For Julia, or anyone else that understands the true and absolute joy that a beat can bring. Check out Pretty Lights and all the great artists available for download free, at prettylightsmusic.com. I think you might really enjoy the label and all the truly amazing artists that support file sharing. Listen while reading the Hungry Games novels and experience life 2 decades beyond 1984.Read more »
The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) is part of the group's controversial "graduated response" effort: a partnership between Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, the MPAA, RIAA, and others that will enforce copyright claims against customers by serving them with warnings and escalating penalties.Read more »
While most folks are looking elsewhere, Congress is trying to sneak an absolutely awful "cybersecurity" bill through Congress, permitting ISPs to funnel private communications and related information back to the government without adequate privacy protections and controls. The bill does not specify which agencies ISPs could disclose customer data to, but the structure and incentives in the bill raise a very real possibility that the National Security Agency or the DOD’s Cybercommand would be the primary recipient.Read more »
Immortal Techique says downloading isn't stealing, record execs been stealing from artist for years. I do not know who Immortal Techique is but I sure agree with him. Worth a watch.Read more »
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday that medical tests that rely on correlations between drug dosages and treatment are not eligible for patent protection. Writing for the court, Justice Stephen G. Breyer said natural laws may not be patented standing alone or in connection with processes that involve “well-understood, routine, conventional activity.”Read more »
Anyone who read Dr. Suess’s “The Lorax” as a kid might dread the movie version. No one really needs another moralizing, hectoring lecture from environmentalists on the need to save the trees from extinction, especially since that once-fashionable cause seems ridiculously overwrought today. There is no shortage of trees and this is due not to nationalization so much as the privatization and cultivation of forest land.You only need to add one metaphor to see how this movie can be the most important and relevant political-economic drama of the season.Read more »
A federal judge is siding with DC Comics in its copyright suit against the maker of replica Batmobile “modification kits” for automobilesRead more »
What do you think of "Intellectual Property" rights? I changed my mind after reading some of Stephan Kinsella's work.
Resource scarcity is the foundational principle underpinning the social construct of property rights. Kinsella states that there are no property rights in situations where there is no resource scarcity.
From that perspective, this young man is not being prosecuted, he is being persecuted.Read more »
Wow, really? On a function so basic as the play button itself. This is getting out of hand.Read more »
A blog reader sent a message to her congressman, Tim Walz, complaining about SOPA, the bill that aims to protect intellectual property rights online that has sent many internet folks into a tizzy.
Here is the response she got from Congressman Walz:
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