Podcasts and landgrabs

Copyprof Michael Geist has an excellent article up roughly outlining how the US is blackmailing most of the rest of the world into adopting copyright laws even more ridicous than it already has. Basically the idea is that the US wants to force other countries to buy its wares while offering nothing in return. (The US is one of only two net exporters of “content” in the world.)

The surprising thing is that a mainstream publication like the BBC publishes this.

(Thanks BoingBoing.)

Local news: the cabal of Dutch record companies has decided that anyone who wants to podcast in this country, can, for a modest fee of 1000 euro a year. Yeah, whatever.

(Thanks Natasha.)

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