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Journal: Tivo Online

Journal by hawridger
Looks like Tivo offers Apple's iTV a health dose of competition.

From Siliconvalley.com

In its ongoing bid to be a central conduit of media, TiVo Inc. plans to broaden its digital video recording service later this year so users of its set-top boxes can download videos from the Internet and watch them from their television sets.

The new feature, one of several announcements TiVo was to make Tuesday, comes as homemade clips and Hollywood movies are all becoming more popular on the Web and an increasing number of tech giants are tackling the barriers to deliver video from a computer to the comforts of a living room.

Google

Journal: Google Puts $200k in Reserve for Future YouTube Liabilities

Journal by hawridger
Way to plan ahead Google.

Mercury News reports

Google Inc. has set aside more than $200 million in its just-completed takeover of YouTube Inc. as a financial cushion to cover losses or possible legal bills for the frequent copyright violations on YouTube's video-sharing site.

Without elaborating in a late Monday statement, Google said it is withholding 12.5 percent of the stock owed to YouTube for one year ``to secure certain indemnification obligations.''

How about a filesharing app now Google?

User Journal

Journal: Small Print Project

Journal by hawridger
The Small Print Project, created by a USC graduate student (communications), Andy Sternberg, edeavors to bring the worst contracts of adhesions (EULAs) to public light for an academic project.

The purpose of this project is to document experiences -- both good and bad -- presented by the millions of EULAs (End User Licensing Agreements) as they are both designed and encountered, knowingly or otherwise. This project will only last 8 weeks or so as an academic endeavor, however, this site is designed with the hopes of fostering discussion, suggestion, exposition and implementation of EULAs (electronic and otherwise) in an effort to help define, describe and mediate the nature of agreements in the digital age.

This idea is very interesting. One of the first entries includes an excerpt from Amazon Unbox:

Section 9(c): "If Amazon changes any part of the Service or modifies license terms... you acknowledge that you may not be able to access, view, or use Digital Content in the same manner as prior to such changes, and you agree that Amazon shall have no liability to you in such case."

If you've got a nasty EULA, then you can submit it via a form on the site. Keep it up Andy. I look forward to reading your final results on the Small Print Project when it's complete.

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