Peter Kafka

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Universal Dumps $60 Home Video Rental Plan

It’s a week for home video about-faces. Universal has dumped plans to let some home viewers rent an Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller comedy for $60 while it was still in theaters. Comcast’s movie studio reversed course just days after news of its “Tower Heist” plan surfaced. Though the rental plan was only slated for Atlanta and Portland, several theater chains had said they would boycott the movie nationally in protest.


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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