Forget grandma, the RIAA’s next target is politicians

Enforcing copyright online has proven to be quite difficult. More than a decade after Napster brought the subject of digital piracy into the mainstream, content owners are still struggling to protect their rights on the internet. They have finally learned one thing though: suing grandmothers (and dead grandmothers) doesn’t work.

So what are content owners doing? It appears they are turning their attention to a more receptive audience: politicians.

The adult entertainment biz takes a page from the RIAA, MPAA playbooks

Downloading a hit song or Hollywood movie from BitTorrent might become
an expensive mistake if you find yourself targeted in a lawsuit, but
downloading an adult video might become an expensive and embarrassing

That, at least, is what Third World Media is hoping. As CNET
has reported, the California-based adult entertainment studio is filing
suits around the country against John Doe defendants who the studio
alleges illegally downloaded its content through file sharing networks
like BitTorrent. If the courts permit, those John Does will be unmasked
by their ISPs, subjecting them to more than just legal headaches.

Is there a new Internet business model in town?

Yesterday I discussed how The New York Times is looking to subscriptions or some form of paid content once again to help it weather not only a tough economy, but a dire financial situation brought about by declining print revenue.

Paid content can be a great business model but it’s not always easy to pull off, especially when you’ve been giving your content away for free. After all, why would someone start paying for something you were giving them at no cost just a week ago?

Were reports of the entertainment industry’s death greatly exaggerated?

There has been a lot of talk about the decline of the traditional entertainment industry the past several years.

As a growing and maturing Internet has become a much more powerful
medium for the distribution of media, traditional entertainment
enterprises, from television networks to record labels, have
increasingly faced new challenges that many argued threaten their