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NBC makes threats over Tivo’s portable plans

November 28, 2005

Apparently NBC can no longer afford lawyers that understand Fair Use or the Betamax decision, and have decided that Tivo’s plans to let you move recordings to your Video iPod or PSP are worth making vague legal threats over, according to Variety.

“TiVo appears to be acting unilaterally, disregarding established rights of content owners to participate in decisions regarding the distribution and exploitation of their content,” an NBC Universal spokesman said. “This unilateral action creates the risk of legal conflict instead of contributing to the constructive exploitation of digital technology that can rapidly provide new and exciting experiences for the consumer.”

Maybe NBC is just making sure Variety still remembers they exist? If I was the number four network (among what used to be the Big Three), I’d be thrilled that people even cared enough to bother.

They maybe would do better to be careful to not give viewers any more reasons to tune away from them than they already have.

(via PVRblog)

Starbucks to buy more African coffee

March 6, 2005

If you get your caffeine fix from Starbucks, apparently you’re soon to be drinking more African coffee….

Starbucks plans to raise its coffee purchases from Africa, although the bulk of supply will continue to come from Latin America, an executive with the world’s largest coffee retailer said on Sunday.

Starbucks plans to buy more African coffee (MSNBC)

I’ve not had a vast amount of African coffees (other than the occasional bit of Etheopian Harrar), so I’m wondering what all we can expect in the way of new tastes… Or if they’ll even do variatels, or instead just add these into some of their blends in place of similar tasting varieties…

Pearl Jam goes ‘net only

June 9, 2003

I’ll skip all of the easy cliches that come to mind, and simply offer a brief hope that this is a sign of things to come. A major band has finally left a major record label for online distribution.

Pearl Jam has fulfilled their contract with their label, and has “decided to pursue an Internet-only strategy”:http://www.msnbc.com/news/921872.asp?0cv=CB20 rather than renew or sign with another label.

It turns out that they’ve been quite successfully selling live albums online for a year or two now, and see no reason not to continue on in that fashion, rather than re-mortgage their future profits on another label deal.

It’s anyone’s guess how many other major artists are in a financial position that would allow them to do something similar (many artists never see profits above what was advanced to them on signing, essentially leaving them in financial bondage to the label), but hopefully a few are paying serious attention to this as a new possibility.

(via “TechDirt”:http://www.techdirt.com)

Pearl Jam goes ‘net only

May 9, 2003

I’ll skip all of the easy cliches that come to mind, and simply offer a brief hope that this is a sign of things to come. A major band has finally left a major record label for online distribution.

Pearl Jam has fulfilled their contract with their label, and has decided to pursue an Internet-only strategy rather than renew or sign with another label.

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