Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

from the you-can't-handle-the-truth dept

Over the last few weeks, we've noticed that a series of folks who regularly portray "the loyal opposition" in our comments have been trying to make the case that the RIAA's legal strategy for much of the past decade was not, in fact, a dismal failure. They're posting editorials insisting that the lawsuit campaign was what was necessary to force laws to change in the RIAA's favor, for one thing. And then, one of our regular "anonymous" commenters submitted the following story, insisting that we would never publish it because "Techdirt never publishes the truth," as well as claiming that the following is proof that the RIAA's lawsuits against music fans was a "carefully crafted legal action that has produced results." The specific story is a story from Ars Technica about US Copyright Group's lawsuit campaign (which we've been covering as well), but which includes the following aside about the RIAA's lawsuits:
As the RIAA lawsuits showed us, most people will settle. Data from the recording industry lawsuits, revealed in a court case, showed that 11,000 of the 18,000 Does settled immediately or had their cases dropped by the labels. Seven thousand either refused to settle or never responded to the settlement letter, but after the RIAA subpoenaed their identities and filed "named" lawsuits against them, nearly every one settled.

After years of litigation, the number of people who have pursued a trial all the way to a verdict can be counted on one hand.
This, it appears, is the evidence that the RIAA's lawsuit campaign was a whopping success. Of course, some of us might define success in different ways. The RIAA set off this legal strategy, back in 2003, by claiming that this was part of its "education" campaign to get people to stop using file sharing networks, and go back to buying music directly. How has that worked? Oh, it hasn't. The number of people using file sharing networks to access unauthorized works has continued to grow at a rather rapid clip. And, of course, the real point of all of this was the bottom line: it was to try to help save the big five (at the time) record labels. Except that hasn't worked either. The big five became the big four and the big four are pretty damn close to becoming the big three, once everyone sorts out what to do with EMI. And all of them have a lot less money than they did before.

As for how successful the lawsuits have been for those big record labels? So successful that EMI threatened to leave both the RIAA and IFPI if it didn't back away from these lawsuits. So successful that Sony execs referred to the lawsuits as a "money pit" that have cost the industry millions without bringing back anything near that much in settlement fees.

The fact that lots of people paid up to settle extortion-like fees didn't stop people from using file sharing networks to access unauthorized materials. It didn't get more people to buy. It didn't help the bottom line. It hasn't helped the record labels sell more product. It certainly hasn't helped the big labels stay in business. Hell, it hasn't even helped the RIAA. Towards the end of the legal campaign, the RIAA ended up having massive layoffs of its own staff. And, let's not even get into discussing what the average music fan thinks of the RIAA and the big labels these days...

Success? If that's what you consider a success story, then you're doing it wrong. How you measure a success is everything, and if your metrics are that you got a large percentage of people to pay up for extortion-like lawsuits, pretty much guaranteeing they'd never buy from you again, while the rest of your business burned to the ground, I'm sorry if I have to question your definition of "success."


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    Big_Mike (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 10:21am

    He did it again

    Well Said!

     

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    Ccomp5950 (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 10:26am

    At the risk of invoking Godwin...

    Hitler (there I did it) was successful too, if your metric is the murder of innocent people.

    Destroyed his PR campaign though, just sayin'

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:27am

    i sort of figured this would be your spin. just take it as an indication that if their lawsuits were successful on a small scale, consider what the next wave is bringing. at some point, people will get tired of taking the risk of file sharing, and either go far underground, or effectively stop open trading altogether. i just think it is the start of the next wave, few cases went to court, and pretty much all of those were wins for the copyright holders. pretty much sums it up, no?

     

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    Pixelation, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:29am

    Dropped

    " showed that 11,000 of the 18,000 Does settled immediately or had their cases dropped by the labels"

    I like how they sneak in " cases dropped". How many of the 11,000. Are dropped cases a success in their eyes?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:30am

    "The RIAA set off this legal strategy, back in 2003, by claiming that this was part of its "education" campaign to get people to stop using file sharing networks, and go back to buying music directly. How has that worked? Oh, it hasn't."

    Unless you know how many people and what percentage of recording consumers *would* have used unauthorized filesharing services in the absence of such a litigation campaign, I'm not sure how you can be so certain that that litigation strategy hasn't worked at all.

    Sure, it hasn't eradicated unauthorized file sharing (and I know there are sources indicating that such file sharing has increased), but maybe fewer people would use legit services like iTunes or AmazonMP3.com and more people would use unauthorized file sharing services if individual users had never been sued.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:32am

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    There's a risk to filesharing? Not in my country.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:36am

    I used to purchase music and then the lawsuits came and I stopped. So for me, that was a success. I got to stop caring about music. I don't actively listen to music, I don't steal it and I certainly don't pay for any of it. Good job! Way to lose a customer for life.

     

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    Cowardly Anon, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:38am

    Re:

    It's a two way street on those maybes.

    Maybe if those services had of been provided form the start, people would have been less likely to download from illegal sources.

    The music industry were slow in figuring out what it's customers wanted, and paid the price when people went to elsewhere for it. Instead of getting their head in the game, they decided to sue the very people who would give them money if they offered a service they wanted.

     

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    Bubba Gump (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:44am

    Re:

    ditto

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:46am

    Re: Re:

    "It's a two way street on those maybes."

    Of course. But we aren't getting a lot of "maybe so, maybe not" here on Techdirt. We are getting a lot of "what a dismal failure!"

    "Maybe if those services had of been provided form the start, people would have been less likely to download from illegal sources."

    I agree wholeheartedly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:51am

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    Their piracy war would be about as successful as the drug war and a whole lot more money is spent against the drug war than the piracy war, not to mention the drug war is far more justifiable than the piracy war in the eyes of many (not that the drug war is justifiable) and most people inherently (not just legally) consider using illegal drugs to be not in their best interest and selling them to be inherently (not just legally) wrong whereas most people do not see piracy the same way and most people do not see anything inherently wrong with piracy when compared to drugs nor will they ever and no amount of brainwashing will convince people otherwise (and look at all the education that people get against drugs and that education is well founded with logic and evidence that drugs are bad for you and hurt people vs the indoctrination against piracy which is nonsense). The piracy war is a major major failure, if they can't control the drug war (in China even, where they're communist) what the heck makes you think they can ever control the piracy war.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:54am

    Re:

    Not a single one of the stated goals of the lawsuits was achieved. Not a one. So no, it cannot possibly be considered a success by anyone other than a PR spin doctor.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:58am

    Evil AC

    "one of our regular "anonymous" commenters submitted the following story, insisting that we would never publish it because "Techdirt never publishes the truth,""

    Evil AC wouldn't know the truth if he tripped over it.

    It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.
    Robert M. Pirsig

     

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    fogbugzd (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:59am

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    >>consider what the next wave is bringing. at some point, people will get tired of taking the risk of file sharing,

    That did not happen with the first RIAA experiment. In fact, just the opposite as more people were willing to take the risk despite the lawsuits. The statement also ignores the upswing in things like encrypted services as more and more people figure out ways to get around enforcement campaigns.

    The more likely result is that there is going to be a crack-down on extortion lawsuits. The mass filings are already starting to cause a backlash in the UK. In the US the situation will probably be rectified by the court system itself. All it will need to do is start enforcing existing rules that would prevent the filing of thousands of lawsuits in a giant bundle. The rules have been on the books for years but were rarely enforced by the courts because they were not abused. Now they are being abused, and it is causing the courts themselves problems.

    But just for the sake of argument, let's assume AC's contention is right that people will suddenly decide that file sharing is too dangerous. Will that cause them to buy more CD's? I happen to think that music is essential, and that people will always need and want music (it may be in our biology). However, it is not essential to buy music from the major labels. I consider myself a heavy consumer of music, and I find plenty of legal sources for it. I have not bought a tract of music from a major label in several years, not even downloads of major label tracks from iTunes or other online sources. Part of the issue is just from not wanting to support the RIAA due to its behavior; the fact that a major label's name is attached to a tract means that I move on. There are plenty of other choices out there. I don't need to download illegal music, and I don't need to buy from RIAA companies.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:59am

    Re: Re: Re:

    It WAS a dismal failure. Any attempt to exile potential customers is just bad business.

    Mike sums up the situation rather well. Sorry.

     

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    Designerfx (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:05pm

    Re:

    lets be direct and simple: just because you got some people to settle doesn't mean anything was successful at all.

    What case was successful exactly? In what way?

    Lots of people hate the music industry so much now that they have sworn to never deal with it again. We're not even just talking consumers, we're talking businesses and artists.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Evil AC, you are a tool

    "people will get tired of taking the risk of file sharing, and either go far underground, or effectively stop open trading altogether."

    No tool, they just use encrypted services now.

    "all of those were wins for the copyright holders."
    Yeah, and not one artist benefited from this, which was the excuse of the labels. They cry "wont someone think of the artists." Reminds me of the lady on the Simpson's that cries "wont someone think of the children."

    "just take it as an indication that if their lawsuits were successful on a small scale"
    Yeah, I like YOUR spin on THAT.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Re:

    I loved Pirates of the Caribbean! Piracy is so cool! Why would you go to war on what is essentially really cool?

    Thanks a bunch, Hollywood.

     

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    crade (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:11pm

    The RIAA definately gets results, no arguing that. At combatting piracy and promoting musical progress, they are complete failures, but at forcing random people to give them money and manipulating legislation to the detriment of the population, they are huge successes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:12pm

    Re: Re:

    And here's what really gets my goat: I didn't just stop listening to RIAA-based music, I stopped actively listening to any music.

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:12pm

    Re:

    You don't see the forest for the trees.

    Open up your mind and accept other viewpoints, and maybe you'll see that Mike has a point.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:12pm

    Re:

    "i sort of figured this would be your spin."

    Only you TAM could call fact, "spin." Where in Mike's list of what has happened can you point out, with supporting evidence, what is factually wrong? I don't expect a reply, at least not one that actually answers my question, as you never do. If you respond to my questions posed to you at all it's with irrelevant questions of your own. Just like any common troll.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:13pm

    Dilbert

    "We've been doing great since we've redefined success as a slowing of failure."

    Granted it's not a perfect match. They haven't exactly slowed their failure.

     

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    crade (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:14pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Well, they try so hard to trick people into thinking music isn't RIAA based (because they know everyone hates them I would guess), that it's near impossible to be sure.

     

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    Fake TAM, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Re:

    But there must be more to this story.

     

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    Jupiter (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:19pm

    I buy 2-3 CDs every month, and now I check each one to make sure it's not from a RIAA-member record label before I hand over the cash. That's their success.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:20pm

    Why I love the RIAA...

    The RIAA lawsuits were successful in getting me to stop using P2P software - because I know my ISP will just roll over. Now I swap hundreds of GBs, even as much as a TB at a time via sneakernet. Its super easy to find folks willing to swap disks for a while. Now I have way more music than I ever would have downloaded via P2P. Little more coordination, way more pay off. Thanks RIAA, I would not have pursued sneakernet and all the wonderfulness that comes with it without you.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:21pm

    Re: "Techdirt never publishes the truth"

    Wow. What a remarkably sweeping and general statement.

    Never? Ever?

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:21pm

    Re: ... It's like 1984 all over again...

    "People will get tired of taking the risk of file sharing, and either go far underground, or effectively stop trading together."

    "Your spin?"

    Are we reading the same thing? The chances of being hit by a filesharing bomb are 1 in a million. The number of people using these systems has increased! Most people have moved on from P2P, to torrenting information which is already underground, but is going even further to the point that it's frivolous to try to go after the server people (as experienced with Rapidshare). It's as if we're not paying attention to the bigger picture, which people have said about the litigation route in the first place. All it does is affect your reputation in a negative manner, and cause you to look like a self righteous bum who can't do anything but try to enforce an arbitrary length of copyright.

    "Win?" Hardly. Sure you win in a court case, but you lose where it counts the most, your product and effectively pushing for new streams of revenue. That's what's going to cause these people to get better. When they figure out that they're in the entertainment business, stop fighting free and learn how to do more with their product, then, and only then, will they make money again.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:21pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Like I keep saying, for big corporations controlling the laws. Easy. Controlling human behavior. Don't make me laugh. The corporate influence on human behavior, just because corporations control the law, is far less effective than the populations influence on the law. The law can much less influence the population's behavior than the population's ability to influence law.

     

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    crade (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:22pm

    "let's not even get into discussing what the average music fan thinks of the RIAA and the big labels these days... "

    Not to mention the actual musicians who finally have a choice.

     

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    SomeGuy (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:22pm

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    Bankrupting potential customers is not a good way to earn their affection and respect.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Well, y'know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Seriously, simply *saying* is was a dismal failure (sorry, WAS a dismal failure) isn't terribly convincing.

     

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    Stuart, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:24pm

    Success!

    while the rest of your business burned to the ground

    In my book that is a HUGE success! (For Us)

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Re: Help you out.

    Dmusic.com is a great source for music and it's been out for a while. They continue to discuss copyright issues and are very, very, VERY anti-RIAA.

    Magnatune is another place I love music from. I support indies so I think you should check it out.

    Basically, a lot of musicians don't follow the same ethos that "piracy is illegal" when they give their music away and do more with it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    (well, the law can influence human behavior, but it just means that people will do a bit more to avoid getting caught, not that people stop breaking the law. BTW, I do not encourage people to break the law, I think they should seek to fix the law instead, I'm just stating that the law is and will be ineffective at best when it comes to controlling piracy).

     

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    interval (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:26pm

    Re: Re:

    I think these suits have been wildly successful for lawyers on both sides. I mean, beyond successful. So how can you say that?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:29pm

    Re: Dilbert

    In all seriousness, though, slowing of failure *is* a good result (for the RIAA), and I don't think we can rule out the possibility that the suits slowed/decreased the growth of infringement, or increased the use of authorized online distribution.

     

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    nebelhund (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:37pm

    I found out recently that one of my co-workers was the lead (Jane Doe as it were) defendant in the Boston University lawsuits of a few years ago. A number of other students piggybacked on with her case, which they won. RIAA did not get their personal information. I say victory as the RIAA could have appealed the ruling but failed to do so.

    Joel Tenenbaum, another BU student, didn't join their case and he was the one that got hit with the $675,000 fine.

    It was pretty cool to have been reading all about this the past few years and then find out I know one of the leads in the cases I was reading about.

     

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    Rosedale (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:38pm

    I haven't bought from the Major labels.

    With precious few examples, and I do mean precious few I haven't bought anything from the major labels since they started suing people. As soon as I learned what they started to do I ditched them. I didn't really like the music anyway and there so much more out there.

    Success is keeping your fan base happy...and that doesn't happen by suing your fan base.

     

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    JackSombra (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:39pm

    It was a success if their objective was to earn some short term profits and instil in Joe public some uncertainty and fear
    Unfortunately (from them) the fear and uncertainty was quickly overridden by downloader’s appetite for “free stuff”
    If their objective was to stop downloading they would have had to bring all 18,000 to court (making sure press were there), but then that would have cost them a lot of money
    So looking at it from the profit perspective, yet it was a success, the stopping piracy angle though was a total failure
    But on the other hand, the whole thing was pretty damning for the legal system that was basically turned into the equivalent of a protection racket’s muscle, “pay up or you will wish you had after the boys drop you a few time”. If I was lawyer/judge who had some actual respect/love for the law I would be pretty pissed, but these day’s outside of law school those types seem few and far between

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:39pm

    Re:

    "pretty much sums it up, no?"

    no.

    "people will get tired of taking the risk of file sharing"

    What risk? A 0.0000001% chance of ending up the receiving end of a lawsuit? You have better odds at hitting the lotto jackpot than suffering any consequences from the RIAA for downloading music. 18,000 lawsuits settled ... out of how many "pirate" downloaders?

    Are speeding tickets a sign of successful speed limit laws?

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:43pm

    Re: Re: Dilbert

    We can't rule out the possibility, but we would need evidence before we can lend the idea any credibility.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:44pm

    Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    No one is saying the current system is not flawed.

    Democracy moves slow.

    "The Internet of Civilian Broadband Age" is is barely a dozen years old.

    How many people had enough bandwidth ten years ago
    to be a Pirate ?

    a few hundred thousand maybe ,,

    Today ,,, how many ?

    hundreds of millions ,,

    and soon ten years from now

    ONE billion ,( if not two or three )

    human beings will have 4G at

    their fingertips,

    There are gonna be to many Pirates

    unless we stop them now !

    The Governments of the USA and elsewhere, got a lot ofwork

    to do in "IP law stuff" , from local to global,,

    to bring the laws up to speed.

    Now this is GOVERNMENT we are talking about.

    And I can tell you as someone who work and lived in politics

    for a long time ,

    that GOVERNMENT SUCKs !!

    They are going to get it wrong alot.

    Sometimes Gov"T blows it big time.

    (Glad i did not have a home w/mortgage too loose,. I rent.)

    What saves us , are the "Principles."

    Crime is wrong.

    Define crime,, What is what is not.

    Murder & theft is easy,

    But when dealing with copyright laws

    in the "global digital age",

    it is going to take time to get it right.

    But the laws will get stronger to better protect Artists and

    Writers and etc, in the future,

    That is the principle that saves us. It is embedded in the

    U.S. Constitution.

    It is in the Federalist papers

    John Locke to Ayn Rand write about
    the moral importance of IP
    and copyright protection
    as part of a moral society,

    Find ONE major , well studied , political philosopher who says

    "ABOLISH COPYRIGHT LAWS".

    there is none !!

    Zilch ,

    nadda ,

    Zero.

    The Laws are going to, and

    constitutionally have have to,

    change for the better to strengthen Copyrights..

    If we do not do well in Congress

    in getting good laws for Artist written .

    We got the Courts sown up.

    The copyright clause of the Constitution is all we need.

    [If you doubt that Mike , interview 3 or 4 Copyright law proffs]

    In the "game of court and law "

    it is easy VICTORY for

    "the ARTIST"

    over "the PIRATES."

    It won't even go to extra inngs

    Get used to it.

    IP law stuff , is just too big of a GIANT

    bedrock of American Legal Principle,

    AND short of armed revolt by Pirates,

    just ain't gonna change.


    (Patents I do not know about well enough to jam there. )

    -----

    Copyright law come from governments.

    Democracy is slower sometimes than

    the changes,

    NEEDE,,

    because of "checks" and "balances"

    "of power" in

    our USA

    gov't.

    ( Do not tell me you did not learn that in 6th or even 3rd grade social studies , Check any state regents exam,, it is there. )

    Things will take some time.

    But Artist & co will defeat Pirates to all reason possible.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:45pm

    Re: Re: Dilbert

    It's a good result compared to the speeding up of failure, but it cannot be called success by any sane person.

    And by "lowed/decreased the growth of infringement" you mean increase and speed up, correct? With the traffic spike on all the sites the RIAA vary publicly target and all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    Joke account is joke.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:04pm

    Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    Learn proper writing
    skills and maybe some of us
    could understand you.

    Otherwise, take up
    poetry, and learn Haiku.
    It seems to suit you.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    I think that's what he was going for.
    "Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick"

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:13pm

    Learn proper writing skills and maybe some of us could understand you. Otherwise, take up poetry, and learn Haiku. It seems to suit you.

    well i do.


    I figured i write a free stream

    Kindergarten Poem

    about copy right

    law.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:18pm

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    Enriching the lawyers was not one of their stated goals ...

     

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    Dave (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:22pm

    Re: Music Industry blah blah blah

    The problem is the industry thinks that it can change the minds of the populous - what is the norm for a society can not be regarded as wrong - what is the norm for an entire species - can not be regarded as wrong - if we are looking at maybe billions of pirates - the vast majority of online users, then that is the norm.

    It is the industry who have not realised that they can not and will never make money buy selling online, using the same methodology as they do offline.

    Making money for the distributors, producers, managers, and lawyers is not money that gets handed down to the artists, and it is not benefiting those who purchase from their local stores.

    Creating new stricter laws will not stop a society from the direction it wants, all Governments eventually fall when they try to force a society to do something so fundamentally different to their wishes.

    Its not the Government, nor the Publishing houses, nor two-bit scam companies who feign to the courts that their investigations into pirates is legally accurate that will stop people pirating - it is a fundamental shift in perception of what piracy is.

    Is it people refusing to be bound by unreasonable and probably unjust license agreements, or those forcing people to adhere to such excessive licenses?

    Is the multi-national corporation the victims, or the pirates, taking the lions share of all money which rightly belongs to the artists? Forcing you to not move your downloaded song from the Apple device it is on, even after it fails to work? Or is it the people who rise up and say no more, we will not be victims of extortion and corporate greed? Who knows, but one thing is for sure...

    Piracy has been a part of human existence since the beginning of humans - even before the internet was ever conceived... it is not going to go away, so accepting it is the only way to sleep at night - there are plenty of acceptable ways to earn revenue from allowing people to download freely from a particular site.

    Imagine, how many pirates would be stealing from the internet, if they were legally allowed to get the file if and only if they went to website X? Website X, generated revenue from advertising, not just for themselves but for the production houses and artists as well! It would not be too surprising to see artists moving away from the big publishing houses and selling online directly - getting all the profits... but then the big publishers wouldn't like that would they, probably prefer to force people to rebel against their Stalinist control over individual's lives.

     

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    interval (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:27pm

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    Yeah, my remark was a sort of ironic, tongue-in-cheek kind of thing...

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    You ignore everything to rant on nothing. Try again.

    If your are old enough, you should know that file sharing started with Napster. Before that, it was tapes. Before tapes, 8-tracks. All which the industry made money on. It can make money on filesharing if it would stop trying to turn the world into criminals and embrace newer lines of thinking. Sadly, this (which I'm going to edit):

    Find ONE major , well studied , political philosopher who says "ABOLISH COPYRIGHT LAWS". There is none!

    Zilch.
    nadda.
    Zero.
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    Actually, there is. I'll refer you to the lawyer/copyleftist Lawrence Lessig who is now speaking out against Congress for the corruption put forth. Even then, there have been major decrees about copyright laws becoming far more draconian in a world that doesn't need LAW trying to force them to do something that goes against human nature.

    But that's up to you to decide. Right now, I believe our current look at the absurdity of copyrighting EVERYTHING is dragging your argument down far more than I have time to explain.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Learn proper writing skills and maybe some of us could understand you. Otherwise, take up poetry, and learn Haiku. It seems to suit you.

    "There once was a law from way back when,
    not too far back as it did not exist yet,
    that seemed to work when content was scarce,
    and delivered by oxen pulling carts then,
    all of a sudden, quite quick, came Internet,
    that went and turned a law into a farce." - The Pirate Poet

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 1:57pm

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    mike would always sum it up the same way. perhaps asking some of those 18,000 people how much file sharing they do now might make a difference. with the new round of almost 20,000 "does" information being sought through the courts, it wont be long before 18,000 people will be a good month, not a 5 year run. when people start to see their family and friends getting caught, there will be a change in the "give it to me free" mentality. mike doesnt want that to happen, so his summary is based on his desired outcome.

     

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    william (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:02pm

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    spin? what spin? I thought try to make a failure story in a success story is more of a spin...

    You really think there will be a new wave? So... while some labels has declare this is a money sinkhole, you are claiming more lawsuit is coming? So while the profit is dwindling, they'll spend more money on a strategy that hasn't worked in small scale. Let see, we spend 1 mil suing all those people and made 100,000. Let's ramp it up in the next wave and spend 100 mil to make 1 mil. that's such an smart move.

    >at some point, people will get tired of taking the risk of file sharing, and either go far underground, or effectively stop open trading altogether.

    You do admit that people are hiding deeper. Stop trading, I don't think so. So far everything indicates the trading is increasing. In the light of this, will the next wave of lawsuit be as easy or the same compare to last wave? It'll be harder to find them, and harder to prove infringement. Good job, you just promoted evolution while the laws/enforcement tools are lagging behind.

    >i just think it is the start of the next wave, few cases went to court, and pretty much all of those were wins for the copyright holders.

    Ever heard of the term, "Win the battle and lose the war"? RIAA and the labels are basically the classic example.

    In all honesty, I hope they keep it up. Just going to kill themselves faster, which is a good thing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:07pm

    Re: Look! I made the longest nonsensical post ever!

    Interesting to say the least TP.

    Democracy moves slow? Show me the democracy in intellectual property law! If there was actually a "democracy" involved then tell me how you voted on something like the DMCA?

    Simply put, we are not a democracy and democracy has no bearing on IP. If it did IP would not exist they way we know because it benefits the minority.

    When you have to carefully define a crime for years the obvious is knocking on your door. It probably isn't a crime if you still have a hard time deciding on it and how to enforce it. The Internet is NOT new nor is file sharing. How long do IP worshipers have to convince us that sharing is suddenly wrong and illegal?

    Your appeal to authority in regards to pointing out one mainstream political scientist who is against IP is underwhelming to say the least.

    There are many political scientists that are dubious of IP for good reason. Historically many will point out how the US ignored IP for most part until after WWII. We embraced IP only after we were on top so to speak.

    Asia's economic success is related to ignoring notions of IP
    for the last several decades. So it seems IP is not the panacea for all. A great way of saying this IMHO is young people innovate/create and old people litigate/negate. This is the essence of IP rights and law.

    Your calls for protecting the artists is a smokescreen or another way to put it is complete bullcrap. Just like politicians want to "protect" the children IP lovers want to protect the artists.

    The truth is they could give a crap about the artist and view them with disdain once the have appropriated their art as they see fit. One only has to look at how many artists have been screwed by the records labels to see how artistic production is stolen and then locked up and kept away from those who created it.

    I am ashamed you would support this scam against artists and creators and then turn to us and say you are somehow "protecting" them by being a IP lap dog.

    I could just flush you down the toilet right now TP.

     

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    Darryl, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:21pm

    Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    ""carefully crafted legal action that has produced results.""

    Thats is absolutely true, im 100% sure it was done with care, and 100% sure it was 'crafted', and 100% sure (and you are) that it producted results.

    Ofcourse it has an effect on the downloading community, those who have got a legal notice, will certainly think twice before doing it again, and those who hear or read about those people paying fines, will think may be it's better to not steal it.

    Mike, what is youre solution ? you claim what they are doing is not working, and then you report on how it IS working (most people pay up, and I assume stop stealing).

    So you argument, is if it's not working perfectly, then just give up, and change the law ?

    Again, with the bank robbers, so if there were many many bank robbers, you consider that it would be just better to let them rob banks ? and not try to catch and convict them ?

    RIAA putting off staff, as an indication of lack of success, Well, I put it to you that putting off staff in an indicator of an improvement in the situation, meaning less staff are required for policing. because of LESS file sharing.

    So if you received a go to court letter, Mike, would you just ignore it, and run to youre computer and keep downloading ?

    Or would you think twice about it, and consider it's against the law, and it's quite possible the law will come after you ?

    If I received a letter telling me I was file sharing, when I was not and asking me to pay, I would fight it all the way, and let them take me to court. And I would win.

    The fact virtually NO ONE does that in a country FULL of lawyers indicates only ONE THING,,, guilt..

    Innocent people, do not yeld to law suits against them that are wrong. We'll most people, how about you?

    the fact that most pay, means they consider themselves guilty, the fact that so many settle out of court, means also they know their guilt and want to cut a deal.

    The truly innocent, would fight it on principle, or if they think they have a strong case, why not class action defense?
    But they dont, they pay, do the crime, do the time.

    Most people find it trivial to abey the laws, thats why most people do not have records. And most people understand, for good or bad, the existing laws are laws to allow humans to get along to some degree of sanity.

    The law is there to stop you doing things against the majority of the peoples wishes, society does not want you to take what is not yours, to unfairly profit from someone elses labour, NOT FORCE PEOPLE TO WORK FOR FREE.
    Not to kill people, or endanger life and so on.

    They are all laws to help us live fairly as humans, and as a society.

    The system actually, for the most part works, we dont have NOT enough laws, and we dont have too many laws, (allthough some may disagree).

    And we dont have many laws that everyone things is unnessary or stupid.

    If the people do not like specific laws, or the way society is run, they elect new representives in government, they elect people who agree with their idea's, and who will influence the changing of the laws.

    But it's not that clear cut, you cant just get a majority and make any laws you like, there are natural laws, and country laws, and internation laws and agreements.

    These allows countries, and people within those countries to have some common legal framework for ALL humans.

    And if you dont like the structure and legal framework, and protections that affords you, you are more than free to move to a country that has less laws (lawless), or more laws that might be more to youre licking.

    I hear North Korea is nice this time of year !

    They have a different legal, and social system it might be more to you liking, or Hong Kong, or the middle east where you might have you're hand cut off for file sharing (theft).

    Would you be happy to settle out of court, by losing just ONE hand? or pay a fine ?

    I think in general the western work has balanced, and well thought out and mature laws governing society. It requires people to not do things others dont want them to, or not to take things that are not theirs, or against the rightfull owners wishes.

    It's a social right to be able to create a work of art, movie, song, book, invention and take advantage of that work. And to make a living, and income from that, especially if you're work has money value.

    You have every right to have that money value, if you did the work. Just as the law says you have every right to walk the street without being mugged.

    The most important point missed by many here, is this concept of "youre not taking away anything physical" therefore it's not theft.
    It is theft, because the rightfull owner does not want you to have it, without fairly purchasing it, after all if he wants to eat to be able to product more, there has to be some incentive.

    But the important thing, is this:

    YOU DO NOT GET TO DECIDE ON THE VALUE OF A PRODUCT, how many products or items, or paintings or anything for that matter where you get to determine the sales price?

    None,
    To those saying, "it has no value" well it's not youre call, you dont get to say the value of something, assume the value is zero and therefore you can have it for no cost.

    The value of something is the price or value the rightfull owner of that thing determines it to be.
    The owner might not want to sell it at all, therefore it's value to him is infinate, no amount of money is enough.
    Or the value may be something less, the rights owner sets a price, the purchaser agrees to that price and a purchase is made.

    Very rarly, if at all does the consumer get to determine 100% of the worth of the product. So you cant legally say, "i determine my downloaded file of a 100 million dollar movie to be of zero value, therefore it's not theft".

    You dont get to make that determination, by law, and by social ethics. Sorry. thats life,,, deal with it.
    And welcome to the real world.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    Again, with the bank robbers, so if there were many many bank robbers, you consider that it would be just better to let them rob banks ? and not try to catch and convict them ?

    STRAWMAN ALERT!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Dilbert

    Everyone seems to lend the opposing viewpoint near-absolute credibility without any evidence, why start requiring evidence when you don't like the proposed conclusion?

    I haven't come to any conclusion one way or another.

    However, if people accept "people share more files now" as evidence that it didn't work, then "people buy more from iTunes now" should be evidence that it did work.

    I don't think either of those absolute numbers are terribly informative.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:25pm

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    "when people start to see their family and friends getting caught"

    This country will have a serious revolution. If you honestly think the legal system can control our behavior to that degree you are utterly deluded. The reason why people ignore the issue is because it doesn't pertain to them, but if it reaches the point you reach the pirate party will gain tons of ground and people will force our legal system to change one way or another.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Dilbert

    An increase in absolute numbers does not necessarily show that growth was not slowed.

    By that logic, then we can say that the lawsuits sped up the adoption of legitimate download sites, because iTunes sells more downloads now than before the suits were filed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:32pm

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    It's like with speeding tickets, people don't complain so much about the fact that speed limits are too low on many freeways because enforcement sucks. When they are, like in the case of Arizona (I think it was) installing cameras on freeways that automatically give people tickets, people will rebel and the system will be forced to change. If history is any indication of the future things don't look good for tyrants. If anyone honestly believes that IP tyranny can really start affecting everyone on an individual level (ie: with their family members being caught and whatnot) without having serious aggressive protests and probable revolutions if necessary you have got a whole new thing coming at you. That's why this sort of tyranny was always enforced at the retailer/distribution level, it's darn near impossible to enforce it at the individual level. China can't even come close to stopping the war on drugs and they're communist. The U.S. spends far more on the war on drugs than what the anti piracy industry spends on stopping piracy, and the war on drugs is a criminal matter, yet the war on drugs is a whopping failure. Do you honestly believe that the war on piracy will be any better? Seriously? Trust me, you don't want the war on piracy to start affecting everyone's cousin, this country will have a revolution like it's never seen before if this piracy war really starts getting that much notoriety. Your best bet is to make copyright laws more reasonable ASAP.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:34pm

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    Well, not a revolution like it's never seen before, but like it's never seen in a long time *

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:40pm

    "So you argument, is if it's not working perfectly, then just give up, and change the law ?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:42pm

    Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "So you argument, is if it's not working perfectly, then just give up, and change the law ?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "So you argument, is if it's not working perfectly, then just give up, and change the law ?" - Yes

    This bit of reasoning is the best part of your post!

    The rest of your post was a rant that was somewhere between brain death and lobotomy. Please do some more reading on the subject and try again. Great passion with zero critical thinking = fail

     

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    Modplan (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:45pm

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    Simply saying it wasn't by redefining the metric of success to something not knowable (what growth would have been without law suits) isn't much more convincing either. The stated intent of the lawsuits was to stop file sharing and stamp out avenues for it. 7 years later, it hasn't worked, file sharing has continued to grow, their attempts at DRM has mostly failed and other industries attempting to adopt the same policies are facing severe backlash.

    It's failed.

     

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    herodotus (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:46pm

    "i just think it is the start of the next wave, few cases went to court, and pretty much all of those were wins for the copyright holders. pretty much sums it up, no?"

    Yes, and the Viet Nam war was a smashing success for the US.

    I mean, we didn't achieve our stated war aims or anything, but look at all of the land we destroyed!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:50pm

    Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "Ofcourse it has an effect on the downloading community, those who have got a legal notice, will certainly think twice before doing it again, and those who hear or read about those people paying fines, will think may be it's better to not steal it."

    A: it's not stealing and you know it (so stop being dishonest).

    B: Wow, you have the ability to read other peoples mind and tell what others will think? Amazing. Perhaps you should join up with Ms Cleo and start a psychic hotline or something.

    "Again, with the bank robbers, so if there were many many bank robbers, you consider that it would be just better to let them rob banks ? and not try to catch and convict them ?"

    Comparing file sharers to bank robbers is disingenuous at best.

    "meaning less staff are required for policing. because of LESS file sharing."

    Silly me, you're intentionally being retarded and saying things that you, and everyone, know are false. Why do I even bother?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 2:50pm

    Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    That's pretty poor reasonaing.

    By that logic, we should give up our murder, extortion, financial regulation, etc. laws. None of them are working perfectly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:01pm

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    Don't feed the trolls.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:04pm

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    "Simply saying it wasn't"

    Who said that?

    "redefining the metric of success to something not knowable (what growth would have been without law suits) isn't much more convincing either."

    Do you think that's an invalid metric? I can't imagine a more meaningful metric than "achieving a result that is better than if you had not taken the course of action actually taken."

    Other metrics may be easier to measure, but less meaningful (e.g., absolute numbers of unauthorized downloads, absolute numbers of authorized downloads).

    "The stated intent of the lawsuits was to stop file sharing and stamp out avenues for it."

    Eh, I don't think anyone (RIAA included) ever thought piracy would be eradicated from the Earth, and I don't think that's a realistic measure of "success."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:12pm

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    "The value of something is the price or value the rightfull owner of that thing determines it to be."

    The value of something varies from person to person, different people place different values on the same thing. One mans trash is another mans treasure.

    "So you argument, is if it's not working perfectly, then just give up, and change the law ?"

    The argument is that if the law is retarded we shouldn't give up in our efforts to change it.

    "Again, with the bank robbers, so if there were many many bank robbers, you consider that it would be just better to let them rob banks ? and not try to catch and convict them ?"

    Stealing deprives someone of something rightfully (not just legally) theirs. I have a natural right to make a copy of anything I want and not worry about things like copyright and patents. Anyone using our broken legal system to deprive me of that right is taking something not owed to them, it's legalized theft. No one is owed a monopoly on anything.

    "If I received a letter telling me I was file sharing, when I was not and asking me to pay, I would fight it all the way, and let them take me to court. And I would win."

    Maybe you have more money and resources than others to fight it with.

    "The fact virtually NO ONE does that in a country FULL of lawyers indicates only ONE THING,,, guilt.. "

    and you know this because?

    "the fact that most pay, means they consider themselves guilty, the fact that so many settle out of court, means also they know their guilt and want to cut a deal."

    Psychic TAM strikes again!!!

    "Most people find it trivial to abey the laws, thats why most people do not have records."

    Then there is no reason for the RIAA et al to keep on demanding stricter laws that make it easier for them to better enforce the law since infringement is a minority issue and hence should hardly affect their business since most people who see the movie will buy it. You truly are an idiot TAM.

    "The law is there to stop you doing things against the majority of the peoples wishes"

    I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years). They do not, it was special interest groups and not the majority that lobbied for these laws, which is evidence that laws that blatantly go against the majority can be passed and are passed. So it is reasonable to conclude that many of the other laws in place also go against the majority and if the majority really believed in the laws in place things like file sharing shouldn't be such a threat since only a small minority would break copyright laws.

    "If the people do not like specific laws, or the way society is run, they elect new representives in government, they elect people who agree with their idea's, and who will influence the changing of the laws."

    and perhaps part of the whole point of these discussions is to help discuss what's wrong with our legal system to ultimately help figure out who to elect.

    "And if you dont like the structure and legal framework, and protections that affords you, you are more than free to move to a country that has less laws (lawless), or more laws that might be more to youre licking."

    As Martin Luther says, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Moving is not a solution to unjust laws, correcting those laws is the solution.

    "or the middle east where you might have you're hand cut off for file sharing (theft). "

    I highly doubt that they consider file sharing theft in the middle east, and you calling it theft is dishonest TAM.

    "It requires people to not do things others dont want them to"

    How is this not tyrannical?

    "or against the rightfull owners wishes."

    Being an author of something doesn't make you a rightful owner. Might make you a "legal" owner, but not a "rightful" owner.

    "It is theft, because the rightfull owner does not want you to have it, without fairly purchasing it, after all if he wants to eat to be able to product more, there has to be some incentive."

    I would rather him get another job and not produce more than to restrict my right to copy whatever I want. If he wants to eat to produce more, get another job instead of demanding a legal system that gives you special privileges that restrict the rights of others. No one is forcing him to produce art, plenty of other people are perfectly willing to produce art and music and whatnot without copyright and they do produce them under licenses designed to circumvent copyright laws to some extent. I don't want a legal system that subsidizes art and music with artificial protections at the expense of other marginally more relevant sectors of the economy. Not to mention the cost of enforcing these laws, the cost in privacy and liberties and rights and the monetary cost that society must pay to keep track of what's infringement and what's not and to know ahead of time what's not infringement before doing anything, etc.. no thank you. You have no right to impose these costs on anyone.

    "The value of something is the price"

    Value and price are not the same thing, the air you breath is very valuable to you but it's free.

    "You dont get to make that determination, by law, and by social ethics."

    and who anointed you the ultimate arbitrator of social ethics, may I ask?

     

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    Modplan (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:13pm

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    Do you think that's an invalid metric? I can't imagine a more meaningful metric than "achieving a result that is better than if you had not taken the course of action actually taken."


    Unless you can provide data to show this metric clearly, then yes, it's invalid. You're redefining success to a metric that we can't measure. Though I fail to see how negative PR, a continued growth in file sharing and having sued a small minority of people who do so that didn't have the money to even go through these lawsuits is by any metric a success.


    Eh, I don't think anyone (RIAA included) ever thought piracy would be eradicated from the Earth, and I don't think that's a realistic measure of "success."


    There's no other reason to do so if you do not minimise or remove file sharing. They have not done so. They have failed by their own measure of success.

    "Simply saying it wasn't"

    Who said that?


    You did by claiming saying it was a failure was only an opinion and couldn't be true.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:19pm

    Re: Re: "Techdirt never publishes the truth"

    in this case, even in publishing the truth, mike is working hard as hell to spin it into something else. the common spew here is that the riaas 18,000 lawsuits resulted in a couple of court cases and everything else was dropped. yet, the truth is that there were many settlements, and in fact only a few cases had to be taken to court. the truth is that most people paid the settlement rather than go to court and find out that the lost anyway. a few foolhardy souls have tried, and they have all lost, with only the amount of the judgement coming into discussion.

    the point is the riaas stuff worked on a very small scale, and now someone else is taking what the riaa took years to do and is now doing it effectively in a short period of time. can you imagine the public's change of heart if hundreds of thousands of people were getting hit each month with threats of legal action? there might be a few wingnuts like you find on techdirt hating on the riaa, but mostly people would come to understand that the free lunch is over. piracy only needs a small shift to the negative on unacceptable side to lose its scale and have the process become less viable. less peers = less sources for content.

    so even in posting 'the truth' mike casually dismisses it as unimportant. yet, if this was a trend in the other direction, he would be all over it like the next coming of christ (or whoever it is he worships).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement. People inherently understand this, even the founding fathers understood this and were very skeptical of IP and wanted it to exist only to the extent that it promoted the progress. But the fact is that it doesn't promote the progress, it promotes extortion, and so reasonable arguments can be made to destroy it (or at least fix our current laws).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    Don't be dense, I know of no disagreement over what current murder law states. Unlike murder it seems that copyright is a little more gray?

    And what is wrong with giving up and coming up with something new. Are we bound by archaic laws that makes no sense forever?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:23pm

    Re:

    Well, the opposite of what we wanted would have been worse had we not put effort into the war :)

     

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    puzzler995, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:25pm

    Wow...

    Some of you people are CLUELESS!!!!

    First of all, this is why I support FOSS (Free Open Source Software). If its all free, then there would be no piracy!!! ;)

    Second, the RIAA and MPAA will never be able to stop the downloaders. Just look at all the futile attempts to take down The Pirate Bay (http://thepiratebay.org/legal). Plus more and more artists are dropping the record labels. It wont be able to be stopped.

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:27pm

    Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    But the important thing, is this:

    YOU DO NOT GET TO DECIDE ON THE VALUE OF A PRODUCT, how many products or items, or paintings or anything for that matter where you get to determine the sales price?

    None,

    Wrong - see Radiohead, Magnatune etc


    To those saying, "it has no value" well it's not youre call, you dont get to say the value of something, assume the value is zero and therefore you can have it for no cost.


    If I thought something had no value then I wouldn't want it would I ...

    The value of something is the price or value the rightfull owner of that thing determines it to be.

    Wrong. if the owner wants to sell then the price/value will be set by the market - if not then the price/value will remain indeterminate.

    The owner might not want to sell it at all, therefore it's value to him is infinate, no amount of money is enough.
    Not infinite - just unknown

    Or the value may be something less, the rights owner sets a price, the purchaser agrees to that price and a purchase is made.

    OK that is the only part that makes any sense.

    BUT - all that was based on possession of a unique physical object.

    What I suspect you are talking about is not economics at all but power politics. Once party A sells to party B a copy of some work then any further influence over what party B does is not price/value bargaining but the exercise of power and, as you may have heard, power corrupts. Sort of explains the RIAA doen't it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: "Techdirt never publishes the truth"

    let me add this:

    http://techdirt.com/articles/20100603/1654119681.shtml

    "Because One Paywall Sorta Worked Very Briefly Many Years Ago, Free Is A Joke".

    yet, in this story:

    http://techdirt.com/articles/20100604/0954389689.shtml

    "Others in the comments quickly pointed to Penny Arcade and XKCD -- both of which have been huge success stories."

    yet, these are two exceptions in a sea of failures and forgotten websites that stopped updating years ago. can you smell the spin? in one case, its an exceptional hiccup, and in the other its the start of an amazing trend. Hmmm. getting dizzy yet?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: "Techdirt never publishes the truth"

    "but mostly people would come to understand that the free lunch is over."

    Yes, that's why the practice has lead to so much backlash that various politicians and governmental bodies are starting to condemn the action. But I suppose your psychic powers posses more credibility than hard evidence.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Let me refute the easy stuff first. I never claimed that it "couldn't be true" that the litigation strategy was a failure. I only claimed that it's possible that it was *not* a failure, and none of the absolute numbers that people seem to rely on here are definitive one way or another. Open your mind, man. "It definitely was an absolute failure" and "It definitely was *not* an absolute failure" are not the only possible viewpoints to take here.

    On the point of redefining success, just because something is not definitively measurable does not mean it is invalid or nonexistent. Take, for example, happiness. I consider "success" to be taking the actions that lead to my greatest happiness. I can't definitively measure that, but I still think it is a valid concept of success.


    "There's no other reason to [initiate the litigation strategy] if you do not minimise or remove file sharing."

    Ah, but you threw that word "minimise" in there, by non-American and/or spelling-impaired friend. That is exactly what I'm talking about. We can all agree that they did not eradicate the behavior they were targeting. But perhaps it was the best strategy to minimize such behavior. Showing that such behavior has increased in absolute numbers does not prove otherwise.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: "Techdirt never publishes the truth"

    There was no spin you idiot. Commenters were simply noting that, "and that no new comic strips could be successful or make money without the aid of an industry like newspapers" is not a true statement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Ironic that I would mistype "my" as "by" in my sentence regarding your spelling of "minimise."

    Such is life.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "There's no other reason to do so if you do not minimise or remove file sharing."

    I disagree. From a young age people are taught not to copy of their neighbors' papers.

    I think commenters on Techdirt think that everyone is like them, or that the majority of people think IP laws are terrible, but I think it is a misconception.

    "But the fact is that it doesn't promote the progress, it promotes extortion, and so reasonable arguments can be made to destroy it (or at least fix our current laws)."

    Well, we don't agree on everything, but I agree most IP laws could be modified for the better.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "know of no disagreement over what current murder law states"

    You not knowing =/= it doesn't exist.

    My only point is that the prior statement (paraphrase: if the law doesn't work perfectly, get rid of it) is a bad priniciple.

    I have no problem with modifying laws for the better.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:46pm

    Re:

    Well, it has some success.

    I know someone who got one of those "pay up or we sue" letters. He paid up.

    Was this the end of the story? no, not by far. After his first tantrum was gone, he sold every CD and DVD of his collection on ebay (over a thousand each), although not before ripping everything. He then stopped buying music and videos altogether.

    But now comes the interesting part. He started on reading up on internet protocols, encryption VPN and renting servers, as well as filesharing laws in various countries. He now has a rootserver in Antigua (IIRC) which he uses to run the filesharing software and pulls everything to his machine by VPN.

    Mind, that one was until then an utter computer illiterate, the average "fix my computer, it is broken" pain in the ass, but now he is able to remotely maintain a Linux server and set up secure connections. He even learned to fix his computer all by himself.

    Well, if that is not a success I don't know what is. Making a person like that actually learn how to correctly use and maintain computers is not an easy feat, I tried and failed for about ten years and the music industry managed to do that in about 6 month...

    Yeah, THAT is a success...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 3:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    Ugh. I quoted the wrong thing (from another post). My point was that I disagree with the statement "is nothing wrong with infringement. People inherently understand this"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 4:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "From a young age people are taught not to copy of their neighbors' papers."

    People are taught not to plagiarize, that is, pretend like someone else's paper is their own. But that's hardly the same thing and just because people are taught something from a young age doesn't make it any more right.

    "I think commenters on Techdirt think that everyone is like them, or that the majority of people think IP laws are terrible, but I think it is a misconception."

    It is not a misconception, the majority of the world's population do not agree with IP laws. Most cultures do not agree, much of the problem pharmaceutical corporations encounter is the fact that other cultures do not agree with IP laws on medicine and traditionally have not. Pharmaceutical corporations try to go into other countries with diverse and different plants to study them but their cultures have traditionally not approved of IP and didn't want the results of the studies to become patented. There is plenty of research and whatnot detailing this in universities even. It's not a misconception, it's reality.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 4:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "My only point is that the prior statement (paraphrase: if the law doesn't work perfectly, get rid of it) is a bad priniciple."

    That is a strawman. The correct argument is, if it's a bad law get rid of it. The argument is that IP laws are bad laws, get rid of them (or fix them and turn them into good laws).

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 4:31pm

    Settling means nothing

    As the RIAA lawsuits showed us, most people will settle. Data from the recording industry lawsuits, revealed in a court case, showed that 11,000 of the 18,000 Does settled immediately
    Faced with the choice between settling for a moderate amount of money and getting into a potentially endless legal nightmare against an opponent with far greater resources most people will settle - regardless of the merits of the case.
    A few years ago a German relative of ours died. During her lifetime she had sold a plot of land to a local builder. When she died it turned out that the builder's lawyers had been incompetent and the title of the land was uncertain. The builder decided to recover the costs of fixing this from our relative's estate. The effect of this was to turn the estate into a debt - so our "inheritance" would be negative. The builder then sued to recover the remaining money from us. This was completely unjust since we were not involved in the original transaction - and it was the other side's error anyway. Nonetheless, faced with an awkward case in a foreign court we settled. It was clearly easier that way.

    The fact that someone is prepared to settle such a case does not mean that they accept guilt. It does however raise the suspicion that the person bringing it is guilty of extortion.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 4:54pm

    Re: Why I love the RIAA...

    but sneakernet is slow. while you can flop disks, the time it would take for worldwide distribution is immense.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 5:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "That is a strawman."

    It's not a strawman. It's what the earlier commenter wrote.

    "The correct argument is, if it's a bad law get rid of it."

    That's not what the prior commenter wrote.

    Nevertheless, I think "if it's a bad law, modify it," is a better prinicple than "if it's a bad law, get rid of it."

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 5:19pm

    RE:" I'll refer you to the lawyer/copyleftist Lawrence Lessig"

    RE:" I'll refer you to the lawyer/copyleftist Lawrence Lessig"


    ME ::
    An excerpt from my 2002 study "Techno-politics: The Internet and Political Activism"

    http://technopolitical.blogspot.com/2002/09/techno-politics.html#_edn38

    ME [2002]: "There are also those who assert that Democracy will loose out ---and is loosing out--- to the Globalization of the Government and Corporate Techno-Powers.[37] Seeing the distribution of academic and political information, news and views on the Web as dominated by a few mega-corporations[38] some believe the question political-science students will be asked on exams is: “Why and how has the Internet changed democracy for the worst?”
    -----
    notes:


    [36] The issues of Techno-Politics, Electronic-Government and Cyber-Politics are as diverse as the countries they occur in. Each government and people on this planet use the Internet for political means. As the laws of government differ from country to country, the sphere of Techno-Cyber-Politics is unique to each. Please do bear in mind that how Americans use the Internet is by no means a clear indicator of how the Internet is being use politically in other Democracies and Dictatorships.

    [37] Clarke, Roger: Freedom of Information? The Internet as Harbinger of the New Dark Ages

    www.FirstMonday.org: Peer-Reviewed Journal of the Internet,

    volume 4, number 11 (November 1999),
    Available @ http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue4_11/clarke/index.html

    Last accessed June 25 2002

    A quote from the article:

    “ There's a common presumption that the Internet has brought with it the promise of openness, democracy, the end of inequities in the distribution of information, and human self-fulfillment. Any such conclusion would be premature. The digital era has amused and beguiled us all. Its first-order impacts are being assimilated, but its second-order implications are not. Powerful institutions perceive their interests to be severely threatened by the last decade of technological change and by the shape of the emergent 'information economy'. Elements of their fight back are identified, particularly extensions to legal protectionism, and the active development and application of technologies that protect data from prying eyes. Many of the features that have ensured a progressive balance between data protection and freedom of access to data have already been seriously eroded. The new balance that emerges from the current period of turmoil may be far less friendly to public access and more like a New Dark Ages.”

    [38] Jesdanun, Anick . ASSOCIATED PRESS: BOOK REVIEW, +++++“The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World,” by Lawrence Lessig,++++++ (Published by Random House.) The next threat to the Internet : Legal scholar warns of challenges to innovation. January 8, 2002.

    [Accessed Jan 7 2002 @ http://www.msnbc.com/news/681181.asp?0na=x2236140- Link inactive].

    Last Accessed August 19, 2002 @ http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/tue/computers/news_1u8lessig.html

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 5:23pm

    Re: RE:" I'll refer you to the lawyer/copyleftist Lawrence Lessig"

    Whhops the bottom of note [38] got cut .

    Here is the full footnote:


    [38] Jesdanun, Anick . ASSOCIATED PRESS: BOOK REVIEW, ++ “The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World,” by Lawrence Lessig,++ (Published by Random House.) The next threat to the Internet : Legal scholar warns of challenges to innovation. January 8, 2002.

    [Accessed Jan 7 2002 @ http://www.msnbc.com/news/681181.asp?0na=x2236140- Link inactive].

    Last Accessed August 19, 2002 @ http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/tue/computers/news_1u8lessig.html

    ”In his new book, Lawrence Lessig warns of threats to innovation as the Internet becomes increasingly controlled by businesses, the technology they develop and the laws they push. In his 1999 book, “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace,” Lessig warns of threats to free speech and privacy as the Internet becomes increasingly controlled by businesses, the technology they develop and the laws they push. “The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World,” published by Random House, is in many respects a sequel: Lessig argues that innovation is under threat by those same efforts. One tendency Lessig worries about is the development of software techniques that would let Internet service providers prioritize — and perhaps charge more for — certain traffic over others.”

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 5:28pm

    Show me the democracy in intellectual property law!

    .....

    [We all know ]the fact that America is not a pure Democracy. The American citizen body has no formal constitutional role in the formation of federal law and policy. Rather the United States of America is a Democratic Republic, where the American body politic elects our legislatures and executives to enact laws and make national policy decisions in a slow (and hopefully) deliberative fashion. [116]

    Unlike several European countries ---(This past March 2002 in Switzerland for example, voters approved a national referendum to join the United Nations.[117])---- there is no process for direct voter involvement beyond the election of public officials on the national level. On the state and local level, however, there does exist initiative and referendum (I & R), with 27 states having such provision.[118]

    I & R takes on several forms with each state determining its particulars of procedure, but they can be broken down into the following basic categories: [119]
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    See footnotes @

    http://technopolitical.blogspot.com/2002/09/techno-politics.html#_ednref118
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    Copyright "Technopolitical" August 2003

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 5:31pm

    Re: Re: Learn proper writing skills and maybe some of us could understand you. Otherwise, take up poetry, and learn Haiku. It seems to suit you.quite quick, came Internet, that went and turned a law into a farce." - The Pirate Poet

    It is only a Poem

    But poems do spurn Ideas.

    Some Good . Some Bad.

    The future will tell.

    The answer is blowing in the winds of cyberspace.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 5:49pm

    Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years)

    "I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years)"


    ME :

    1] Commission a "Harris poll" of the electorate. Only way to know ,,

    except we do elect our congress ,, and 100% of them like current copyright law _- ( i.e, but not always Patent , esp bio-tech)

    2] I would be curious as to a VERY unscientific poll of techdirt READERS ,, not just posters , on this topic.

    Mike sometime has those reader polls up on the front page.

    Go for it Mike.

    I am curious, how a slightly fuller slice of the techdirt READERSHIP,, feel as about his point: "I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years)"

    Why not try a poll ?

    Now I would say , most posters , hate copyright with exteme passion ( The Pirates).

    There are only 7-10 individual regular poster , who are the "good guys" ,

    , er-- who reflect my "self-righteous viewpoint" ,

    , er,, "who see it my way";

    OR ,, who just do not think I am plain nuts.

    Again only 7-10 here posting on my side of the aisle.

    But I bet -- 5 cents cash --that among Techdirt READERS,
    the "Silent Majority" * will side with me 55%-45% or more.

    ------------------

    * Oh my mercy me ! With the phrase "Silent Majority",, I am quoting Richard Nixon !! I never though it would come to this.

    I need a break.
    --------------
    I am going to smoke a cigg

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 5:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Learn proper writing skills and maybe some of us could understand you. Otherwise, take up poetry, and learn Haiku. It seems to suit you.quite quick, came Internet, that went and turned a law into a farce." - The Pirate Poet

    Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 6:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years)

    I'm an artist and I hate copyright.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 6:16pm

    Re: Settling means nothing

    "It does however raise the suspicion that the person bringing it is guilty of extortion." - how? if you didnt do anything wrong, why not fight it? obviously some cases were dropped, which would be totally against the concept of extortion. i just think using terms like extortion are nice ways to cover up the very basic reality: the lawsuits are being won, and the more than these cases turn out positive for the plaintiffs, the more lawsuits you will see.

    ask yourself this: if every time you downloaded, you got a legal letter demanding $1500, how many times would you download?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 6:42pm

    Re: Re: Settling means nothing

    "how?"

    Pay me or you're going to spend tons of money and time and resources on legal expenses.

    "if you didnt do anything wrong, why not fight it?"

    Lawyers aren't cheap and lawsuits take tons of time that can be better spent on other things.

    "obviously some cases were dropped, which would be totally against the concept of extortion."

    No, that would support the fact that they were trying to extort people but realized that some people weren't falling for it.

    "i just think using terms like extortion are nice ways to cover up the very basic reality: the lawsuits are being won, "

    Which only enforces the fact that extortion is the correct term.

    "and the more than these cases turn out positive for the plaintiffs, the more lawsuits you will see. "

    Legalized extortion.

    "ask yourself this: if every time you downloaded, you got a legal letter demanding $1500, how many times would you download?"

    Ask yourself this, if every time someone broke anti drug laws, they went to jail, how many people would break anti drug laws? Yet, despite the fact that breaking drug laws are a criminal matter, not a civil matter, and a whole lot more money is spent on the drug war than piracy, the drug war is a total failure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 6:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years)

    So you believe that current copyright laws are acceptable? Wow. See everyone, this is the mentality of IP maximists.

    You know what. I think I'm starting to get this. You're either an anti IP advocate pretending to be pro IP or you're drunk.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 6:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    I suppose if there is a law that says you must murder your first born we can simply modify it to say you don't have to. After all, what's the difference between modifying a law and getting rid of it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    if the police are on the same street running a speed trap every day for a month, at the end of the month, more people will do the speed limit than will not. they dont have to get a ticket to slow down, they have to feel there is a significant enough chance to get a ticket to change their behavior. 18,000 lawsuits in a few years against millions of violations a year is too small of a number of a true effect. 18,000 lawsuits in a short period of time may have more effect.

    remember, this is important: this isnt to stop the determined copyright violator. those people who would do it no matter what will still do it. i think that the industry is aiming more at those who are 'soft' on the concept, and are only participating because they think they can get away with it (or because their parents dont know they are doing it). if you change that group over from file traders to legal consumers, it has a bigger impact on file trading as a whole. fewer peers, fewer people ripping, longer download times, etc.

    nobody thinks you can eradicate file trading, any more than you can eradicate drugs, speeding, or graffiti. the question is tolerance and permissiveness. tolerating lawlessness just creates the environment where everyone feels they can do it. the first tag on building is a tipping point, because if the tag lasts, others will join in. remove the tag quickly, and you might not end up with a wall full or graffiti.

    copyright generally is fair: if you want it, meet the conditions of sale or rent, otherwise, dont use it. how hard is that to grasp?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:04pm

    Indie music is so much better than the RIAA garbage. These musicians are struggling and putting their souls into their creations. I can sense their emotions in the lyrics and music and they don't do it for money and fame. The different styles of music is incredible because they are free to create as they please.

    I'm so grateful to the RIAA fo causing me to take notice of Indie music.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:07pm

    Re: Re: Why I love the RIAA...

    There are ways to distribute content more rapidly. You can create secret encrypted wireless networks that can't be distinguished from CMBR to anyone who doesn't know the decryption code. A hacked wireless N router should be able to do the trick, or perhaps it might need a bit of modification to make it able to transmit signals via the necessary frequencies, but that shouldn't be too difficult to accomplish.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why I love the RIAA...

    Or basically a bunch of routers that mimic natural background noise to anyone that doesn't know the decryption code.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Why I love the RIAA...

    See, what people need to know is that background noise is a natural occurrence, there is noise everywhere. and a well encrypted message looks random, it is indistinguishable from noise. If you correctly mimicked background noise you can distribute signals using frequencies that will travel further distances than what the FCC will permit and nobody who doesn't know the decryption code will be able to decipher it from normal background noise that they naturally encounter everywhere. Buildings can aim directional antennas at each other and communicate across further distances creating a sneakernet of computers and communication. Now, there is always the threat that if the feds discovered a code from one person (ie: someone leaked it to the feds) in the network they can use it to track others because, with the code, they can now decipher noise from signal and see where the signal gets stronger and/or triangulate it. But it will be a cat and mouse game and, just like the drug war, it will be largely ineffective. Two friends can predetermine a code and communicate along longer distances than what the FCC permits, and more trusted people can enter the network, etc...

     

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    Sneeje (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    About as hard as simple economics for you, I guess.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:30pm

    Re: Beating a dead horse specialist TP

    TP, the reason you get so much flak on this board isn't because your representing the "other side". You see almost everyone here on Techdirt is trying to think outside of the box.

    We are trying to come up with new ideas/concepts to deal with the new emerging world. Your wanna-be devils advocate drivel is simply not needed. Your crying from inside the box and we are on the outside laughing at your inability to think critically.

    If you want to advance the conversation please do so, but so far I think your work has been of dubious value at best. Can you come out of the box and join the big boys? Or are you really just a lap dog?

    Don't keep spiraling down the drain TP

     

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    Billy Harwell, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:43pm

    Re:

    Well, I think it's unfortunate that there likely won't be another wave of these lawsuits. I would LOVE to see it. Because, if one wave of lawsuits took down one of these bastard companies, maybe four more would get them out of our hair for good.

    These companies are responsible for the decay of American culture. Indie labels forever!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:48pm

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    They maybe able to get away with it for a month but if it persisted everywhere for a long period of time it would

    A: Cost a whole lot in police enforcement, especially if it stops generating revenue as people start following the law (since for every X citizens on the road, you need y cops to ensure enough enforcement to successfully deter people)

    B: the moment revenue to fund it dried up and it stops, people will speed again.

    C: If it persisted for too long and was too widespread people will influence the government to change speed laws.

    D: A whole lot more money gets spent on enforcing traffic laws like speed laws than on piracy and yet those laws tend to be broken all the time.

    E: People intuitively understand that traffic laws are supposed to have a good purpose (ie: save lives), anti piracy laws have no such purpose, and so they will be far more understanding with traffic laws than with piracy laws. Likely outcome if everyone aggressively broke traffic laws. Lots more people died. Worst case scenario if copyright wasn't enforced. Existing big corporations go out of business. Art and music and whatnot won't go away though, but even if it does, that's not nearly as bad as tons of people dying in avoidable traffic accidents.

    F: Traffic laws go on your record and can ban you from driving, piracy laws do not, yet the enforcement of speed laws on the freeway and elsewhere are a failure.

    You have to realize, there are economic forces in play here. Widespread tyranny is really hard to enforce because for every 100 people that exist you will probably need maybe 1 person (I don't know the number, but the number is rather big) to help enforce it. Basically, a huge percentage of the population is needed and even then it won't work. I don't even think a percentage of the population would really be enough to regulate the rest of the other 99 percent, they can only regulate a percentage of the behavior at any given time if that. Heck, if a minority of people wanted to break laws that the majority believed should be enforced, if the minority was organized they could probably get away with it. How many cops exist in a city compared to citizens? Are there enough cops to even come close to stopping the majority of crimes? It's simply implausible for such a small percentage of the population to be able to exert the effort necessary to enforce these laws against a much larger portion of the population to a level necessary to really have impact. There are economic forces regarding labor and effort and man hours required to enforce laws vs labor/effort/man hours required to evade them and the larger group of people can exert more man hours of labor than a smaller group at any given time and so the smaller group is at a huge disadvantage if the larger group adamantly doesn't want to follow the laws and if they cooperatively avoid being caught, etc... Basically, if you know anything about group dynamics, the bigger group usually ends up winning.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Copyright is not fair. How is retroactively extending copyright fair?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 7:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Settling means nothing

    How much has been spent for the War on Drugs in the past 50 years?

    Oh right, about $1 trillion. And the price of cocaine has gone down! Way to make a dent in that supply, drug warriors!

    Cocaine is cheaper today than it was 20 years ago. The War on Drugs is a failure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:02pm

    I stopped buying music from RIAA labels altogether around 2003 specifically because of these shenanigans. I simply could not bear the idea of giving my money to an organization that was going to turn around and use it to sue the pants off of unwitting grandmothers, children, and college students. I followed all stories about the lawsuits and their outcomes closely, and found the whole lawsuit machine completely detestable.

    It's 7 years later and the RIAA has not received one more penny of my money.

    Success!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Settling means nothing

    Here is an estimate on how much is spent on the war on drugs this year.

    $8,762,662,989 Federal dollars
    $13,450,721,760 State Dollars
    $22,213,418,199 Total Dollars

    (and the number keeps increasing)

    http://www.drugsense.org/wodclock.htm

    and the war is a complete failure, yet is far more justifiable in the eyes of most than the war on piracy. If you can't control the drug war with all this money I just don't see how you can control the war on piracy.

     

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    Also Fake TAM, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:06pm

    Re: Re:

    Random incomprehensible gibberish, etc, etc, "The Masnick", fallacy soup, strawman, non sequitur, nonsense salad, declare victory!

     

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    Any Mouse, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:20pm

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    You are dealing with scientific minds. That which cannot be definitively measured or defined is invalid as a metric. Success cannot be measured by that which cannot be measured, and thus this is not a success.

    Also, you steer clear of the fact that it is a failure as it did not meet any of the stated goals. If you state goals and then do not meet them? You failed.

    You, sir, are nothing more than a PR spin doctor, and not very good at it, either.

     

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    The Pirate, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:21pm

    They suceeded!

    Only in annoying people, everybody I know have no problems being a pirate, they don't say that out loud anymore because they don't want trouble.

    But asked if they would stop, everyone say no, what a surprise, they now get things from a friend of a friend of a friend(funny really), but it didn't really stopped anyone from doing it. They all learned how to do in more sneaky ways that is all, they all know it is against the law and they all just ignore it and some of them even got letters and they just ignore them(not wise).

    I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    The irony is that I make some money selling "IP" products that I see others copying and using and I don't care, good for them, even if they didn't pay me I wouldn't be angry with them, I expend hours, days and sometimes weeks doing modelling in 3D, people cuss at me, down harsh critics at my work and I still do it and some still pay for it. I don't need copyright to protect me, or my market I can compete and when I cannot anymore I'm sure I will find something to do, I don't entrap people for me that is immoral, they can copy my ideas, they can use it if they can do it by themselves and I find it wonderful.

    Will I ever stop copying others?

    No!

    And so do others I know, all those attempts to call people criminals is tiresome and are annoyances but don't really change people or changed them fundamentally they still pirate everything they get their hands on and I don't see it stopping any time soon.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Settling means nothing

    The can't even control the war on drugs in prison. In fucking prison!

     

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    The Pirate, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:28pm

    Lets do an empiracal test.

    Put a baby in a box and don't let him copy anything and see how he grows up.

    Then put another boy with a rich enviroment from where he can copy a lot of things from others and see how one develops.

    We all know the answer to that, without copying and sharing people don't evolve as much, IP laws harm development more than they help.

    The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws and they have lost that when people gave in on the dream that they can own ideas. Greed is destroying a beautiful country with beautiful people. Control freaks are harming the country I was born in and that makes me sad.

     

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    Any Mouse, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: "Techdirt never publishes the truth"

    Neither Penny Arcade nor XKCD are paywalled. Fail.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:44pm

    Re: Re: Beating a dead horse specialist TP

    YOU :Your wanna-be devils advocate:

    ME :I am in the mainstream , of the real world. Again Find me any sitting federal Judge OR congress -person who favors looser copyright laws as they currently cover artists and musicians.

    YOU : drivel is simply not needed.

    Right and wrong.

    You see the Pirate cause is politically hopeless.

    You might as well be advocating legalizing 8-year-olds to vote. Only a Constitutional amendment could do that.
    Possible , but very, very unlikely.

    To kill off copyright you would have to remove Copyright from the U.S. Constitution with an amendment.

    Good luck ,, but it ain't going to happen.

    YOU :

    Your crying from inside the box and we are on the outside laughing at your inability to think critically"

    ANS:

    Fools tend to laugh the loudest.

    Trust me , I have been thinking critically and involved politically for decades now.

    I have political friends from "Anarchy Loving Squatters" all the way to "Palin Tea Party types".

    I know I have studied academically , and worked politically in politics most all my life.

    My degree is in Pol-Sci, (2001)

    and my old boss is named Ralph Nader. ( 1983-1986 / 92-95)

    I was pushing things like recycling in the 1980s
    when it was still a very weird thing to do.

    Now recycling is LAW and CULTURE .

    To tell me I do not know how to think outside the box.
    says more about your shallowness of perception, than it does my words.

    The words and opinions , I write here , have been tested academically often. I always do well there. You cannot get a degree in political science, without understanding all theories and all sides to all arguments.

    One sided dogmas is not what Political Science is about.

    Clearly though I am an advocate for a belief. So is Mike . So are you.

    I believe Copyright is good. And needs to get better. That is also political reality. !00% of Federal Judges ,, and 100% of Congress support it . ( Name any who do not if you can.)

    Advocating to allow 12-year-olds the right to vote, stands more political chance than taking copyright out of the Constitution and American legal system.

    If you do not accept that you are blinded by YOUR DOGMA.

    Most likely it being an anarchist philosophy.

    I got a lot of anarchist friends.

    I have certain sympathies there.

    ( esp in grammar ans phonetic spelling !!!) ,

    , but I feel that as long as evil exists in this world ,

    Anarchy as a political system , is far from feasible.

    People do crime. BP spills oil. You need Government.

    Our Government , is the chief advocate and protector of copyright law. We elect our government. Government is bound to ENFORCE the constitutional right to copyright.

    The Constitution is all we need, and the courts can do the rest.

    The laws may need some "digital- realization" to focus on the future better , ,, but congress , and international lawyers and diplomats are doing that everyday-- fighting to strengthen Copyright against illegal Piracy.

    The theft of service , Art , or Goods,, w/o permission of the Rights Holders.

    This ain't gonna change.

    Lobby and organize all you want ,, but without Pirate-political -power,, Pirates will forever be at war with the Government , on land , on sea and online , and they will be prosecuted and sued in court.

    If you view Piracy as a legitiment form of civil disobedience ,, well you are wrong.

    Civil disobedience is passive ,, it does not consume $$$ to gain wealth buy stealing.

    Shoplifting is not civil disobedience.

    Subway fare beating is not civil disobedience

    Piracy is not civil disobedience.

    Civil right marchers were not in it for the $$ ,, to get something for nothing.

    It was about "civil human rights".

    Piracy advocates taking away control from me of my ART.

    I got the government , congress , and the courts , wholly on my side.

    Don't you see that reality? Why can't you accept it.

    ((( Yes slavery was in the constitution at first , and it took a war to remove it.)))

    Are Pirates really ready to take up arms to remove copyright form the Constitution ? Do you see any political reality in that premise ?

    Do you see yourself making bombs to fight for your "natural right" to download the Beatles remastered CD w/o paying for them ?

    That will be the only way.

    The U.S. Congress is not gonna weaken the Copyright Laws, nor remove copyright from the constitution


    That is not opinion, that is the Reality of Political fact and law and principle.

     

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    Karl (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 8:52pm

    Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    How many people had enough bandwidth ten years ago to be a Pirate ? a few hundred thousand maybe ,,

    Um, ten years ago was the hight of the Napster era. In February 2001, Napster had over 26 million users.

    To get a sense of the current number of users, read this Wikipedia article. In many countries, people who share infringing content are in the majority.

    The total number of people on the planet who infringe on copyright, is likely over a billion right now. No way to know for sure, of course.

    These lawsuits did absolutely nothing to slow down that trend. Nor will any lawsuits in the future. That's because people want to share; it's natural. Copyright is against sharing, so it will lose.

    Find ONE major , well studied , political philosopher who says "ABOLISH COPYRIGHT LAWS".

    Well, since copyright didn't exist anywhere in the world until after the Statute of Anne, any philosopher who died before 1709 would have nothing to talk about.

    But that doesn't mean we can't guess what they'd say. The first "pirate" philosopher was probably Socrates. At the time, the Sophists were charging high fees to teach ideas; Socrates shared those ideas for free. (For example, the "Socratic method" may have actually been conceived by Protagoras, a Sophist.)

    Closer to modern times, David Hume believed scarcity was a precondition for being property:

    "We see, even in the present necessitous condition of mankind, that, wherever any benefit is bestowed by nature in an unlimited abundance, we leave it always in common among the whole human race, and make no subdivisions of right and property."
    - Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

    Many political writers were against copyright:

    "The regions of thought, like those of the air, are the common property of all earth's creatures."
    - William Leggett, Democratick Editorials: Essays in Jacksonian Political Economy

    "I particularly desire to express my heartfelt gratitude to the translators and participators in your work who, in generous compliance with my objection to copyright of any kind, thus help to render your English version of my writings absolutely free to all who may wish to make use of it."
    - Leo Tolstoy, letter to the Free Age Press

    For modern philosophical opposition to intellectual property, see:
    Tom G. Palmer, "Are Patents And Copyrights Morally Justified?"
    Julio H. Cole, "Patents And Copyrights:
    Do The Benefits Exceed The Costs?"

    Joost Smiers, "Abandoning Copyright: A Blessing for Artists, Art, and Society"
    Wendy McElroy, "Contra Copyright"
    N. Stephan Kinsella, "Against Intellectual Property"

    Other philosophers include Murray Rothbard, Benjamin Tucker, and F.A. Hayek.

    The Kinsella paper is an especially good overview of the three types of thinking on copyright (utilitarian, rights-based, and against). It also describes Andrew Galambos, the most ardent IP maximalist I've ever heard of. I think you'd like him:
    Galambos reportedly took his own ideas to ridiculous lengths, claiming a property right in his own ideas and requiring his students not to repeat them; dropping a nickel in a fund box every time he used the word "liberty," as a royalty to the descendants of Thomas Paine, the alleged "inventor" of the word "liberty"; and changing his original name from Joseph Andrew Galambos (Jr., presumably) to Andrew Joseph Galambos, to avoid infringing his identically-named father's rights to the name.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 9:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    a - you make a mistake in assuming that ticketing campaigns have to be economically viable. the police are paid anyway. they can stand on this street,or the next street, it still costs the same.

    b - the funding doesnt dry up until you are suggesting that somehow the people would fire all the police. not going to happen.

    c - the miracle is that people do protest to some extent, but for the most part they adapt their behaviors.

    d - speeding is one of those things, most people want to go faster than is safe, thinking they know better. in the end, persistent law enforcement activity and laws written to make large excesses of speed impractical do work. ontario as an example has a law that automatically impounds a car if you are stopped doing more than 50km/h over the posted limit. it has had a significant impact in the amount of large excess speeding.

    e - people get a better idea of the value of copyright laws when they are on the other side, actually producing or selling copyright products. when they are competing against people who are not respecting copyright, they can see right and wrong easily, and they can see the impact as their jobs disappear.

    f - actually, enforcement is successful, mostly when you compare it to what would happen without the enforcement. you only have to travel to countries where traffic laws are not enforced to see the danger, the chaos, and the carnage.

    "the smaller group is at a huge disadvantage if the larger group adamantly doesn't want to follow the laws and if they cooperatively avoid being caught, etc." - one basic problem here: the smaller group is actually making the product. piss them off enough, and perhaps they stop. then the larger group can pirate pictures of each others kids and their home movies. the larger group only gets away with being smug as long as they dont make the smaller group suffer too much.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 9:29pm

    Re:

    Yes, people getting tired of taking the risk works great for drugs, prostitution, speeding, not using turn signals and answering phones inside restaurants and movie theaters.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 9:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    You think the smaller group is the only one that makes content! That's adorable!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 9:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Beating a dead horse specialist TP

    Silly anti-pirate logic!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 7th, 2010 @ 9:57pm

    and the war is a complete failure, yet is far more justifiable in the eyes of most than the war on piracy. If you can't control the drug war with all this money I just don't see how you can control the war on piracy.

    There all serious political theorist and political theory , that is against drug laws , as victimless crime.

    Many civil libertarians -- left and right , and even some in courts and congress , do favor a drastic liberalization of the "drug war".

    Heck , the President used to smoke pot ,, and did coke as a youth.

    It would NOT take amending the Constitution to legalize Pot.

    It would take an amendment to the Constitution to abolish copyright.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 9:59pm

    Re: TP strikes again, time to call the cleanup crew

    TP stop bleaching everything white! You know it is bad for the environment of Techdirt and it can give your arse cancer.

    Perhaps at one time you thought outside the box. I applaud your past efforts in recycling although it is clear you never reached the fourth R which is RE-think.

    Let me break it down for you so you can understand. Intellectual Property such as copyright is designed for control. This control is exerted by large corporations %99.9 of the time not the "little" guy. This control comes at the cost of the natural rights we have to progress as a society unfettered by a minorities special interest in slowing down the progression of science and arts for monetary gains.

    In the end we will make more money, art, invention, and innovation without Intellectual Property. Why advocate for a broken system clearly designed to damage our country?

    You assumption that you are only arguing with Pirates shows that you are clearly not playing with a full deck. Here is the challenge! Join us outside the box TP. We are waiting and your gonna get soggy if you hang out in the toilet any longer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 10:29pm

    Re: Constitutional expert TP at your service

    TP, are you suggesting copyright infringement which is not even a criminal matter is not a victimless crime? Maybe I am reading between the lines but I wouldn't be surprised if you believe this.

    We can easily abolish copyright/patent system as we know it by going back to our mission as stated by the Constitution. The Constitution and the Supreme court are clear about the rules of copyright to only promote the arts it protects without harming their continued development and for patents the advancement of useful knowledge and discoveries.

    If the current laws fail this very obvious test then it is abolished. Does 70 years plus life promote? No proof? Well then thats abolished, next! Very simple and would help set sensible limitations that research could back up.

    The research could say something like 5 years for copyright on everything with evidence showing that money has been recouped and the limitation on copyright gets the author/artist off their ass and working again. This is all imaginary of course because we would never go about this thing with any logic or evidence!

    Trying real hard here TP but I am afraid my arse is getting a little raw. Maybe you can try some two-ply extra soft conversations?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:03pm

    Re: and the war is a complete failure, yet is far more justifiable in the eyes of most than the war on piracy. If you can't control the drug war with all this money I just don't see how you can control the war on piracy.

    Well thank goodness that the whole world is not the Untied States so I guess it might be easier to abolish copyright in other countries.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2010 @ 11:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    http://chronicle.com/article/A-Self-Appointed-Teacher-Runs/65793/

    "The Khan Academy is a concrete answer to Mr. Shirky's challenge to create a school from scratch, and it's an example of something new in the education landscape that wasn't possible before. And it serves as a reminder to be less reverent about those long-held assumptions."

    Welcome to the future.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:07am

    Do you realize how hard it is to abolish copyright law?

    Let's think about this for five seconds. Copyright law is usually called Disney Law. Walt Disney has been dead for more years than I've been alive. He, and Elvis Presley make more money now than both of us combined. And yet their estates and businesses are the first to try to extend copyright for ever longer periods!

    I mean, seriously, No one on this sight hates copyright. They just hate how it's corporately owned. Copyright was supposed to protect artist. Well, that went up in smoke the first time Disney lobbied to continue to extend an arbitrary limit that isn't to promote arts or science...

    It's to fill their bottom line.

    Plain. Simple.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:16am

    Re: and the war is a complete failure, yet is far more justifiable in the eyes of most than the war on piracy. If you can't control the drug war with all this money I just don't see how you can control the war on piracy.

    Not necessarily. The constitution says that Congress has the power to grant monopolies, to promote the progress, not that it must grant monopolies. It doesn't have to.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    http://chronicle.com/article/A-Self-Appointed-Teacher-Runs/65793/

    "The Khan Academy is a concrete answer to Mr. Shirky's challenge to create a school from scratch, and it's an example of something new in the education landscape that wasn't possible before. And it serves as a reminder to be less reverent about those long-held assumptions."


    Totally random aside: Khan Academy's founder and I used to be roommates, many, many years ago.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "a - you make a mistake in assuming that ticketing campaigns have to be economically viable. the police are paid anyway. they can stand on this street,or the next street, it still costs the same."

    Despite this, people still speed.

    "b - the funding doesnt dry up until you are suggesting that somehow the people would fire all the police. not going to happen."

    and this counters what I said how?

    "c - the miracle is that people do protest to some extent, but for the most part they adapt their behaviors."

    They mostly adapt their behaviors to get away with breaking the law.

    "d - speeding is one of those things, most people want to go faster than is safe"

    Not true. Certain areas of the Autobahn have no speed limits and their accident and fatality rates are considerably lower than those of the U.S.

    U.S, streets are designed to enable you to go considerably faster than the speed limit.

    "ontario as an example has a law that automatically impounds a car if you are stopped doing more than 50km/h over the posted limit."

    I think most people wouldn't go that fast regardless if the roads aren't designed for it.

    "people get a better idea of the value of copyright laws when they are on the other side, actually producing or selling copyright products."

    Monopolies have value to the monopoly holders, if you have a monopoly on the sale of hamburgers of course that monopoly has value to you. Doesn't mean you are owed a monopoly. Just because something has value doesn't mean the government should grant it.

    "when they are competing against people who are not respecting copyright, they can see right and wrong easily"

    Because asserting that those who agree with you are right makes it so.

    "you only have to travel to countries where traffic laws are not enforced to see the danger, the chaos, and the carnage."

    Which makes my point, people follow traffic laws to the extent that they think it makes things safer. They follow the laws to the extent that it makes sense to them. Why are you arguing my point exactly?

    "the smaller group is actually making the product."

    There is a plethora of content released under CC licenses these days, licenses designed to circumvent copy privilege laws. Plenty of people are perfectly willing to make high quality content free of charge. If certain people require the rest of society to go through the effort and cost (both monetary costs and costs in our freedoms and privacy) of enforcing an unowed monopoly just to make content I would much rather them better contribute to society and the economy by finding another job instead.

    "and perhaps they stop"

    I hope so. We don't need them to create content and I think they would better serve society by finding another job instead of lobbying the government for more broken laws.

    "the larger group only gets away with being smug as long as they dont make the smaller group suffer too much."

    The problem is we aren't making them suffer enough. The smaller group gets 95 year copyright terms, that's insane. No, they need to find other jobs and actually contribute to society instead.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, because only the elite are capable of making "high quality" content, no one else.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:40am

    Re: and the war is a complete failure, yet is far more justifiable in the eyes of most than the war on piracy. If you can't control the drug war with all this money I just don't see how you can control the war on piracy.

    "Many civil libertarians -- left and right , and even some in courts and congress , do favor a drastic liberalization of the "drug war". "

    and I'm kinda one of them. I absolutely do not believe that people should be doing illegal drugs (unless there is a valid medical reason for it). But I also don't believe in taking away peoples rights either.

    "There all serious political theorist and political theory , that is against drug laws , as victimless crime."

    Because not giving someone a hamburger monopoly is a crime to the person who wants the monopoly. Only problem? No one is owed a monopoly on anything. Don't like it, no one is forcing you to produce content. Instead you can better serve society by finding another job.

     

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    Invanding Forces, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 1:00am

    There are 2 famous political figures.

    "I believe Copyright is good. And needs to get better. That is also political reality. !00% of Federal Judges ,, and 100% of Congress support it . ( Name any who do not if you can.)"

    Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilberto_Gil

    quote:
    "Today's digital technologies represent a fantastic opportunity for democratizing access to knowledge," Gil said. "We have found that the appropriation of digital technology can be an incredible upgrade in skills of political self-management and the local political process."

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9786370-7.html

    MEP Christian Engström
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Engstr%C3%B6m

     

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    Invanding Forces, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 1:09am

    There are 2 famous political figures.

    In the U.k. copyright is controversial.
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/15/historian_copyright_caution/print.html

    In Sweden things don't look rosy for copyright.
    http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-politicians-strike-blows-at-copyright-lobby-080110/

    I n France HADOPI was defeated in a voting because there was a large number of people against it.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/French-Anti-Piracy-Bill-Fails-Surprisingly-109208.shtml

    It is not universal, there are many many people in politics that don't like copyright right now and it is growing.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 2:34am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Ditto

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:11am

    that doesn't need LAW trying to force them to do something that goes against human nature.

    "that doesn't need LAW trying to force them to do something that goes against human nature."

    1] Outlawing Rape goes against human nature , Many Men , find rape laws oppressive-- even if it be just 10-20 %, that is too many. Even if it be 5 % ,, even 1%, still too many men find rape laws an oppression that goes against human nature. Date rape is STILL a big problem on any co-ed college campus. Vikings used to Rape and Pillage, w/o moral qualms. Today when the there is war , most anywhere when and /or where the local law breaks down ,, men rape with impunity.

    2] I am sure you know a lot of folks who shoplifted their way through high school and college, Many think if it is less that say,, $10 in worth , and the store is a big billion $$ Wal-Mart ,, shoplifting is harmless,. So they do it .

    3} You folks claim laws against Piracy is something "that goes against human nature." The majority of humans are not Pirates. In democracies people have elected governments that have outlawed piracy.

    4] Laws are designed and governments formed:
    to protect the "majority of peaceful people" from the criminal "minority of people" who claim that the laws , of Rape , Shoplifting and Piracy go "against human nature."

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:47am

    Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    Karl , again , your taking very tiny slivers , of philosophers , who are not taken seriously by the VAST majority of their academic peers, and who write write with an agenda , as opposed to seeking truth -- your are taking the the "tiny sliver of philosophers" and amplifying there academic writings, buy claiming they are legitimately accepted. They are not . Not by Laws and not by Courts. Not by the Majority of people.
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    I used napster in 2001. It blew out the soundcard on my old 64MB PC. In 2001 ,, while there were many ,, you say 26 million nampster users worldwide,, most folks had niether the bandwith or harddrive space to be gig time pirates. Now most anyone has both the bandwith and hard drive,, and it is going to grow,
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    YOU :
    The first "pirate" philosopher was probably Socrates. At the time, the Sophists were charging high fees to teach ideas; Socrates shared those ideas for free. (For example, the "Socratic method" may have actually been conceived by Protagoras, a Sophist.).

    Karl, again, take a philosophy course at any college. Put your sentence at the core or a paper any exam answer. You will fail . You cannot copyright "IDEAS" ( we have been through this Karl with T.J.'s letters and writings).

    Karl , you are the most only the only one here , who attempts. to answer my posts , on the viewspoints that highlight and present VAST ACADEMIC MAJORITY VIEW through out human human

    . You, Karl , always cite discounted philosophic theories,, that , while nice academically for fueling discussion,, are always rejected by society as a whole..

    To say that: "The first "pirate" philosopher was probably Socrates. At the time, the Sophists were charging high fees to teach ideas; Socrates shared those ideas for free. ",, is such a "convoluted -pirate-pretzel-logic" , it would get you laughed out of any philosophy class.

    Here is how the proff would mark it :

    YOU : The first "pirate" philosopher was probably Socrates. At the time, the Sophists were charging high fees to teach ideas.

    PROFF : "You cannot copyright IDEAS KARL "

    YOU : Socrates shared those ideas for free.

    PROFF : "Teaching for free , does not violate copyright principle. A lot of people teach guitar for free. It is neither immoral or illegal , and Eric Clapton does not mind. Artist and philosophers always exchange ideas freely, That is why to 'exchange ideas freely is an idiom of language. Karl please drop this course before the mid-term , or you will fail , unless you wake up to reality. "

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    Out of curiosity Karl, what is you college degree in ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:48am

    Re: that doesn't need LAW trying to force them to do something that goes against human nature.

    ^^ Mike didn't bother responding to you, nor will I accept to say that you are now officially a joke to me having equated file sharing to rape.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:03am

    Must suck being clueless

    Ofcourse it has an effect on the downloading community, those who have got a legal notice, will certainly think twice before doing it again, and those who hear or read about those people paying fines, will think may be it's better to not steal it.

    Actually they will shun morons who use "stealing" in this context and simply move on from P2P to encrypted bitlockers. True story!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:06am

    Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    That is your best comeback to my points ?

    Yawn, I never even have to break a sweat here at techdirt.

    There is never any real challenge to debating you Pirates,, as your views are morally unsupportable, and the laws of Nations all against you.

    Piracy will never die.

    Just as War Crimes , Rape , and Robbery , will never die.

    But we fight on. We fight on to reduce "War Crimes , Rape , and Robbery" and Piracy,

    and to confine , The War Criminals , Rapists , Robbers , and Pirates in Jails.

    Philosophize all you want . But unless your philosophies against Piracy translate into real world law and gov't policy, you will got to jail for Piracy.

    As example : Many people Philosophize against the income tax, as it is not directly mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.
    They are laughed out of court, forced to pay back taxes and often thrown in Jail.

    BUT many Philosophize against war , and refuse to serve in the army , based on "conscientious objector status".

    It is OK , it is encoded into law, and legiment "conscientious objectors" ( not just cowards) , do NOT HAVE to serve in the army.

    If you refuse to kill under any circumstance ,, even self defense , and can prove your beliefs as genuine to the courts , you do not have to serve.
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    OK , Pirates , next time you get arrested or sued,, try your moral augments for piracy in Courts of law.

    Watch the Judges laugh.
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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:16am

    Anonymous Cowards and " Must suck having to be honest and law abiding."

    too many ACs,, it is very confusing . Please identify yourself some how , as it would help for readers of the discussion to follow

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years)

    hate is bad. Go to bed. Pray to what ever deity you may have first though.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:24am

    Re: Re: TP strikes again, time to call the cleanup crew

    really not worth responding to. you are "philosophically" nuts

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:29am

    Re: Re: Constitutional expert TP at your service

    Please you too , take a political philosophy class .

    try your "thesis" on the final paper. you will fail the class/

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:32am

    I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    "I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    Or :

    I'm proud to say I'm a RAPIST , I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    or :
    I'm proud to say I'm a SHOPLIFTER, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.
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    Give it up Pirates.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:36am

    The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    "The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws"


    U.S. laws have always support copyright . the purpose to of Copyright and Patent law is to PROMOTE economic growth.

    Always has been , Always will be.

    ( Do I really have to cite T.J. and Madison again ?)

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:38am

    Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    Just two vs hindreds of thousands

    There are still a few Nazis too. They got political parties also.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:39am

    Re: There are 2 famous political figures.

    BUT HAS THE LAW BENN CHANGE to legalize Piracy .

    NO. Not ANYWHERE.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:41am

    BUT HAS THE LAW BEEN CHANGED to legalize Piracy

    corrected

     

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    Day, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:45am

    Copytards when asked to provide proof of harm stall.

    Where is the harm exactly?

    2008 top ten bring in $400 million dollars.
    http://omg.yahoo.com/news/hollywoods-best-paid-actors/11080

    Pirates are destroying the entertainment industry that is clear, we can see all the harm done with our own eyes right in front of us, nobody can deny the deleterious effects it is having on earnings by the top artists in all medias, I'm shocked! shocked!

    Piracy is evil I'm telling you, it is destroying artists everywhere LoL

    Look at the poor earnings of those people.

     

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    Question, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:56am

    Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Where is the harm?
    Please provide a sample of the top earnings in all medias from 2000~2010 and show us that tremendous effect it had on the life of those top earners everywhere.

    There is no harm is there?
    It is a fabrication or can you provide the numbers, because with robbery people can see what was stolen, people miss things, with rape people are touched physically and harmed, with war people die in front of others, now with piracy it is bad because you said so? Where are those bad things?

    People don't see it, people can't measure it but still is bad and contrary to all logic and good sense you are asking people to blindly accept it is bad because you think it is?

    You must be and idiot paid to spout that nonsense everywhere, what other explanation is there?

    You remind me of that Iraq guy on television saying "Americans are not here, what they are saying is a lie"(American tanks rolls behind him).

    "Piracy is bad, is evil, is harming artists"(Record artist earnings rolling behind him)

     

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    Question, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:08am

    Re: The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    Nonsense, for the most part the American industry grew out of shameless copying.

    I think people can show in a graph how the decline of production of physical goods coincide with the ascension of imaginary rights. That should have been a red flag.

     

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    Question., Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:24am

    Re: Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    Actually no there are more than just 2 people.

    Hadopi was defeated the first time, because the French government sub-estimated the opposition that voted against it. So there are at least a dozen there in France.

    In the U.K. the green party is mostly against copyright laws today those are dozens more political people.

    India is mostly against it, not to mention the Chinese.

    And the opposition keeps growing, but you already knew that, that is why you are afraid and feel the need to keep talking even when you know you have no ground to stand on, because you know it is getting shaking and things are changing. Slowly but surely things are changing and they are not going your way that is why you keep trying to say that pirates are a minority but if that was true why bother, a minority can't do that much harm economically can it?

    The pirate minority is such a threat that you feel the need to address it? They are the minority aren't they, they don't have pull, power and according to you don't even have representation, where is the logic in fearing that minority?

    Unless of course you know better and know it is not a minority but a big chunk of the population doing the pirating and they have something that scares people in power, they have numbers and that could translate to votes, so you are here to say to people that, piracy is bad and is only a small percentage of the people doing it.

    I feel sorry for you, your job is a hard one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:54am

    Re: Re: that doesn't need LAW trying to force them to do something that goes against human nature.

    I once raped a file.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    You're a moron.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:56am

    Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Seriously, you're a fucking moron.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.I do not believe the majority of the people approve of 95 year copyright terms (or the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years)

    Doesn't change the fact that I fucking hate copyright. And I'm an artist! So you should listen to me because I'm an artist!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:59am

    Re: Re: Re: TP strikes again, time to call the cleanup crew

    And you're not worth resonding to because you're a total fucking moron.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:00am

    Re: Do you realize how hard it is to abolish copyright law?

    That's why I hate copyright. Those pesky retroactive extensions that went and stagnated the public domain.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:02am

    Re: I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    YOU'RE A FUCKING MORON!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:03am

    Re: The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    SO FUCKING DUMB!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:04am

    Re: Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    YOU'RE OFFICIALLY THE BIGGEST MORON HERE!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Constitutional expert TP at your service

    and you will fail typing...

    you might get a passing grade for riding your holier-than-thou horse

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:25am

    Re: I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    Logic fail

    copying != Rape

     

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    Faith, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:35am

    Piracy is bad no proof needed.

    Anybody have the video showing the metallica guy breaking a $100 thousand dollar guitar for the fun of it?

    I want to make a video showing people saying piracy is bad and puting that image rolling behind them.

    Faith based assumptions are bad, religion proved that already, now is copyright time.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:55am

    Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    "Where is the harm?"

    As I have stated countless times here , that "the harm" is infringement of ARTISTS control over their ART. the Courts and Laws agree to that point fully

    It is never really about $$

    But ARTIST CONTROL of their personally created Art..

    It you cannot understand that ,, you are lost.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    From a pirate ,, i take that as a compliment.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:59am

    The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    "The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement......................"


    If you believe that,

    this is why we have laws . courts, Judges and jurists,, to prove you wrong on ALL points.
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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:04am

    I have a natural right to make a copy of anything I want and not worry about things like copyright and patents.

    "I have a natural right to make a copy of anything I want and not worry about things like copyright and patents."

    John Locke and Thomas Jefferson , and even Ayn Rand, all completely disagree with you. I have cited their words numerous times in other posts here. Read more . Write less.

    You are living in a philosophical fantasy land.

    This is why we have laws, courts , judges , and jurists , to convict you of crimes you commit.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:08am

    Re: Re: Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    Dad , please stop commenting.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    that is a joke clearly , Dad,, just making a point. Kiss mom for me.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:14am

    Re: Re: I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    "copying != Rape"

    You can "rape" ideas.

    Copying "rapes" my Artist control ,when I say ,"no Copies . w/o permission"

    It that hard to understand?

    It is not for normal & moral, adults and children !!!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:16am

    Re: Re: The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    If that is your best comeback, my point is proven.

    Class dismissed.

    there will be a quiz in the next thread, and your responsible for point raised by me here.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:30am

    Re: Re:

    "Lots of people hate the music industry so much now that they have sworn to never deal with it again. We're not even just talking consumers, we're talking businesses and artists."

    RIAA and the record labels dont seem to believe in either economics or the phrase "customer service". Looking at this from a purely scientific perspective. Everything they have done, the lawsuits, the laws being passed, doing everything to avoid risk, not understanding economic theory, fighting to prevent change, failing to listen to their customers, alienating customers and artists, has accelerated the failure of their industry. It has also made everyone hate them.

    I wonder if oil lamp makers, buggy manufactures, candle makers, and blacksmiths were as hated as these people when their industries began to fail.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re: Re: I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    Yes. I "raped" someone once because "rape" is just like copyright infringement. That bitch totally deserved to be "raped" and by bitch I, of course, mean content.

    That content was asking for it, dressing all sexy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re: Re: I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    You did not say "Rape my idea" - you said "Rapist" which implies one who *physically* rapes another. Rape is and always has been a *crime* committed through the application of physical force. Your lame argument about raping an idea is a strawman - an attempt to emotionally charge an issue that is a civil one at best, and never a crime. I don't understand why you continue to contribute to this forum. It is obvious you are in opposition to everything we are debating here (more than just PIRATZ btw). If your purpose is to educate us, then you are massive fail, because being obnoxious and demeaning will *never* score points. Your arguments are simple "I'm better than you, so you suck" - I have never advocated piracy - by any means, but I am firmly against the continued erosion of my natural rights by our corporate overlords. Your rights of "Artist control" end once you've sold me your art. If you as an artist don't wish to share your art, nobody is forcing you to do so, that is your right to retain. Once you sell your art (to me or your corporate overlords), *you* lose control. Period. If you want to keep control then don't sell it.

    If you want to engage in a debate with someone other than an eighth grader, then you need use something other than insults to win your argument. If you can't bother to do that, then leave.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    I raped your mom. Sorry, I meant to say that I "infringed" her.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:38am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Candle makers did this amazing thing where once the electric lightbulb was becoming ubiquitous, the candle makers innovated by adding a fragrance to the candle. Amazing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:40am

    Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    As an artist all I can say is that artists control nothing except that which they choose not to share with the world.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Because I think you're a moron that means I'm a pirate?

    Silly anti-pirate logic!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:45am

    Re: Re: Re: The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    It's not a comeback. It's a statement of fact.

     

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    jjmsan (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:32am

    Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Even for a troll you are pretty boring.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:42am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Success cannot be measured by that which cannot be measured"

    True, of course

    "and thus this is not a success."

    False. It may not be a definitively-measurable success, but that does not mean it is not a success. For years, man did not have a mechanism for definitively measuring, e.g., molecular weight or the movement of electrons. That does not mean the *facts* of such molecular composition or electron movement didn't exist, just that they were not definitively measurable.

    "Also, you steer clear of the fact that it is a failure as it did not meet any of the stated goals. If you state goals and then do not meet them? You failed."

    Well, I think it's silly to take the stated goal of "eradication" or to "stop" file sharing at face value. I mean, if the RIAA is a bunch of liars, thieves, and charlatans, then why take their stated goals at face value as their only actual goals?

    I think it's reasonable to think that a reduction of unauthorized file sharing (or even a slowed growth) would be viewed positively (by the RIAA) as a good result of whatever action they take. Do you think that's an unreasonable proposition?

    "You, sir, are nothing more than a PR spin doctor, and not very good at it, either"

    I don't work in PR. Sorry.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:43am

    Re:

    Unless you know how many people and what percentage of recording consumers *would* have used unauthorized filesharing services in the absence of such a litigation campaign, I'm not sure how you can be so certain that that litigation strategy hasn't worked at all.

    He didn't say it hasn't had any effect, at least I don't think he said that. But if the goal was to reduce file sharing (and I believe that was the primary goal), and file sharing has since gone up, then obviously it was a failure.

    If your goal is to throw a ball 50 feet, and you throw it 30 feet, you failed. The fact that the ball moved more than if you hadn't thrown it doesn't make the effort not a failure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    "Modifying" is inclusive of "negating," but does not require it. I wouldn't want to get rid of copyright law, but I would like to modify it in several ways (e.g., make fair use explicitly applicable to circumvention of copy protection mechanisms, shorten the term of copyrights, a few other things).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:52am

    Re: I have a natural right to make a copy of anything I want and not worry about things like copyright and patents.

    "John Locke and Thomas Jefferson , and even Ayn Rand, all completely disagree with you."

    Now you're just being dishonest.

    Quotes from Madison

    "With regard to monopolies they are justly classed among the greatest nuisances in government."

    "Would it not suffice to reserve in all cases a right to the public to abolish the privilege at a price to be specified in the grant of it?"

    http://rack1.ul.cs.cmu.edu/jefferson/

    He considered it a privilege.

    and Jefferson

    "but the benefit even of limited monopolies is too doubtful to be opposed to that of their general suppression."

    http://rack1.ul.cs.cmu.edu/jefferson/

    "Considering the exclusive right to invention as given not of natural right, but for the benefit of society, I know well the difficulty of drawing a line between the things which are worth to the public the embarrassment of an exclusive patent, and those which are not."

    (Thomas Jefferson)

    http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_8s12.html

    Also see

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100525/0310309561.shtml

    But IP maximists are generally dishonest with what they say.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:56am

    Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    because laws, courts, judges, jurists, etc... are the ultimate authority of right and wrong.

    Seriously, why don't you try to apply good logic and not just nonsense to what you say.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:59am

    Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    and I want control over hamburger sales. If I do not get control over it I am harmed. It's not just about money, it's about control. If you do not understand that, you are lost.

    and IP laws aren't really for the artists, they're mostly for the record labels. They're mostly the ones who lobby for them. and yes, this is about control, it's about their ability to unjustly control others and scam both artists and the public.

     

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    Any Mouse, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:59am

    Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    I'm not a pirate, I'm a 'copyright infringer.' I've never even been on a ship on the sea/ocean! Sheesh. You people and your melodramatic name-calling.

    Or should we start calling you all Rapists? That's what your extortion is, a raping of our financial and legal systems.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:00am

    Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    IP maximists are just control freaks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:01am

    Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    and not just record labels, big corporations in general.

     

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    Any Mouse, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:04am

    Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    Just because we have a law against it does not mean it is wrong. Only illegal. Bad laws need to be removed, but hardly ever is a law taken off the books.

    You need to make your points more clear, and not use the 'it's illegal so you're wrong' pile of drek.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:21am

    Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    "Many people Philosophize against the income tax"

    Most people understand that there is a legitimate need to have a limited government. Now granted, our government has gotten out of control over the years (ie: with ridiculous IP laws) but most people do not feel that IP laws are as necessary as some form of limited government to fund important things (like education, public roads, cops that go after violent criminals, etc...).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:28am

    and TP, regarding the "need" to have "more Pirate slayers to post" the very reason the mainstream media won't allow IP critics, like Mike Masnick, a chance to present opposing views on mainstream media is exactly because they know that their pro IP position is indefensible and that convincing the public to be pro IP is excruciatingly difficult and if they allowed the IP criticisms that we post here on Techdirt to enter mainstream media the people will much more rapidly force the government to largely diminish IP laws.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:46am

    Re: Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    "and not use the 'it's illegal so you're wrong' pile of drek."

    Anyone who defines law as the ultimate authority of morality and tries to defend a position based on existing law knows that their position is morally bankrupt.

    So, let me ask you TP, if IP laws didn't exist, would you say that copying the content of others without their permission is immoral?

     

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    Any Mouse, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Beating a dead horse specialist TP

    "My degree is in Pol-Sci, (2001)

    and my old boss is named Ralph Nader. ( 1983-1986 / 92-95)"

    Oh. You're a Bullshit Artist. Natch.

     

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    Any Mouse, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: TP strikes again, time to call the cleanup crew

    No, he's a Poli-Sci major (aka Bullshit Artist).

     

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    Any Mouse, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:20am

    Re: BUT HAS THE LAW BEEN CHANGED to legalize Piracy

    Spain. Natch.

     

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    SomeGuy (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:36am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It's interesting because DESPITE the ubiquity of lightbulbs candles are still a fairly healthy market. They aren't THE light source, but they've found their niche.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:55am

    anti piracy laws have no such purpose

    anti piracy laws have MUCH purpose !!

    To Protect ARTISTS ,, and promote the progress of Arts , to quote Thomas Jefferson , in the copy right clause of the U.S. Constitution

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Clause

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:58am

    Copyright is not fair.

    yes it is !1 .. The Law , courts , and Congress say it is .

    The Majority of the sane normal ,moral world says it is.


    Only freakin immoral Pirates say : Copyright is not fair.

    That why we have jails. To imprison Pirates.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:02pm

    Re: Re: Why I love the RIAA...

    Who said anything about worldwide distribution? Not looking for world domination. Once I have a hard disk in hand I can copy from that disk super fast. Not looking to replace the internet with sneakernet. Just moved my music replication offline. The RIAA can harass my ISP as much as they want, they can snoop whatever traffic they want, they still won't find me. I've completely changed the attack surface. Good Luck to the RIAA when they try to stop sneakernet. There are lots and lots and lots and lots of ways to still be online and not be obvious but that still leaves an online attack surface, going offline changes the game completely. And like I said, I now get way more than I ever would have with any online solution.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Cause candles don't go out when the power does!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:05pm

    "what is the norm for a society can not be regarded as wrong" - Re: Re: Music Industry blah blah blah

    "what is the norm for a society can not be regarded as wrong"


    VERY VERY WRONG. The Nazis were an elected majority.


    THE U.S. Constitution is designed to protect the MINORITY for the tyranny of the MAJORITY.

    That is 3rd grade Social studies everywhere in the USA -

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Why I love the RIAA...

    Sounds kind of link OiNK. When any secret club gets sufficently big enough then its no longer a secret. Remove the communicaitons and remove the data and then there is nothing to find.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The RIAA thinks that Limewire owes them $1.5 trillion.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:06pm

    THE U.S. Constitution is designed to protect the MINORITY FROM the tyranny of the MAJORITY.Re: "what is the norm for a society can not be regarded as wrong" - Re: Re: Music Industry blah blah blah

    THE U.S. Constitution is designed to protect the MINORITY FROM the tyranny of the MAJORITY

    corrected

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:07pm

    Re: Copyright is not fair.

    Yeah, where they'll be "infringed" or as you like to call it, rape!

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:10pm

    Re:

    "i just think it is the start of the next wave, few cases went to court, and pretty much all of those were wins for the copyright holders. pretty much sums it up, no?"

    No. A lot of those "wins" are under appeal for, at least, the amount of damages awarded being wildly out of line with the infraction committed or a number of other reasons such as the iffy notion that one can assume an identity from an IP address alone.

    Be nice to see your stats, though, should you have any.

    Oh, and what might the next wave be? Senior's Tuesday like Safeway or various customer appreciation days or releasing a CD with 15 good tracks instead of 2 and 13 of bad filler?

    Oh well. I should stop now. Expecting reasoned discussion from you is like expecting the tides will stop rising and falling at some point in my life span.

    ttfn

    John

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:18pm

    Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Technically true , to a limited extend.

    If I put my Art out there, Pirates and Layers will have fights over access to it. It can get messy and costly ,, but it is worth the fight against Pirates to keep MY ARTIST CONTROL as intact as possible.

    Many artist ,, keep much of their work private -- myself included as i do not want it to get dirty in public-- yet.

    J. D. Salinger is a prime example there .

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:21pm

    and IP laws aren't really for the artists, they're mostly for the record labels

    "and IP laws aren't really for the artists, they're mostly for the record labels"

    WRONG !!! WRONG !!! VERY WRONG !!!

    this is the problem with you uneducated and/or un-thinking Pirates.

    IP is to protect ARtists and Inventors !! that is the foundation of it !

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Clause

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:24pm

    but most people do not feel that IP laws are as necessary

    "but most people do not feel that IP laws are as necessary"

    It does not matter what most people think,

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, known as the Copyright Clause,, protects Artist from MAJORITY tyranny.

    that is basic grade school civics !!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:26pm

    Re: and IP laws aren't really for the artists, they're mostly for the record labels

    That's the stated purpose, it's not the true purpose. Don't confuse the two. and as far as educated, you're the retard arguing with Richard, who has a PhD in physics while you are too stupid with your reading comprehension problem to be able to properly interpret the link he posts.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    This entire sub =thread is Pirate Pretzal logic from Pirates.

    You proof my points to any thinking moral person, with your own words.

    I know you do not get it .

    See you in court Pirate.

    If you want i can write to you while you are in Jail

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    You really should be sober when you post.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:45pm

    Re: and IP laws aren't really for the artists, they're mostly for the record labels

    We know. We know all this. We've been through it a bunch of times before. Showing us a link to the clause doesn't really advance your cause very much.

    Because we know.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    Quick! Compare copyright infrigement to rape! Because they're totally the same thing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    What "limited extend"? How is it limited? By what force of nature is it "technically true, to a limited extent"?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Which supports the notion that it's not entirely reasonable to take all RIAA public comments at face value.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 1:06pm

    Re: Re: The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    This is crude and ineffective, but... it's pretty hilarious!

     

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    longtimelurker, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 1:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: I'm proud to say I'm a pirate, I have no shame, feel no guilt about it and couldn't care less what others say.

    ---"copying != Rape"

    You can "rape" ideas.

    Copying "rapes" my Artist control ,when I say ,"no Copies . w/o permission"

    It that hard to understand?

    It is not for normal & moral, adults and children !!!---


    Wow...I dare you to say that to a woman that was actually raped. I'm sure she will see that you were equally affected by pirates as she was by the rapist.

     

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    longtimelurker, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 2:07pm

    Re: but most people do not feel that IP laws are as necessary

    -----It does not matter what most people think,

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, known as the Copyright Clause,, protects Artist from MAJORITY tyranny.

    that is basic grade school civics !!-----

    Awesome, glad you revealed yourself so publicly! Is it basic grade school physics that it does not matter what most people think. Hmmmm. Interesting, good to know your viewpoint. That definitely shows that your care for copyright is all about the advancement of humanity, rather than it being all about your selfishness.

     

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    longtimelurker, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 2:11pm

    *edit

    That's basic high school civics, not physics. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 2:12pm

    Re: Re: but most people do not feel that IP laws are as necessary

    But it law of land. It law of land everywhere! It in constitution therefore protect tryanny for artist's RIGHTS!!!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    No.

    I have two separate Bachelors degrees.

    8 years of college.

    In 1995 I was 37 years old when I embarked on my studies,

    after 15 years as a well known NYC working musician.

    music: http://www.myspace.com/radamhalperin
    ---------------

    I have a BA in Pol-Sci from a top 50 university. I also hold

    a Writing Arts minor , in addition to the Political Science

    Bachelor's Major.

    (((( ( Cool sentence there above if you do not mind me saying so, During my writing courses the Proff would tear apart every sentence you wrote , showing how it could be sharper writing --- I was the only one in the class who ever got one perfect 10 sentence. I think the sentence had six words. ))))


    I also hold a BA in Religious Theology .


    I am not a moron.


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    I do however have 50 thousand $$$ in student loans, that I now have no concept how I could ever pay back.

    Unless my music
    music: http://www.myspace.com/radamhalperin

    Hits it big, like my friend Ellis Hooks, who was my "partner in musical crime" for those 15 years.

    READ HERE : http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=418825547&blogId=486949645


    I ran away to college.

    Ellis two years later has a chance meeting with

    Jon Tiven -- who produced Wilson Pickett.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Tiven

    Mr. Tivin signs Ellis to a "contract or something",

    ((( Ask Ellis's Lawyer, what ,"contract or something" is.

    I do not do law formally ,, I just play a lawyer at home,

    Pol- sci degree))))))
    ------------

    Well Ellis then wins the WC Handy Award with his debut

    album. Ellis has $$,

    I hope so .

    I also know Ellis does not like Pirates,

    We both allowed NO ONE to film us

    w/o permission when we performed.

    By force if necessary.

    Though usually we just quit playing , right in the middle of the song.

    No Pirate videos of our performances .

    Period.
    -----------------
    I am poor and have 50 thousand $$ in student loans . Ellis has awards and Money.

    Yes , Mom says I am a moron for that.

    So I am convinced you "AC annoyance posters" who call me moron , idiot , and other even fouler terms ,,

    must be my parents !!!

    Hi folks !

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    Technopolitical's mom, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    Technopolitical, are you off your meds again? I've told you a million times to take your meds every day, if you don't take them you're grounded.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    ""Modifying" is inclusive of "negating,""

    I know, the point is that sometimes it is better to negate laws than not to. Just because a bad law exists doesn't mean that not negating it is the solution.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:32pm

    on Tiven Group disbanded, Tiven produced and cowrote a series of albums with soul/blues singer Ellis Hooks

    "After the Jon Tiven Group disbanded, Tiven produced and cowrote a series of albums with soul/blues singer Ellis Hooks who was heralded as following in the tradition of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and James Brown. "
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Tiven


    Ellis
    http://www.myspace.com/ellishooks1

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    Cute post.

    i think we could become friends here.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.As an artist all I can say is that artists control nothing except that which they choose not to share with the world.

    "As an artist all I can say is that artists control nothing except that which they choose not to share with the world."

    Actually on the re-read you are right.

    I now say "technically correct,"

    ----

    Good semblance of words you wrote there.

    Come back anytime.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:58pm

    Argument Clinic : MONTY PYTHON

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQFKtI6gn9Y

    Enjoy you Pirate Logic folks

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:15pm

    IP maximists are just control freaks.

    YOU ::: IP maximists are just control freaks.


    ME :::You bet we are.

    Art take supreme concentration
    and introspection.

    No mater the Art.

    To be Bob Dylan is ......................

    ----

    After all the sweat ,,starving ,,and pain ,,,,,if my ART,, the product of MY "supreme concentration
    and introspection",

    Is messed with by Pirates,

    I IS GONNA BE PISSED.

    Good there are laws to protect ARTISTS.

    OR maybe the Laws protect the Pirates from me.

    This way I do not have to rip the video camera out of their hands, when they film me w/o permission.

    ===========
    I have actually stopped playing my original songs,,

    while busking outdoors in Central Park NYC,

    because , I cannot control the filming any more .

    So , so I am just stuck doing all these Beatles, Dylan , & etc songs out doors. It is a hard life. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    "I have two separate Bachelors degrees."

    See. This is the problem with our educational system these days. Anybody can get a degree.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:42pm

    l I accept to say that you are now officially a joke to me having equated file sharing to rape.

    l I accept to say that you are now officially a joke to me having equated file sharing to rape./


    ANS : BOTH ARE ILLEGAL. so is jaywalking.

    It is either illegal or legal.

    Black or white.

    The is no such thing as "almost illegal" in law.

    there is no such thing as "almost legal" in law.

    But they is way we people called Judges.

    They walk , work , and rule , on where the sharp line is between Legal and illegal.
    =====================
    judge (jj)

    v. judged, judg·ing, judg·es
    v.tr.

    1. To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration: judge heights; judging character.

    2.
    a. Law To hear and decide on in a court of law; try: judge a case.

    b. Obsolete To pass sentence on; condemn.

    c. To act as one appointed to decide the winners of: judge an essay contest.

    3. To determine or declare after consideration or deliberation.

    4. Informal To have as an opinion or assumption; suppose: I judge you're right.

    5. Bible To govern; rule. Used of an ancient Israelite leader.
    v.intr.

    1. To form an opinion or evaluation.

    2. To act or decide as a judge.
    n.

    1. One who judges, especially:

    a. One who makes estimates as to worth, quality, or fitness:

    a good judge of used cars; a poor judge of character.

    b. Abbr. J. Law A public official who hears and decides cases brought before a court of law.

    c. Law A bankruptcy referee.

    d. One appointed to decide the winners of a contest or competition.

    2. Bible

    a. A leader of the Israelites during a period of about 400 years between the death of Joshua and the accession of Saul.

    b. Judges (used with a sing. verb) Abbr. Judg. or Jgs or Jg See Table at Bible.

    [Middle English jugen, from Anglo-Norman juger, from Latin idicre, from idex, idic-, judge; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
    Synonyms: judge, arbitrator, arbiter, referee, umpire
    These nouns denote persons who make decisions that determine or settle points at issue. A judge is one capable of making rational, dispassionate, and wise decisions: In this case, the jury members are the judges of the truth.
    An arbitrator is either appointed or derives authority from the consent of the disputants: An experienced arbitrator mediated the contract dispute.
    An arbiter is one whose opinion or judgment is recognized as being unassailable or binding: The critic considered himself an arbiter of fine literature.
    A referee is an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case: The referee handled many bankruptcy cases each month.
    An umpire is a person appointed to settle an issue that arbitrators are unable to resolve: The umpire studied complex tax cases.
    In sports referee and umpire refer to officials who enforce the rules and settle points at issue.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
    Judges [ˈdʒʌdʒɪz]
    n
    (Christian Religious Writings / Bible) (functioning as singular) the book of the Old Testament recounting the history of Israel under the warrior champions and national leaders known as judges from the death of Joshua to the birth of Samuel

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
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    Noun 1. JudgesJudges - a book of the Old Testament that tells the history of Israel under the leaders known as judges
    Book of Judges
    Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
    Nebiim, Prophets - the second of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    Except a cheating Pirate.

    yes , alot of people have degrees.

    I am not saying i am a Wile Coyote super genius

    Just not an academically intellectual moron.

    that's all/

    Fair point ?

    ===================

    I can't fimd my house keys again?!?

    mmm,,,,any body see.....??

    thats when our moms go "moron" to us all !!

    You con be king of the world , and mom and dad , can still call you a "moron",

    and be right.-
    -------------------------------

    To the fathers of Pirates everywhere :

    Happy fathers day soon!

    Hi mom !!

    =========

    "Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIPr23xyoZg

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:00pm

    Bugs Bunny & Wile E Coyote - To Hare is Human

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    "copying != Rape"

    You can "rape" ART.

    Copying "rapes" my Artist control ,when I say ,"no Copies . w/o permission"

    It that hard to understand?

    It is not for normal & moral, adults and children !!!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:26pm

    And what is wrong with giving up and coming up with something new. Are we bound by archaic laws that makes no sense forever?

    "And what is wrong with giving up and coming up with something new. Are we bound by archaic laws that makes no sense forever?"

    No we are not slavery is an example.

    But Murder and theft ?

    --------------------

    YOU :
    "And what is wrong with giving up and coming up with something new?"


    ME: It is my ART I control it , I need to sell it live and eat.

    Sometime I do give it away for free.

    My Choice.

    The law has ALWAYS protected my choice.

    Locke , Jefferson , Madison ans Ayn Rand , all see it my way.

    So much so , that Copyrights for Artists,
    as in the U.S. Constitution makes the law happen in fact.

    Always will. Immutable as Murder , theft , and yes Rape, as always being illegal.

    -------------


    Like I have said,

    You will HAVE TO amend the constitution to do away with copyright.

    Have fun you Pirates.
    =============
    We got the Beatles on our Artist Side.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imb4tYOk8GE
    The Beatles - Revolution (Live)
    in my opinion ,
    the best 4 min
    of rock n roll ever ,

    Right here

    watch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imb4tYOk8GE

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Re: Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.
    by Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 12:50pm
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    YOU : What "limited extend"? How is it limited? By what force of nature is it "technically true, to a limited extent"?


    ME : GREAT POINTS !!

    lets me try here

    >>> What "limited extend"?.

    ANS : I make my Art, Once public , I will always loose some control,

    How you interpret it for one.

    Do you see the point i had in mind when I wrote the song?

    Our do you Pretzel Logic twist into your own worldview.

    But I have still have legal control of my Arts reuse and sale.
    ================

    You : How is it limited?

    Me : It is limited by the law.

    You CAN PARODY my art legally 100%.

    Usually artist LOVE parody of their work,

    Imitation is the highest form of compliment.

    But even if the original Artist does not like the PARODY,

    there is nothing he can do-- legally.

    He can punch the parody artist in nose if they meet at the Grammy-s,, but it never happens.
    --------------=============

    ME : By what force of nature is it "technically true, to a limited extent"?

    ME : Again , I make my Art,
    and Once public ,

    I will always loose some control,

    How you interpret it for one.

    =============

    YOU :By what force of nature ?

    Me : Well here we have to get meta-physical.

    Law is man. Thought put on paper. rspected.

    The constition itself has no POWER.

    It needs the Government.

    "Power comes out of the barrel of a gun" -- Mao,

    ( Sorry Mr. Lennon, sometime even Mao hit one good.)

    We elect gov't within the framework of our Constitution, won by rebellion against England ,

    and till today fought for by People with guns -

    -- who represent our President , Governors , and Mayors , and/or any official who command a police or army force ----

    So in the "real world" the "force of nature" is Government Guns and Jails.

    We have elections , checks and balances , so the Gov't does not oppress us without our legal consent.

    There is always the next election.

    If we elect bad leaders , who it to blame?

    The People of the Nation.

    That is why some nations rise , and some nations fall.

    The People.
    ----------------
    What is the "force of nature" above the real materiel world?

    Well , either

    a] G-d ,

    or

    b] Objective Morals / Natural law --

    --- that guide the people to make government.


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    How did i do ?

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:31pm

    Re: RE:"???"

    I have no idea what quoting Lessig's supposed to do. But ok...

    As I said before, he helmed the movement to a Creative Commons license as well as campaigning against the artificial extension of copyright in Eldred vs Ashcroft.

    Still good books to read. I have all three and trust me, he's still good to review for the coming battles in copyright.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:35pm

    Just because a bad law exists doesn't mean that not negating it is the solution.

    Just because a bad law exists doesn't mean that not negating it is the solution.


    ANS : Very true.

    try to change Murder. Never

    try to change rape. Never

    try to change theft Never

    try to change Marijuana --please!!

    try to change abortion ( not going there)

    Try to change income tax : possible . i like flat tax,

    Try To change COPYRIGHT : sorry never gonna happen

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:43pm

    Re: Re: I have a natural right to make a copy of anything I want and not worry about things like copyright and patents.

    Me and mike, and karl argued these point weeks ago ,

    If you read this WHOLE thread BEFORE YOU comment you will see they are addressed elsewhere he too.

    T,J, is talking about IDEAS not action.
    ------------------
    Your points are strange interpretation.
    ===============
    T.J. WROTE the constitution,, he put COPYright in BEFORE
    Free speech..

    Take a political philosophy course,

    Make these points , you will fail.

    Read MORE . Write LESS.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:50pm

    Nonsense, for the most part the American industry grew out of shameless copying.

    "Nonsense, for the most part the American industry grew out of shameless copying."

    ANS : Do you really believe that ?

    Please put into a paper in and economics class.

    see what the proff says

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:51pm

    This is crude and ineffective, but.

    This is crude and ineffective, but.,,,,,,,

    It is TECHDirt .

    where is Mike ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:52pm

    Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    TP, it is clear you have failed to join the conversation. Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    Your mother would be ashamed of you if she knew how you have trivialized rape. I am ashamed that you are an American citizen.

    When you are circling down the toilet TP just remember it's your own fault and you deserve to be there.

     

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    Karl (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:53pm

    Re: Re: Re: Music Industry Music Industry by Mike Masnick Mon, Jun 7th 2010 11:15am Share This Filed Under: lawsuits, riaa, success Companies: riaa Permalink. Defining Success: Were The RIAA's Lawsuits A Success Or Not?

    Karl , again , your taking very tiny slivers , of philosophers , who are not taken seriously by the VAST majority of their academic peers,

    Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    and who write write with an agenda , as opposed to seeking truth

    To pirate a phrase from another commenter: "Those kettles will never attain the rich, black shine of us pots."

    They are not [legitimately accepted]. Not by Laws and not by Courts.

    The laws and courts - at least in the U.S. - only care about the philosophers who wrote the Constitution. In the case of copyright, this would be Jefferson and Hamilton. Neither agree with your viewpoint.

    Not by the Majority of people.

    I doubt the majority of people think about it one way or another. But if they did find out the details of current copyright law, they wouldn't approve of it. If you view their actions as an expression of their views, then most people don't approve of it now.

    Just like you with your "musicians culture" - it's clearly in violation of copyright law, so what does that say about copyright law? If you'd recognize the truth, that copyright works against "musicians culture," would you still be defending it so rabidly?

    I used napster in 2001.

    I never used Napster myself. If I wanted to listen to good music, I'd just borrow my friends' CD's, and maybe buy my own copy later. I guess that makes me a "pirate."

    Karl, again, take a philosophy course at any college.

    Not that it's relevant, but I did take quite a few philosophy courses in college. Not enough to understand Husserl, mind you, but nobody actually understands Husserl.

    You cannot copyright "IDEAS" ( we have been through this Karl with T.J.'s letters and writings).

    Jefferson was explicitly talking about copyrights and patents. He didn't say "ideas" were not property, he said inventions were not property. If you actually read what he wrote, that would be absolutely, unequivocably clear, which makes me think you didn't bother.

    PROFF : "You cannot copyright IDEAS KARL "

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: "Proffessor PROFF, you're being specious." Because in Socrates' time, you couldn't copyright anything. As I clearly said, copyright didn't exist until after 1709.

    So we have to see if the situation is analagous. Here's the situation: the Sophists believed they had a right to charge people for ideas. Socrates shared ideas for free. Because of this, the Sophists believed he was robbing them of their earnings. That sounds a lot like "piracy" to me.

    But let's turn this around. How many philosophers believed in intangible property (that was not money)? Not many. How many believed that infinite goods could be property? Not many. Not Hume, Locke, Hobbes, or any of the "social contract" political philosophers that were so influential in revolutionary America. That's probably why Jefferson didn't believe it, either. And neither did the Supreme Court, when it ruled in Dowling v. United States that infringing materials are not stolen property.

    You have said that you believe copyright is a "natural right," like European "droit d'auteur" (and unlike U.S. law). You have also said that those "rights" should last long after the author has died (I think at one point you said 1000 years). Please, find me a philosopher who believes both those things.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:03pm

    I feel sorry for you, your job is a hard one.

    YOU :I feel sorry for you, your job is a hard one.

    ME : thank you .

    Please send me some coffee and Samson Tobacco , if you really. feel sorry, that is what drives the posts.here .

    But I , and other Artist , including the Beatles , bob Dylan , and Chuck Berry,

    , AND Gore Vidal , and Ayn Rand , and all philosophers

    & religious leaders living or dead or in between.

    All support copyright laws.

    -----------------

    It is easier to carry a heavy bag of gold

    than A heavy bag of mud,,

    Or

    "weight of lead" "Grateful Dead "

    New Speedway Boogie by Grateful Dead

    http://s0.ilike.com/play#Grateful+Dead:New+Speedway+Boogie:131695:s9129089.12181539.2293942. 0.2.166%2Cstd_05bf8146087b4b809b5ed107690d89ed

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:12pm

    Comparing file sharers to bank robbers is disingenuous at best

    "Comparing file sharers to bank robbers is disingenuous at best"

    Sorry . No !

    Law is law.

    I was not judging magnitude of wrong.

    Some things get you life in jail.
    some get you 5 years ,

    Some get you a $10 fine -- smoking pot in NYC.
    ------------
    But Piracy is against the law.

    All we are arguing about not in public policy is the sentence,

    $10 fine or maybe 5 years, for big time pirates.
    ===========
    Little geeks at home

    do not worry.

    If the governance does ok ,
    you will find illegal downloading nearly impossible
    to do from the average home setup.

    Pirates will have to be hackers.

    http://www.thehacktivist.com/
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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:13pm

    Re: Nonsense, for the most part the American industry grew out of shameless copying.

    Who cares?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:15pm

    Re: l I accept to say that you are now officially a joke to me having equated file sharing to rape.

    Copyright infringement is a victimless crime.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:16pm

    As Martin Luther says, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Moving is not a solution to unjust laws, correcting those laws is the solution.

    "As Martin Luther says, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Moving is not a solution to unjust laws, correcting those laws is the solution."

    ME : My point exactly . 100% plus.

    try to take copyright out of the u.s. constitution.

    Good luck.

    bye

    =============

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Still a moron.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:19pm

    Re: IP maximists are just control freaks.

    Infringement of art hasn't been slowing down. At all. Copying is only going to get easier.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The reason why we should give up IP laws, or seek to correct them, is partly because there is nothing wrong with infringement.

    Seriously, talk to an actual rape victim you fucking moron.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:23pm

    Re: Wow..First of all, this is why I support FOSS (Free Open Source Software). If its all free, then there would be no piracy!!! ;).

    First of all, this is why I support FOSS (Free Open Source Software). If its all free, then there would be no piracy!!! ;)


    ME :: TRUE ,, w/ software. i love Linux & Mozilla .

    ----
    Try to "Open source" my Art

    I will either :

    A) "load my shotgun" (Rick Derringer & Ted Nugent ) ,

    or

    B} call my lawyer ( Me and the Beatles) ,

    or

    C] both (Willie Nelson).

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:36pm

    dyslexic

    I am dys -- lex - ic .

    I do not proof read well.

    I am not hiring an assistant for post-in' here

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:39pm

    Re: Re: and the war is a complete failure, yet is far more justifiable in the eyes of most than the war on piracy. If you can't control the drug war with all this money I just don't see how you can control the war on piracy.

    Good luck ..

    but even china's gov't will fight pirates.

    On land

    on sea

    or

    online.
    ---------------------
    they will follow the $$ in even china .

    Communism , my ass .

    Marx would be pissed/

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:49pm

    Don't like it, no one is forcing you to produce content. Instead you can better serve society by finding another job.

    "Don't like it, no one is forcing you to produce content. Instead you can better serve society by finding another job."

    Ayn rad addresses this.

    Put all tech people on one island , and have them with hold their work, see how society does.

    Try to take away Patent totally.

    lobby for it .

    ------------

    all artist off to our island. Live w/o us you Pirates,

    i would be fine with that
    ====================

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:50pm

    Ayn Rand addresses this.

    corrected

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:55pm

    Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    Again.

    rape is illegal.

    murder is illegal .

    theft is illegal

    Jaywalking is illegal.

    pot is illegal -- but not for long.

    rape is illegal.

    PIRACY will always be illegal .

    That is the point !!!

    I am not making a value judgment as to the magnitude or the crime.

    Some get you life.

    some get you a $5 fine.

    but it is illegal
    ==================================

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:58pm

    Re: Re: Nonsense, for the most part the American industry grew out of shameless copying.

    Artist do .

    Point . Set. Match

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 7:58pm

    Re: Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    TP, so now everyone who believe in copyright reform is just like a Nazi?

    You could have brought up a thousand minority parties but you chose a specific one for a desired effect. This has been done numerous times by you throughout this thread.

    Your comments are as fake as you are.

    I think you are very politically stupid. Your inability to communicate effectively has shown us all that whatever schooling you have attended (if any) was wasted.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: There are 2 famous political figures OUT OF HUNdreds of thousands of elected officials

    Referee ?!?!

    Foul .

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:03pm

    TP, so now everyone who believe in copyright reform is just like a Nazi?

    "TP, so now everyone who believe in copyright reform is just like a Nazi? "

    Clearly waht i am saying that there are political partes from nutty left to loont right ,, and all in between,

    some big

    some small .


    Pirates are Small.

    Nazis are smaller,

    soon -- nov. elections -- Republicans will be smallest ! (sic )

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:04pm

    Re: dyslexic

    It's clear you've got far bigger mental issues than this.
    Maybe it's time to find a new site to troll?
    You have clearly lost any and all credibility here after this tirade... and not just to the file-sharers.

    After equating file-sharing to rape, me thinks you need a 12 inch dido shoved deeply up your ass repeatedly so that you can understand the lack of similarities.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:07pm

    Spain. Natch.

    Not sure of the reference.

    I assume you are talking about Spanish copyright law

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_copyright_law

    where ?

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:11pm

    Where is the harm exactly?

    ARTIST CONTROL !!! for the 1000x
    -----------------
    read the whole thread 3 x

    and take notes,

    and ask a professor of copyright law ,

    before you reply.

    I would like to read your response

    if
    you
    do


    that

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    00000

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:14pm

    Ignore the trolls

    Nice little article here about feeding trolls...

    http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2609488

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:27pm

    3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice. tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes

    rape 1 (rp)
    n.
    1. The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.
    2. The act of seizing and carrying off by force; abduction.
    3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice.
    tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes
    1. To force (another person) to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse; commit rape on.
    2. To seize and carry off by force.
    3. To plunder or pillage.
    [Middle English, from rapen, to rape, from Old French raper, to abduct, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]
    raper n.
    rape 2 (rp)
    n.
    A European plant (Brassica napus) of the mustard family, cultivated as fodder and for its seed that yields a valuable oil. Also called colza, oil-seed rape.
    [Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rpa, pl. of rpum, turnip.]
    rape 3 (rp)
    n.
    The refuse of grapes left after the extraction of the juice in winemaking.
    [French râpe, grape stalk, from Old French, from rasper, to scrape; see rasp.]

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
    rape1
    n
    1. (Law) the offence of forcing a person, esp a woman, to submit to sexual intercourse against that person's will See also statutory rape
    2. the act of despoiling a country in warfare; rapine
    3. any violation or abuse the rape of justice
    4. Archaic abduction the rape of the Sabine women
    vb (mainly tr)
    1. (Law) to commit rape upon (a person)
    2. (also intr) to plunder or despoil (a place) in war
    3. Archaic to carry off by force; abduct
    [from Latin rapere to seize]
    rape2
    n
    (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus, that has bright yellow flowers and is cultivated for its seeds, which yield a useful oil, and as a fodder plant: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) Also called colza cole
    [from Latin rāpum turnip]
    rape3
    n
    (Miscellaneous Technologies / Brewing) (often plural) the skins and stalks of grapes left after wine-making: used in making vinegar
    [from French râpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape together]

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
    ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
    Noun 1. raperape - Eurasian plant cultivated for its seed and as a forage crop
    Brassica napus, colza
    Brassica, genus Brassica - mustards: cabbages; cauliflowers; turnips; etc.
    mustard - any of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica
    rapeseed - seed of rape plants; source of an edible oil
    2. rape - the act of despoiling a country in warfare
    rapine
    pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
    3. rape - the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
    ravishment, assault, violation
    date rape - rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)
    sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault - a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
    statutory rape, carnal abuse - sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)
    Verb 1. rape - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    ravish, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage, violate
    assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    gang-rape - rape (someone) successively with several attackers; "The prisoner was gang-raped"
    2. rape - destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
    despoil, plunder, violate, spoil
    ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
    Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
    rape
    verb
    1. sexually assault, violate, abuse, ravish, force, outrage A young woman was brutally raped in her own home.
    2. pillage, plunder, ransack, despoil, sack, loot, spoliate There is no guarantee that companies will not rape the environment.
    noun
    1. sexual assault, violation, ravishment, outrage Ninety per cent of all rapes and violent assaults went unreported.
    2. plundering, pillage, depredation, despoliation, rapine, spoliation, despoilment, sack the rape of the environment

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    Czech / Česky
    Danish / Dansk
    Dutch / Nederlands
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    Farsi / فارسی
    Finnish / Suomi
    French / Français
    German / Deutsch
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    rape1 [reɪp]
    A. N
    1. [of woman, man] → violación f; [of minor] → estupro m (frm)
    attempted rape → intento m de violación
    see also marital
    2. (fig) → destrucción f
    the rape of Poland → la destrucción de Polonia
    B. VT [+ man, woman] → violar; [+ minor] → estuprar(frm)
    rape2 [reɪp]
    A. N (Bot) → colza f
    B. CPD rape oil N = rapeseed oil
    Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
    rape [ˈreɪp]
    n
    (= crime) → viol m
    (BOTANY) → colza m
    modif [case, victim] → de viol; [charge, trial] → pour viol
    vt (= force to have sex) → violer
    rape alarm n → alarme f personnelle
    rape crisis centre n → centre m d'aide aux victimes de viols
    rape oil rapeseed oil n → huile f de colza
    rape seed rapeseed [ˈreɪpsiːd] n → graine f de colza
    Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
    rape1
    n → Vergewaltigung f, → Notzucht f (Jur); rape crisis centre → Beratungszentrum nt (für Frauen, die Opfer einer Vergewaltigung geworden sind)
    vt → vergewaltigen, notzüchtigen (Jur)
    rape2
    n (= plant) → Raps m
    rape3
    n (= grape pulp) → Trester pl
    Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
    rape1 [reɪp]
    1. n (also) (Law) → stupro, violenza carnale
    2. vt → violentare, stuprare
    rape1 [reɪp]
    1. n (also) (Law) → stupro, violenza carnale
    2. vt → violentare, stuprare
    rape2 [reɪp] n (Bot) → colzarape2 [reɪp] n (Bot) → colza
    Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
    rape
    n rape [reip]
    1 the crime of having sexual intercourse with a woman against her will. verkragting إغْتِصاب изнасилване znásilnění voldtægt die Vergewaltigung βιασμός violación vägistamine تجاوز جنسی raiskaus viol אוֹנֶס बलात्कार silovanje nemi erőszak perkosaan nauðgun stupro 強姦 강간 išprievartavimas izvarošana rogol verkrachting voldtekt gwałt violação viol изнасилование znásilnenie posilstvo silovanje våldtäkt การข่มขืน ırza geçme, tecavüz 強姦罪 зґвалтування عصمت دری sự hiếp dâm 强奸罪
    2 the act of causing great damage, destruction etc to land etc. verkragting سَلْب وتَدْمير нанасяне на щети zpustošení rovdrift der Raub καταστροφή, ρήμαγμα violación kahjustamine, vägivald چپاول و خرابی tuhoaminen viol לְאֶנוֹס बहुत नुकसान पहुंचाना, तोड़फोड़ करना grabež, otmica rombolás perusakan eyðilegging, (náttúru)spjöll violazione 破壊 강탈 nuniokojimas izlaupīšana; izpostīšana ragut verkrachting plyndring, rasering pustoszenie violação violare; distrugere опустошение spustošenie opustošenje nasilje förstörelse, skövling การทำลาย bozma, mahvetme 嚴重破壞 знищення تباہی و بربادی sự cướp đoạt 洗劫
    v
    1 to force (a woman) to have sexual intercourse against her will. verkrag يَغْتَصِب изнасилвам znásilnit voldtage vergewaltigen βιάζω violar vägistama raiskata violer לְאֶנוֹס बलात्कार करना silovati megerőszakol memperkosa nauðga violentare 強姦する 강간하다 išprievartauti izvarot merogol verkrachten voldta zgwałcić violar a viola изнасиловать znásilniť posiliti silovati våldta ข่มขืน tecavüz etmek, ırz(ın)a geçmek 強姦 ґвалтувати زنا بالجبر کرنا hiếp dâm 强奸
    2 to cause great damage, destruction etc to (countryside etc). plunder يَسْلُب ويُدَمِّر нанасям щети pustošit drive rovdrift rauben καταστρέφω, ρημάζω violar hukatusse saatma tuhota violer לַהָרוֹס लूटना pustošiti rombolást okoz merusak valda spjöllum á violare 破壊する 강탈하다 nuniokoti izlaupīt; izpostīt merosakkan verkrachten plyndre, rasere pustoszyć violar a distruge опустошать pustošiť opustošiti izazvati štetu förstöra, skövla ทำลาย bozmak, mahvetmek 嚴重破壞 знищувати تباہ و برباد کرنا cướp đoạt 洗劫
    n rapist
    a man who rapes a woman.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:27pm

    Re: Re: dyslexic

    You would copyright infringe his sphincter? That's wrong because it's in the constitution and Ayn Rand agrees with me.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:28pm

    3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice. tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes

    rape 1 (rp)
    n.
    1. The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.
    2. The act of seizing and carrying off by force; abduction.
    3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice.
    tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes
    1. To force (another person) to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse; commit rape on.
    2. To seize and carry off by force.
    3. To plunder or pillage.
    [Middle English, from rapen, to rape, from Old French raper, to abduct, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]
    raper n.
    rape 2 (rp)
    n.
    A European plant (Brassica napus) of the mustard family, cultivated as fodder and for its seed that yields a valuable oil. Also called colza, oil-seed rape.
    [Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rpa, pl. of rpum, turnip.]
    rape 3 (rp)
    n.
    The refuse of grapes left after the extraction of the juice in winemaking.
    [French râpe, grape stalk, from Old French, from rasper, to scrape; see rasp.]

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
    rape1
    n
    1. (Law) the offence of forcing a person, esp a woman, to submit to sexual intercourse against that person's will See also statutory rape
    2. the act of despoiling a country in warfare; rapine
    3. any violation or abuse the rape of justice
    4. Archaic abduction the rape of the Sabine women
    vb (mainly tr)
    1. (Law) to commit rape upon (a person)
    2. (also intr) to plunder or despoil (a place) in war
    3. Archaic to carry off by force; abduct
    [from Latin rapere to seize]
    rape2
    n
    (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus, that has bright yellow flowers and is cultivated for its seeds, which yield a useful oil, and as a fodder plant: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) Also called colza cole
    [from Latin rāpum turnip]
    rape3
    n
    (Miscellaneous Technologies / Brewing) (often plural) the skins and stalks of grapes left after wine-making: used in making vinegar
    [from French râpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape together]

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
    ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
    Noun 1. raperape - Eurasian plant cultivated for its seed and as a forage crop
    Brassica napus, colza
    Brassica, genus Brassica - mustards: cabbages; cauliflowers; turnips; etc.
    mustard - any of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica
    rapeseed - seed of rape plants; source of an edible oil
    2. rape - the act of despoiling a country in warfare
    rapine
    pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
    3. rape - the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
    ravishment, assault, violation
    date rape - rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)
    sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault - a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
    statutory rape, carnal abuse - sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)
    Verb 1. rape - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    ravish, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage, violate
    assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    gang-rape - rape (someone) successively with several attackers; "The prisoner was gang-raped"
    2. rape - destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
    despoil, plunder, violate, spoil
    ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
    Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
    rape
    verb
    1. sexually assault, violate, abuse, ravish, force, outrage A young woman was brutally raped in her own home.
    2. pillage, plunder, ransack, despoil, sack, loot, spoliate There is no guarantee that companies will not rape the environment.
    noun
    1. sexual assault, violation, ravishment, outrage Ninety per cent of all rapes and violent assaults went unreported.
    2. plundering, pillage, depredation, despoliation, rapine, spoliation, despoilment, sack the rape of the environment

    Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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    Select a language:
    Afrikaans / Afrikaans
    Arabic / العربية
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    Croatian / Hrvatski
    Czech / Česky
    Danish / Dansk
    Dutch / Nederlands
    Estonian / eesti keel
    Farsi / فارسی
    Finnish / Suomi
    French / Français
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    Hebrew / עִבְרִית
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    rape1 [reɪp]
    A. N
    1. [of woman, man] → violación f; [of minor] → estupro m (frm)
    attempted rape → intento m de violación
    see also marital
    2. (fig) → destrucción f
    the rape of Poland → la destrucción de Polonia
    B. VT [+ man, woman] → violar; [+ minor] → estuprar(frm)
    rape2 [reɪp]
    A. N (Bot) → colza f
    B. CPD rape oil N = rapeseed oil
    Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
    rape [ˈreɪp]
    n
    (= crime) → viol m
    (BOTANY) → colza m
    modif [case, victim] → de viol; [charge, trial] → pour viol
    vt (= force to have sex) → violer
    rape alarm n → alarme f personnelle
    rape crisis centre n → centre m d'aide aux victimes de viols
    rape oil rapeseed oil n → huile f de colza
    rape seed rapeseed [ˈreɪpsiːd] n → graine f de colza
    Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
    rape1
    n → Vergewaltigung f, → Notzucht f (Jur); rape crisis centre → Beratungszentrum nt (für Frauen, die Opfer einer Vergewaltigung geworden sind)
    vt → vergewaltigen, notzüchtigen (Jur)
    rape2
    n (= plant) → Raps m
    rape3
    n (= grape pulp) → Trester pl
    Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
    rape1 [reɪp]
    1. n (also) (Law) → stupro, violenza carnale
    2. vt → violentare, stuprare
    rape1 [reɪp]
    1. n (also) (Law) → stupro, violenza carnale
    2. vt → violentare, stuprare
    rape2 [reɪp] n (Bot) → colzarape2 [reɪp] n (Bot) → colza
    Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
    rape
    n rape [reip]
    1 the crime of having sexual intercourse with a woman against her will. verkragting إغْتِصاب изнасилване znásilnění voldtægt die Vergewaltigung βιασμός violación vägistamine تجاوز جنسی raiskaus viol אוֹנֶס बलात्कार silovanje nemi erőszak perkosaan nauðgun stupro 強姦 강간 išprievartavimas izvarošana rogol verkrachting voldtekt gwałt violação viol изнасилование znásilnenie posilstvo silovanje våldtäkt การข่มขืน ırza geçme, tecavüz 強姦罪 зґвалтування عصمت دری sự hiếp dâm 强奸罪
    2 the act of causing great damage, destruction etc to land etc. verkragting سَلْب وتَدْمير нанасяне на щети zpustošení rovdrift der Raub καταστροφή, ρήμαγμα violación kahjustamine, vägivald چپاول و خرابی tuhoaminen viol לְאֶנוֹס बहुत नुकसान पहुंचाना, तोड़फोड़ करना grabež, otmica rombolás perusakan eyðilegging, (náttúru)spjöll violazione 破壊 강탈 nuniokojimas izlaupīšana; izpostīšana ragut verkrachting plyndring, rasering pustoszenie violação violare; distrugere опустошение spustošenie opustošenje nasilje förstörelse, skövling การทำลาย bozma, mahvetme 嚴重破壞 знищення تباہی و بربادی sự cướp đoạt 洗劫
    v
    1 to force (a woman) to have sexual intercourse against her will. verkrag يَغْتَصِب изнасилвам znásilnit voldtage vergewaltigen βιάζω violar vägistama raiskata violer לְאֶנוֹס बलात्कार करना silovati megerőszakol memperkosa nauðga violentare 強姦する 강간하다 išprievartauti izvarot merogol verkrachten voldta zgwałcić violar a viola изнасиловать znásilniť posiliti silovati våldta ข่มขืน tecavüz etmek, ırz(ın)a geçmek 強姦 ґвалтувати زنا بالجبر کرنا hiếp dâm 强奸
    2 to cause great damage, destruction etc to (countryside etc). plunder يَسْلُب ويُدَمِّر нанасям щети pustošit drive rovdrift rauben καταστρέφω, ρημάζω violar hukatusse saatma tuhota violer לַהָרוֹס लूटना pustošiti rombolást okoz merusak valda spjöllum á violare 破壊する 강탈하다 nuniokoti izlaupīt; izpostīt merosakkan verkrachten plyndre, rasere pustoszyć violar a distruge опустошать pustošiť opustošiti izazvati štetu förstöra, skövla ทำลาย bozmak, mahvetmek 嚴重破壞 знищувати تباہ و برباد کرنا cướp đoạt 洗劫
    n rapist
    a man who rapes a woman.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:29pm

    Re: 3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice. tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:30pm

    Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    I know why rape is illegal but why is copyright infringement illegal in an age of ubiquitous copying? Doesn't make any sense.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Nonsense, for the most part the American industry grew out of shameless copying.

    I am an artist and I don't care.

    So, no, it isn't a point, it isn't a set and it sure as hell isn't the match.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:33pm

    Re: Where is the harm exactly?

    YOU'RE SO FUCKING DUMB YOU MORON!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:35pm

    Re: Re: 3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice. tr.v. raped, rap�·ing, rapes

    Just call it "infringed" and you should be all good! I raped some art, I infringed some girl, it's all the same.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:38pm

    Re: like Mike Masnick, a chance to present opposing views on mainstream media

    Mikes been on CNN.

    Make Techdirt Mainstream Media !1

    i have been reading and researching here for years.

    On electronic voting stuff,, mike is one of my main references for years

    http://technopolitical.blogspot.com/search/label/electronic%20voting.


    ============
    If you can t get into the mainstream on the web ,
    today ,,

    YOUR ARE NOT IN the mainstream...PERIOD

    That is the Democracy of the Internet.

    People vote with their mouse & clicks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:07pm

    Did you seriously think that copypasting the definition of rape, in multiple languages, would help your case in paralleling copyright infringement to the consequences of rape? Seriously?

    You're making it very trying for others to believe that dyslexia has no relation to IQ.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:11pm

    A Classical Education: Back to the Future By STANLEY FISH

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/a-classical-education-back-to-the-future/?ref=opinio n&nl=opinion&emc=tya3


    Notably absent from Bortins’ vision of education is any mention of assessment outcomes, testing, job training (one of her sub-chapters is entitled “The Trivium Replaces Careerism”) and the wonders of technology. Her emphasis is solely on content and the means of delivering it.

    >>>>>>>> She warns against the narrowing distractions of “industrialization and technologies” and declares that “students would be better educated if they weren’t allowed to use computers . . . until they were proficient readers and writers.”

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:30pm

    Re: Re: dyslexic

    again see othe posts on definintion of "rape" legal terms, ans ephumlisitcallt.

    again:

    Muder is illegal

    theft is illegal

    jaywalking is illegal

    smokeing pot is illegal-- but not for long.

    rape is illegal

    Priacy is illegal

    ----

    I am not making a value judment as to the magnitude of the crime.

    Crime is crime.

    illegal is illegal.

    black or white . no grey.

    there is no such thing as "almost illegal"

    there is is no such thing as "almost LEGAL"

    or is or it is not.

    Judges in courts judge the magnitude of the crime.

    and give sentence apportionment in law.

    =-

    see other post in the thread for definitions of "rape"

    legal ,or otherwise, in literature and Art history.

    It is an interesting WORD.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:44pm

    Copyright infringement is a victimless crime.?????

    "US lawmakers target The Pirate Bay, other sites"

    Grant Gross, IDG News Service\Washington Bureau

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    "Copyright infringement is not a victimless crime, as it is often portrayed, added Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican.

    "Piracy denies individuals who have invested in the creation and production of these goods a return on their investment thus reducing the incentive to invest in innovative products and new creative works," he said in a statement. "The end result is the loss of billions of dollars in revenue for the U.S. each year and even greater losses to the U.S. economy in terms of reduced job growth and exports."

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/05/19/urnidgns002570F3005978D88525772800652ABE .DTL#ixzz0qKO5qV1j

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:52pm

    I doubt the majority of people think about it one way or another.

    "I doubt the majority of people think about it [ piracy & copyright} one way or another."

    EXACTLY ,

    But the supreme court does think about it.

    theirs is the only opinion that matters in the real world of USA law.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Where is the harm? Re: Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    Pirate.

    at least morons have morals.

    dubya bush,

    nice guy

    terrible president

    but a very very nice person.

    but politically and economically,,,,,,,,

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:06pm

    Re: Re: IP maximists are just control freaks.Copying is only going to get easier.

    Copying is only going to get easier.

    ans:maybe not on the internet as posted elsewhere by other good posters.

    "Internet more like cable tv" as posted some where here in this long thread

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:24pm

    So you should listen to me because I'm an artist!

    a lot of artist are nuts.

    VanGough, the ear,

    Jim Morrison lyrics on soft parade album, ( but great Art, but
    nuts,)

    and Daffy Duck.

    Daffy Duck sings: Looney Tuney song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at9ypxkcSSY

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:28pm

    So you believe that current copyright laws are acceptable? Wow. See everyone, this is the mentality of IP maximists.

    So you believe that current copyright laws are acceptable?


    ANS : you bet 100 %

    and a bunch of folks with guns and handcuffs back me up.

    the police.

    On orders of law and courts.
    -----------------

    enjoy your life

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:34pm

    No, he's a Poli-Sci major (aka Bullshit Artist).

    Then you run for office . Win , you can make laws.

    Put you beliefs on the line in a public democratic forum !!

    good luck

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:39pm

    Oh. You're a Bullshit Artist. Natch.

    No . i am educated.

    I could be your college professor.

    Would you waste your thousand of thousand of $$
    spent on college to call your proff
    "a Bullshit Artist. Natch."

    NATCH = naturally

    ==============

    who's on first ?

    Naturally

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sShMA85pv8M

    Abbott and Costello perform the classic "Who's on first?" baseball sketch in their 1945 film "The Naughty Nineti...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:59pm

    OMG!!

    TP's straitjacket is somehow missing!!!
    Please! Someone find it... and save us all!!!!

    BTW TP... did you happen to get the website's permission to copy and republish all their definitions of rape here on this page? Slippery slope ain't it?: ;)

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:59pm

    I know why rape is illegal but why is copyright infringement illegal in an age of ubiquitous copying? Doesn't make any sense.

    http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/patents_and_copyrights.html


    Copyright © 2010 Ayn Rand® Institute (ARI). All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited. ARI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to ARI in the United States are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:03pm

    I am an artist and I don't care.

    I am an artist and I don't care.


    ME : actually my Whole point here!!! thank you .

    Other Artist do care.

    Copyright = artist control.

    some want to control.

    some don't.

    but the Artist has the right to "choose when" and "control how".
    -------------------------
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Clause

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:13pm

    again i am ONLY copmaring legal and illegal, Not making moral judgement as to the crime.

    Legal:

    good deeds. beer ( 21 and older). Pizza. guitars. free speech . Love . hate . all ideas.
    ------------------
    illegal:

    Murder.

    theft .

    Not tuning your guitar before a big gig, ($5 band fine)

    finding a wallet with Id m and just keeping it .

    Bad Pizza (sic), but you loose customers.

    Manslaughter one.

    Priacy , on land , on sea , on line.

    rape is also ILLEGAL.

    ---------

    that is the point.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:15pm

    Re: Oh. You're a Bullshit Artist. Natch.

    You could be my college professor? Maybe in age, noting that you're over 50, but with your general techdirt rants as your resume?

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:21pm

    Re: OMG!! BTW TP... did you happen to get the website's permission to copy and republish all their definitions of rape here on this page? Slippery slope ain't it?: ;)

    Fair and use w/ citation .

    Mike would agree , or he would take it down.

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 3:11am

    Re: Re: Settling means nothing

    "It does however raise the suspicion that the person bringing it is guilty of extortion." - how? if you didnt do anything wrong, why not fight it?

    If you actually read the whole of the comment you responded to you would see that the answer to that question is clearly contained therein.

    Our family had done nothing wrong (actually our family had done nothing at all) yet we still got stung with a lawsuit that was wholly the result of the incompetence of the person bringing it. However it was just so much easier and cheaper to settle than to lay a larger amount of money out upfront on lawyers - with no certainty of seeing that money again even if we won.

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 3:24am

    Re: Re: Settling means nothing

    ask yourself this: if every time you downloaded, you got a legal letter demanding $1500, how many times would you download?

    Ask yourself this.

    If you had a legal case against someone that you really believed you would win, with the right to claim statutory damages and a settlement in the $100,000+ region why on earth would you offer them a $1500 settlement?

    The only possible answers are

    1 Because you don't really think your case will succeed but you think the threat has a good chance of provoking a settlement. (The ACS law logic)

    2. Because you are engaged in a kind of legal terrorism, the objective of which is to scare people rather than to right any particular "wrong". (RIAA logic)

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 5:02am

    Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    I am not making a value judgment as to the magnitude or the crime.

    Some get you life.

    some get you a $5 fine.

    but it is illegal


    What would you have done if you lived in Apartheid S. Africa, Nazi Germany, or even the south your own country. All these regimes had laws that were racist. Would you have condemned those who broke those laws just because it was illegal?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 5:31am

    Re: I doubt the majority of people think about it one way or another.

    This is your reply? Are you going to ignore asking for a well studied political philosopher and being presented with a choice? You are going to simply dismiss Socrates, Tolstoy, Hulme and pretend they don't exist? Poor deflection there, once again. Karl just completely and exactly answered your point. Your reply, ONCE AGAIN, is to ignore it and simply make another statement. Seems you find it hard to admit you are wrong. No suprises there.

    All that (alledged) education yet your posts are virtually stream-of-consciousness garbage. Maybe a course in rhetoric would of been better for you. You certainly lack the ability to target the essence of a debate and simply flail around like a drunkard, which is why you need 3 screens of text to answer anything, whilst continuously side-stepping the point put to you. I don't know who you think you are fooling. Maybe posting on torrentfreak is more your level.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 5:40am

    Re: Copyright is still a farce in the age of supercopying machines that fit in our pockets.

    "Philosophize all you want"

    You were the one who moved the debate onto philosophy and were soundly smacked down by Karl. I see that since you were demonstrably proved wrong, you are now simply going to dismiss it.



    "BUT many Philosophize against war , and refuse to serve in the army , based on "conscientious objector status" It is OK , it is encoded into law, and legiment "conscientious objectors" ( not just cowards) , do NOT HAVE to serve in the army."

    Yes, they CHANGED THE LAW TO FIT PEOPLE'S IDEOLOGY. In Napoleons time you were simply shot or hanged. I expect this point also to fly way above your head but well done in providing examples AGAINST yourself once again. Your inability to see this tells me a lot about you and your (alledged) education. When you need to present credentials to be taken seriously it shows the gaping holes in your arguments.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 6:26am

    Re: And what is wrong with giving up and coming up with something new. Are we bound by archaic laws that makes no sense forever?

    Ayn Rand.... lol. I see. You reveal yourself a bit too much there, but it was obvious really. So, we are dealing with an objectivist. Rand is debunked. Objectivism failed.

    Slipped up there. Laughable reference. Explains a lot about you though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 6:35am

    Re: Oh. You're a Bullshit Artist. Natch.

    Education does not equate to intelligence. Something you are demonstrably proving day by day.

    Of course, you feel the need to present your credentials at every turn, in the hope that it may be enough to be taken seriously, since relying on your debating skills and points you provide is highly unlikely to achieve anything at all.

    What a waste of education.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 6:40am

    Re: Re: Re: I have a natural right to make a copy of anything I want and not worry about things like copyright and patents.

    Again I will point out that

    a) Ayn Rand's philosophy has been completely debunked. Continue to rely on it to make your points by all means. Makes it easier to sort the chaff from the wheat.

    b) continuing to present your credentials as some kind of barrier to being challenged on your points is virtually akin to admitting you are wrong. Please continue to adopt this weak line of defence.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Wow..First of all, this is why I support FOSS (Free Open Source Software). If its all free, then there would be no piracy!!! ;).

    ...but you provide some of your work for free, right?

    Care to explain how you both recognize and adopt Techdirt principles whilst simultaneously refuting them?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 7:15am

    Re: Ayn Rand addresses this.

    Most of the pirates would be on that island. Far more people in positions of authority and power would be excluded than included. You fail to understand the philosophy by simply accepting that everyone in positions of power/authority are there on merit.

    "Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision"
    Ayn Rand.

    I seriously doubt your claims to your education. You are certainly no philosophist. You are further from it than the majority here and your witless ramblings and inability to make barely a single cohorent post is testimony to that despite your new invented scape-goat of dyslexia.

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 8:00am

    Re: Copyright infringement is a victimless crime.?????

    "Copyright infringement is not a victimless crime, as it is often portrayed, added Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican.

    "Piracy denies individuals who have invested in the creation and production of these goods (WHICH NO-ONE FORCED THEM TO CREATE) a POTENTIAL return on their investment NOT GUARANTEED IN LAW thus POSSIBLY reducing the incentive to invest in MAYBE innovative products and new DERIVATIVE works," he said in a statement. "The end result is the loss of IMAGINARY billions of dollars in revenue for the **AA each year and even greater losses IN SALES OF SHINY PLASTIC DISCS in terms of BETTER ECOLOGICAL PROTECTION."

    There, fixed.

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 8:09am

    Re: 3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice. tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes

    My goodness, hasn't someone learned how to EDIT or DELETE unnecessary text? Isn't that taught in grade school either?

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 8:11am

    Re: So you should listen to me because I'm an artist!

    So you say it is all for the artists, and yet you blithely dismiss an artist as irrelevant or insane?

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 8:13am

    Re: So you believe that current copyright laws are acceptable? Wow. See everyone, this is the mentality of IP maximists.

    Which is why the laws need to be changed so that someone else gets on the wrong side of the men with guns and handcuffs.

    "Ten years for locking away public rights to see something for the ridiculous years of 70 years plus the lifespan of the Disney Corporation!"

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 8:17am

    Re: Re: Must suck having to be honest and law abiding.

    Oh, nice analogy!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 9:52am

    Re: You lost too many brownie points on that one...

    WTF?!

    Date Rape = piracy?

    Now I know this is a joke account. Go for sad extremes to invoke an emotional response. Kinda sad when your logos (defined at bottom) is truly lacking.

    I'll respond because now I find this humorous.

    "Outlawing Rape goes against human nature , Many Men , find rape laws oppressive--"

    I'm not one of those men. Furthermore, let's have some respect in a debate shall we?

    Rape is offensive, bar none. To disrespect a woman with it means you aren't a man. Nothing more needs to be said.

    "I am sure you know a lot of folks who shoplifted their way through high school and college, Shoplifting is harmless,. So they do it."

    Anecdotal at best. Use an argument. Research it. Just stop embarrassing yourself by having no true argument. Tsk Tsk tsk...

    "You folks claim laws against Piracy is something "that goes against human nature." The majority of humans are not Pirates. In democracies people have elected governments that have outlawed piracy."
    Causal link is not there. You've yet to define how a democracy has supposedly outlawed piracy. I'll help you out though. That's how good natured I am.

    Piracy -
    hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it.

    So, I take your boat or tangible good, I've robbed you. I take an apple in Wal-Mart, I'm depriving Wal-Mart of a tangible good.

    And yet, through your argument, you're trying to tell us that this "intangible good" should have the rights of other goods. It shouldn't.

    I make a copy of the Mona Lisa, have I deprived the artist? There's human nature. We copy successful strategies, making them into our own. Same as with music or anything else. We copy, then form our own understanding of it. Then we go to create new songs based off the old ones. Decrying this copying as harmful is what is going against human nature. Then again, when you're a corporate owner of Disney, the last thing you care about is the little peon you crush. No, you're more worried about the money you make while you're there.

    "Laws are designed and governments formed:
    to protect the "majority of peaceful people" from the criminal "minority of people" who claim that the laws , of Rape , Shoplifting and Piracy go "against human nature.""

    And you wrap your bundle up in a bow and call it a day. *claps* Bravo. But your argument doesn't hold water as I've shown in the first three sections. Try again.

    Now, let's get to my original quote because obviously, you want to misunderstand that:

    "Even then, there have been major decrees about copyright laws becoming far more draconian in a world that doesn't need LAW trying to force them to do something that goes against human nature."

    Draconian -
    –adjective
    1.
    of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Draco or his code of laws.
    2.
    ( often lowercase ) rigorous; unusually severe or cruel: Draconian forms of punishment.
    --------------------------------------------------

    Copyright laws are severely draconian right now. Commercial copiers should be seeing limits of $150,000 per song. Those that want to copy songs for profit should be charged accordingly. I have no qualms with that. But when someone is in a courtroom for 24 songs and is charged more than they make in a year, that's draconian. It's unusually cruel to enforce law to a bad end.

    If the law is to be respected, it should enforce more balance to consumers and less to corporate interests. In this way, no company can run roughshod over people for the sake of "vanishing" profit. Yes, I'll define the vanishing profit thing in a minute. Right now,

    Logos -

    –noun
    1.
    ( often initial capital letter ) Philosophy . the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.
    2.
    Theology . the divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ. John 1:1–14.
    ----------------------------------------------------
    We're interested in #1. ;)

    Now to the vanishing profit.

    As I've said before, the money isn't disappearing that's going to the movie industry. Their control of the resources is. This entire fight has been about control for the longest time. Just as people who moved to the west to get away from Thomas Edison's patents (and his wanting royalty payments) so too have people been looking for freedom to do what's needed to be done. No doubt, we need copyright in some way shape or form. We just need that definition to change.

    Now please, before you post again, make sure your argument makes sense. Your causal links are weak and you jump from one extreme to another for no benefit. Rather than reading as if this is propaganda, I'd love to have a civilized debate. I can't have that with someone who believes that "Most men" are nothing more than horny sex demons.

    We have our downfalls but I know of quite a few men who want to see copyright used yet again to PROMOTE the arts and sciences, not subjugate the society to the faceless corporation.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 10:00am

    Re: Law is law

    "Law is law.

    I was not judging magnitude of wrong.

    Some things get you life in jail.
    some get you 5 years "

    Yeah... Law is law.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws

    Especially when it subjugates you to second class just for being born different.

    Oh wait... There's more laws I can point to.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plessy_v._Ferguson

    Which finally. FINALLY, was reprieved by Plessy vs Ferguson.

    Law != law

    You can look at the letter of a law, or look at the spirit. Regardless, bad law is bad law.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 10:59am

    Re: Re: 3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice. tr.v. raped, rap�·ing, rapes

    I'm pretty sure it's taught in raping school!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 11:01am

    Regardless, bad law is bad law.

    Again you--- Pirate Logic my points and miss the obvious.

    Laws do evolve, Philosophies evolve.

    Copyright is stable -- and has been since Plato.

    Like laws against murder are stable and will always be,

    If you think "copyright" , will become the "slavery" of the future,, you miss the boat of history.

    Copyright protects the Artist , un-empowered , poor artists.

    It protects them from Pirates big and Pirates small.

    Please form all the "Pirate Political Parties" you want.

    You Pirates will wind up in the trash bin of history -- with slavery.

    email me back in 50 years with your answer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 11:06am

    Re: Re: So you should listen to me because I'm an artist!

    He also thinks a cartoon character is an artist. "Oh yeah, Daffy Duck, he's the artist who painted Guernica, right?"

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 11:06am

    Re: Re: Ayn Rand addresses this.

    Again you--- Pirate Logic my points and miss the obvious.

    Laws do evolve, Philosophies evolve.

    Copyright is stable -- and has been since Plato.

    Like laws against murder are stable and will always be,

    If you think "copyright" , will become the "slavery" of the future,, you miss the boat of history.

    Copyright protects the Artist , un-empowered , poor artists.

    It protects them from Pirates big and Pirates small.

    Please form all the "Pirate Political Parties" you want.

    You Pirates will wind up in the trash bin of history -- with slavery.

    email me back in 50 years with your answer.

    ps. i will email scans of my diplomas if you wish

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 11:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    Again you--- Pirate Logic my points and miss the obvious.

    Laws do evolve, Philosophies evolve.

    Copyright is stable -- and has been since Plato.

    Like laws against murder are stable and will always be,

    If you think "copyright" , will become the "slavery" of the future,, you miss the boat of history.

    Copyright protects the Artist , un-empowered , poor artists.

    It protects them from Pirates big and Pirates small.

    Please form all the "Pirate Political Parties" you want.

    You Pirates will wind up in the trash bin of history -- with slavery.

    email me back in 50 years with your answer.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 11:21am

    Re: You're making it very trying for others to believe that dyslexia has no relation to IQ.

    "You're making it very trying for others to believe that dyslexia has no relation to IQ."


    ME :Albert Einstein was dyslexic .

    You make it very trying to take Pirates against copyright seriously.
    -----------------

    Try testifying before congress ,, and saying ,,"Senator you're a,,

    F$%king , Moran ,, son-of - %@# , to protect the

    copyrights of Artists!!!"
    -------
    you will get on Fox news.

    But your cause will die.

    But really it us dead already.

    Copyright now , copyright forever.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 11:35am

    Re: I'll keep that in mind.

    "Copyright is stable -- and has been since Plato. "

    Get a better argument. Better yet know this:

    "If we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it"

    It hasn't been. Oh wait. You need examples to sit here and show HOW it's gotten arbitrary and draconian.

    Copyright Act of 1976 -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Act_of_1976

    Major point - Maximum was 56 years before this. Now, that changed to life of the author + 50 years after death. Basically, this was your estate but that's an entirely different matter.

    Copyright Extension Act -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Term_Extension_Act

    Major point - copyright extended to life of author + 70 years, corporate authorship extended to 95 years

    So there's no public domain.

    It's funny that you keep wanting to call me a pirate. I'm actually a writer so that's why this is most important to me. I see the need for a public domain. Otherwise, I would owe Tolkien X amount of dollars for writing a story with orcs. He has NO, I repeat NO, influence in my original story that I'm creating. So why should I owe him money? That's right, no reason at all.

    So, since I'm an artist, I'm going to talk as one artist to another. STOP WITH THE POOR ARTIST ROUTINE! You choose to enforce copyright, great, but you're not entitled to a million dollars for nothing. You want to be a copyright troll? Great, have fun, but making money off of one book is woefully different to creating a series that people can enjoy for ages. How I believe I will do copyright is to have people able to make their own stories in the universe but only what I say about the main plot is canon. Perhaps if a story really becomes popular, I can as the maker if they want to create that story and publish. A lot more inclusive than shutting down a story simply for using my characters in a way I may not like.

    Quite frankly, as copyright is being used today, it's less about promoting new technologies that we are coming to enjoy. File sharing isn't an illegal network. I have no doubt on that. The fact is, it is a technology that makes the corporate culture inefficient. People can continue to share copyrighted works as well as Creative Commons works on major websites. It's just that the likes of Metallica (thieves themselves...) and the RIAA believe their work is leading to lost sales.

    But... I think I'm repeating myself. Again, downloads still don't equal lost sales as seen in the GAO report.

    "You Pirates will wind up in the trash bin of history -- with slavery."

    :) I'm going to take that as a challenge. Within the next five years, when I get an opportunity to get on TV, discussing copyright concerns, I'm going to look at the camera and say "To Technopolitical on Techdirt.com --- YARRRGH!"

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 12:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    I notice that you don't actually answer my question.

    I also notice that you changed your position since the last post.

    For clarity:

    If "laws evolve", as you admit then the fact that something is illegal does not of itself mean that it is wrong.

    If you want to argue on moral grounds then argue on moral grounds.


    If you want to argue on legal grounds then you have to take the possibility of bad laws into account.

    It seems to me that when anyone challenges your moral stance you say "its all about legality". Then when that line is debunked you try to pretend that you were arguing on moral grounds all along.

    Copyright is stable -- and has been since Plato.

    Can you quote any example of copyright before 1557?

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 2:39pm

    Re: Re: Einstein wasn't dyslexic

    Great that rumors abound. However, he was reading above his grade level at an early age. I have at least four sites that say he was reading physics books by the age of 12.

    He just so happened to be withdrawn.

    Please fact check before using anecdotal evidence.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 2:41pm

    Re: Re: Disapproving Einstein's Dyslexia

    One source for disapproving Einstein's supposed dyslexia -

    http://dyslexia.learninginfo.org/einstein.htm

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 2:57pm

    as copyright is being used today, it's less about promoting new technologies

    Copyright vs. PATENTS
    ----------------------

    I am only arguing on the point of copyright and ARTIST CONTROL. Money I do not care,

    Artist control, is , who gets , how, why , when , where,,,etc, and for what cause

    Bruce Springsteen telling McCain & co to quit using his songs , for the GOP political agenda in 2008.

    that to me is the core example I am expounding.

    Ok Jay. Do YOU think "the Boss" was within his , moral or natural rights to tell McCain, to stop-- regardless of the law?

    ------

    PATENTS ,, in bio-tech, nano-tech, drugs, and cyborgs,,

    I do not know. Completely a layman there..

    -------

    Let us stick to Bruce and the Senator.

    Was Bruce right? Morally ? Naturally? G-D Given ?
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    To me

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 3:48pm

    Re: Re: Copyright infringement is a victimless crime.?????

    +++++"Piracy denies individuals who have invested in the creation and production of these goods (WHICH NO-ONE FORCED THEM TO CREATE) a POTENTIAL return on their investment NOT GUARANTEED IN LAW thus POSSIBLY reducing the incentive to invest in MAYBE innovative products and new DERIVATIVE works," he said in a statement. "The end result is the loss of IMAGINARY billions of dollars in revenue for the **AA each year and even greater losses IN SALES OF SHINY PLASTIC DISCS in terms of BETTER ECOLOGICAL PROTECTION."++++
    ===========

    ME:

    too bad you are not a senator

    Think about it.

    You try to get elected to office with what you wrote.
    ---------

    Your cause can only be won by political action..

    Either get elected your self , or vote in people who agree.

    The other political action option is armed revolt.

    Now your not that kind of Pirate Are You?
    --------------

    Writing posts here at techdirt is political masturbation ..--(stole that phrase from a proff of mine in pol-sci --).

    It may feel good
    but it is pointless ,
    and you feel guilty after.
    --------------------

    You really wanna have more fun in bed,,

    Run for office, work for candidates ,, push your platform into the American Electorate,

    See how you do.

    But remember , i got the Beatles on my side.

    The Bruce Springsteen too.

    Where are you going to get your campaign theme songs from?

    You will have to write your own.

    You will need musicians and songwriters.

    "You Pirates Are In a Tough Spot Politically."
    ------------------
    --------------------

    Now , over to Wolf , for latest on the Gulf Spill,---

    Wolf are you there? ---

    Hum , I guess we seem to be having technical problems with Wolf's remote setup.....

    uhhggg ,, ( -darn @#$% geeks)
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    Jay (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 5:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Wow, I'm finding this entertaining...

    "Writing posts here at techdirt is political masturbation ..--(stole that phrase from a proff of mine in pol-sci --)."

    If you had to steal that from your professor, then we can tell what's wrong.

    Seriously? Masturbation is political now? There's so much wrong with that, I'm glad you're not right. One of these days, maybe you can actually link the thoughts in your head to what's actually being said. But with "political masturbation" you're just showing, again, that all you want is an emotional answer to no avail. Try again. YARGGGH!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 9th, 2010 @ 6:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    "I notice that you don't actually answer my question."

    Do you actually expect TP to answer your question?

    He has actively avoiding answering any question for the last 20 or so posts.

    Just wipe and flush, that is the best way to deal with TP the wanna-be troll.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 6:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow, I'm finding this entertaining...

    no , you fool,,

    I am telling how to win.

    how to outlaw copyright forever .

    is not that your goal?

    posting here does little -- it is not political action.

    you pirates ,, have to organize,
    lobby ,, run for office,,

    Change the laws.

    or else your words here ,

    will die with you one day, :(

    and the evil copyright lords will win.

    --------------------------
    Beat the "copyright lords" by getting laws changed in congress.

    You can do it !!!

    You guys have been saying
    your the majority.

    Pirates out number Artists.

    Most world citizens are Pirates-- Right !!

    That is the point I see all the time here ,

    Must be true.

    -------------

    Point : Either Organize in the real world of politics.

    and change law. Really do it.

    OR

    Post here @ techdirt for the rest of & just pretend

    that is MENTAL masturbation.
    A common phrase for a useless intellectual pursuit-- posting here.
    ----------------------
    Now there are some among you Pirates who feel that just by spreading Piracy with massive amounts of illegal downloads , you will neuter the current copyright system into oblivion.

    I doubt it. The police have guns and jails, and do not like Pirates.

    ------

    That why i see the "Pirate movement" as a zero
    political threat.

    Anarchists can't organize them selves into meaningful political coalitions that will actually achieve real world results.

    You stand about as much chance at abolishing , or even weakening copyright laws in the USA,, as Rand Paul does getting elected President.

    It Ain't gonna happen.

    In political lexicon you are a: "paper tiger"

    "One that is seemingly dangerous and powerful but is in fact timid and weak: "They are paper tigers, weak and indecisive" "(Frederick Forsyth).

    http://www.answers.com/topic/paper-tiger

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    Karl (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 6:45pm

    Re: I doubt the majority of people think about it one way or another.

    But the supreme court does think about it. theirs is the only opinion that matters in the real world of USA law.

    Oh, so we're back to what the Supreme Court says now? Goody.

    Let's test our Supreme Court knowledge with a little quiz. I'll give you some legal truths about copyright. You match them to the relevant Supreme Court cases.

    1. Copyright infringement is not theft, and infringing materials are not stolen goods.
    2. Copyright is only a statutory right - that is, a creation of the legal system, and not a reflection of a "natural right."
    3. The "sweat of the brow" does not bestow copyright. In other words, copyright has nothing to do with rewarding effort.
    4. If a work enters the public domain, the author no longer has any rights to it whatsoever.
    5. If someone buys a copyrighted work, they can resell it however they want, even in ways the copyright owner does not authorize.
    6. Copyright primarily serves the interests of the public, not the interests of authors.

    a. Dowling v. United States
    b. Wheaton v. Peters
    c. Feist v. Rural
    d. Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
    e. Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus
    f. Quality King v. L'anza
    g. Fox Film Corp. v. Doyal
    h. Twentieth Century Music Corp. v. Aiken

    Answers in a later reply. But you should pass this with flying colors, since I've already pointed you towards the answers many times.

    Of course, there are also plenty of cases where file sharing has been ruled to be copyright infringement. Nobody here disputes that fact.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 11:08pm

    piracy [ˈpaɪrəsɪ] // noun // 3. the unauthorized use or appropriation of patented or copyrighted material, ideas, etc...

    pi·ra·cy (pr-s)
    n. pl. pi·ra·cies
    1.
    a. Robbery committed at sea.
    b. A similar act of robbery, as the hijacking of an airplane.
    2. The unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented material: software piracy.
    3. The operation of an unlicensed, illegal radio or television station.
    [Medieval Latin prtia, from Late Greek peirteia, from Greek peirts, pirate; see pirate.]

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
    piracy [ˈpaɪrəsɪ]
    n pl -cies
    1. (Law) Brit robbery on the seas within admiralty jurisdiction
    2. (Transport / Nautical Terms) a felony, such as robbery or hijacking, committed aboard a ship or aircraft
    3. the unauthorized use or appropriation of patented or copyrighted material, ideas, etc.
    [from Anglo-Latin pirātia, from Late Greek peirāteia; see pirate]

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
    piracy
    the act of robbery on the high seas. See also ships. — pirate, n. — piratic, piratical, adj.
    See also: Theft

    -Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
    An illegal act of violence, depredation (e.g., plundering, robbing, or pillaging), or detention in or over international waters committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship or aircraft against another ship or aircraft or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft.
    Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
    ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
    Noun 1. piracypiracy - hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it; "air piracy"
    buccaneering
    highjacking, hijacking - robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
    2. piracy - the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
    plagiarisation, plagiarization, plagiarism
    copyright infringement, infringement of copyright - a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
    Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
    piracy
    noun
    1. robbery, stealing, theft, hijacking, infringement, buccaneering, rapine, freebooting Seven of the fishermen have been formally charged with piracy.
    2. illegal copying, bootlegging, plagiarism, copyright infringement, illegal reproduction Video piracy is a criminal offence.

    Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/piracy

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 12:34am

    Still funny to me

    You should really read my other posts. Oh, and I've yet to call you direct names since quite frankly, that's just not what I'm here for. Funny when I've answered yours and even though you supposedly have the degrees to debate, your arguments are rather weak. Oh well.

    In regards to the fight? Yes, I have plenty going for me. I am currently reading copyright law on my own time (knowledge), while working to see how to make legislation for approval (power).

    And again, no one is saying to outlaw copyright. Merely change the rules so they're less corporately owned and more in the hands of the artists, who you seem to want to protect. Quite frankly, you're misguided in believing they are when the RIAA or the MPAA has the most sway in Congress' ear. But in order to change that, it requires group efforts, a place to speak and a plan of attack. The other thing this requires is time. So yes, in the interim, I'm happy to post here. Meanwhile, I look forward to being part of your "pirate movement". Although, as I've mentioned before, I'm more a writer who may be part of the more invigorating Publishing Renaissance.

    Try again. YARRGH!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 12:41am

    Re: Ok, so you can copy and paste

    Now you just need an argument. Also, I already defined piracy in my post based on the dictionary and legal form.

    Just because "piracy" is more colloquial for "copyright infringement" doesn't make it the right choice. But I guess the next post is ALL about how we're using it wrong.

    Even though I can tell you Jack Valenti is the one to make "piracy" synonymous with copyright infringement for the sake of the MPAA, something tells me we'll hear another diatribe about how supposedly pirates are evil and yadda, yadda, yadda.

    Come on, dude, upgrade your argument. Try again. YARRRGH!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 12:49am

    Re: Re: You lost too many brownie points on that one...

    YOU :Date Rape = piracy?

    ME: Equivalent in the case that BOTH are ILLEGAL. Not Judging the magnitude of the crime. Both words: "rape" and "piracy" have gone hand -in-hand thought out human history , in literature & law . Vikings were Pirates. Vikings also "Raped and pillaged" their way though northern Europe about 1200 years ago. There is nothing cool or moral about either "rape" or "Piracy".. Both are illegal and .or immoral according to ALL definitions -- legal , literary , and vernacular.
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    YOU :Now I know this is a joke account.

    ME :Pirates claiming to be nice and mainstream is the joke.
    ---------------------------------------

    YOU :Go for sad extremes to invoke an emotional response. Kinda sad when your logos (defined at bottom) is truly lacking.

    ME : We are having a Political Debate and a Moral Debate on PIRACY and copyright law in the USA.
    A issue that I feel very passionate about . More passionate against it , than you are for it. But do I curse at people , calling them foul names in my posts ?
    As I mentioned elsewhere, I am ordained clergy -- an Orthodox Rabbi-- do not lecture me there.

    -----------------------------------------------------


    YOU : as I'll respond because now I find this humorous.

    "Outlawing Rape goes against human nature , Many Men , find rape laws oppressive--"

    I'm not one of those men. Furthermore, let's have some respect in a debate shall we?.

    ME: THE argument I have offered here , IS pointing out that both Rape and Priacy are illegal.

    BOTH RAPIST in wartime and PIRATES here at techdirt --- claim that the LAWS of men & nations against their acts of rape and piracy "goes against human nature":. It was a direct quote from another pirate poster[s].

    My point was ,, if you ever studied law , or civil liberties , you would know : that wee need laws to protect civil people from uncivil people.

    The nature of "uncivil" people is to break laws, for "fun" and/or "profit"-- or "passion" (i.e. they cannot control it ,, to control it is against their "nature"). The argument that "the law was against my nature" , fails in court -- no matter what the crime -- from "jaywalking" to "Murder one."

    Clear ?
    -----------------------------------

    YOU : Rape is offensive, bar none. To disrespect a woman with it means you aren't a man. Nothing more needs to be said.

    ME : Why do you think very few women post here at techdirt? Because they find you Pirates offensive.

    The few woman who post here , most all are anti-Pirate.

    I have made a good connection with one women here ( cyber-space -wise) -- AND if you read my posts -- you will find our conversation in recent threads --- and she has emailed me her own "professional" research against Piracy.
    We have made good professional contact , now at Linkedin and Facebook , to ally in our "war with copyright pirates".

    Trust me ,, no one respects women , more than me. [ I can give you several thousand references there :) --- I was a rock musician . before I was a rabbi. (( now i am both ))].

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    YOU :"I am sure you know a lot of folks who shoplifted their way through high school and college, Shoplifting is harmless,. So they do it."

    Anecdotal at best.

    ME : But accurate right ??? I know alot of folks who did.

    "Shrinkage" as it is known in retail , is a major drain on our economy. Pirate = thief ---- (yes I mean that -- look up the words in any dictionary .)
    --------------------------------------------
    Me:Use an argument. Research it.

    Me words here are well calculated. I know how to piss you guys off ,, so you get sloppy , and make inane statements that will get you laughed out , of courts , congress, and philosophy classes.

    Example from you : "you're trying to tell us that this "intangible good" should have the rights of other goods. It shouldn't."

    You would be laughed out of court, congress and class on that point. that is why it is called "intellectual PROPERTY" . That is why IP , is considered part of John Locke's postulations on PRIVATE PROPERTY as a natural and moral RIGHT.

    This is my academic discipline. I could be your college proff here in this context. Of course you miss the boat. you never took a political philosophy course at any ttime in your academic carreer ? Just an assumption ,, but I will bet 5 cents.

    If you did -- an passed it ,, you could never write:

    " you're trying to tell us that this "intangible good" should have the rights of other goods. It shouldn't. "

    It is a main premise to the concept of PRIVATE PROPERTY , that ARTIST and Author creation , is their PRIVATE PROPERTY to fully control.

    You Pirates fall for my Socratic "rope-a-dope " every time.

    I hang you with your own words.
    ========================================

    YOU :Just stop embarrassing yourself by having no true argument. Tsk Tsk tsk...

    ME : Who is embarressed now ? I feel great and proud , and academically sound inmy arguments.

    How about you , "Mr. Intangible good should have the rights of other goods. It shouldn't." ( To bad it does , in law and fact since Plato at least ,, and John Locke for sure.)
    ===================================

    YOU quoting ME : "You folks claim laws against Piracy is something "that goes against human nature." The majority of humans are not Pirates. In democracies people have elected governments that have outlawed piracy."

    YOU :Causal link is not there.


    ME : NOT at all !!!! It is a CAUSATIVE link.


    YOU : You've yet to define how a democracy has supposedly outlawed piracy.

    ME : you are about to knock yourself out .


    YOU : I'll help you out though. That's how good natured I am.

    YOU :Piracy -
    hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it.


    ME :

    piracy [ˈpaɪrəsɪ]
    n pl -cies

    1. (Law) Brit robbery on the seas within admiralty jurisdiction

    2. (Transport / Nautical Terms) a felony, such as robbery or hijacking, committed aboard a ship or aircraft

    >>>3. the unauthorized use or appropriation of patented or copyrighted material, ideas, etc.>>against human nature

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 12:57am

    Re: Re: Re: You lost too many brownie points on that one...

    YOU : So, I take your boat or tangible good, I've robbed you.

    ME : Yes . Finally you got a point right

    YOU : I take an apple in Wal-Mart, I'm depriving Wal-Mart of a tangible good.

    ME : yes again,, WOW ,, your are hot now!!

    YOU :And yet, through your argument, you're trying to tell us that this "intangible good" should have the rights of other goods. It shouldn't.

    ME : WRONG .see above re: John Locke. ( too bad you were getting hot here.)

    YOU : I make a copy of the Mona Lisa, have I deprived the artist?

    ME : YES !!!!!! Artist control . You made a copy without permission. Artist CONTROL , is NEVER about $$$ , it is about controlling use. Allowing FAIR USE , and stopping un-fair use . Where have you been ?

    YOU :There's human nature. We copy successful strategies, making them into our own.

    ME : you cannot copy roight IDEAS .. // BUT , "We copy successful strategies, making them into our own: ,, i s just a nice way to say " he stole my idea" -- which while not illegal at all , does go against social norms , in the "Art world" and "Business World" . No one like have things stolen from them -- even if it just be a profitable IDEA -- which you cannot
    copyright within law.

    YOU : Same as with music or anything else. We copy, then form our own understanding of it.

    ME : Form understanding is fine . that is the Artist sacrifice for going public-- that many will mis-understand the ARTist 's message , and warp it into their perverted worldview.

    You " "We copy"

    ME : You do w/o Permission , and I will sue you ,,

    and Chuck Berry might beat you up. ( He has done that to other musicians -- who rip off his songs in a scoffing poor-faith-ed manner. chuck on beast up Jerry lee Lewis , when Lewis claimed that HE , not chuck was the "King of Rock n Roll")
    ------------------------------------
    YOU :
    Then we go to create new songs based off the old ones.

    ME : 1] Chords you cannot copyright :

    2] Melody copyright-able , but it can get messy , with only 8 notes in a scale.( My sweet lord vs. he's so fine)

    3} Lyrics are always fully protected.

    ---------------------------------
    YOU :
    Decrying this copying as harmful is what is going against human nature.

    ME : there is that darn "copying as harmful is what is going >>>against human nature

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You lost too many brownie points on that one...

    A] "Copying" is against the law , because some people claim "copying" is their nature and we must therefor prosecute them in law and court and may put them in Jail.

    B} "Theft" is against the law , because some people claim "theft" is their nature and we must therefor prosecute them in law and court and may put them in Jail.

    C} and yes , the big one :
    "Rape" is against the law , because some people claim "Raping during wartime and/or on a date after giving her drugs "--- is their nature and , we must therefor prosecute them in law and court and put them in Jail.

    See the point Now ???? rape=immoral Piracy - immoral, Both are illegal. Law itself is black and white. Judges are allowed to pontificate and judicate the "shades of Grey"

    Welcome to law school . first year studies

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:13am

    There are many political scientists that are dubious of IP for good reason.

    "There are many political scientists that are dubious of IP for good reason."

    ME : NAME them ! And cite their works and bring their quotes.

    ( Lawrence Lessig works i know well , and as posted elsewhere , I cited him in my web-published paper , back in 2002:

    http://technopolitical.blogspot.com/2002/09/techno-politics.html#_edn38

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:19am

    Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    Please find me any supreme court decisions that have cited
    Hume or Tolstoy.find the context. and get back to me.

    ( beware of my "rope-a-dope" posting strategy: to get you to hang yourself with your own words Karl, so be careful , don't hurt yourself.)

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:28am

    ou were the one who moved the debate onto philosophy and were soundly smacked down by Karl

    Karl could not slap down a wingless fly.

    Se my answers there and elsewhere.

    I like to read re-read you posted carefully . before I grade & fail them.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:32am

    problem pharmaceutical corporations

    We are taking about Copyrights , not patents here.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:41am

    Patents and copyrights are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights: a man’s right to the product of his mind.

    "Patents and copyrights are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights: a man’s right to the product of his mind." -- Ayn Rand

    http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/patents_and_copyrights.html

    Copyright © 2010 Ayn Rand® Institute (ARI). All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited. ARI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to ARI in the United States are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:48am

    Re: Re: So you believe that current copyright laws are acceptable? Wow. See everyone, this is the mentality of IP maximists.

    good luck.

    good luck in court.

    good luck in judgment.

    Maybe even good luck in jail.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:51am

    John Cleese - How to Irritate People - Airplane Sketch

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:59am

    Education does not equate to intelligence.

    "Education does not equate to intelligence."


    But you need intelligence to get a good education/

    I got good grades too-- in Pol - Sci and philosophy esp.

    Here is an "A" paper from an honors course :

    "How Voltaire and Samuel Johnson Deal with
    John Locke’s Emotional Problems."

    http://tilliebaum.blogspot.com/2002/05/how-voltaire-and-samuel-johnson-deal_03.html

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:05am

    Ayn Rand's philosophy has been completely debunked.

    Not on Copyrights.

    Find me ONE MAJOR WELL STUDIED Philophopher who disa grees with Ms. Rand's point here :

    "Patents and copyrights are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights: a man’s right to the product of his mind."

    Copyright © 2010 Ayn Rand® Institute (ARI). All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited. ARI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to ARI in the United States are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:11am

    6am ...but you provide some of your work for free, right?

    ARTIST CONTROL .

    even if i give it for free, certain people cannot use it in certain situations.

    Just as Bruce Springstein would not ley John McCain use "the Boss's " music i at GOP rallies in 2008.

    As Bruce strongly backed Obama.

    Do you you beleive Bruce had that RIGHT, to tell McCain to stop?

    COPYRIGHT Law say he can . clearly.

    Do you think Bruce had a Moral Right ? Natural Right ?

    No Right ?

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:22am

    Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    "Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had."

    Or couse I have not crediabilty with Pirates, you would have to surrender ship.

    But I do have crediabliy , with lawyers , judges , and elelcted officals ,, some of whom are former co-workers.

    One of my old Co-workers is named: Barack Obama .

    ( we both were on staff at NYPIRG in 1986 . http://www.nypirg.org/ )

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:23am

    Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    Elected officials .

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:25am

    Re: Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    But I do have creditability , with lawyers , judges , and elected officials ,, some of whom are former co-workers.

    corrected.

    I should never post before morning coffee.

    (where is my ciggies.)

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Disapproving Einstein's Dyslexia

    They did not test for Dyslexia back when Albert was a kid,

    but I believe he does allude to it in his own writings. I lent my copy of "relatvity" to a friend. I will double check.

    but again folks,, to insult my disability --dyslexia -- says mote about you than me.

    I also walk with a cane , for a bad back problem ( thoracic disc degeneration). Wanna make fun of that too?

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disapproving Einstein's Dyslexia

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 3:08am

    Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    One of my old Co-workers is named: Barack Obama .

    ( we both were on staff at NYPIRG in 1986 .


    Got any actual evidence for that?

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 3:16am

    Re: The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    U.S. laws have always support copyright .
    How do expalin this then:

    "American publishers continued to regard the work of a foreign (i. e., non-resident) author as unprotected 'common' property. Thus, although the Berne Convention greatly simplified the copyright process among European nations, numerous unauthorized American re-prints continued to appear until 1891, when the United States finally agreed to discontinue sanctioning literary piracy."

    from

    http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pva/pva74.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 3:37am

    You stupid son of a bitch

    TP, I'm not here to mince words. You prove yourself too stupid time and time again for rational conversation. You DON'T understand the law, law history, or even the simple definitions of the English language. You are BY FAR the most ignorant copyright troll I have ever witnessed. The LAST thing in the world you are ever going to do here is convince anyone you're right. There isn't one damn thing you've said that will convince anyone of anything except that you are a complete joke. Time to get off the crack or the smack and realize the fact that the world owes you NOTHING!! If you're not making any money... either your music sucks or you're charging more than everyone else thinks it's worth. Not you, or anyone else, is ENTITLED to a life of Playboy Playmates, penthouse apartments, limousines, and an endless stream of money for you and your next 10 generations because you wrote one song.

    This perceived "entitlement" is sickening beyond belief. Copyright law WILL be rewritten because copyright abuses are growing, and because year after year, more of the 20th century technology inept, computer illiterate judges and politicians are going to be replaced by 21st century technology literate judges and politicians who witnessed the failures and abuses that are happening right now with current law.

    I know this is a waste of my time, but here's some basics for you that you will never successfully dispute...

    1. Copyright infringement does not equal theft.
    2. Copyright infringement is not the same as piracy.
    3. Copyright infringement certainly does not equal murder or rape, and you are definitely screaming for that dildo right now by continuing to claim it does!!!

    By your definition of law... removing the tag off a mattress is the same as producing child pornography!!!

    Please turn in your keyboard and get off the internet NOW!!!

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 6:53am

    Re: So you believe that current copyright laws are acceptable? Wow. See everyone, this is the mentality of IP maximists.

    So you believe that current copyright laws are acceptable?


    ANS : you bet 100 %

    and a bunch of folks with guns and handcuffs back me up.

    the police.


    Some of the biggest copyright infringers I know are/were policemen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:59am

    Let's test our Supreme Court knowledge with a little quiz.

    You :"Let's test our Supreme Court knowledge with a little quiz."

    ME : Basic reality Karl,, Copyright is in the constitution, the court is bound to protect the Principles of Copy RIGHTS.

    The cases you site above did nothing to shake the "CONSTITUTIONAL Bedrock Foundation" of COPYRIGHTS.

    Again KARL ,, you are nitpicking little nuances in legal decisions m you cannot possible fully understand , unless you have a Phd. in Constitutional Law,.

    -------

    As far a my cover song of the Beatles at my space :

    A quote from a professional music rep who often comments here at techdirt:::

    by Suzanne Lainson: , Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:03pm:::

    ""What I wanted to add was that>>>>> I know many musicians who cover other people's songs on YouTube as a way to get attention. They aren't asked to take those songs down. Search for any popular song on YouTube and you will find multiple versions. These are unauthorized versions but they are allowed to stand. >> "I know many musicians who cover other people's songs on YouTube as a way to get attention. They aren't asked to take those songs down. Search for any popular song on YouTube and you will find multiple versions. These are unauthorized versions but they are allowed to stand."

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 8:05am

    Re: Let's test our Supreme Court knowledge with a little quiz.

    clearly me . Cleared cache and cookies again, ------------ pop quiz : And why are they "cookies" and not "cupcakes"? anybody know? How about the word spam ? Why "spam"? I know the answers. SO Pop quiz time Pirates: No search Google ( et all ) allowed . ------------------------------------------------------ Answer of top of head. ( be honest

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 8:10am

    Re: Re: Let's test our Supreme Court knowledge with a little quiz.

    (( I re-post signed in , so it will be in my techdirt profile ...soon to be read by millions of people daily . :) ,, right Mike ?))

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    You :"Let's test our Supreme Court knowledge with a little quiz."

    ME : Basic reality Karl,, Copyright is in the constitution, the court is bound to protect the Principles of Copy RIGHTS.

    The cases you site above did nothing to shake the "CONSTITUTIONAL Bedrock Foundation" of COPYRIGHTS.

    Again KARL ,, you are nitpicking little nuances in legal decisions m you cannot possible fully understand , unless you have a Phd. in Constitutional Law,.

    -------

    As far a my cover song of the Beatles at my space :

    A quote from a professional music rep who often comments here at techdirt:::

    by Suzanne Lainson: , Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:03pm:::

    ""What I wanted to add was that>>>>> I know many musicians who cover other people's songs on YouTube as a way to get attention. They aren't asked to take those songs down. Search for any popular song on YouTube and you will find multiple versions. These are unauthorized versions but they are allowed to stand. >> "I know many musicians who cover other people's songs on YouTube as a way to get attention. They aren't asked to take those songs down. Search for any popular song on YouTube and you will find multiple versions. These are unauthorized versions but they are allowed to stand."

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 8:27am

    Re: ou were the one who moved the debate onto philosophy and were soundly smacked down by Karl

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 8:47am

    Re: Re: Re: So you should listen to me because I'm an artist!

    Remember ,, Daffy is a human Artist creation.

    All his words and animations comes from human artists.

    your Pirate Logic hangs you again

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 9:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    Because you cannot answer Pretzel Logic.

    It do not bother.

    Normal , strait thinking people understand my posts.

    Pirates , cannot ,, or refuse to.

    I go a busy like.

    i try not to waste time arguing with Pirate Pretzel Convoluted LOGIC.
    ------------------------

    If you raise a good clear point , that I disagree with ...i will gladly answer. If I agree , i will also post ,, "good Job" or "I agree" ,, but besides , Suzanne L. , Phil , and Daryl ,, posters here most never do a good job.

    If you mis-sate fact , or well defined legal concepts , i will ALSO point it out.

    But Pirate Logic , just ain't worth the time, to respond to .
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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 9:30am

    I guess you don't like brownies...

    It still doesn't matter what happened here. You're trying to cause people to wrinkle their nose in disgust because you want to bring the most offensive thing (IE RAPE) and compare that to copyright infringement. Again, rape, the forcing of your being on another, does not equal infringement, the unlawful copying of files on the internet. Once you understand that, then the debate can move forward.

    But let's entertain these thoughts for a moment:

    " Both are illegal and .or immoral according to ALL definitions -- legal , literary , and vernacular."

    Better argument needed. The Viking society is gone and you still want to use this for everything. I could bring up a point about war in general and how it is atrocious but you'll latch onto that like it's a lifeline saying "It's IMMORAL, ILLEGAL, ad hominem" without showing a link. Here's what you need for this debate that you're not doing. You need a way to say that we have deprived basic rights to people (food, water, shelter). When you "rape and pillage" to use your Viking example (btw, Vikings aren't the only society that caused mayhem. Let's not forget the Romans and their quest to dominate the world) you deprive these rights to others.

    Copyright infringement, no matter how colorful your language, will never equate to that. I've not deprived an author, songwriter, or artist in general of their ability to produce an idea, forming a plan and going about how they need to in order to survive.

    "ME : Why do you think very few women post here at techdirt? Because they find you Pirates offensive. "

    You are reaching pretty far. I mean, that one went out of left field and it's flying to the moon. Foul ball.

    This is like me saying "I made 4 million dollars last year" You have no way of backing it up nor supporting it. It's more or less your opinion on women. BTW, my partner happens to be female with the book. She lets me handle copyright issues, but I keep her informed. We do what's best for our business. Yes, we're looking to keep our work from corporate hijacking. Our main goal is to have people read it.

    "The nature of "uncivil" people is to break laws, for "fun" and/or "profit"-- or "passion" (i.e. they cannot control it ,, to control it is against their "nature"). The argument that "the law was against my nature" , fails in court -- no matter what the crime -- from "jaywalking" to "Murder one."

    Clear ?"

    Still not clear. We need laws, but as I was saying before, bad law does not equal just. You went from Rape = Infringement with practically no in between, Argumentum ad nauseam. So eventually, you'll convince someone that rape = Infringement, because they remember that part of the debate. You can decry it from the highest rooftops. But the truth is, the two are nowhere NEAR the same. It's a logical fallacy in your argument.

    Regarding law, no one is saying that the laws aren't needed. Yet another fallacy that you're falling into is making assumptions about people and infringement. If the laws supported torrents and filesharing, we wouldn't be fighting against it. Just as Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses, I can only speak for myself when I say that I rail against the draconian laws. Let's look at this for a second.

    A writer, who has every incentive to keep the laws as they are, is saying the laws go too far in the wrong direction. For downloading a file that's similar to mine, I should be able to charge $150,000? That's wrong. The RIAA has used this argument to make the life of Jammie Thomas Rasset a living hell. The amount the judge awarded is probably more than her salary for a year. But I guess that is still lost on you. *shrug*

    "ME : Form understanding is fine . that is the Artist sacrifice for going public-- that many will mis-understand the ARTist 's message , and warp it into their perverted worldview.
    You " "We copy"
    ME : You do w/o Permission , and I will sue you ,,
    and Chuck Berry might beat you up. ( He has done that to other musicians -- who rip off his songs in a scoffing poor-faith-ed manner. chuck on beast up Jerry lee Lewis , when Lewis claimed that HE , not chuck was the "King of Rock n Roll")"

    Look up Beowulf. How did that story get so popular? I find it ironic that you don't remember about this Anglo-Saxon poem that was around the same time period as the Vikings. Bards added to the tale until it was written down by Christian priests. Regardless, the tale is still remembered today as one of the great tales of our past.

    Some will misunderstand the artist's message no matter what gets out. It's a risk. But if you don't want to put your music, art, whatever out, then that's the safest you can be. Never share an idea. Never share your knowledge. Stay in a room and stare at a wall. That's worse than not existing in some form.

    At least when you ARE out in the public you can clarify your message once it's out there. You can change it as need be. These are the things that we should be fighting for. These are the things that the laws in their current state are fighting to subvert.

    " words here are well calculated. I know how to piss you guys off ,, so you get sloppy , and make inane statements that will get you laughed out , of courts , congress, and philosophy classes. "

    Actually, you made your words better for us to understand your argument. Well done. I find debate engaging. Especially when someone is ignorant of certain things. That's the perfect time to educate. When someone's being stupid though (not saying you are), I leave them to their own devices. Me getting sloppy? Let's look at that:

    1) I've yet to attack you, just your position
    2) I don't have to insult your character. (Argumentum ad hominem)
    3) My argument makes sense and it remains simple.
    4) You tend to use sweeping generalizations that weaken your argument further, hurting your ethos, such as the "All women are anti-pirate". (Dicto simpliciter) When you only know one woman as you admitted in your post personally, that argument just needs to be dropped.

    My argument - "Change copyright laws back to 20 years for authors and 20 years for corporate ownership."

    But you continue to use the Rape = piracy technique and make your argument appear the worst that it can be with little proof of what is happening in the world.

    "YOU :"I am sure you know a lot of folks who shoplifted their way through high school and college, Shoplifting is harmless,. So they do it."
    Anecdotal at best.
    ME : But accurate right ??? I know alot of folks who did. "

    *snicker*

    I mean really? Are we getting into the old "If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?" argument? It's not accurate at all. It's another sweeping generalization. There's all kinds of wrong with it. First, it was a generalization of high school kids who I know. You don't know them but you assume they shoplifted through college. It boggles the mind how they did that when their parents saved for college but I mean really? I gave you it being anecdotal. But you don't know those kids and they aren't the same as yours. We'll put this as "Post hoc ergo propter hoc" and move on.

    "I hang you with your own words."
    Actually, sounds more like sophistry than the Socratic method. Let's not make this "sophisticated" ;)

    "YOU quoting ME : "You folks claim laws against Piracy is something "that goes against human nature." The majority of humans are not Pirates. In democracies people have elected governments that have outlawed piracy."
    YOU :Causal link is not there.
    ME : NOT at all !!!! It is a CAUSATIVE link."

    It's Non sequitur. So until you can make that a complete thought, I'm moving on. You still haven't done what I described to make that a complete thought, merely harped back at me about being causative.

    "It is a main premise to the concept of PRIVATE PROPERTY , that ARTIST and Author creation , is their PRIVATE PROPERTY to fully control."
    You're saying that but you're not proving that's what's happening in the world. You come onto the site and berate others as pirates (YARRRGH) trolling and antagonizing without a clear argument other than cause as much mayhem as possible. Bravo. *claps hands*

    So, let me tell you what I do with my copyrighted property (again, my choice) I am going to finish my first book by the end of the year. I publish it. Five years from now, you'll see my book online. By then it will probably have been torrented and downloaded in other methods. Regardless, I will have made a fair amount of money on it. Let's move on. I make a second and third book in that 5 year period. After a year of hardback, I post paperbacks, I post online versions. I do book signings and travel across country, building up my fanbase here in the US, then go overseas if need be.

    Nowhere in there do I worry about the ones that say they downloaded the book off the internet. Hell, after 5 years, I could put the first book up for free on google books. My copyright. I go after fans (which the RIAA and MPAA are doing) I'm doing it wrong. Just like Beowulf of the last millenium, I would rather be remembered for the good I did on earth, than some kind of whiny copyright monger. It's all in how you view it. JK Rowling didn't put up online versions of her books. Didn't stop her fans from doing so. Now she does and the same fans that posted it online, would probably buy the same version. ESPECIALLY if she gives them more "bang for their buck":A chance to win $2000, a Harry Potter doll and a Hermione wand? People would jump on just that. Give people a carrot, a lot less stick. It works in real life. ;)

    And so, as with any response to you Techno,

    Try again. YAARGH!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 9:43am

    Something else to get to.

    Here's a challenge.

    Name three people in US law, put in jail for copying a file. Go ahead, I'll wait.

    So, the link between those two? Broken like that part of your argument.

    Judges are allowed to judicate the shades of grey, but as soon as a judge heard your "rape = piracy" argument, I'm sure the case would be thrown out.

    I mean think how you would make that argument for five seconds.

    "The plaintiff has accused the defendant of raping said plaintiff's file on the internet."

    5...
    4...
    3...
    2...
    1...

    Thrown out because Rape /= piracy.

    Because you love piracy so much,

    Try again. YAAARGH!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 10:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: So you should listen to me because I'm an artist!

    You're too stupid to live.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 10:04am

    Re: Re: The U.S. growth was fantastic when they didn't care much about IP laws

    Technopolitical can't explain it because Technopolitical is a fucking moron.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 10:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    Troll.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 11:03am

    Re: as copyright is being used today, it's less about promoting new technologies

    First, when you argue about control, you're also arguing about who is getting the money in regards to copyright. Why are the RIAA or any major company looking to shut down the internet? They want control. Control = money. The more power you have, the more that you want to keep the status quo, not changing your mode of thinking to the new reality. That's why this battle has been over who controls the market, the CEOs who create nothing but profit greatly from the subversion of artists, or the artists who have to be savvy enough to fight those influences. That's the dichotomy that's been at play since the publishing industry first started.

    "Bruce Springsteen telling McCain & co to quit using his songs , for the GOP political agenda in 2008."

    First, Bruce is not a poor artist in any shape or form. He's a big boy let him take care of himself.

    "Ok Jay. Do YOU think "the Boss" was within his , moral or natural rights to tell McCain, to stop-- regardless of the law?"

    He can. It's a public production and the license should have been cleared beforehand, but that's far different from say... Metallica stealing music from others. Source - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF-k0QmSwik

    Also, if you really want to get into copyright law, let's remember that songwriters railed against Thomas Edison and the phonograph.

    Remember Lawrence Lessig? "Free Culture: How Big Media uses technology and the law to lock down culture" Page 55. Read all about it. It's free on google books. Your argument isn't new. It just needs to be updated.

    Try again. YAARGH!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 11:16am

    Some things I missed...

    "YOU :Go for sad extremes to invoke an emotional response. Kinda sad when your logos (defined at bottom) is truly lacking.

    ME : We are having a Political Debate and a Moral Debate on PIRACY and copyright law in the USA.
    A issue that I feel very passionate about . More passionate against it , than you are for it. But do I curse at people , calling them foul names in my posts ?
    As I mentioned elsewhere, I am ordained clergy -- an Orthodox Rabbi-- do not lecture me there."

    And? My actual name is Hebrew and I'm not Jewish. But trying to call people both pirates and fools, equating rape to piracy, the entire "political masturbation" fiasco, and trying to complicate your argument with sophistry by taking large leaps in faith and logic are far from ways to say you've saved your ethos.

    For a political debate, you need resources supporting this view that artists need more protection. As a writer myself, I believe there's been enough if not too much, which is stifling creativity. Youtube is a great experiment and yet, the belief that Viacom is owed millions or billions for people's content is just ridiculous.

    For moral debate, you've yet to find one reason that I'm this so called pirate. You've also yet to reply to one of my posts about me being a writer. You continue to be entrenched in saying I practice copyright infringement when my main objective is to produce art in my own way.

    Oh well. You can't win every debate, Techno.

    Try again.

    YAAARGH!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 12:13pm

    Re: You stupid son of a bitch

    Heh, don't get mad at TP. He knows not what he argues. It's just funny to watch his argument fold in half upon close scrutiny.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 12:17pm

    Disapproving Einstein's Dyslexia

    No, they didn't test for dyslexia. But if you're going to use it, you need proof, which is inconclusive.

    By your logic, I could be fairly accurate in saying that Leonardo Da Vinci had Asperger's since I have no proof otherwise.

    Logical fallacies abound.

    Don't care about the walking stick, just don't use it as a crutch when in an argument.

    Try again.

    YAARGH!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 12:20pm

    Oy vey...

    And Godwin's Law is in effect...

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:12pm

    Re: Re: Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    I highly doubt that you've been to Chicago to chill with Obama. If I have to start pulling the chain here, trust me, you won't like it because the deck of cards are going to all fall.

    At least keep to something more truthful if you can.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Ayn Rand addresses this.

    Yet again... You ignore a post to go on a tirade about pirate logic.

    "Most of the pirates would be on that island. Far more people in positions of authority and power would be excluded than included. You fail to understand the philosophy by simply accepting that everyone in positions of power/authority are there on merit. "

    If people were put onto an island, there would be a new culture formed. Positions of power would go to the ones most dominant. Eventually, you would have it where a new society was formed and as that new society formed, more people would be able to concentrate on art. From basic survival to developing society, eventually information would be passed on. It's how we develop as people.

    No, Mr(s) John Doe, there are people that read your posts. TP unfortunately isn't one of them. He seems to want to say everyone is a pirate that doesn't give him a million dollars in the next few years.

    Try again, TP. YAARGH!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 1:26pm

    Tsk tsk tsk

    Karl has the gist of it. He has evidence that you seem to dismiss. Odd that you only believe in the power of a title. The facts are right there such as Wheaton v. Peters, decisions made about copyright, and yet you continue to believe in the power of only your voice. So sad...

    Oh well. Try again TP.

    YAAARGH!

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 2:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TP thinks rape is on the same terms as copyright infringement

    Troll

    Actually I think the writer of this song had him in mind:

    http://everything2.com/title/I+am+the+very+model+of+a+newsgroup+personality

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:02pm

    Re: Still funny to me....your arguments are rather weak.

    YOU :

    your arguments are rather weak.

    Me: If Locke , Jefferson, Rand, the Copyright clause, SCOTUS history, and 100% of the elected congress the the USA is a weak argument:

    Well then ,you are either :

    a] really stoned on something, even too much coffee, and just having fun here w/o thinking,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and really have no concept about law and moral rights in human history
    . "Nice sentences , but drivel still. "
    ( something tells me your proffs wrote that all the time on your papers next to the "C-". What were your college grades in English-lit, Pol-Sci,, even "high school social studies." ? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I got all "A"s.)


    b] you are immoral and dangerous to society.


    c] both
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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:17pm

    Name three people in US law, put in jail for copying a file. Go ahead, I'll wait.

    not the point. jail is an emotion evoking false political RuSh Limbaugh-ish statment.

    "Jail" = "ANY illegal act".

    [[[ I do not know what it like in other citys , but in NYC , most every pot head ( $10 fine for a dubie in public),,, street musician ( legal 100% un-- amp-ed) , and even double parkers ,, get run through the system, 1-3 days in jail , if you piss off the cop. Three days "in the can" BEFORE you see a judge or lawyer. Fun City. ]]]]

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:19pm

    Judges are allowed to judicate the shades of grey, but as soon as a judge heard your "rape = piracy" argument, I'm sure the case would be thrown out.

    "Judges are allowed to judicate the shades of grey, but as soon as a judge heard your "rape = piracy" argument, I'm sure the case would be thrown out."

    ANS : no I learned it FROM a judge.

    ( how stoned r u ?)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:26pm

    Re: Judges are allowed to judicate the shades of grey, but as soon as a judge heard your "rape = piracy" argument, I'm sure the case would be thrown out.

    >ANS : no I learned it FROM a judge.

    You learned from a JUDGE that rape = piracy?

    [citation needed]

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:26pm

    You're trying to cause people to wrinkle their nose in disgust because you want to bring the most offensive thing (IE RAPE)

    You're trying to cause people to wrinkle their nose in disgust because you want to bring the most offensive thing (IE RAPE)

    ans : yes and no.

    it pisses you off , it is a hot word.

    but it also shows:

    All is EQUALLY Illegal

    Illegal =murder=jaywalking= theft = playing your stereo at 3 am really loud in suburbia = feeding birds in central park = picking flowers too = auto theft = punching your significant other = punching the cop who comes when they call 911 = rape = shoplifting = Illegal. all the way through.

    Legal = white
    Illegal = black

    Judges do Grey.

    Law school.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:38pm

    We need laws, but as I was saying before, bad law does not equal just. You went from Rape = Infringement with practically no in between, Argumentum ad nauseam. So eventually, you'll convince someone that rape = Infringement, because they remember that par

    We need laws, but as I was saying before, bad law does not equal just. You went from Rape = Infringement with practically no in between, Argumentum ad nauseam. So eventually, you'll convince someone that rape = Infringement, because they remember that part of the debate."

    Wrong . it is not "because they remember that part of the debate" .

    It is because the Solicitor Genral of the USA , when standing before SCOTUS :

    will make the VERY same points I bring here.

    Illegal = murder = rape = theft = jaywalking =
    piracy= illegal. basic human history in all disciplines of study

    I f you cannot see and understand that

    Further conversation is mental masturbation, ,,,, unless ,,

    Unless you are going to take copyright out of the Constitution.

    This it actually "very highly unlikely" , and closer to "categorically impossible". It ain't worth arguing why with Pirates.

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:39pm

    Re: Some things I missed...

    see above from me

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:45pm

    Re: Tsk tsk tsk

    please you are Karl,go to law school ,, come back, i will very gladly talk,


    Or just take on adult ed course , in Law history , Political Phil,,, or pol-sci-100

    bye,,

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    No answer ?? wow dudes, you disappointing me.

    i will save my draft response for later elsewhere

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 5:44pm

    Re: Re: as copyright is being used today, it's less about promoting new technologies

    ME : Ok Jay. Do YOU think "the Boss" was within his , moral or natural rights to tell McCain, to stop-- regardless of the law?"

    JAY :He can.

    ME : thank G-D , Ok we are halfway home.

    You :
    It's a public production and the license should have been cleared beforehand,

    Me : Oh again good , you are truly a good honest soul.

    You :
    but that's far different from say... Metallica stealing music from others. Source -

    Me : Wrong you $$%% Pirate !!

    Kidding .

    Actually that point is for the court to decide based on copyright law,

    "My sweet lord" vs "he so fine" trial is the touchstone case in Rock n roll . Lucky George,,,,, ( yes "this song" video link coming : stay tuned) ,,,, where musicologists, lawyers and judges figured out things about music theory , conscience vs. unconsciousness composing -- it only 8 notes to a scale ,, and musicians smoke a lot of pot.

    Remember : Chords can not copy right . Lyrics are copyright 100%

    Melody is the mess. 8 notes to scale. drugs are involved.

    Some times I I write a new song , and whops , its an old chuck berry tune , iforgot i knew,,,, sometimes , it it is a re- work , of my own song , i almost forgot,,

    Music songwriting is weird.

    We borrow , all the time. the Beatles from Buddy Hollie and the Crickets ( crickets =beatles)

    Mick and Kieth , ripped of chuck berry , and early ike turner,,

    and me and my "musical partner in Crime" for 15 years ,
    Ellis Hooks , http://www.myspace.com/ellishooksmusic,,,

    Me and Ellis , blatantly ripped of Mick and Kieth ( me Kieth, but much cuter) ,,, as the basis for our performing style , and songwriting often , but not always.

    Ellis like to rip off Wilson Pickett ,

    and me Bob Dylan ( as i mention , rick danko, watched me play dylan a few times)

    So we compromised on the Stones , instead of arguing of what song to play next.
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    POINT : good faith ed musician are almost never sued by good-faith-ed musicians.

    but IF the deciding folks on a lawsuit is some corp , that bought the song ,

    , most musicians get pissed,

    writer or copier.

    I ain't a fan of record labels either.

    Pirates have more morals.

    they deserve each other !!
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    Now George and Monty Python , to take us home :
    George Harrison, 'This Song'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsUkACDSIZY

    A blazing track , great musicians ,, song by George , on "My sweet civil lawsuit". Record company staff is the cast. The Judge , is a great drummer.. watch to companion-making -of video ,, look out for ron wood. ( miss you George )

    AND

    George and Eric Idle , taking on Piracy in 197-something
    George Harrison's -- "The Pirate Song"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGbRHxM4X2g&feature=related

    enjoy

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    Karl (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 6:14pm

    Re: Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    As promised, here are the answers to the quiz:
    1-a; 2-b; 3-c; 4-d; 5-e,f; 6-c,g,h.

    Pity you didn't have enough guts to take it. Even so, save it, it will come in handy when you stop attacking people and actually want to learn things.

    The cases you site above did nothing to shake the "CONSTITUTIONAL Bedrock Foundation" of COPYRIGHTS.

    No, but they do show that copyrights are not what you think they are.

    you are nitpicking little nuances in legal decisions

    If I'm "nitpicking" by pointing out that copyright is not theft, then you're "nitpicking" when you call infringers "thieves."

    These are unauthorized versions but they are allowed to stand.

    For the moment. Ten years ago, nobody thought the RIAA would actually sue file sharers. Nobody thought "lip dub" videos would be subject to takedown notices. The copyright holders are absolutely allowed to sue, and as their businesses are going under, they're suing everyone in sight. Do you want to take that chance?

    Seriously, take my advice: cough up the $80 (or so) to Harry Fox, and go legit.

    Please find me any supreme court decisions that have cited Hume or Tolstoy.find the context. and get back to me.

    This is a straw man argument, because I never once said that philosophers were cited by the Supreme Court. You were the one that brought them up.

    For example:
    Find me ONE MAJOR WELL STUDIED Philophopher who disa grees with Ms. Rand's point here :

    "Patents and copyrights are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights: a man’s right to the product of his mind."


    So let's turn that around: Please find me any Supreme Court decisions that have cited Ayn Rand. There aren't any - because the Supreme Court has rejected Rand's viewpoint.

    Copyright is not a "legal implementation of [...] rights." (See #2.)
    She was more explicit when she said, "The government does not 'grant' a patent or copyright, in the sense of a gift, privilege, or favor; the government merely secures it." Wheaton v. Peters explicity said she's wrong: "Congress, then, by this act, instead of sanctioning an existing right, as contended, created it." (This is why copyrights were not automatically granted to artists until 1972; before then, if you didn't register a copyright, you didn't have one.)

    Copyright is not a "property right." (See #1.)
    If a copyright were a form of "property" like a car or piece of land, then infringement would be theft - and Dowling v. United States says specifically that it's not.

    Copyright is not "a man's right to the product of his mind." (See #3, and maybe #6.)
    This is the "sweat of the brow" argument, that Feist v. Rural said is invalid: "The primary objective of copyright is not to reward the labor of authors." Incidentally, this also means that the court entirely rejected Locke's "labor theory" of property (which Rand "stole"), at least as far as "products of the mind" are concerned.

    So, I say you shouldn't be surprised when you're wrong about copyright, since even great philosophers like Ayn Rand were wrong. Or at least I would say that, if Ayn Rand was a great philosopher.

    A better overview is The Purpose of Copyright by Lydia Pallas Loren, an associate law professor at Lewis and Clark College.

    beware of my "rope-a-dope" posting strategy

    You know, I think you're confused about that term. When you do a "rope-a-dope," you're not supposed to punch yourself repeatedly in the face.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 6:24pm

    Re: Re: Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    again karl, go to law scool, get back to m e,, the met game is one mm it iall circles with you.

    Please stop answering my posts on copyright. I will reply yo you now longer. waste of time. go to law school . learn come back.

    there is not way to have a honest logic Socratic discourse with you ,, my guess on anything.. Is the earth Round,, Karl? even with that you gave me junk. You would be thrown out of any philosphy class as being disruptive. REally. I have seen it happen in school. Proff says ,, drop or Fail.
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    and where is my apology for all the gruff you gave me about my MY Space page,, I am sure you read Suzanne's words backing me up, ( i am not looking for the link,, the mets have runners on base ) She know more than i do there. Go to her blog,, ask here , maybe she'll has more pity with you.
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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 6:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    Argument Clinic : Monty Python
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQFKtI6gn9Y
    for you karl ,, watch and enjoy.

    bye

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:15pm

    He seems to want to say everyone is a pirate that doesn't give him a million dollars in the next few years.

    YOU : "He seems to want to say everyone is a pirate that doesn't give him a million dollars in the next few years."


    Ans : true ,, in my ego-manic mind ,

    but i live in the [almost] real world. I mean i is a guitar player.

    (Q: how do you get a guitar player to stop playing?
    A: put sheet music in front of him /her. ! .... ha-ha )
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    but back to copyright.

    it ain't money. I am poor , but people give me $$ , food , and love for my art & music ( beer too.) If you are gonna to be homeless , take your guitar and voice , and busk in some warm city. Find a place to shower regular, sleep in the park, you will do ok. { it is amazing how many nice women offer musicians a shower at their house. Often with their lovely roommate too :)}

    ----
    sorry ,, hmm , back to copy right .

    Bruce has a "song",

    John McCain thinks "the song" it can help his quest for the white house.

    Bruce say , "do it , and I will drag you down Thunder Road , under my lawyer's car."

    As you agree Jay ,, Bruce was right in law ,, and morals, too.

    that is my point Artist control.

    but yes , w/o that control , i cannot make $$$.

    So control , comes from the Copyright Clause.

    Try to change it.

    you won't.

    I own congress on that.

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:29pm

    If "laws evolve", as you admit then the fact that something is illegal does not of itself mean that it is wrong.

    "If "laws evolve", as you admit then the fact that something is
    illegal does not of itself mean that it is wrong."
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    Ans : finally . a good point.

    1] Laws do evolve, the the underlying philosophy of Law does not.

    The Philosophy : Private Property/

    a house , a car , easy stuff/

    2] Art and non-patent IP . harder ,, but ,, IP ART is private property. But we need Fair use , academic citation, etc.
    The nuance of the law will adjust. but the Principle -- IP = Private Property will not change, it is in the Constitution. SCOTUS sets it boundaries.

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    3] IP Patent law : it is a mess. Serious fixing is needed,, within still the Principle of PRIVATE PROPERTY.

    But when dealing with Corp and inventors-- very hard stuff. Patent law , it big time law ,, very nich elite field. ain't touching that one.

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    4] Monty Python
    dead parrot sketch
    ( because I am doing the Python tonite at you tube, while i do my emails.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE

    great stuff.
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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:53pm

    Re: Re: Still funny to me....your arguments are rather weak.

    Moron.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:55pm

    Re: We need laws, but as I was saying before, bad law does not equal just. You went from Rape = Infringement with practically no in between, Argumentum ad nauseam. So eventually, you'll convince someone that rape = Infringement, because they remember that

    Rape!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:55pm

    Re: Re: Tsk tsk tsk

    Rape!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    RAPE!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:58pm

    Re: He seems to want to say everyone is a pirate that doesn't give him a million dollars in the next few years.

    RAPE!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 10th, 2010 @ 7:59pm

    Re: Re: You stupid son of a bitch

    RAPE!!!

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 10th, 2010 @ 8:11pm

    I highly doubt that you've been to Chicago to chill with Obama.

    actually,,,, no :(

    But when was first running for Senate in 2004 , NYPIRG Alum ---( like Hotel
    Cailf, you can check you , but never leave. NYPIRG will find me , and ask for $$ now )----- had a fundraiser for Mr. Obama.
    I had something else that night. Missed it. Deep regret.

    But when we worked together (1986),, many phone calls ,-- he worked off site , @ CUNY City College Campus --( or one of those)-- and if he needed supplies , or fliers , i was the gate keeper , and supply Sargent.

    Like , every one else on staff ,, no beer buy me at bar nite ,, I will mis-place your paycheck,,, if you don't call in for you messages ( 1986 , ancient history tech-wise), i set fire to them , and mailed you the ashes ( I am not joking, had to keep people in line -- i was a busy guy and gate keeper for 75 activists folks, ---do not mess with me) .

    I do not remember Mr. Obama giving me a problem. That why i let him get elected :)

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 2:31am

    Re: Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    Barak Obama for Senate
    ..Thu, September 9, 2004 .
    From:
    Jay R. Halfon
    ...
    View Contact
    To: Jay R. Halfon
    CC; NYPIRG Alum List , rahalperin@yahoo.com


    Obama Donor Card.doc (23KB)
    Dear NYPIRG Alum,

    By now many of you know that Barak Obama, candidate for US Senate in Illinois and keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, got his start as a NYPIRG Project Coordinator at City College. I did not get to know Barak when he was at NYPIRG. I was working in Albany at the time. But I have had the good fortune of spending time with him recently at the Democratic National Convention. He credits NYPIRG for providing him with valuable training. He does, however, say that the bottle bill just wasn't the best issue to recruit students in Harlem. He was probably right.

    Nonetheless, if Barak wins for US Senate, and he probably will, he will be the first NYPIRG Alum to do so. I am hopeful that NYPIRG Alums will come out and support Barak's election. He is coming to New York for breakfast on September 13th at City Hall Restaurant, just a few blocks from the NYPIRG office. I will be attending and I would like to bring significant support from the NYPIRG Alumni community. I am asking you to help Barak by making a contribution to his campaign. I would like to let Barak know that he is supported by our NYPIRG Alums.

    I have attached a donor form. The maximum contribution is $2,000. Of course you can give whatever you want. The greater the number of contributions, regardless of the amount, the more we can show Barak that we are thrilled that he comes out of NYPIRG. Can you email me as soon as possible to let me know if you can help? You can email your donor form directly to me. This is a great opportunity for us to count as one of our own someone who has achieved such national acclaim.

    I will add, Barak is not only an enormously talented person, but he is an extremely nice person, open and friendly, and committed to progressive values. Please help.

    Let me state for the record that NYPIRG has no involvement in this effort whatsoever. NYPIRG remains totally non-partisan as it always has been.

    Call me if you have any questions or ideas at 917-xxx-xxxx and please forward this to other NYPIRG Alums. If you would like to attend the breakfast let me know.

    Thanks so much,

    Jay Halfon
    ( technopolitical's old boss , and "professional mentor",, google him if you wish)
    ==============================================)

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 2:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    NYPIRG 35th Anniversary
    Jay R. Halfon, Saul Hershenov, Jay Hershenson, Ed Hirs, Ellen Hirs, Li Howard, David R. Jones, Barbara Kancelbaum, Deborah Karpatkin ,Gene Karpinski ,Rich Kassel ,,,,,,,,...


    www.nypirg.org/35th/hostcommittee.html -

    I was not there,, no kosher food there ,, I had a gig , anyway

    I was going to go to the June 3rd, 2010, Start of Summer Bash , but I actually forgot .. posting here so much, ( really,, goota use google calender more ,, i never do ,,,uuuugggghh)

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 2:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    Ps. myresume , is posted on my techno blogs ,, see my profile for links

    NYPIRG , 1982-1986 / 1992 -1995 , Various stuff. Mostly fundraiser , and Admin,, some media , as I work the front desk phone and had to deal with all the reporters who called everyday,,,,, but whatever too ----- I was the main "utility player",, can't find some one to do ,, dump it my desk,, BUT ,, but but ,,,if you forget the "beer tax" ,, I burn your request , and put the ashes , on you desk . ( again: Really. I am fum to work with. bad to mess with.)

     

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    Richard (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 3:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your sensationalism comes as the cost of whatever little credibility you once had.

    A load of stuff you could have made up yourself.

    Even if true it just seems to say that you were a dogsbody somewhere in the organisation.

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 6:11am

    A load of stuff you could have made up yourself.

    If you really , want Richard , you can track , down Jay R. Halfon , who was with NYPIRG , for 20 years -- including 10 years as ex-dir. He is easy to find with a google.. He often gets reference calls and emails on me.

    Jay was also Ralph Nader's right hand , whenever , Ralph traveled abroad,, I remember that, well , when they went to the USSR for a speaking tour , in 1988-9, or something ,, as the USSR , was slowing dissolving , and Gorbachev , was letting more of the outside world in.

    I did not go , to USSR , with Ralph and Jay, , as in 1986 , i left NYPIRG , and to spend 5 years with GreenPeace in NYC

    ((( you can find our GP alum group page at "face book". W/ an old video if me from 1986, training canvassers to raise $$$.. I think it is an invite-only-link, I ain't the keeper there. but look, it is listed in my face-book profile witch is private anyway. [No you cannot be my friend. Family only , and old co-workers] )))))

    ANYWAY ,,, I went to Greenpeace in March 1986, even after Ralph Nader's head of staff,, calls , my MOM , looking for me ,, because they wanted me to work for Ralph in Wash D.C. as opposed to me going to GreenPeace.

    ( i was in between apartments at the time , and splitting time between my parents house on Long Island-- mine too, as all my stuff was there still , -----and sleeping by friends in the city .)

    Wash DC , had almost no good music scene in 1986 ( now too), so i stayed in NYC.

    All very-well document , and well witnessed,, and even press clippings, as most every reporter who reported on lobby-ing and Gov't in NYC and NY state, at the time , had to call me, to get the info and /or person they wanted,

    Jim Dwyer of Newsday, did a 1985 piece on ME , and my subway music (--- i split my time between music and activism, for 15 years ,,"see how that paid off !?!?" money -wise , as Mom says---),--

    --- I think i still have the clipping ,, actually , if Newsday was not behind a paywall now , it is probably up there some where.

    All well documented , and very well witnessed,, by reporters , still working the beat here in NYC.

    Satisfied Richard ?
    ====================================
    =========================
    ===e =====n ======d ============

     

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    Technopolitical (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 6:15am

    seems to say that you were a dogsbody somewhere in the organisation

    RICHARD : "seems to say that you were a dogsbody somewhere in the organisation"

    Forgive me Richard ,, but you can go to H#LL !!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 7:42am

    Still Tsk tsk tsk

    That continues to ignore his information.

    Law history = Find law.com + each case individually

    Political Philosophy = a look into the theories of John Locke, Socrates, Plato, even Adam Smith

    Political Science = BS

    And quite frankly, Karl = Karl. Jay = Jay

    You don't need law school to understand the law and principles that guide a society.

    To lose is to learn how to win,
    Try again.

    YAARGH!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 7:48am

    Still soggy in milk

    You're not applying the Socratic Method. Your argument is about winning therefore it's getting further and further into sophistry.

    sophistry [ˈsɒfɪstrɪ]
    n pl -ries
    1. (Philosophy)
    a. a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading
    b. the art of using such arguments
    2. subtle but unsound or fallacious reasoning
    3. an instance of this; sophism
    --------------------------------------------------------

    If you can't answer him, that's fine. But dismissing his argument is actually helping his case more than yours.

    Try again

    YAAARGH!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2010 @ 10:01am

    Re: seems to say that you were a dogsbody somewhere in the organisation

    That's where rapists go!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2010 @ 10:03am

    Re: I am an artist and I don't care.

    Artists have no control. That's the whole point. Exhibit A: Reality.

     

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    Karl (profile), Jun 11th, 2010 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hume? Tolstoy? Okay, then.

    where is my apology for all the gruff you gave me about my MY Space page

    If I gave you any guff, it's only because you criticized people who break a specific law, while breaking that same law yourself. It wasn't the song, it was the hypocrisy.

    Personally, I find nothing wrong with you doing a cover song and posting it on MySpace. If it were up to me, you'd have my blessing. But it's not up to me. It's up to Congress to write the civil law you're breaking; and it's up to Sony to enforce that law.

    I am being genuine when I say I hope you don't get sued. And serious when I advise you to pay the statutory fees so you can't. But, hey, that's up to you.

    In my defense, if I got nasty, it was only because you kept insulting me, and (worse) saying I can't be a "real" musician because of my viewpoint. So if you apologize for that, then I'll accept, and offer mine.

    If not, then good luck and Godspeed.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 22nd, 2010 @ 12:37am

    Re: Re: Some things I missed...

    I answered those questions. You ignored them. As you always do.

     

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    ProSauce420, Oct 30th, 2010 @ 12:57pm

    Awesome article!

     

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