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France glimpses art in video games

February 8, 2007
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France glimpses art in video games

… “I believe that a video game is a true creative work based on a lot of artistic talent, involving script writers, designers and directors,” says the Culture Minister, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. In an interview with the BBC, he shrugged off the fact that some critics have labelled him the minister of video...
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NY Times publisher: Our goal is to manage the transition from print to internet

February 7, 2007
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NY Times publisher: Our goal is to manage the transition from print to internet

…“I really don’t know whether we’ll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don’t care either,” he says. Sulzberger is focusing on how to best manage the transition from print to Internet. “The Internet is a wonderful place to be, and we’re leading there,” he points out. The Times,...
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Rules for YouTube: Make Art, Not Bore

February 6, 2007
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Rules for YouTube: Make Art, Not Bore

“YouTube turns two this month, which presents a fitting opportunity to decry it. The video-sharing Web site — whose name has come to stand for every other such site on the Web — has clearly emerged as the great new media drain catch, an uncurated museum of everything from dumb home movies to slick...
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Wal-Mart to Launch Digital Movie Store

February 6, 2007
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Wal-Mart to Launch Digital Movie Store

…”Wal-Mart also used its significant clout to launch its online store with films from all major studios. The Bentonville, Ark., retailer accounts for about 40 percent of DVD sales, and studios have been careful not to anger their largest customer. Given Wal-Mart’s importance, the studios readily agreed to sell films on the retailer’s new...
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Copyright Protection A Boom Business

February 5, 2007
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Copyright Protection A Boom Business

“Copyright industries are uniquely dependent on governments’ willingness to enforce good laws, particularly as globalization expands and Internet and broadband penetration escalates rapidly around the globe,” Smith said. “Indeed, as our citizens and creators look to the great potential of a world of e-commerce, the legal and secure transmission of valuable copyrighted content over...
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Glasgow city council – Culture is big business

February 5, 2007
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Glasgow city council – Culture is big business

“THE time has come to take a deep breath and admit something fairly radical about the arts. Culture is big business. It brings in millions of pounds to our economy. It shapes our cities, enhances their profile, encourages investment and creates jobs. And so it follows that culture should be run as a business,...
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Greater Raleigh CVB Reports $24.3 Million Economic Impact from Monet in Normandy Blockbuster Exhibition; Twice the Original Projection

February 5, 2007
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Greater Raleigh CVB Reports $24.3 Million Economic Impact from Monet in Normandy Blockbuster Exhibition; Twice the Original Projection

“The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) reported today that the Monet in Normandy exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art injected almost $24.3 million dollars in tourism revenue into the Wake County economy – more than double the initial projection of $12 million and some 2.5 times the $9.5 million generated...
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Banking on Culture

February 5, 2007
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Banking on Culture

Banking on Culture is an innovative action research project set up to investigate and stimulate new sources of financial investment for the cultural sector in Europe. The project has worked with partners in Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Belgium, Portugal and the UK, testing a range of new financial mechanisms with the aim of...
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Push for High Tech Microfinance Part of a Development Trend

February 5, 2007
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Push for High Tech Microfinance Part of a Development Trend

Is this the future of the trade in cultural goods? …“Poor people are very willing to use cell phones as a basis for moving money around. In places like the Congo, cell phones are being used to transfer money around the country, completing circumventing the banking system as well as the more traditional money...
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