The Pot Calling the Kettle Grey

Universal is suing a porn company:

The copyright owner of the mega-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Universal Studios, which owns movie rights, aren’t happy with a porn film titled Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation.

In the new lawsuit, Fifty Shades Ltd. and Universal point to that quote as proof of . . . → Read More: The Pot Calling the Kettle Grey

The Music Industry is Dying

A California district court has ruled that it’s definitely still not okay to steal from people in the music industry, even if they’re just lowly music publishers. Judge George H. Wu served and its owner, MySpace co-founder Brad Greenspan, with a $6.6 million default judgment on Tuesday for posting the lyrics to 528 . . . → Read More: The Music Industry is Dying

Does Piracy Harm Sales?

That’s the question asked by Michael Smith.  He doesn’t do a very good job answering:

My colleague, Rahul Telang, and I recently finished a paper reviewing the academic research on the impact of piracy on sales. Our review finds that, when viewed as a whole, the academic literature strongly suggests that piracy harms media . . . → Read More: Does Piracy Harm Sales?


Some hack is complaining about how people who were promised that the government would take care of them are relying on the government to take care of them:

How much do senior citizens rely on Social Security? Even more than you might think. A new study finds that more than 46 percent of Americans . . . → Read More: Dependency

Drinking at home

I was a bit distracted last month, so I missed the latest inflation data for Pittsburgh covering the 2nd half of 2011. The short story is gasoline is up in itself and you see the energy transportation costs filtering through a lot of other things.   Other than gasoline, electricity costs over the year are . . . → Read More: Drinking at home

They See Netflix Rollin', They Hatin'

Sigh … here we go again.

Those of us old enough to remember the debut of the VRC also remember that In The Beginning, moviemakers tried to get a hundred bucks or so per tape. Thus was born the video rental industry, which they weren’t able to kill even by bringing the sell price . . . → Read More: They See Netflix Rollin’, They Hatin’

Betting on the Wrong Side of the Market

Here’s some bad advice:

You don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars every year to watch your favorite shows. This year, consider canceling your cable and taking advantage of several free and low-cost entertainment services. The website Hulu, for instance, lets you watch a variety of hit shows for free such as Glee, . . . → Read More: Betting on the Wrong Side of the Market

Bloody Pirates

So John Nolte has a post at Big Hollywood that attempts to explain why DVD sales have declined.

Blu-Ray sales have cannibalized some DVD sales, as has the rise of RedBox, Netflix, and Hulu. But Nolte posits that this is not enough to explain the decline. He argues that the reason for the decline . . . → Read More: Bloody Pirates

Theater Attendance: Affected by the Economy or Are There Other Forces at Play?

When many people think of the arts and the economy, they would expect a pretty fairly coordinated response between a strong economy and strength in arts programs and, conversely, a struggling economy and weakened arts. It makes sense since funding for the arts is often the first to go in tight economic times, the . . . → Read More: Theater Attendance: Affected by the Economy or Are There Other Forces at Play?

How Fare the Arts? Nonprofits in Today’s Economy

It’s undisputed that the nonprofit arts industry has a large fiscal impact on the nation’s economy. According to Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts in America, the arts and culture industry generates over $166 billion in “economic activity.” This activity includes both spending by arts organizations and event-related . . . → Read More: How Fare the Arts? Nonprofits in Today’s Economy