November 13, 2011
I don’t really think this impacts tumblr though.  People don’t share ideas on facebook.  They don’t often share imagery and charts on specific topics either.  FB is built around sharing things about yourself to people you  know + people you’ve meet maybe once in your life at a party. 
Tumblr is about  sharing content you are passionate about to people equally interested in the topics you are writing about.  Real life relationships don’t matter on tumblr.  I’ll friend someone on facebook I know irregardless of whatever they post on facebook (I can always block them from my newsfeed).  It takes amazing content for me to follow someone on tumblr (real friend or not be damned).  It’s an entirely different market.  Tumblr usage will  keep soaring irregardless of this action by FB in my opinion.

I don’t really think this impacts tumblr though.  People don’t share ideas on facebook.  They don’t often share imagery and charts on specific topics either.  FB is built around sharing things about yourself to people you know + people you’ve meet maybe once in your life at a party. 

Tumblr is about sharing content you are passionate about to people equally interested in the topics you are writing about.  Real life relationships don’t matter on tumblr.  I’ll friend someone on facebook I know irregardless of whatever they post on facebook (I can always block them from my newsfeed).  It takes amazing content for me to follow someone on tumblr (real friend or not be damned).  It’s an entirely different market.  Tumblr usage will keep soaring irregardless of this action by FB in my opinion.

(Source: fred-wilson)

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June 30, 2011
Video Streaming will be a Felony Under Senate Bill S. 978

So America has an overcrowded prison system and violent felons are accidentally being released… so what’s the U.S. Senate doing?  They are going to overburden the prison system more by sending people to prison as felons because of online videos.

The bill, S. 978, would make illegal video streaming for commercial purposes a felony punishable by as much as five years in prison if it involves 10 or more instances of streaming copyrighted works over a 180-day period. The retail value of the video must exceed $2,500, or the licenses to the material must be worth more than $5,000.

This bill needs to be defeated. 

  • Five years of prison for posting some youtube vidoes on your tumblog.  Think about that for a moment.  This bill needs to be shut down.

David Graham recently wrote a great piece about this over at Shoryuken.com

According to the bill as it’s currently written, if you engage in “public performances by electronic means” 10 or more times over a 180 day period, and if either the total economic value of those performances exceeds $2500 or the cost of getting the copyright holder’s permission to perform exceeds $5000, then you can potentially get fined and put in jail for 5 years.  Jail.  FIVE YEARS.

Just to hit you over the head with this, that means that if you stream a game like Street Fighter 4 or Starcraft 2 (or a movie or a song etc) only 10 or more times in a full half year, and if you make a bit of money doing it, you either need to have a license from Capcom or Blizzard etc or you risk going to jail.

Amusingly slash horrifyingly enough, it gets worse.  The wording of this bill is so vague that “performance” could count for a crap-ton of what we who understand the internet would consider very different things.  The offense is defined super broadly: “public performance by electronic means.”  That includes live streaming of copyrighted audiovisual works, of course, but it almost certainly also includes recorded YouTube videos of copyrighted audiovisual works, whether they be match vids, game footage/live shot hybrids, movies, TV shows, music, and so on.  Going off other legal precedent, it might even cover embedding an infringing YouTube vid and videos of kids lip syncing to music.

In essence, a bill intended to limit the unauthorized live streaming of films and TV could result in potential jail time for a lot of people doing very different things.  While the bill’s sponsors might not have known how wide-ranging its effect could be at first, they’ve been confronted with that since the text was released and they show no signs of pulling it back.

What about the monetary limits?  Well, they actually aren’t that high.  If you don’t think our major streamers, casters, and uploaders make $2500 over a full half a year, you’re crazy.  Keep in mind, the wording of the bill is “the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner.”  Total, meaning revenue from live streaming, plus revenue for replays, plus compensation by a tournament for coming to stream in the first place, and so on.  And economic value, as in not net profit but just the amount of revenue coming in.

Because almost every use of an audiovisual work online can be considered a public performance, this might drastically change how people behave online.  No longer is the penalty for uploading infringing videos just getting shut down or having to pay the copyright owner.  If the vids become popular, you might go to jail.

Now, obviously some companies, including video game publishers like Capcom and Blizzard, tend to take a hands-off approach to the constant unauthorized streams and replays our scenes pump out.  So why worry?  Surely they wouldn’t send us to jail.

But that’s only in a world where the performance right is merely a civil law provision, where the only ones who can bust infringers are copyright owners.  Jamming the performance right into criminal law means that the government gets involved and gets to decide whether to bring charges on its own.  Whereas for now video game publishers can (and usually do) let infringing live streams and replays slide, in the future the government might be able to bring criminal charges regardless of whether the copyright holder says to.  In practice the government tends not to go after infringers unless notified by copyright holders, but if it wants to it can go after infringers anyway.

I don’t want to be too alarmist here.  It strikes me as very unlikely that the government would take the time and money to put someone in jail for streaming a Marvel vs Capcom 3 tournament.  But since this would be a totally new thing, I can’t say for sure; I don’t think anyone can.  I also don’t think it’s a great idea to ever play Russian roulette, regardless of whether the gun has a hundred chambers or ten thousand.

I think the consequences for our relationship with video game copyright holders are obvious.  It would no longer be good enough that Capcom takes a hands off approach to us publicly performing their copyrighted works, because the government could still bust us if it wants.  I can’t imagine that many people would risk jail time by engaging in publicly viewable, easily findable unauthorized performances like tournament streams or popular YouTube vids.  The result might be that the only people streaming or putting up replays are those who have licenses from copyright holders explicitly allowing them to do so.

And I think that would be a disaster for our culture.  It means the gut gets slit right out of our media side, because while having a few big names and groups is great, without voluntary participation by whoever wants to be involved I feel like we’ll lose a huge portion of the vibrant, fast-moving dynamism that I love about our scenes.  Maybe we’ll be able to get permission easily, but in my personal experience it’s been anything but easy for video game copyright owners to grant licenses.

http://shoryuken.com/2011/06/29/trolling-the-stream-by-ultradavid/

June 16, 2011
mashable:


4-year-old microblogging platform Tumblr now hosts more blogs than 8-year-old WordPress.com.
In January, Tumblr had more than 7 million individual blogs. At the time Mashable posted this article, the total blog ticker on the site read about three times that at 20,873,182 — beating out WordPress.com’s current count of 20,787,904 by about 85,000 blogs.
Given that WordPress had about a four-year headstart, surpassing it in number is an impressive feat for Tumblr.


Not really surprising at all in my opinion.  Wordpress never bothered to put together an integrated platform and community like tumblr did.  If wordpress had a dashboard sharing platform, it would be well on its way to world blogging domination.
As is, wordpress blogs are just isolated islands.  If you have notoriety, fame - people might check out your wordpress blog (and you might be able to monetize off ads).  If you don’t, you’re dead in the water.
The tumblr dashboard is just so much more convenient to find content of other bloggers and interact relatively to wordpress.  Tumblr is a social network (incorporating blogs), wordpress is blogging in isolation (with a hope and pray element that lots of people might find you somehow on google and read what you write).

mashable:

4-year-old microblogging platform Tumblr now hosts more blogs than 8-year-old WordPress.com.

In January, Tumblr had more than 7 million individual blogs. At the time Mashable posted this article, the total blog ticker on the site read about three times that at 20,873,182 — beating out WordPress.com’s current count of 20,787,904 by about 85,000 blogs.

Given that WordPress had about a four-year headstart, surpassing it in number is an impressive feat for Tumblr.

Not really surprising at all in my opinion.  Wordpress never bothered to put together an integrated platform and community like tumblr did.  If wordpress had a dashboard sharing platform, it would be well on its way to world blogging domination.

As is, wordpress blogs are just isolated islands.  If you have notoriety, fame - people might check out your wordpress blog (and you might be able to monetize off ads).  If you don’t, you’re dead in the water.

The tumblr dashboard is just so much more convenient to find content of other bloggers and interact relatively to wordpress.  Tumblr is a social network (incorporating blogs), wordpress is blogging in isolation (with a hope and pray element that lots of people might find you somehow on google and read what you write).

June 9, 2011
Disappointed at how many Tumblr users are sheep

One of the attractions about tumblr is that the staff has been responsive to their userbase in general.  This is why tumblr users are voicing complaints using the tumblr and tumblr dashboard hashtags.  They are doing it with the hope that their input will be accounted for given that the staff is active in exploring what tumblr users are posting.  I can understand why people would make posts indicating support or displeasure at the new dashboard.  I don’t understand why people are complaining about other users complaining.

If you dislike people complaining you can:

  • Unfollow them

If you don’t like seeing posts complaining on the tumblr or tumblr dashboard hastag you can:

  • Block them

It’s ironic that the same mindless sheep that are saying tumblr users should just blindly accept major changes and get used to it, can’t deal with it themselves by unfollowing or blocking the people they have a problem with complaining.  Both features have been around for a while.  I guess it just goes to show what some researchers have indicated about Millennials (they are more willing to bow down to authority relative to the previous three generations at the same age).

I’m still getting used to the UI so holding off from judgments on the new dashboard myself for now.  That said, it’s highly disappointing to see tumblr users post, “don’t complain, just accept it.”  This might be a sign that mindless masses of non-thinkers are joining tumblr.  Maybe these same sheep got tired of retweeting stupid one liners about natural disasters on twitter are now moving onto tumblr to dumb down the discourse.  The good thing is that I know how to use the block function so I don’t have to read their idiotic posts written in capslock saying “DON’T COMPLAIN, JUST ACCEPT IT, NOTHING YOU CAN DO.”  I’m happily blocking all of you guys/gals.

Long-time tumblr users might not be able to use the old dashboard again, but they can try.

June 9, 2011
Hate the new Tumblr Sidebar?

jessicabbblixt:

Here are extensions you can use to put things back the way they were.

Chrome

Firefox 

This extension makes your dashboard look like this:

For people who don’t like the new UI of the tumblr dashboard.

(Source: jessicawearsfezes)

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June 3, 2011
Senate Bill 978 would make it so people get imprisoned for embedding videos

You could get imprisoned for up to no longer than five years (what a relief, only five years) for embedding media content (like a video) that contains copyrighted material.

Spread the word, don’t let this horrible legislation go through, or half of the tumblr population is going to end up in our already overpopulated prisons.

That means if you post a clip from youtube or vimeo that contains copyrighted material, you could go to prison for sharing that material on your tumblr blog.  That seems ridiculous to me considering:

  1. The individual may not not know it is copyrighted.
  2. The media clip is gone from the source site (youtube or vimeo) if it violates regulations.
  3. This discourages people from sharing content that they like or find interesting.  This regulation is horrible especially for a site like tumblr where people share their interests often.

This horrible legislation is sponsored by Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Chris Coons.  Please do not re-elect these people.  Portraits of the anti new media people below:

To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. CRIMINAL INFRINGEMENT OF A COPYRIGHT.

(a) Amendments to Section 2319 of Title 18- Section 2319 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subsection (b)—

(A) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; and

(B) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

‘(2) shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years, fined in the amount set forth in this title, or both, if—

‘(A) the offense consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works; and

‘(B)(i) the total retail value of the performances, or the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, would exceed $2,500; or

‘(ii) the total fair market value of licenses to offer performances of those works would exceed $5,000;’; and

(2) in subsection (f), by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

‘(2) the terms ‘reproduction’, ‘distribution’, and ‘public performance’ refer to the exclusive rights of a copyright owner under clauses (1), (3), (4), and (6), respectively of section 106 (relating to exclusive rights in copyrighted works), as limited by sections 107 through 122, of title 17;’.

(b) Amendment to Section 506 of Title 17- Section 506(a) of title 17, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)(C), by inserting ‘or public performance’ after ‘distribution’ the first place it appears; and

(2) in paragraph (3)—

(A) in subparagraph (A), by inserting ‘or public performance’ after ‘unauthorized distribution’; and

(B) in subparagraph (B), by inserting ‘or public performance’ after ‘distribution’.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s112-978

June 1, 2011
"After we launch a new feature, I keep a close eye on how many people are using it. If it’s unpopular, we’ll discontinue it and try something else. Every feature has some maintenance cost, and having fewer features lets us focus on the ones we care about and make sure they work very well. For every new feature we add, we take an old one out."

David Karp (via bijan)

May 20, 2011
Varsity Bookmarking: On the other hand, Tumblr would probably argue that their lack of...

pieratt:

On the other hand, Tumblr would probably argue that their lack of comments is a major component of what has fostered a community worth contributing to and commenting on.

Tumblr feels very safe, very supportive. The lack of native comments yields the social equivalent of a long hug. Words are…

That’s a very good point I haven’t thought about.  Comments from reblogs are inherently all positive.  If you go to platforms like twitter or view the comments on any youtube video, you’ll inherently view a lot more snarky comments.  A lot of this is a desire for attention and a function of the platform.  Lacking a native comment function, people with negative energy are simply ignored on tumblr, whereas good ideas (or mostly images in the case of tumblr) get viral.  So the carrot is used very well.  You don’t get the attention whores who will do anything to get attention just for the sake of attention because people will only write (through a reblog) if something really moves them.

Another important thing is spam.  The reblog to comment option probably reduces the attraction of tumblr as a spamming / scam platform for advertising links, which is a huge positive.

(Source: pieratt)

May 17, 2011
staff:

In light of the recent disasters, our hearts are focused on the vibrant and wonderful community in Japan. Your resilience is inspiring, and we hope that recovery will be swift and complete. 少しでも皆さんの力となり、一日でも早く日常の生活が取り戻せる事を願います。
As of today, Japanese is now the newest language available on Tumblr. We’re very grateful for our amazing members in the Japanese community, and we hope you’ll find the new option useful. You can change your language setting on your Preferences page.
To aid the relief and emergency efforts, we’re asking all of our members to contribute to Red Cross International from your Dashboard. Look for the message on the sidebar. Members who donate will unlock the Limited Edition Japanese Tumblr Logo, and Tumblr will match your contributions up to $15,000.
You can also keep up with news from Japan via the #Japan tag page.
日本の皆さま, 頑張ってください。
Love, タンブラー
Beautiful graphic by Rob Dobi

staff:

In light of the recent disasters, our hearts are focused on the vibrant and wonderful community in Japan. Your resilience is inspiring, and we hope that recovery will be swift and complete. 少しでも皆さんの力となり、一日でも早く日常の生活が取り戻せる事を願います。

As of today, Japanese is now the newest language available on Tumblr. We’re very grateful for our amazing members in the Japanese community, and we hope you’ll find the new option useful. You can change your language setting on your Preferences page.

To aid the relief and emergency efforts, we’re asking all of our members to contribute to Red Cross International from your Dashboard. Look for the message on the sidebar. Members who donate will unlock the Limited Edition Japanese Tumblr Logo, and Tumblr will match your contributions up to $15,000.

You can also keep up with news from Japan via the #Japan tag page.

日本の皆さま, 頑張ってください。

Love, タンブラー

Beautiful graphic by Rob Dobi

(via thisisntescapism)

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