12 days, 1 million dollars.
And Louis C.K. details exactly what he’s going to do with the money. Most of it will go to charity with good chunks going to his staff and to pay back the costs of the production. As for his cut:
That leaves me with 220k for myself. Some of that will pay my rent and will care for my childen. The rest I will do terrible, horrible things with and none of that is any of your business. In any case, to me, 220k is enough out of a million.
The thing is still on sale. I hope folks keep buying it. If I make another million, I’ll give more of it away. I’ll let you know when that happens because I like you getting to know what happened to your 5 dollars and bringing awareness to the bla bla bla.
So damn refreshing. And awesome that his experiment worked. All payments were done online through PayPal — even better:
No DRM, no regional restrictions, no crap. You can download this file, play it as much as you like, burn it to a DVD, whatever.
The PayPal blog post on the matter is short, sweet, and to the point. And they include a link to the PDF with all the details.
I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but if Osama Bedier really was interviewing for a job with Google while he was negotiating a PayPal/Google deal (for Android) that’s not good. Reminds me of this.
By 2010, the executive in charge of the negotiations for PayPal was Osama Bedier. The executive in charge of the negotiations for Google was Andy Rubin. PayPal and Google had a deal finalized and signature-ready on October 26, 2010. By that time, unknown to PayPal, Bedier had just finished a series of job interviews with Google senior executives, culminating with a meeting on October 21 between Bedier, Google Senior Vice President Jonathan Rosenberg, and then-President of Google Larry Page.
That deal was never signed. A few days later, Google supposedly offered Bedier a job.
But on the flipside, why not bring it up until right now — the day Bedier was on stage for Google to release Wallet? PayPal implies that it’s because they presented Bedier with their objections to him going to Google and he backed down. And while a PayPal/Google deal was eventually signed, it fell apart before being completed when Page took over for Eric Schmidt as Google CEO. And Bieder made his move. Compelling stuff.
Also, if Bedier knows all that PayPal claims he knows and gave to Google, don’t you sue immediately when you know what he’s going to be working on at Google? (Remember when IBM sued Apple to stop Mark Papermaster from working there before he even started?) PayPal seems to say that Bedier gave them “assurances”, but come on, what else is the guy going to work on? I mean, you just admitted that you already stopped him once out of that very fear.
This one could get really interesting. Can’t wait to see Google’s blog post in response.
As we’ve been saying since last October, Publishers need an easy way to monetize their content while also retaining information about their readers across multiple platforms.
Okay, but what about what customers need? Do we want or need publishers having access to our information? Isn’t it enough that we’re paying them for their content?
Setting aside the larger Apple subscription issues outside of the publishing world for a second, it looks as if what Apple has done is create the first potentially viable way for content to move online in a way that is monetizable beyond ads.
And so now all we’re hearing from rivals is how that’s not good enough for the publishers. And if they listen, they will continue to fail.