Weekly wrapup, 24-28 March 2008

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Inside story: the making of a TV torrent

Following the news last week that Canadian broadcaster CBC would be releasing a TV show through BitTorrent as a free and legal (DRM-free) download, we published the inside story courtesy of last100’s Guinevere Orvis. In a post titled ‘Inside story: the making of a legal TV torrent‘, Guinevere, who worked on the CBS project, wrote: “Why in the year 2008, seven years after BitTorrent’s birth and a lifetime in Internet years is this a groundbreaking thing? Let’s break down what it takes to get a legal torrent going and maybe we’ll get some answers.”

Will 2008 be the year of the music tax?

In our recent Year in review (2007) for digital music, we predicted that the idea of a music flat-rate or so-called music “tax” would be one model that will be pushed hard by the major record labels in 2008. Universal Music Group, publicly at least, has been most committed to the idea. First, by touting its own Total Music plan, and then through announcing a partnership with Nokia as part of the handset maker’s “Comes With Music” offering. Now it seems that Warner Music has been handed the flat-rate baton.

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That’s a wrap for the week!

last100 is edited by Steve O'Hear. Aside from founding last100, Steve is co-founder and CEO of Beepl and a freelance journalist who has written for numerous publications, including TechCrunch, The Guardian, ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld, and also wrote and directed the Silicon Valley documentary, In Search of the Valley. See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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