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Submission + - Disney-Hulu Deal is Ominous for YouTube 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Dow Jones reports that Hulu scored a big victory when Disney agreed to take a nearly 30% stake in Hulu and put full episodes of its ABC TV shows on the site, enabling users to see shows like Lost, Scrubs, Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives for free. Disney views the move as a way to reach a new audience that isn't coming to the network's own website. Although the website has attracted regular viewers of its shows, Hulu offers the opportunity to tap into a new group of viewers. Now Google is under mounting pressure to add more professional content to YouTube in order to attract more advertisers. According to Dow Jones' Scott Morrisson the equity structure of the Disney-Hulu deal suggests that content creators want greater involvement in online distribution than Google has offered with YouTube. "Content providers don't want to give (YouTube) content because the advertisers aren't there yet," said Edward Jones analyst Andy Miedler. The Wall Street Journal reported that It wasn't immediately clear why Disney opted for Hulu, but a person familiar with the situation said Google and Disney had also been in talks to put long-form content on YouTube and noted that Google was not be willing to offer any content provider an equity stake in YouTube. "I don't think (YouTube) can get into the premium space with revenue-share only," says Forrester Research analyst Bobby Tulsiani. "They are going to have to make upfront payments or equity deals.""
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Submission + - 'Pirates' Could Storm the European Parliament

An anonymous reader writes: The Pirate Bay verdict has backfired, sending more traffic and illegal downloaders to the Pirate Bay's site than ever. While the defendants have been fined and sentenced with a year in jail, the grassroots support for the pirating cause has grown immensely, including the growth of a "Pirate Party" in Sweden — a political party based on the issues brought out in the trial. The Pirate Party has grown to 40,000 members in a matter of days. With twenty candidates seeking election for the June 2009 European elections, the party plans to demand sweeping changes to copyright laws, and to end all patents.

Submission + - Indecency on Television after FCC v. Fox (

webmaestro writes: Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea, a professor at Boston College Law School, writes an interesting and very informative piece about the recently decided Supreme Court case FCC v. Fox. In this case the Supreme Court upheld the FCC's regulation of "fleeting expletives" — bad words that are uttered only once on TV — but did so on the grounds that the FCC's change in policy was not "arbitrary and capricious." The court declined to analyze the case under the First Amendment, which it will very likely have to do when this issue or even this very case comes up again. Prof. Papandrea looks at the problems with the FCC's regulation in this case, and how there are many indications that the prior case on this subject, FCC v. Pacifica, may be overturned. Ultimately, this case could have very large implications on the extent the FCC can regulate indecent speech on television and radio. If Prof. Papandrea is correct, the phrase "you can't say that on TV" may soon become unnecessary.

Submission + - DUI Dropped Due to Closed Source Breathylizer? ( 2

wmpp writes: From the Article: "Minnesota's highest court ruled that defendants in drunken-driving cases have the right to make prosecutors turn over the computer "source code" that runs the Intoxilyzer breath-testing device to determine whether the device's results are reliable. But there's a problem: Prosecutors can't turn over the code because they don't have it.

The Kentucky company that makes the Intoxilyzer says the code is a trade secret and has refused to release it, thus complicating DWI prosecutions."

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