Peter Kafka

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Fox, DISH–But Not Cablevision–Work Out Rights Deal

One down, at least one more to go: Fox has solved one programming fee dispute by patching things up with the DISH satellite TV network. That means News Corp.’s TV arm will restore some channels that it had yanked from DISH subscribers earlier this month. And it’s a safe bet that DISH subscribers will end up with higher bills, as the service has agreed to pay Fox and its News Corp. parent more money for its shows. No word on the similar 14-day standoff between Fox and Cablevision, though. (News Corp. also owns Dow Jones, which owns this site.)


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work