Ms. Chase, who was one of the companyâ€™s four artistic directors and whose Dartmouth College dance class gave birth to the company 35 years ago, broke away last fall after a bitter exchange of letters by lawyers.
Ms. Chase said that she was cast out by a new, corporate-minded executive director and board after three decades of service, and was denied ownership of the dances she created. â€œIt was artistic differences and sort of a mean-spirited power grab by the board,â€ Ms. Chase added.
Ms. Chase choreographed five pieces, alone or in collaboration, appearing on this seasonâ€™s Joyce programs. She said that she asked the company not to perform the works and to â€œdare to tell the world what youâ€™ve done to the mother of Pilobolus.â€
Mr. Kubovy declined. â€œShe does not own that work,â€ he said, â€œnor does she have the right to decide whether or not we perform it.â€
“We have been told by many dozens of content owners that we are by far the most cooperative and responsive of the video-sharing sites,” Zahavah Levine, YouTube’s general counsel, said in an e-mail to CNET News.com.
So who’s right? For now, YouTube is standing on solid legal ground, according to several legal experts who said that YouTube is protected–under the same federal law that covers other online services such as Craigslist, eBay and Yahoo’s GeoCities–from liability for copyright violations its customers may commit.
But intellectual-property attorneys also see areas where YouTube risks butting into the DMCA. For example, the law specifically prohibits a Web site from profiting from copyright material. Recently, ads have begun appearing on YouTube alongside individual video clips.
This one is bound to get tongues wagging, but there’s an important idea here: On the Contrary: Long Live the Nanny State
Social structures like close extended families that once constrained behavior have weakened even as widespread affluence has democratized overindulgence. A result is that Americans eat too much, save too little and absolutely guzzle planet-warming fossil fuel, all to our collective detriment. Forget about the national debt. What we have here is a ballooning self-control deficit.
[…] It’s tempting to suggest that government shouldn’t even be in the business of influencing noncriminal behavior, except that it already is and always will be. States advertise their lotteries constantly, for example, although they rarely mention the infinitesimal odds of winning. Internet casinos are usually a better deal.
[…] So there is no point in pretending that government doesn’t influence behavior. Some changes in the government’s own behavior, in fact, could have a big economic payoff by saving us just a little from ourselves. Taxing consumption rather than earnings, for example, would probably bolster savings and reduce consumer indebtedness even while dampening inflation and increasing productivity.
The question is, what would an effective nanny state look like? […]
Some people say that the film industry has more to fear than just being late to the party. If the Net begins spawning films — and not simply helping to market or deliver them, as has happened to date — studios’ grip on the business of putting pictures on screens may be challenged.
“Their nightmare is a direct feed from moviemaker to audience,” said Walter Kirn, a frequent contributor to The New York Times who has been serializing his novel “The Unbinding” on www.slate.com and saw one of his other novels, “Thumbsucker,” adapted to the big screen. “Their only trump cards are that they are pools of capital for making expensive things. Otherwise they are cut out of the action.”
Geoffrey Gilmore, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “We are probably at a period of greater change than we have had in the past 50 years. The industry is scared about what they should make and how they should deliver it. What’s the next step? Where’s the development coming from?”
The real significance of the case exceeds the NSA wiretapping story and the use of state secrets. Walker’s opinion is a stirring defense of the role of the courts, even in times of war. Quoting the Supreme Court’s decision in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, he reminds us, “Whatever power the United States Constitution envisions for the Executive in its exchanges with other nations or with enemy organizations in times of conflict, it most assuredly envisions a role for all three branches when individual liberties are at stake.” The president and Congress seem to have forgotten that lately; Judge Walker has reminded them.
Like most good ideas, the Long Tail attaches to your mind and gets stuck there. Everything you take inâ€”cult blogs, alternative music, festival filmsâ€”starts looking like the Long Tail in action. But that’s also the problem. The Long Tail theory is so catchy it can overgrow its useful boundaries. Unfortunately, Anderson’s book exacerbates this problem. When you put it down, there’s one question you won’t be able to answer: When, exactly, doesn’t the Long Tail matter?
[…] This insight goes only so far, but like many business books, The Long Tail commits the sin of overreaching. The tagline on the book’s cover reads, “Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More,” which is certainly wrong or at least exaggerated. Inside we learn about “the Long Tail of Everything.” Anderson’s book, unlike his original Wired article, threatens to turn a great theory of inventory economics into a bad theory of life and the universe.
Still no idea what MIT has in mind for the space, but it’s been the distraction that a bunch of engineering faculty and students can’t resist — watching the use of big machines to execute on the interesting engineering task of destroying a building without harming the surrounding ones. Each machine has a name, as do the operators. (Surprisingly, despite the number of Futurama fans here, the “Crushinator” name has gone unused) Sadly, the hose guys demonstrate that we’re MITers — they’re merely Hose Guy #1 and Hose Guy #2.
They broke one of the crushing claws the second day (they really do look like lobster crusher claws), and today there’s a “veterinarian” out there fixing it.
And to see what machines like these can do to reinforced concrete and brick walls can change your world view forever!
The graphic will take you to an animated GIF — a demonstration of what having a digital camera can do to you once you realize you’re not constrained by film costs.
In an office located nearly 2,000 feet above his island estate, Bill Lichtenstein is overseeing construction of the new headquarters for the public radio show “The Infinite Mind.”
None of this actually exists in the real world, but rather in a 3-D virtual world known as Second Life. Here, “The Infinite Mind” is planning to broadcast its weekly one-hour radio program on health and science and create an immersive experience.
“This represents an unprecedented leap forward for broadcasting into virtual reality and 3-D online communities,” said Lichtenstein, president of Lichtenstein Creative Media in Cambridge, which produces “The Infinite Mind.” “There’s a huge potential to bring people together in a dynamic, cost-effective environment.”
When “The Infinite Mind” opens it virtual doors next month, it will become the first regularly scheduled national media broadcast within the increasingly popular 3-D web space. […]
See also I’m Falling Behind The Curve
In a 72-page ruling, Judge Vaughn Walker rejected that request regarding a case that has highlighted the domestic spying program acknowledged by President George W. Bush.
“The very subject matter of this action is hardly a secret,” the U.S. District Court for Northern California judge wrote. “Public disclosures by the government and AT&T indicate that AT&T is assisting the government to implement some kind of surveillance program.”
“The compromise between liberty and security remains a difficult one,” he continued. “But dismissing this case at the outset would sacrifice liberty for no apparent enhancement of security.”
Last week, when Johnny Cash topped the album charts with his posthumous CD, â€œAmerican V: A Hundred Highways,â€ it was good news for his estate and bad news for record executives everywhere. Bad news, because the CD sold only 88,000 copies in its first week; thatâ€™s the lowest sales figure for a No. 1 album since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. Put another way, Cashâ€™s album would have to keep selling at that pace for half a year to tie the one-week sales record set by â€™N Sync in 2000, near the end of the 1990â€™s CD boom.
But there is at least one CD market that still looks healthier than ever. Only one problem: that market doesnâ€™t officially exist.
Mixtapes â€” unlicensed collections of new and unreleased hip-hop tracks, invariably distributed on CDâ€™s, despite the name â€” continue to be an essential part of the hip-hop industry. These days they often seem less like shady contraband, circulated by samizdat, and more like vital extensions of slick marketing campaigns.
[…] â€œSouthern Smoke 27â€ is a corporate-sponsored CD, even though you canâ€™t legally buy it, which means that itâ€™s probably also an endangered species; the era of major-label bootlegs canâ€™t last forever. But then, mixtapes arenâ€™t supposed to last forever. Like magazines, which they resemble in both price and energy, mixtapes are intended to be perishable. (Although the best ones, like the best magazine issues, hold up well.)
And despite their relentless hunger for novelty, mixtapes have always been a trailing indicator of the music industry. In the late 1980â€™s, as CDâ€™s were booming, mixtapes were literally mixed cassette tapes. Now mp3â€™s are booming, and mixtapes are on CD. And you donâ€™t have to be a nervous record executive, sweating over the latest SoundScan numbers, to know that no CD boom lasts forever.