Viacom filed suit seeking a cool billion in damages from Google/YouTube for intentional copyright infringement. Sure, that’d be enough cash to help boost Viacom’s earnings, but if they were really that worried about anyone “illegally” viewing or copying their programs, perhaps they never should have aired them in the first place. No way is this going to court. More .
Video blogger and independent journalist Josh Wolf has been in a federal jail for 171 days for refusing to turn over to a federal grand jury a video of a San Francisco demonstration. On Feb. 6 Wolf’s length of incarceration set a new record for US journalism. “Democracy Now!” has an interview with Josh Wolf from his jail cell. If federal authorities can jail bloggers with impunity, it does not bode well for the future of citizen journalism.
Obama’s statements on broadband and net neutrality are being picked up appreciatively among the digerati:
Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age. Let’s set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed. Let’s recruit a new army of teachers, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. Let’s make college more affordable, and let’s invest in scientific research, and let’s lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America. We can do that.