Apple's move to release five popular ABC television shows for download through iTunes has caused local unions to lose their cool.

Five unions representing actors, writers and directors want to enter into talks to make sure their members get a royalty on the $1.99 downloadable TV shows.

Unions include: The Writers Guild of America, West; the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; the Screen Actors Guild; the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, East.

In a rare show of unity, they issued a group statement: "We have not yet heard from the responsible employers of our members. We look forward to a dialogue that ensures that our members are properly compensated for this exploitation of their work."

Macworld Conference 2005

October 27-28, 2005. At MacExpo, Olympia National Hall, London

Macworld has gathered the world's best Mac experts for this year's Conference, which focuses on two areas: Mac OS X and profesional design.

Mac OS X: David Pogue (author of many best-selling Mac books, and the technology correspondent for the New York Times) leads the Mac OS X stream, alongside Macworld's hilarious back-page columnist Andy Ihnatko.

Design Pro: Deke McClelland (author of The Photoshop Bible, and inductee of the Photoshop Hall of Fame) runs a masterclass on Adobe Photoshop and other Creative Suite applications, with digital-artist Steve Caplin and photographer Martin Evening. Quark Product Architect Dan Logan flies in from the US to show the world's first full demonstration of the ground-breaking QuarkXPress 7.0.

Discover the hidden tips and tricks utilized by the Mac's top practitioners to dramatically enhance your skills and gain the insights you need to get the most from your technology investment.

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