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The Insidious Cost of Ringtone Piracy

I’ve covered the brouhaha over laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. But in this five-minute TED Talk, Rob Reid brilliantly explains what I had been missing all along: Copyright Math™. By going through a series of claims by entertainment industry shills Copyright Mathematicians™, Reid reveals the shockingly absurd “truth” about media piracy: [...]

The Late Movies: It’s Grammy Time

The 2010 Grammy nominations were announced last week. Whether you believe the ceremony is a night of honoring talented musicians or tremendous waste of time, here are some of the best songs and groups from this year in music. Leading off tonight, here is Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs performing “Beg, Steal or Borrow” on [...]

The Power of Twitter

In case you doubt the power of the bird, here’s a refreshing story that’ll make you want to ReTweet with glee. Friends of mine, Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, are hilarious comedians who have made a name for themselves around Los Angeles as Ronna and Bev, two middle-aged Jewish women from Bastan who say the most [...]