05 MarTen Literary Works Outlawed by PayPal

Techdirt writes that PayPal “has put in place a policy that it would no longer process payments for ebooks that contained themes of rape, incest, beastiality and underage sexual content” and given online distribution platforms less than a week to purge their stores of any books that contain such unconscionable titillation. As far as enforcement […]

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04 MarRichard Seymour on Self Publishing.

Richard Seymour is an English screenwriter, journalist and author and a lovely fellow. His first novel, Members Only, was an innovative philosophical comedy based in the afterlife. I met him first on the internet on various philosophy discussion forums, then in real life when I lived in Cornwall. He was kind enough to answer some […]

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04 MarYoutify: Musicians, now you can busk online!

Swedish developers Per Thulin and Karl Tannergård have created a browser-based music player that streams music from Youtube, SoundCloud and Official.fm.   Youtify comes with a unique feature:  through integration with flattr’s social micropayment platform, it allows listeners to donate to artists with the click of a button.  For indie musicians, that’s an interesting proposition. […]

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04 FebUbisoft DRM will temporarily make legitimately bought games unplayable while pirates play on.

From Gamespot: Starting next week, a number of Ubisoft’s legitimate PC customers will be unable to play their games because of problems with the titles’ digital rights management (DRM) antipiracy schemes. A handful of Ubisoft games won’t be playable while the transition takes place. The publisher has announced that it is “transitioning the hosting of […]

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04 FebBill C-11: Canada’s SOPA will kick you off the internet.

Want to get your internet service cancelled because some pencil pusher at Warner Brothers complained about you?  The Harper Government wants to help! From Michael Geist: The music industry is… demanding a series of changes that would make Bill C-11 look much more like SOPA. For example, the industry wants language to similar to that found in […]

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03 FebStreaming, Ad-Free Indie Music

Innovations in technology Independent musicians were among of the earliest beneficiaries of innovations in communications and digital technology. In two short decades, our ability to make and share music been completely transformed. Where once thousands of dollars had to be invested in studio time, artwork, mastering and printing records to manifest one album, we can […]

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31 JanIndievania.

I love this website.  Stop reading right now and go there. Are you still reading?  OK then, here’s the basic overview, which you would have found if you had followed by advice in the paragraph above. Indievania is an open platform for independent developers to sell their games directly to players and keep 100% of the […]

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27 JanPromotion: the Indie Artist’s Goddess of Death

Creative types  often share this in common:  whatever it is we make, all we really want to do is make it.  It is often unbearable for us not to make it.  The Work won’t let us sleep until it is made.  Until then, we exist in a state of total and perpetual absorption – all our […]

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25 JanFive hassle-free streaming film and video websites.

I have a soft spot in my heart for independent film-makers.  I’ve worked on big budget Hollywood shows and no-budget indie shows.  There’s nothing Hollywood can offer that compares with the satisfaction (or is it relief?) that comes from getting that final shot in the can in time for the director to get back to […]

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24 JanSix hassle-free e-book libraries.

Despite my misgivings about Amazon (see: persecution of Wikileaks), I have to confess: I love my Kindle. It was a 2010 Christmas present and I have used it nearly every single day since then without ever purchasing a single e-book from Amazon.  The following sites maintain libraries of e-books that are DRM-free, self-published, licensed to the […]

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