Millions of smartphone users were surprised to learn this month that the rock band U2 had not only made a new album available to them for free, but that it was already loaded into their iPhones. U2 gave away the album as part of a blockbuster business deal with Apple, which is rolling out its newest devices this fall. But the band and the company are both being criticized over how the promotion affects the value of music in the digital age. Join Kojo for a Tech Tuesday conversation about the intersection of technology and music.
The legal spotlight has definitely been on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) lately. A few short weeks ago, we told you how the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York handed down a victory for YouTube (owned by Google). In that case, the court interpreted the DMCA to decide that YouTube cannot be held liable for acts of copyright infringement committed by its users.
And, just last week (Monday, July 26), the U.S. Copyright Office created several new DMCA exemptions during a regularly scheduled review of this hunk o’ statute. read more
Are you a gadget geek? Did you spent hours in line just to preorder the new iPhone? When you misplace your Droid Incredible, does it feel like you’ve lost an appendage? Do you stare at your iPad screen more than you gaze into your significant others’ eyes?
Don’t worry, this isn’t an intervention. read more