a “geosocial music service.” What users can do is seed a “station” based on a… Read More