Peter Kafka

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“Abduction” Is Facebook’s First “Day-and-Date” Movie Rental

Lionsgate is letting Facebook users stream rentals of “Abduction” via the site today, at the same time the Taylor Lautner movie is coming out on discs and conventional digital outlets. Last year Warner Bros. became the first studio to offer rentals via Facebook, but until now the movies have all been older catalog releases. A 48-hour rental via Facebook costs $3.99; Milyoni, a start-up that specializes in Facebook commerce, is handling the transaction.


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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