The coalition between civil libertarians on the left and right appears to be stronger than many had thought. But it appears to be an alliance of convenience.
FORTUNE -- The close, bipartisan vote on Wednesday on a House bill to restrict the National Security Agency's program phone surveillance program revealed a radical evolution -- or devolution, depending on how you look at -- in how we approach the always-difficult tension between MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 25, 2013 4:02 PM ET
Research conducted by the company indicates that its service not only dissuades illicit downloads of music, it helps increase sales.
FORTUNE -- With the streaming-music business taking heavy fire lately for supposedly underpaying musicians, Spotify has issued research that it says proves that its streaming service reduces piracy.
The report, "Adventures in the Netherlands: Spotify, Piracy, and the new Dutch Experience," indicates that between 2008 and 2012, the percentage of people age MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 19, 2013 1:09 PM ET
The fight over whether music streamers like Pandora should pay less in royalties is really a debate over who in the music industry should suffer most.
FORTUNE -- It was recently suggested to me that I examine whether Tim Westergren is suddenly becoming "the new Hilary Rosen." Or in other words, this era's most-hated person in the music business.
In researching the question, I came across a more entertaining comparison: Westergren is MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 18, 2013 6:47 AM ET
Kids learn through play. And lemonade stands are a form of play. That's all.
FORTUNE -- Three years ago last week, personal-finance columnist Terry Savage wrote what might still stand as the most insane professionally produced piece of writing of this millennium. In her syndicated column "The Savage Truth," she recounted how she accosted three little girls running a lemonade stand in an "upscale suburb." It turned out they weren't selling the MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 15, 2013 10:48 AM ET
The presence of a national strategy to increase broadband penetration is the most effective factor driving deployment, according to a study by the International Telecommunications Union.
FORTUNE -- Despite the protestations of free-market purists (as if our communications networks operated in anything like a free market), it turns out that the countries with some kind of national broadband-deployment plan do better than those without. In fact, it's the main driver of MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 12, 2013 1:52 PM ET
The media companies that are selling Hulu aren't bargaining over price so much as what kind of deals they can get from the new owners.
FORTUNE -- Now that all the bids are in for Hulu, the question is: What will become of the service? And the answer is: Nobody knows for sure, but it's possible that the Hulu as we know it will disappear, or at least be diminished from MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 10, 2013 6:40 AM ET
Our industry-protecting copyright laws, together with the business models of many publishing companies, means that many works simply aren't available, even though they easily could be.
FORTUNE -- On Amazon (AMZN), there are three times more books available from the 1850s than from the 1950s. How is this possible? Our crazy copyright laws.
The finding is highlighted in a new research paper by University of Illinois law professor Paul J. Heald titled MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 9, 2013 12:26 PM ET
Despite assaults from the music industry and some artists, and despite formidable business challenges, the music streamer's stock is on a tear thanks to subscriber growth.
FORTUNE -- We must presume that the former members of Pink Floyd didn't actually sit in a room together to compose and sign a letter complaining about Pandora Media's efforts to cut the royalty rates it pays to stream music to its customers. Those guys MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 1, 2013 11:39 AM ET
The debate over how much privacy we should give up in return for how much protection is necessary, but complicated. It's too important leave it to Twitter and cable news.
FORTUNE -- The revelation of the National Security Agency's collecting all our telephone metadata has supposedly sparked a "national conversation" -- a great debate taking on all the thorny issues surrounding privacy vs. security. Even President Obama said, "I welcome this MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 27, 2013 10:29 AM ET
There has been some concern about Tom Wheeler's lobbyist past and his role as a top Obama fundraiser. Is it warranted?
FORTUNE -- "Competition is a power unto itself that must be encouraged. Competitive markets produce better outcomes than regulated or uncompetitive markets."
That's a platitude that could easily have been uttered in the late 1990s, when financial markets were being deregulated. Or during the 1970s, when the airlines were being deregulated. MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 19, 2013 3:37 PM ET
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