In case you missed it: Chris Hayes’ roundtable on SOPA is a must-watch, as it directly tackles the major issues around the legislation and explains them in a very effective way, including honestly dealing with the issues his employer, NBC Universal, has with the legislation. (Richard Cotton, one of the major figures representing NBC Universal in the SOPA fight, is part of the debate.) This 18-minute clip is totally worth a watch.
0:42 // 1 year ago
The Roots’ punishment for the Bachmann incident: Heavy bureaucracy
- 3 NBC execs will now have to screen Questlove’s intro song choices source
» Questlove won’t be able to tweet about it, either: Not long after we heard about the infamous “Jimmy Fallon” incident, in which Michele Bachmann went on the stage to the not-flattering Fishbone ditty “Lying @$$ B!(&!,” we heard the band got punished over the incident, but the punishment wasn’t spelled out … until now. The Roots bandleader has previously expressed regret over the incident. It’s not all awful in Roots-world: The band just released a new album.
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11:55 // 2 years ago
We are writing to ask you for help on an issue that is one our top business priorities – content theft on the Internet, which is a major threat to the strength of our business. Our major guilds and unions are joining us in the fight to keep our businesses strong so that the tidal wave of content theft does not kill jobs. But if the current trend continues, it’s not too strong to say that this threat could adversely affect our business relationship with you.
Thanks to Google+ user Emmett Lollis for putting it up. We’re looking to see if we can find any other details about the letter and confirm it’s real. The letter seems focused on entertainment content over news content. EDIT: The letter’s original source appears to be an anonymous comment on TorrentFreak. Phone numbers are listed on the letter; will offer up more info as we get.
Second update: Some checks on names; Phil Tahtakran is listed as a lobbyist for Comcast and General Electric, who together own NBC Universal. John McCay’s public LinkedIn profile shows that he is the “Vice President, Corporate Communications at NBC Universal.” Called both numbers listed, and they led to voicemails for each person.
Third update: NBC Universal does use outside suppliers and they do have their own online portal.
Fourth update: Via Google+ user Occupy Updates, here’s an e-mail thread involving McCay and others attempting to launch an anti-piracy campaign last year. TechDirt did the dirty work on this one, including filing a FOIA request.
23:27 // 2 years ago