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
"iRadio" is reported to launch next week. What we know (and don't), and what we should be asking.
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- It's a Pandora-killer; it's going to take on Spotify; it will be streaming and almost certainly free.
1. Apple upended the music industry once, can it do it again?
Probably not. The company is late to the streaming game and, besides, music -- once the core of iTunes MOREJun 4, 2013 1:04 PM ET
And it's a little like traffic school for the Internet.
By David A. Kaplan
FORTUNE -- Bruce Carlisle is a 55-year-old entrepreneur in the Bay Area. He's the founder of Conference Hound, a search platform for people attending business conferences. Last October, he was attending a big Bob Dylan concert in downtown San Francisco. As the show wound down, Dylan sang "Like A Rolling Stone." Carlisle impulsively took out his iPhone MOREMay 30, 2013 12:03 PM ET
Abercrombie brands itself as "exclusionary." And that means trouble.
FORTUNE -- A video depicting a hipster giving homeless people clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) reached critical viral mass this week. It was a protest against Abercrombie's practice of only hiring "good-looking" people for its stores, not stocking women's clothes in large sizes, and marketing itself only to "cool kids."
"Abercrombie & Fitch is a terrible company," says filmmaker Greg Karber. Which MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - May 16, 2013 1:48 PM ET
Its new music service -- Google Play Music All Access -- has features that are similar to both competitors.
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- After months of buildup, on Wednesday Google announced a new, subscription-based streaming music service called Google Play Music All Access. The name may be clunky, but the offerings appear bountiful.
Google (GOOG) secured deals with three of the four major record labels—Universal Music, Sony, and Warner MOREMay 15, 2013 1:39 PM ET
Households with broadband Internet access are increasingly piping Internet video to their TV sets, through a variety of devices.
FORTUNE -- We can examine the strategies of Netflix (NFLX) and Comcast (CMCSA) all we like, but the speed at which television moves off of cable and onto the Internet will be determined largely by what people decide to do in their living rooms. Now that they have the hardware and software MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - May 3, 2013 6:36 AM ET
Reading the comments on these smackdowns, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
FORTUNE -- The outcome of the many drop tests that have surfaced on YouTube comparing the ruggedness of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with that of the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5 was never really in doubt.
In falls that shatter the screen of the new Galaxy, pop its back off and kill its camera, the iPhone 5 takes a licking MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 1, 2013 7:03 AM ET
Also: Is all that hands-on tablet time bad for your child?
Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook [REUTERS]
The hot apps include Kik and Whatsapp, both products of North American startups, as well as Kakao Inc's KakaoTalk, NHN Corp's LINE and Tencent Holdings Ltd's WeChat, which have blossomed in Asian markets.
Combining elements of text messaging and social networking, the apps provide a quick-fire way for smartphone users to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 1, 2013 1:06 PM ET
Also: Why Google can Keep it to itself.
YouTube reaches 1 billion unique monthly users, almost 15% of planet Earth [THE NEXT WEB]
Google says that the video site reaches almost one out of every two people on the Internet. Its monthly viewership would make it the planet's third-largest country, behind China and India.
These feats are all the more interesting considering that Google was criticized for over-paying for the site when it bought MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 21, 2013 2:00 PM ET
Exclusive: Google is planning to roll out a music streaming service to capitalize on the power of YouTube.
By Ryan Bradley and Jessi Hempel
FORTUNE -- YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year. The service has its own negotiating team and operating unit but will likely have some overlap with new features also rumored to be coming to Google's Android MOREMar 5, 2013 10:35 AM ET
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