Amateur Hour: Nov. 2, NYLS

From the esteemed Dan Hunter comes the following: From television (YouTube and Revver) to advertising (craigslist and consumer-made TV ads), movies (Machinima), photography (Flickr and iStockPhoto), and news (blogs and citizen journalism), technology is enabling amateurs to produce and distribute high-quality content that people want to watch, read, consume, re-use, and buy. Media and entertainment companies are facing a range of challenging new issues. On November 2, 2007, New York Law School’s Institute for Information Law & Policy will host the inaugural Amateur Hour Conference to bring together leaders in…

The ham band

When I was in high school I remember going with a group to play a concert in an Elks lodge. The room was dusky and the building was a little broken down. There was a giant sign in the room where we played that read, “Keep America Strong. Ask A Young Man To Become An Elk.” The people there were boisterous and kindly. Well, I think I’ve found the home of the telecommunications-Elks. It’s amateur radio. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is full of folksy, boisterous, exclamation-point-studded advice. You…