Posted on December 15, 2004 4:38 pm by Shel Holtz
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) filed lawsuits today against more than 100 BitTorrent tracker servers that direct users to locations of files available for download. The lobbying arm of the Hollywood movie machine wants to kill the technology that lets people with high-speed connections download large files in a fraction of the time it takes using conventional download techniques.
There’s no doubt that acquiring movies is one of the top uses to which people put BitTorrent. The problem is, it’s far from the only use. As a fan of jam-band music, I routinely download concerts from eTree’s BitTorrent listing. In the
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Posted on December 15, 2004 4:24 pm by Shel Holtz
In the wake of Sprint’s acquisition of Nextel, I’ve been reading that consolidation in the wireless market is the only way to compete. The PR business seems to have known this for years, with some small agencies acquired by big multinationals while others join global PR networks. While this consolidation may work in the wireless marketplace, it’s apparently having detrimental effects in the world of PR.
At least, that’s the word from Alain de Pouzilhac, who heads Havas, the fifth largest communications agency in the world. The Paris-based de Pouzilhac says consolidation of the industry makes some clients nervous, particularly when they
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Posted on December 14, 2004 10:06 pm by Shel Holtz
It’s a quick overnighter to Toronto. Well, not quick, exactly, since it’s a five-hour flight, but it’s overnight in any case. I’ll be back on Friday but will try to add an item or two from my hotel room on Bloor Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
I hope everyone’s enjoying their holidays…
Posted on December 14, 2004 9:43 am by Shel Holtz
What is it about podcasting that will make it the big online story of 2005? It’s easy to argue that the time-shifting capability is the big deal. Podcasting is radio’s answer to TiVo, allowing you to listen when you’re ready, not when the show is broadcast. Then there’s the “power-to-the-people” aspect, allowing anybody to produce a radio show. (Neville Hobson and I are working through the technical aspects of producing a PR-focused podcast to start in January.)
In listening to the podcasts of some sessions from BloggerCon, I heard a lot of comments about the informal, personal nature of podcasts. Some critics have claimed this is a
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Posted on December 14, 2004 8:05 am by Shel Holtz
“Blogs are so last year,” declares Forbes magazines in an overview of the emergence of wikis. “Web logs offered “bloggers” more customizable personal Web journals and the ability to invite controlled collaboration. Wikis are the next generation: Web spaces that are totally collaborative.”
The article offers a counterpoint to former Encyclopedia Britannica editor-in-chief Robert McHenry, who contested the accuracy and professionalism of Wikipedia entries. According to American Heritage Managing Editor Frederick Allen, who compared entries from Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica, “It looks as if Wikipedia’s gotten a lot better, more
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Posted on December 13, 2004 11:13 am by Shel Holtz
Thanks to PR Studies for a link to a member news item on the site of the International Communications Consultancy Organization, which reports on a multi-nation study that serves as “a barometer of the PR agency industry.”
According to the study, crisis management is offering agencies the greatest prospects for growth, the IT field has replaced health care as the leading growth sector, and business confidence is returning to the profession. PR trade associations from 20 countries took part in the study covering the second and third quarters of 2004.
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