Netflix vs. Blockbuster, Medici.tv, Child Online Protection Act, Porn decline 

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Netflix v. Blockbuster: Who's greener?

Does it take more resources to rent a movie through Netflix or Blockbuster? Surprisingly, having a DVD shipped to you is less draining on the environment than driving to your local video store, according to Slate. Netflix says that because a single DVD — though traveling a long distance — is part of a much larger shipment, and since you get mail every day anyway, they have less of an environmental cost. Also, using paper instead of plastic packaging consumes less energy and takes up less space in a delivery truck. So load up your queue, guilt-free. —Susan Cohen

A virtual classical experience that's also free of charge

Even if you can't fork over the thousands of dollars it takes to get there, you can still watch Europe's best classical music festivals this summer, because many of them are now available online in live broadcasts. A webcast portal called Medici.tv says it reached 150,000 unique viewers last year, who watched for free, and expects even more this year, according to The Washington Post. Others, like prestigious music festivals in France and Aspen, Colo., are featured on the site as well. —Susan Cohen

Outlawing a law that never became law

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month said the Child Online Protection Act of 1998 was unconstitutional. The law, which has not been put into effect, was originally enacted to protect children from sexual content on the web, but the court ruled that it is too broad and vague, the Associated Press said, thus violating the First Amendment. Although each side makes valid points, it doesn't appear that the case will stop here; it will more than likely end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. ­—Caitlin Baker

Deep Throats, Shallow Pockets

The high cost of oil is affecting the food we eat, the places we go, and now even the porn we watch. Turns out the oil-related costs of transportation, distribution, and even DVD cases are wilting the adult-film industry, according to Wired. And let's not forget the small fact that nobody has much reason to pay for porn anymore, what with all the amateur YouTube-style websites out there. Even Google Video has dirty movies, depending on your definition of "dirty." It's really no surprise that sales are flat compared to years past while rentals are dropping at five percent annually. —Susan Cohen


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