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Comment: Combination of revenue sources is required (Score 1) 196

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) 196

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: exede.com) 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) 550

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) 550

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) 550

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.

Comment: Copyright clause preamble is a dead letter (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#48642017) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

"To promote the progress of science and useful arts" [...] so copyright is constitutional to the extent (and only to the extent) it is designed to satisfy that goal.

The US Supreme Court has consistently deferred to Congress on the question of whether "it is designed to satisfy that goal."

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