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  • Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month AT&T promises it WON'T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.
  • at least AT&T is being honest about how it finances operations
  • AT&T eventually dropped the idea when customers complained, but Verizon still does it. You can opt out at, so Verizon won't track your information or show you targeted ads. However, Verizon does still add the supercookies to your browsing, which can give away your identity to websites or hackers.

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  • According to Nielsen’s findings, 40.3% of homes in the United States have access to an SVOD service as of Q4 of 2014, which is an increase from the 36% reported in Q4 of 2013.


    Over the same period, the average adult over 18 years old watched 4 hours and 51 minutes of live TV, down from 5 hours and 4 minutes in the same time frame in 2013, and 5 hours and 10 minutes in Q4 of 2012.

  • Nielsen reported 35.2% of U.S. homes subscribing to broadband service but not SVOD, and the remaining 24.5% of homes with neither broadband nor SVOD. Companies such as Netflix are likely well underway with plans to target those demographics.
  • Unsurprisingly, the report also revealed that Netflix dominates the SVOD business, with 36% market share. That would represent nearly  three times the number of subscribers that the survey determined Amazon Prime might have (13%), and about six times as many subscribers as Hulu Plus (6.5%).

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  • When you listen to the two songs, there's no question: they kind of sound alike — the upfrontness of the stepwise bass lines, the falsetto lead vocal, the percussion style, the party in the background. But none of these elements are found in the sheet music, which is what Marvin Gaye's people registered with the Copyright Office.
  • the judge suggested an unusual and uniquely modern twist: both sides could try submitting versions of "Got To Give It Up" that consist of only the copyrighted elements of the song. In other words, both sides should agree how to distill "Got To Give It Up" down to its basic copyrighty essence — a fire mixtape of pure copyrightium.
  • If it's not written down in the sheet music it's off the table, meaning that the courtroom version of "Got To Give It Up" likely sounds like the MIDI version that auto-played on a Geocities home page, or a rendition by the animatronic band at Chuck E. Cheese.

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  • The verdict is notable because Gaye’s 1977 hit was published just before a major overhaul of copyright law in 1978, so the jury had to fall back on 1909 copyright law to determine whether Thicke and Pharrell had infringed
  • Still, earlier interviews with Williams and Thicke didn’t help their case. "Thicke said in several interviews that he suggested to Williams that they write something like 'Got to Give It Up,' and Williams has said he was 'trying to pretend' he was Gaye when he wrote it,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • Williams testified that he’d written thousands of songs in the last 20 years, and while “Blurred Lines” has the feeling of Gaye’s '70s-era song, the influence was just that—influence, not infringement.

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