The Walt Disney Co. is joining fellow multimedia giants NBC Universal and News Corp. as stakeholders and providers of content to the growing TV Web site. Disney is promising to distribute a host of programming via the service, including such ABC staples as Lost, Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments last week over whether or not the RIAA’s lawsuit against Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum should be allowed to be broadcast when it goes to trial. It would be the first time a lawsuit by the Recording Industry Association of America would be broadcast to the public. The RIAA claims trial footage could be misappropriated and used to undermine the case. Read the story here.
Just as the Australian government announced its plan to build a “National Broadband Network,” the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began meeting last week to work towards a similar goal for the U.S. They’re expected to submit their own plan to Congress next year. Read the whole story here.
According to Wired, a new study by Ball State University’s Center for Media Design finds that American adults average 5 hours a day watching live television–versus less than 3 minutes watching content online.
The Motion Picture Association of America could soon be following the RIAA’s lead in the fight against piracy. A source for Wired says Hollywood is also looking to partner with ISPs.
Last December, the Recording Industry Association of America announced they would cease filing lawsuits against individuals. The RIAA later revealed they were working with Internet service providers as part of a new strategy in their ongoing fight against music piracy. Now, representatives of both AT&T and Comcast have confirmed reports that they’ve recently begun issuing warning notices to customers suspected of downloading illegal conent. Read the whole story here.