2/24/2005

Warner Home Video To Sell DVD for $2.65

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Taking its battle against rampant piracy of films and music to the front lines, Warner Home Video said it will sell cut-rate DVDs in China in a bid to compete on the counterfeiters’ home turf.

Basic DVDs, to be available shortly after a film’s theatrical release, will sell in China for as little as 22 yuan ($2.65), the company said. That’s still more than the pirated versions readily available in China for 8 yuan ($1).

Warner’s basic versions will not carry any DVD extras such as directors’ interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the company said. But versions with more features will be available a bit later for 28 yuan ($3.38).

According to the industry, theft in China of copyrights and patents cost Western companies an estimated $16 billion in lost sales each year. Despite sporadic arrests, counterfeit books, DVDs and music are easily available on almost every city street and even in shops.

Source: Wired

Apple takes a step away from FireWire

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

FireWire is still Apple Computer’s baby, but the proud parent is cutting the cord.

With the latest crop of iPods, Apple is no longer including a FireWire cable in the box. The music players will still work with FireWire, if a cord is purchased separately, but only a USB 2.0 cable comes with the device. The move is part of a gradual shift on Apple’s part to standardize the iPod on USB, which is far more common in the Windows world.

Although Apple’s embrace has been gradual over several years, it is still a big shift for a company that helped develop the standard behind FireWire, technically known as IEEE 1394, and has been one of its biggest proponents.

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Source: News.com

Iranian blogger given 14-year sentence

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

I’m getting to this a day late but it should be noted that Iranian weblogger Arash Sigarchi yesterday received a 14-year prison sentence. A “revolutionary tribunal? in Gilan, northern Iran found him guilty of espionage and insulting the country’s leaders.

He joins another blogger, Mojtaba Saminejad, who was already serving a prison sentence on similarly trumped-up charges. The Iranian government has so far replied to calls for the bloggers’ freedom with a raised middle finger.

Source: News.com

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