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Comment: Only Kindle store and DRM-free books (Score 1) 185

by tepples (#48652225) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

The Kindle can load its ebooks from anywhere.

In that case, the market dynamic is more like Android, or like music on the iPod prior to iTunes Plus: supporting only one digital restrictions management platform as well as DRM-free works from anywhere.

A lot of authors choose to use digital restrictions management so that they can sell more than one copy without having it be leaked to a mass infringement ring through an untraceable, judgment-proof member. The owner of an iPod can install DRM-free MP3 or M4A files from anywhere. But for nearly a decade after the iPod came out, the major record labels refused to sell DRM-free audio files over the Internet for fear of a leak to Napster or its successors (Gnutella, KaZaA, WinMX, and eDonkey2000), and iPod supported only the so-called FairPlay DRM platform used by iTunes. The owner of an Android device can install apps from anywhere (with "Unknown sources" turned on) with the APK file. But APK files lack DRM, so a lot of app developers publish their paid apps only through Google Play Store. And for the same reason, a lot of e-book authors publish their paid books only through DRM platforms. Can Kindle load e-books from any DRM platform, or does it support only Amazon's DRM platform?

Comment: Combination of revenue sources is required (Score 1) 253

by tepples (#48649743) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

All this still doesn't explain why we see commercials on our subscription service, though.

That's easy. With commercials alone or with retransmission consent royalties alone, most pay TV channels can't pay the bills to produce original programming. Only the combination of both provides enough revenue. If pay TV channels relied exclusively on retransmission consent royalties, every channel would be as expensive as, say, HBO, and many channels that aim for a more niche audience would go out of business.

Comment: Satellite TV is unicast (Score 1) 253

by tepples (#48649731) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

The difference between satellite television and satellite Internet is that satellite television is broadcast with conditional access and satellite Internet is unicast. The limited throughput of a satellite's transponders causes each customer to pay several dollars per GB of transfer (source: to reserve time on the transponder to bounce the signal. Netflix over satelliet would quickly run you into your monthly quota.

Comment: Re:Copyright trolls (Score 1) 579

by tepples (#48647799) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

I have no fear of copyright trolls; I register my books with the US Copyright office.

Likewise, George Harrison registered the songs on All Things Must Pass. Yet Bright Tunes Music successfully argued in court that Harrison's registered copyright was invalid because "My Sweet Lord" had unlawfully used a snippet from the song "He's So Fine".

Comment: Congestion by choice; game consoles (Score 2) 579

by tepples (#48643383) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

There are no gatekeepers on the internet.

Except for customers living in areas whose incumbent home ISP has decided to "slow-lane" any traffic that doesn't pay the prioritization toll. See previous stories about Comcast's "congestion by choice".

Anyone can publish anything at any time.

How can someone usefully publish any application at any time for an iOS device without the blessing of Apple, or any application at any time for a game console without the blessing of the console's manufacturer?

That's the old model. It's been discarded.

If the gatekeeper model has "been discarded", then why do iOS and the game consoles still use it? And why haven't end users "discarded" them en masse in favor of Android and living-room gaming PCs? I think I know why: consoles are easy.

What is with the defeatism? The only point to it is to prevent you from reaping the benefits everyone else is enjoying.

I'm trying to figure out the best way to jump in and reap benefits without running the risk of being bankrupted or worse. For example, I don't want to write a song and then get hit with a $150,000 copyright infringement lawsuit for having accidentally recreated something from decades ago.

Comment: Copyright trolls (Score 1) 579

by tepples (#48642883) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

I love the freedom of being able to write and publish anything I want without making compromises with money issues.

Not if you have to pay hush money to copyright trolls who claim that your work is a derivative of theirs. And not if a monopolist gatekeeper or a cartel of gatekeepers controls the means of distribution of your art to the public, such as Apple or the major video console makers.

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond