Crade's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

from the favorite-them-up dept

This week’s favorites post comes from crade

Happy Saturday to the workers. I guess we have another week of dirty tech and it would be good to review, summarize, and have a look at the best posts of the week. We aren’t going to, though; we are going to have a look at the ones I happened to take a fancy to instead.

Now I am a great lover of irony and one of the things I have found the most ironic about this whole ever-encroaching copyright “cage of security” is that while the biggest pushers for a smaller cage claim it’s all for the protection of the artists, they are near legendary for their constant mistreatment of those artists. Not only that but copyright is one of the strongest tools they have used to do it. So it was in the heyday of vinyl and so it is today. So, here they are again, using copyright legislation to force the takedown of the work of an emerging artist. And using their stricter rules to censor people trying to speak against them and to keep people from trying to be artists all while Senator Leahy claims there is no First Amendment issue at all.

Ironic enough? Ha! It gets better. At the same time that the record labels use stricter laws to censor new music, they are also breaking the law themselves. The artists are lining up to sue the labels for infringment and the record labels could owe them up to $2 billion. Of course making sure artists get paid for their hard work is the labels’ greatest desire, their raison-d’?tre and certainly the reason they need to make the security cage so tight we can’t breathe.

I know I shouldn’t find this stuff funny, but I can’t help it.

Besides being a lover of irony, I am a somewhat lawfully minded individual. I believe in the law (to a decent extent). Laws are decided jointly, to a minimum extent (if they were not, there would be rebellion), and when the law is wrong, or bad, I believe it needs to be addressed, not reinterpreted to do “less” harm, nor ignored nor casually broken. Now laws that are wrong are not easy to fix, certainly my opinion is not going to do it, and I’m not entirely convinced even logical arguments from the Harvard Business Review, explaining how big content is strangling innovation, are going to get the job done. In order to get laws changed, we need outrage.

The completely unjustified secrecy around ACTA generated some nice controversy and got a few people asking questions, and now with the TPP, they may be doing the same thing. Splendid! Alzheimer’s Institute of America directly interfering with Alzheimer’s research by suing a bunch of other researchers has the potential to ruffle a few feathers. Although the ridiculous liability issues Google and Yahoo are facing (Google is being found liable for its Autocomplete Suggestions and Yahoo for its users being able to search for infringing movies) are over in Italy this week, perhaps it is a sign of things to come. Or maybe it will piss them off enough to start doing more about the issue in general.

We have seen that people are willing to get up in arms about the hyperbolic amount of cashola involved in copyright infringement lawsuits, so maybe it’s a good thing that the record companies aren’t letting up on that front, as well, and are still appealing to try to get Joel Tenenbaum to pay $675,000 for downloading a measly 30 songs. Sliding in at the last minute, Denmark’s recent decision to endorse retroactive copyright extensions sure seems outrageous to me, so here’s hoping it makes some waves.

So thats what I come to Techdirt for. A little humor, and hopefully some pot stirring and a bit of hope for the future!

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Crade's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Hear, hear. Excellent work, Crade. Also so much better than an end of the week guest post crammed into the ‘dirt at the last minute. Especially one that was clearly written by Mike who, in his effort to deflect blame, posted it under DH’s given name which I can never remember. (Jake?)

I can’t help but notice this post has not made this list, presumably because of print deadlines (that’s a little journo humor/humour). I would have voted for it nearly as many times as you appeared to have voted for your own comment(s) if I’d had the chance.

Well, there’s always next week. Perhaps if you talk to Marcus, he’ll go ahead and add Mike’s ghostwritten (but darkly helmeted) post to the “just-in-case list.”

Andy (profile) says:

"Laws are decided jointly"

Just two comments:

First, isn’t much of what we are struggling with in these discussions evidence of the fact that, although laws should be decided jointly, the fact is that they are actually decided by a very small minority (legislators) influenced by powerful vested interests.

Second, I suspect the sentiments that give rise to your comment that “certainly my opinion is not going to do it…” are very much the reason most “normal” people feel somewhat powerless to effect change.

coldbrew says:

Re: Re: "Laws are decided jointly"

I optimistically believe that we will use this technology developed over the last 20 years to reform our ~200 year old government. I know of several promising projects (gov 2.0) already in existence, and I have been designing my own that I hope will make a significant contribution. One of my favorites is a project on git that allows for use of git, ironically, in managing legislation (i.e. revisions and their contributors).

People like Craig Newmark and Evan Williams are in a perfect position to bring revolutionary solutions to these problems. They have both reach, and financing.

There are so many issues, plenty to go around. We can affect change by persisting, and by using logic and facts, rather than emotional appeals. Each of us should be focusing on the small piece we can change, and it seems you are doing your part more than most of us. I hope to join-in meaningfully in the near future.

crade (profile) says:

Re: "Laws are decided jointly"

There is a difference between being decided jointly and every person having an equal say. I do not pretend that the legal system either in Canada where I live, or in the U.S. is perfect, but neither do I pretend that any citizen has no influence.

As for the second, if my opinion changed the law, what would that make me? What of my neighbor’s opinion?.

vivaelamor (profile) says:

Re: Re:

“I have to disagree on that point about laws.”

Me too. The point of view put forward in the article seems to be based on the premise that breaking the law is inherently harmful. On the contrary, I would think that relying on the law to make decisions is inherently harmful and that breaking the law when you don’t agree with it is the sign of a healthy free thinking society.

That’s not to say that you should break the law if you disagree with it, but that actions shouldn’t be judged on whether they’re lawful or not.

crade (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Well, it not so much that there is inherent harm, it’s more that I feel responsible. I feel that if I ignore the law because it is flawed, I am masking some of the flaws with the law which need to be visible in order to get them fixed and it isn’t fair to those who can’t ignore them. Like with copyright law or the patent system for example. I imagine that if everyone actually obeyed the rules to the letter as they are now, the great amount of damage they cause would be obvious and they would have been fixed ages ago.

coldbrew says:

I’m just going to throw this out there in case some copyright apologist actually stands behind what they are saying in that monstrous thread:

*We* do happy hour at the Wynkoop brewery in Denver every Thursday and Friday. Please come and loudly proclaim your allegiance, out loud, to current copyright laws. Please try to “kick me in the weenus” and see where that gets you.

If might makes right, you need to come to Denver and show us. Somehow, I doubt the pussy making such claims will ever show up.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re OP: Laws not easy to fix

I have a wonderful quote from a friend that shall remain nameless for his own safety. It was in response to the problems with politicians willfully or ignorantly doing the bidding of big media, and the general refusal to embrace the future.

“They have to die. All of them.”

Now, he was not advocating any direct action to this end. What he meant was that we are not really going to see any change for the better until the current crop of politicians, CEOs etc, get replaced by people who have grown up with the internet as an intgral part of their lives.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...