Amazon Isn’t Paying License Fees for “Cloud Drive”


Amazon has launched its new online music locker and streamer without any licenses from the labels whose material it will store and distribute, the labels’ umbrella group IFPI tells paidContent. Not a problem, replies Amazon—licenses aren’t necessary for its new Cloud Drive.

The music industry is (and has been) suing MP3Tunes because they’ve offered precisely the same service. If Amazon sticks to their guns it will be a big win for everyone who buys digital content.

Nintendo To Hobbyist Developers: No Thanks

Reggie Fils-Aime:

“I would separate out the true independent developer vs. the hobbyist,” says Fils Aime. “We are absolutely reaching out to the independent developer.”

“Where we’ve drawn the line is we are not looking to do business today with the garage developer. In our view, that’s not a business we want to pursue.”

Small developer shops are only ever going to be able to do more and better things. Tiny Wings would make a lovely 3DS game, but we’ll probably never see it. Nintendo’s dogged insistence on sticking with their old ways of dealing with developer licenses is only helping iOS.

The way Nintendo interacts with licensees hasn’t changed in 20 years. It’s going to have to, and sooner than they think.

Places to Find Phil Nelson On the Internet, March 2011

For those of you who have come in late:

My name is Phil Nelson. I make websites and am from Michigan, the land of the shrinking population. At this point in my life I have been making websites professionally for about 10 years. I have made a lot of fun toys on the internet like Liblr (Mad Libs for Twitter), Kreskin (a band / album generator), and Kove (a community-edited choose your own adventure novel). I write a much-liked URL shortener for WordPress called la petite url and have released an app for Mac OS X called PNGPress which compresses PNG images in the name of faster page loads.

I have a Twitter account, am on Facebook, keep my updated pretty regularly, and produce a live internet art show called Sweatshop every other week. I still, for some reason, maintain a LinkedIn profile. My Flickr account has stagnated pretty badly.

You can email me bye way of comments @ the domain you’re reading this on.


I try not to cover too many startups here, lest the blog turn into an even lower-rent Techcrunch, but Zaarly is an interesting idea. They’re building a mobile platform to allow anyone to accept payments for or request assistance for anything.

There are many nights I’d have gladly paid someone $10 to go buy me some Taco Bell at midnight. If the pay hits a certainly level I could certainly see some people supporting themselves being a sort of 21st century digital Jeeves to their local community.