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CISPA is a solution in search of a problem.
Timothy B. Lee, Tech Policy Contributor, Ars Technica
Record labels have a very strong voice when it comes to arguing for their particular business model, which is in fact out of date. The result is that laws have been created which make out as if the only problem on the internet is teenagers stealing music. The world is bigger than that. The internet is bigger than the music industry. The economic impact of the internet is bigger than the music industry.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, on why things like SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, CISPA, etc. are fundamentally wrong.

The Impact of Kickstarter, Creative Commons & Creators Project

 - short video by PBS outlining the importance of an open and creative internet

Defend Our Freedom To Share (Or Why SOPA is a Bad Idea)

In sum, SOPA is a dangerous bill. It threatens the most vibrant sector of our economy — Internet commerce. It is directly at odds with the United States’ foreign policy of Internet openness, a fact that repressive regimes will seize upon to justify their censorship of the Internet. And it violates the First Amendment.

Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google.

Pretty much anyone who knows anything about the internet or technology is opposed to the SOPA bill.  According to the article, Google is the only anti-SOPA representative at the Congressional hearings.  The other five are pro-SOPA.

Please write to Congress to express your concerns with this bill.  You can use either of the following sites to autogenerate a letter:

https://sendwrite.com/sopa/

http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

Please view this video, featured in an earlier post for more info:

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Save the Internet.

Pandora’s jumped on the social bandwagon.  It was inevitable.  If you read my post about Console.fm, you know that I bet that all streaming music sites will follow the Turntable.fm trend and make the music more social.  When you think about it, we should have seen this coming a long time ago.
Head over to Facebook, and you’ll see the most common way people share music is by linking to YouTube.  Despite being able to do so from Grooveshark, Pandora, Hype Machine, SoundCloud, etc., people still use YouTube for music.  Yes there are videos to go along with the music, but don’t kid yourself, people are sharing the music, not the video.  This means that a lot of people are still listening to/discovering music on YouTube, instead of the music-focused sites.
So, all these streaming music sites are being ignored by a large percentage of web users.  Pandora et. al. decided the best way to remedy this was to increase their social features beyond Facebook and Twitter share buttons.  Besides it being a smart way to increase user base and average time on site, it just makes sense, since the past ten years or so has been all about social.  This is just a natural evolution.
New Pandora will be HTML5, so it should be zippier than the current Flash-based version.  The new features look pretty engaging (which is the idea). Pandora One members get to try it out first.

Pandora’s jumped on the social bandwagon.  It was inevitable.  If you read my post about Console.fm, you know that I bet that all streaming music sites will follow the Turntable.fm trend and make the music more social.  When you think about it, we should have seen this coming a long time ago.

Head over to Facebook, and you’ll see the most common way people share music is by linking to YouTube.  Despite being able to do so from Grooveshark, Pandora, Hype Machine, SoundCloud, etc., people still use YouTube for music.  Yes there are videos to go along with the music, but don’t kid yourself, people are sharing the music, not the video.  This means that a lot of people are still listening to/discovering music on YouTube, instead of the music-focused sites.

So, all these streaming music sites are being ignored by a large percentage of web users.  Pandora et. al. decided the best way to remedy this was to increase their social features beyond Facebook and Twitter share buttons.  Besides it being a smart way to increase user base and average time on site, it just makes sense, since the past ten years or so has been all about social.  This is just a natural evolution.

New Pandora will be HTML5, so it should be zippier than the current Flash-based version.  The new features look pretty engaging (which is the idea). Pandora One members get to try it out first.