Cert Denied: National Geographic Mag’s CD-ROMs

Court won’t hear National Geographic CD-ROM case – Yahoo! News [pdf]


U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that copyright law authorized a publisher to reproduce a collective work in CD-ROM format, even if some new materials have been added.

The justices declined to review a dispute involving

National Geographic magazine and whether it had to pay freelance writers and photographers additional compensation for using their work in the electronic compilation.

[…] The appeals court ruled that the CDs represented an “electronic replica” of the magazine and were a permissible “revision” under copyright law, even if some new copyrightable materials, such as an introductory sequence and a computer software program, had been added.

The freelance contributors appealed to the Supreme Court to hear the case. But the justices rejected the appeal without any comment or recorded dissent.

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Imagine The RIAA Had Gotten Their Way

Would an industry like this even exist? Accessories for iPod: To the tune of $300m [pdf]

A rich ecosystem has taken root around the iPod, fed by a dizzying array of accessories — more than 1,000 — that extend the reach and versatility of the device well beyond its native form as an already impressive mobile music and video player.

[…] The iPod accessories market has become a powerhouse in its own right, to the tune of more than $300 million annually, and sales of such products are growing faster, on a percentage basis, than the device itself, said Gavin Downey, a director of product management at accessory maker Belkin Corp., in Compton, Calif.

In the early days of the iPod, he noted, there was a relatively low ”attach rate” from the unit. For every 15 to 20 iPods sold, one unit of accessories moved. Today, it’s almost a one-to-one ratio.