Figured it was only a matter of time before it came out that the French intelligence community was spying on its own people. I mean, industrial espionage has been practically part of France's foreign policy in everything but name for decades now, particularly against the US aerospace industry (see Boeing).
The fact they're spying on their own citizens isn't too surprising, but the fact that the surveillance is codified into law is incredibly disturbing nonetheless.
Re: "helped people write fan fiction or create remixes and mashups"-- without which, they'd be totally dumb!
if not doing imitative crap, someone might come up with NEW crap.
Ugh... you sound like those self-righteous gatekeeper/admins running the Creepypasta websites, demanding new stories must be "teh original" and deleting stories that even have a whiff of inspiration from a previous work, declaring them lazy writing, and say that those who can't come up with 'original work' should just quit trying and stop cluttering the community with 'unimaginative crap'.
Do us all a favor ootb: Go die in a fire.
[/normally don't give a shit, but that whole shtick has been a recent problem over in the creepypasta writing community]
What exactly would they be criminally charging Greenwald et al. with, since Snowden clearly was able to do this alone. I mean, they can't exactly arrest the reporters for publishing articles on the NSA documents. They lost that battle back in Nixon's day against the New York Times over the Pentagon Papers. So what exactly would they be criminally charging these "accomplices" (the reporters) for again?
It can't be denied that his decision to blow the whistle on the NSA uncovered more and more corruption, feels like a rather pleasant side effect for something that's "jeopardized national security".
At the very least, now the NSA will (hopefully) be getting new employees that deserve their security clearances in the future (Granted, from a government standpoint, they should just drop all contracting work from the intelligence community altogether and keep everything in-house, but that's not likely to happen any time soon).
Of course, this assumes the DOJ is actually going to go after the US IS and it's execs, and not let them slip away unharmed like they've done so far with the scumbags over in Wall Street.
Re: Re: Re: Many artists don't understand Fair Use/Transformative works
Pretty much what Karl said. I was trying to differentiate between the types artists thatuse a canvas for their works, whom I've always referred to as simply 'artists' (ex: van Gogh, Da Vinci, and so on), and the artists that create symphonic masterpieces, aka musicians (Mozart, Beethoven, etc.). Yeah I know, it's not the proper usage of the term, but I couldn't find a word to describe an artist who just uses a canvas [physical or digital] for there type of art.
Plus I was getting rather annoyed by some of the comments I was reading over at dA, so I was feeling a little sarcastic when I wrote that post.
Speaking of dA, I actually managed to talk to zilleniose herself and one of her friends, and she admitted that yes, the other art might be considered Fair Use, but because the art was definitely [partially] traced from hers that it qualified as 'art theft'. I politely responded that Fair Use can be rather subjective, so the alleged infringing work could potentially go either way, and let it go at that.
As for her friend, she her view is that it's fine to claim Fair Use for tracing MLP screenshots because the creator's okay with it, and only Hasbro will come after you, but tracing other fan-art should stay off-limits unless you have the consent of the creator.
And of course, the comment section where all this took place is still bickering about the whole thing.
Ugh...I should've just stayed out of it. Would've saved me a lot of wasted time.
Ain't over till the fat lady sings, or something...
'sides, even if they DO get FTA, they still have to make TPP look harmless enough for all the Congressmen on the electoral 'chopping block' to vote for during an election year, when they don't want to do anything too drastic because it might cost them their seats.
Many artists don't understand Fair Use/Transformative works
And I don't mean musicians. I'm talking about actual artists. Y'know, painters, drawers, digital artists, the ones who make pictures.
I say this after what happened yesterday over on the art site deviantArt.
The site has always had a problem with new users recoloring/editing/tracing over copyrighted images, in other words, other artists' works, and then uploading it and claiming the art as their own.
I didn't pay much attention to all this until yesterday, where someone posted a journal entry linking to another user ranting about how the site's admins are refusing to enforce their own copyright policy correctly, and allowing people who trace others work to do so.
While the alleged 'art thief' did trace over part of the original image, it had clearly been altered enough to qualify as a transformative work under Fair Use.
After reading all that I basically wrote up a journal entry stating that, in this particular case, the "art thief"'s work is transformative enough to qualify under Fair Use, despite the fact that some of it was clearly from/identical to another piece of art (now that I think about it, the only part of the picture that's really traced from the original is the pose).
Part of the problem is dA's Copyright policy leans so hard on "with permission" that it's not even funny, which gives peopel the foolish idea that you need permission for everything, so it's not surprising that a lot of artists on dA are reacting this way right now (and are still foaming at the mouth over the fact that the admin refused to take down the accused's work).
I think it really shows what problems are caused by people insisting that you need "permission" for everything these days, and why Fair Use is such a vital part of Copyright law, and the Internet as a whole.
You'd be surprised how easy it is to forget the password for thumbdrives. I should know, having 3 (or was it 4?) password-protected thumbdrives that I rarely ever use.
Which results in me having to try and remember the password I used and how much l33tspeak is used in it at the time. Which is even more fun when the password program on the thumbdrive states it will reformat the drive if you fail to get it correct 5 times in a row.
But yeah, as mentioned above by others, the authorities already have the ability to decrypt the drive without forcing the accused to give up the password. Just get the court to give the go ahead and do that instead of punishing the accused for "refusing to cooperate".
Why is it so hard for authorities to ask for clearance from the court to go ahead and crack the password/encryption these days?
It's a start I guess... Not much of a start, but he did surpassed low expectations.
...Which tells me that the staff who leaked the intended reforms earlier this week did so intentionally in order to lower everyone's expectations so that Obama would get praise and avoid more stinging criticism when he discussed his reforms today.
In other words, keep raising hell and pressuring him until he actually makes significant changes and doesn't leave reforms up to the incompetents in Congress or the shady "making-things-up-as-we-go" types at the DOJ.
The NSA is under the Executive Branch, so the head of the Executive Branch should be the one to put the organization's feet to the fire, not Congress.
The IP chapter wasn't having enough impact for Congress to start having second thoughts about granting the USTR fast track authority.
But the knowledge that this shit would be the first thing they'd tell the legislative to sign is likely to make those Congresscritters pause now that the Environmental chapter's added fuel to the fire.
Well, one would hope anyway. I'm probably overestimating the intelligence of US Congress.
The entire Pacific Northwest should be dead. They are never covering our region, let alone the West Coast, when I flip to them for weather (out of laziness). All they ever seem to cover (when not doing reality programming/documentaries) is the f***ing East Coast/Midwest.