Media

On YouTube: A Battle Over Fair Use And Superfans

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“If you’re video maker who’s had a video flagged and you want to dispute it, the process is Kafkaesque. The copyright holder alone decides the outcome: It can uphold its claim. It can agree that your video does not infringe its copyright. Or it can do nothing at all for 30 days, during which time all advertising is suspended. Most likely, your video eventually is returned to you—but by that point, the damage is done.”

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CBC: Death By A Million Cuts

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“The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced Thursday that it is cutting another 244 jobs over the next six months to save $15-million annually, as part of its five-year plan to eliminate up to 1,500 positions by 2020.”

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The Revolution Is… Where Do Movies Go From Here?

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“Cinema is gone—everyone agrees. And yet cinema also abides, if only so that Jean-Luc Godard can go on delivering valedictions to what it used to be. Like the history of which it’s a part, the moving image has not finished its work, nor is it likely to anytime soon. I think it’s just gotten a little too much into itself.”

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Why New TV Comedies Are Choosing Plot Over Jokes

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Basically, because they can. Jason Zinoman explains how the huge changes over the past decade in the way television series are distributed and consumed have allowed the creators of comedies to break with what was always a fairly strict template.

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Now The Season Of Minority Casting On TV. Too Much?

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“As is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal.”

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As The Internet And TV Converge, A New Free-For-All Competition For Eyeballs

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“To prosper, analysts say, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu will have to spend even more on the production and marketing of exclusive comedies, dramas, films, documentaries and other shows. The greater the acclaim and the more exclusive the offerings, the easier it will be to distinguish the services and persuade people to pay up every month.”

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America’s Public Radio Challenge: Good Local Reporting To Match The Quality National Stuff

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“NPR’s own staff sets a national standard for serious, if often entertaining, national coverage; local coverage can be as good, but often flags in reporting smarts, voice and quality. Anyone who has ever listened to local public radio traveling across the country can recognize the great disparities in reporting. Closing that gap is central to the next generation of NPR News – and public radio itself.”

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Fox TV Sues To Keep “Empire” Name For New Hit Show

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“Unfortunately, success today can often make creators a target for a myriad of baseless legal claims. They hope you will just pay a little something from that success to make them go away. As underscored by today’s complaint, Fox has no intention of allowing anyone to leverage Empire’s success for their own unwarranted financial gain.”

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How Akira Kurosawa Mastered The Art Of Movement In Movies

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“Back in January, Tony Zhou shared a sharp little video essay on Akira Kurosawa’s geometric style, a video that was technically culled from a much larger, more expansive piece on the director that Zhou was still fine-tuning. That piece is now finished, and it’s a bracing analysis that applies Zhou’s insight to Kurosawa’s use of movement in general.”

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No, Pay-As-You-Go Cable Won’t Lower Your TV Bill

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“The big misunderstanding about the current system is that we are somehow paying through our cable bills the actual per-channel cost for all the channels we don’t watch. Broadcasting distributors are really selling us access; the bigger the bill, the more choice is offered. Complaining about unwatched channels is a bit like complaining about the fancy elliptical machine at the health club. You may never use it, but somebody else does and their fees are helping pay for your treadmill.”

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How “Pretty Woman” Revived Romantic Comedies

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“[The film], released 25 years ago today, remains one of the most popular movies, and also the highest-grossing romantic comedy, of all time. It revived the languishing career of Richard Gere; it catapulted Julia Roberts to mega-stardom. … It is also, along with When Harry Met Sally, generally credited with reviving the romantic comedy as a genre.

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Director Threatens Suit To Keep Film Cut By Others Out Of U.S. Movie Theatres

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“Some people wear hoods and carry automatic weapons, others sit behind their desks, but the attack and attempted suppression of the rights of the individual are the same. I will defend the right of free speech ’til the end and I ask all who believe, as I do, that they not support the showing of this film, on their networks, in their theatres, or wherever.”

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Laughing At ISIS: Syrian Refugees Move From Fear Of Extremists To Video Mockery

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“‘The entire world seems to be terrified of ISIS, so we want to laugh at them, expose their hypocrisy and show that their interpretation of Islam does not represent the overwhelming majority of Muslims,’ says Maen Watfe, 27. ‘The media, especially the western media, obsessively reproduce ISIS propaganda portraying them as strong and intimidating. We want to show their weaknesses.'”

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“Empire” TV Show Album Tops The Billboard Music Charts

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“The compilation marks the first time a TV soundtrack debuted on top of the charts since 2010, when Fox’s high school musical “Glee” had three of its compilations hit No. 1. It’s also the first time a network show saw an album featuring original music land at the top since since “Miami Vice” — and that was 30 years ago.”

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Why Hollywood Is In Love With Data

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“Newly emerging tools are empowering big studios to convert massive quantities of movie-goer reactions into meaningful, actionable insights into what works and what doesn’t. With big data analytics, movie executives are keeping one ear to the audience and the other to the craft in a way that is dramatically altering how movies get made, marketed and distributed.”

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Geena Davis: Our Kids’ Movies Are Sexist! Why?

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“What are we saying to kids when the female characters are hyper-sexualised, narrowly stereotyped or not even there? The message clearly is girls are not as important as boys, women are not as important as men and they take this all in completely unconsciously.”

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“Faith-Based” Movies Go Indie – And Some Of Them Are Really Good

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Alissa Wilkinson: “As the chief film critic at one of the oldest and most widely read evangelical publications in the world, Christianity Today, I’ve come to realize there is both widespread category confusion in the industry about what constitutes a faith-based audience and ignorance about a burgeoning religious movement in independent cinema.”

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Britain Increases Tax Breaks For High-End TV Drama

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“As part of the Budget, [Chancellor of the Exchequer George] Osborne revealed that productions where expenditure for pre-production, principal photography and post-production accounted for upwards of 10% of the production budget would be eligible for relief. The previous threshold was 25%.”

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