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Future of Video: Authorship, Appropriation, and Control

Report: Music Pirates Buy More Music

Ars Technica reports that, according to a study conducted by the BI Norwegian School of Management, people who download music from P2P networks actually buy the most music legally, too.

Researchers examined the music downloading habits of more than 1,900 Internet users over the age of 15, and found that illegal music connoisseurs are significantly more likely to purchase music than the average, non-P2P-loving user.

Independent SF-based musician Thao Nguyen on filesharing

I had an opportunity to interview up-and-coming independent artist Thao Nguyen (of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down) for the 2009 Noise Pop Festival a few months ago. During our interview, I asked Thao what she thought about filesharing. She told me a pretty funny story—at least I think it's funny—which I captures the attitude of a lot of artists who realize that album sales are no longer the end-all-be-all measure of success.

Kati London (Botanicalls): Ignite Show Lightning Talk

Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0 [East Bay Express]

One evening a few months ago, I had a conversation with a local San Francisco business owner about Yelp, the online business directory that lets users write reviews—both useful and completely irrelevant—of local business. We'll call said business owner "Robert." Robert mentioned that he received a call from a Yelp sales rep who said that for a monthly fee, Robert could have control over the reviews posted to his business's profile on Yelp. Robert told the sales rep to take a hike and never call him again.

Sea otters are watching you!

Not a trend for the future of video, but an interesting moment for some photographers in Monterey Bay who had the camera turned on them for a change. And it wasn't another person behind the lens—it was an otter who'd gotten a hold of someone's discarded video camera floating in the bay.


Musicians using Twitter

I just came across this Google spreadsheet of artists using Twitter. As with many major artist MySpace pages or blogs, the "big" ones are more likely label interns—or impostors with entirely too much time on their hands—than actual artists, but there's a good chance that a bunch of the smaller acts are actually speaking tweeting for themselves.

I've carefully combed the list and here are a few favorites...

A Researcher's Perspective on the TH Mobility Project

A Glimpse of the Future of News circa 1981

Alex Pang talks to CNN about Apple's 25th anniversary

IFTF Research Director Alex Pang made the front page of CNN this past weekend with comments on the 25th anniversary of Apple in an article titled, "Apple fans mark 25 years of Mac devotion."

Congrats, Alex!

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