Roger Goodell got paid $44 million dollars in 2012 to manage a non-profit with revenue of $10 billion. I won't argue he's not worth that, because I have no idea and don't really care. But it shows how out of whack everything is.
It's also a little annoying that everywhere you see this revenue number attached to “the NFL”, but it's not clear whether they mean the NFL as in the non-profit corporation, or the for-profit (mostly) teams that make up the NFL. This is significant because that's a huge amout of tax revenue that is or isn't being paid.
I love Google Voice. I love that it transcribes my voicemails and doesn't make me sign in to something to check them and make the notifications disappear. But sometimes a machine isn't the best option for transcription.
Especially when the voicemail is from the kids' school, and the Google Transcription Bots are trying to write Spanish words as English. Not translate them, mind you. Just take the words spoken in Spanish and assume that the speaker just doesn't enunciate well.
Here are some of my favorite examples.
I think this is a fascinating step forward in user interface design - the more we can connect thoughts to the external world, the closer we are to doing away with mice and keyboards and whatnot.
But I'm pretty sure no one wants to have a stockpile of videos of everything “interesting” they saw that day. I think that might reveal more about us than we want anyone to know (even ourselves).
First, I commend companies who keep an eye on where they're getting mentioned online and respond to people when appropriate. But this only works when you engage the fan or critic. When you just comment on blog posts to say how great you are without addressing any of the concerns, you're not likely to win any fans.
I have a bunch of problems with ReDigi. I have a problem with the need for them to exist. Either I can resell any digital content I bought, through whatever channel I chose (eBay, Craigslist, a street corner, whatever), or I haven't actually bought it, and instead I have purchased a revocable license to use the content in some limited manner. In either case, there is no need for ReDigi.
I have a problem with their claims that the patent they're getting will let them ensure that the original file is deleted and that no copy is ever made. Technically, I don't think there's any way they can possibly do this unless the file only exists within ReDigi's software. Even then it's only a matter of time before someone figures out a way around whatever they're doing. That may keep ReDigi on the right side of the law, but it doesn't make it not ridiculous.
I have a problem with “used” digital content. It just doesn't make any sense. If it costs the same as “original” digital content, then there's no difference between the two. If it's cheaper, that doesn't make any sense, either, because it's exactly the same collection of ones and zeroes. It's not diminished because I read it or listened to it or watched it.
Lastly, you can't grow a market by introducing inefficiencies. Creating this big framework to stay out of legal trouble is only sort of viable because the status quos is (and I'm overusing this word, but it just fits) ridiculous. Also, I was really, really tempted to title this post “ReDigi is ReDiculous” but I thought people would think I mispelled “Ridiculous”.
We've written plenty of times about the importance of the public domain around here, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of the public domain has been Disney, a company which has regularly mined the public domain for the stories it then recreates and copyrights. Of course, somewhat depressingly, Disney also has been one of the most extreme players in keeping anything new out of the public domain, as pointed out by Tom Bell's excellent “mickey mouse curve” showing how Disney has sought to push out the term of copyrights every time Mickey Mouse gets near the public domain. (Techdirt)
I've talked about this before - click through to see “The Mickey Mouse Curve”, showing how Disney lobbies Congress to extend copyright every time Mickey Mouse is about to come into the public domain. It's pretty despicable on a lot of levels, but what gets me the most is that it goes against everything copyright was meant to do. It was a deal between the public and content creators that gave the content creators a monopoly on their work for a limited time. In return, after that time, where it was assumed the creator could earn some money from the work, the work would be given to the public to adapt and build on. It makes absolutely no sense to retroactively alter the deal. Clearly the original deal was enough for the creator to create - there's no need to alter the deal later.
Here's an equivalent situation. You call Joe's Lawn Service and ask them to cut your lawn. They tell you it'll be $25, which you agree to, and Joe cuts your lawn. Then Joe comes back a year later and tells you that original deal wasn't really enough to get him to cut your lawn, and he needs another $10. Another year later, Joe's Lawn Service is bought out by Lawncorp. Lawncorp's lawyers send you a nasty letter telling you that your deal with Joe wasn't enough to get him to cut your lawn, and Lawncorp now needs another $10, plus legal fees.
But Joe has already cut your lawn. Clearly the $25 you paid Joe back then was sufficient motivation for Joe to cut your lawn. You know this because Joe cut your lawn.
Now, Disney may argue that Mickey Mouse and Disney are so entwined that losing their exclusive right to Mickey Mouse would irreparably harm their brand. It's a convincing argument, but it's completely irrelevant to discussions of copyright. There is no provision in copyright that guarantees corporate profits a century later. Trademark law is different - they can keep the trademark forever so long as they're using it in commerce.
This is especially important now. When Mickey Mouse was created, there were fewer people creating content with any sort of meaningful audience. Now anyone with a computer or smartphone can have ten million views on YouTube or publish a best-seller on Amazon or any number of other things. Copyright used to be a deal between the content creators and the public. Now it's a deal between the public and the public, because everyone is a creator. And still it's only Disney's interests being represented in the law.
Not only is there a new bar from Meridian Pint coming to Brookland, but maybe a new coffee shop/bike shop from Filter and The Bike Rack. And the bike ride to school next year is primarily on the MBT, and Gremlin 1 could definitely bike it next fall. Maybe even Gremlin 2.
It's definitely looking like a more appealing place to live every day.