Friday, April 17, 2009

Hollywood and the Problems of Intellectual Property

What applies to Hollywood applies to Indiana businesses. From Good Morning Silicon Valley comes Hollywood trying desperately to keep a lid on the box:
"Of course, media-center computer owners can still watch Hulu’s shows on the big screen — they just have to do it through a conventional Web browser instead of Boxee’s cleaner interface, and that leaves Techdirt’s Mike Masnick, among others, confounded: “It’s difficult to see how there’s even a claim by the content providers at all. They put the content on Hulu so that anyone watching the content via the Internet on a computer within the geographic restrictions should be fine. Boxee is just an application on a computer. It’s functionally identical to watching the content on your computer screen. The only real difference is that the ’screen’ is a television instead of a monitor. But the mechanism is identical. It’s difficult to see how the content providers can claim any right whatsoever to say that you can watch the content that they purposely put online only on a specific type of screen.”"

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