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The future of the media business model: is France leading the way ?

27 November 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in Economics

With more than 1.6 millions IPTV subscribers (for 30 € / month, complete with 15+ Mb/s internet access and unlimited phone calls included), France is one of the most advance country in the world for VOD. And french ISPs are rolling out plans to offer “subscription” VOD to their customers. By your french truly…
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Why GPS maps editors are doing better than music editors

24 November 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in Economics

If you sell rights on immaterial goods for a living, may be your customers aren’t the people using your products… Read the rest of this entry »

Zopa

29 August 2006 by Ch. Tronche | 1 Comment | Filed in Cool sites and start-ups

Zopa tries to disintermediate the personnal credit market. You want to borrow money ? You have money to lend ? Go to Zopa

I’m not sure this is even legal in most of the world, but this is one of this brilliant ideas that anyone could do, but only one got it.

Riya.com

24 August 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in Cool sites and start-ups

Another jewel from DEMO. Go to riya’s web site.
Face recognition for the masses. In my view the most awesome breakthrough in data search since the advent of Altavista.

MooBella

23 August 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in Cool sites and start-ups

MooBella.

Amazing Ben-&-Jerry’-O-matic (or Häagen-Dazs-O-matic on this side of the Atlantic).

I first hear about it on the DEMO 2006 web cast.

Marketing: from telcos to media industry

19 July 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in Economics

“Au secours”, crient de concert l’industrie de la musique et de la vidéo, accusant
les télécoms de s’enrichir sur leur dos. Heureusement (?) le marketing est là pour nous expliquer la différence, et peut-être nous donner des solutions.
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Tronche's software separability test.

14 July 2006 by Ch. Tronche | 1 Comment | Filed in Software patents

Should this thing full of software be patentable or not ? A test.

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The entrepreneur, the shoe and the software patent

8 July 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in Software patents

I’ve once again came across a paper by a reputable magistrate and economist that distinguishes “open source” or “free” (like in free beer) software and “real economy” software.

This is a common mistake, especially in software patents promoters circles, but not only.

I’d like to shed some light on the issue by telling you a bit about the shoe business.

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RIM vs. NTP: the outcome

30 May 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in IP

I never took time to write an entry about this, but two months ago, RIM (the guys who make the product) accepted to pay NTP (the patent portfolio management company) 612,5 millions of dollars to use NTP alleged patents whether or not they stand in the future. One third of their available cash. NTP sure sable le champagne (it’s french, but you’ve understood).

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Does TRIPS boost R&D ?

13 April 2006 by Ch. Tronche | Comments Off | Filed in IP

This is a part of our series “Are TRIPS of any usefulness for the general public ?”

One of the arguments of its promoters are the incentiveness to conduct R&D.

According to WHO (World Health Organization) recent report on exploitation monopoly intellectual property (geez, I can’t stand that vocable), this isn’t the case. In all fairness, the part of the report about TRIPS strongly focus on pharmaceutical industry in India. The net result, however, is clear: pharma expenditures have increased, and innovation has decreased.

Next time someone’s telling me TRIPS boosts R&D, I hope she’ll have rock-solid proof…