Thursday, December 30, 2004

Free Windows Software Without Spyware/Adware

Free Windows Software Without Spyware/Adware

Slashdot | LokiTorrent vs. MPAA

Read the article first, then read Catbeller's response.

Slashdot | LokiTorrent vs. MPAA:

"There are so many here hammering the "it's illegal - it's piracy - " meme injection that I strongly suspect the MPAA has hired astroturfing agents to dominate the thread. Holy Scientology, Batman.

Answers for their contentions, all at once:

It's not "piracy"; it's copying without permission. If you sell copied films, then you're a pirate.

Copying without permission wasn't a criminal matter until the content producers bought such laws. It was a civil matter, and conviction required evidence of monetary loss on the complaintant's part.

Copyright was a compromise in U.S. law. One faction in the constitutional convention wanted NO copyrights, another was more of the current IP ilk's way of thinking. Compromise: copyrights were to exist for a limited time, to get the best of both worlds -- enticement to produce new works, and the graduation to public domain of old works for the common good.

With the Sonny Bono Law, the deal was destroyed. No compromise. Copyright for life of author plus 75 years for an author, a HUNDRED years for a corporation. And no guarantee at all that future congresses would keep extending the terms for ever and ever and ever...

The deal is over. And we didn't break it, the "intellectual property owners" broke it - savagely, permanently. Now works are owned for all time. No public good. Just private. No derivative works allowed. And corporate "owners" can use their profits to buy larger and larger blocks of "property" indefinitely. We may see a small handful of chummy corporations eventually owning all the published works of mankind - science, art, literature -- everything.

The law broke the deal. The corporations wanted anarchy. They got it. They have guns on their side. The Scientologists are peeing themselves with glee.

What we have here is more than downloading copies of movies or music. If copyright lasted only 20 years, I would honestly be fighting alongside the owners so that they could make a profit from their works. That is, if the artists actually owned the copyrights, rather than the corporations they signed rights over to.

But this is not what copyrights is about. It isn't about property. That's a 20th century legal fiction. Music and images are not "property"; items are property. Copyright was about licensing copies.

Fair Use law mandated that the public could copy even without paying, within limits. THAT'S out the window. If it's illegal to break encryption, you can't copy within those rights.

I will not accept the shutdown of the Constitution's purpose of copyright. I will not accept the death of Fair Use. I will not countenance the elimination of the Deal. I will not watch the works of man fall under the eternal control of immortal corporations. Science and art as we know it cannot survive the imprisonment-with-conditional parole of human endeavor. If copying files annoys them and shakes their control, then let it be so. I want this regime of control shaken and stirred until such day we can install real limits on copyright once more."


Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The Tyranny of Copyright (nytimes.com)

It's about time .

The New York Times finally comprehensively reports on CopyLeft, Free culture, obsolete entertainment industry business models, and a revolution which is basically a downhill battle.

The Tyranny of Copyright (nytimes.com):

''We are invoking ideas that should be central to the American tradition, such as that a free society is richer than a control society,'' he says. ''But in the cultural sphere, big media wants to build a new Soviet empire where you need permission from the central party to do anything.'' He complains that Americans have been reduced to ''an Oliver Twist-like position,'' in which they have to ask, ''Please, sir, may I?'' every time we want to use something under copyright -- and then only if we are fortunate enough to have the assistance of a high-priced lawyer.
This kind of public exposure to these ideas is extremely important. However, they miss the mark in leaving out the Creative Commons VCL (Voluntary Collective Licensing) model.

For my complete take on the situation see my previous blog post here (to be linked soon).

A tax is not the way to go, a subscription/revenue clearinghouse is the model that is appropriate. Micropayments will never work and DRM will always get hacked.
"When asked whether he thinks his ambitious scheme has a chance, Fisher says that the likeliest possibility would be for it to be adopted in countries that are neither so developed that they have signed on to international copyright protocols nor so undeveloped that they are desperate to do so. Only second-world countries, like Croatia or Brazil, he speculates, are unfettered enough to try something new. ''The hope is in the rain forest,'' he says, in countries that ''are more like the United States was before 1890, when we were a 'pirate' nation.''

China. China is where they are developing enough, open enough to technology, have the bandwidth infrastructure in place, the desire to be free and democratic, want to not be known as "the bad nation" who pirates everything, but has no concept of paying for software. Plus, the deciding factor is that as of now they have the centralized, controlling government which could pull off/enforce something like VCL.


Buzz phrase/things to know:

Prevailing Attitude: I am not a pirate. I am an agent of change.

And in the United States, is there any future for this sort of payment system? Perhaps when the various current schemes fail, Fisher's plan will seem more attractive, he says. ''What is involved here is nothing less than the shape of our culture and the way we think of ourselves as citizens,'' he adds. He describes a recent letter he received from a supporter of his work. ''When they come for my guns and my music, they'd better bring an army,'' it read. ''People are used to being creatively engaged with the culture,'' Fisher explains. ''They won't let someone legislate that away.''

Copyright is FOR A TIME. We need to get back to our copyright roots: A necessary evil. Listen to our Founders. Article 1, Section 8 U.S. Constitution

The fight against "piracy" is actually the entertainment industry's reluctance to adapt to shifting users needs.

culture commons vs. permission culture.

A fear of the "Permission Culture" is causing the U.S. to loose it's global innovative prowess cause peopel are scared of getting sued for doing something new.

No one is truly an "original author" of anything.

Fair use.

Do not squelch inovation.

The threat of lawsuits is killing due process.

Information wants to be free.

Privacy is not a crime.

(If you got to this sentence and still haven't read the article in its entirety this is your last chance to do so before I start not liking you very much.)

;-)

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Civil Disobedience, p2p | Downhill Battle

Civil Disobedience, p2p | Downhill Battle

speed up firefox!

This really works
speed up firefox - hack a day - www.hackaday.com: "speed up firefox"

JHymn - Thank you God

My music and iPod are free, massah!
JHymn Help

Monday, December 27, 2004

VWB MediaReady Flyboy 40GB Linux-based personal video player - Engadget - www.engadget.com

VWB MediaReady Flyboy 40GB Linux-based personal video player - Engadget - www.engadget.com: "VWB MediaReady Flyboy 40GB Linux-based personal video player"

HOW-TO: Get videos and DVDs onto your Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) for free - Engadget - www.engadget.com

If I ever buy a PSP to replace my iPod and PMC then I'll need to remember this article
HOW-TO: Get videos and DVDs onto your Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) for free - Engadget - www.engadget.com: "HOW-TO: Get videos and DVDs onto your Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) for free"

This is the closest thing to a VCL that I've seen

I smell progress!


http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000417024429/

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Cappuccino : SlimPro SP625 with intel mobile processor

Look how small this thing is!!
Cappuccino : SlimPro SP625 with intel mobile processor

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Holy WiFi-toteing Zeppelins, Batman!

Economist.com | MONITOR

I am not a pirate.

I am not a pirate.

I am an agent of change.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

DynAdvance

DynAdvance

Friday, December 10, 2004

IEEE Spectrum Careers- How to fix the patent system

IEEE Spectrum Careers

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Zeropaid Forums - A Handy Guide to Using the Files You've Downloaded

Zeropaid Forums - A Handy Guide to Using the Files You've Downloaded: "A Handy Guide to Using the Files You've Downloaded"

Zeropaid Forums - Comprehensive Security Guide - by Malakai1911

The best security guide I've ever seen:

Zeropaid Forums - Comprehensive Security Guide - by Malakai1911

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

I'm so sick of the mouse and keyboard

Let's hope this works out:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4074869.stm

Come on brain power!

Gmail = 1GB remote storage network drive !?!?!!

So uhm, maybe I'm the last kid on the block to get a skateboard here, but basically if you have a Gmail account you have 1GB of remote storage accesible through My Computer like a remote network drive.

http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT?!

OMG! This is awesome! I will never give away another invite, ever, ever, ever... LOL!!!

Using the app linked above you can use your google accounts like 1GB of storage under my computer accesible like a USB jump drive or something.

That's ridiculous and awesome.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

A Guide to Choosing the Right 19" LCD Monitor

Anandtech gives all of us big display junkies a guide to choosing the right 19" LCD monitor. Njoi...

http://www.anandtech.com/displays/showdoc.aspx?i=2289


If you're a blogger and you want distro files use this

BlogTorrent baby.

http://www.blogtorrent.com/

If you're running PHP, you're golden. Hardly uses any bandwidth.

Thanks Downhill Battle!