Gwiz's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

from the golly-gee-whiz dept

This week's favorites post comes courtesy of Gwiz.

I have to admit that when I first said I would give the Favorite Posts a shot, I didn't realize how hard it would be to pick a few favorites from so many interesting articles. I happened to luck into a shorter week due to the holiday and I thought it might be easier, but not so much. Anyway, without further preamble, here are my picks for the week:

As an average working stiff with no vested interest in the industries usually discussed on Techdirt, my interests tend to lean towards the articles that deal with the slow erosion of things I hold dearly, like privacy, due process and protection against unreasonable search and seizures. The story about Austrian police seizing computers used as a Tor exit node was especially interesting to me. I found the initial discussion concerning anonymity on the internet to be very enlightening. This article also spawned an interesting phenomena in the comment section when one of the commenters voiced an extremely distasteful view of pedophilia. The subsequent reaction of the Techdirt community to this commenter became a very good argument in itself as to why the internet really is not a wild west that needs to be regulated and can do a fine job of policing itself.

Along the same lines, we had a few articles concerning PROTECT IP and the technological implications of this bill, which actually made me go and read the white paper written by some of the most knowledgeable people in regards to the DNS system. And, as an added bonus, we got to see a video of Mike discussing this issue. We also had the RIAA more or less attacking the public domain and telling us that it really has no value. At least, to offset that to some degree, we had the Polish Prime Minister realizing that things funded with public monies should be in the public domain. We need more thinking in that direction.

Making an account on any website is something I rarely do, but I felt compelled to register a profile on Techdirt for one main reason, the generally high level intelligence and mostly civil debates that happen in the comments section here. I have learned quite a bit from reading both sides of the debates and have on occasion had to revise my initial stance on issues because of it. The article about the arrest of people dancing at the Washington Memorial was one such post. When I last looked there were over 350 comments and the debate over civil disobedience and the reactions by law enforcement. Unfortunately, since I needed to keep abreast of all of the Techdirt articles this week, I haven't finished reading though them all, but what I did read was fascinating.

On a brighter note, it's good to see a body such as the UN acknowledging that the three strike laws and ACTA pose civil rights problems.

And lastly, on the humorous side of things, I found it very funny to see two fully grown companies acting like children on the playground and the Malaysian man who was required to apologize 100 times on Twitter for defaming someone, kind of like a modern day equivalent of writing "I will not say bad things about Susie" on the chalkboard.

Well, that's it for my Favorites this week. I hope you enjoyed them and it's back to lurking in the comment section for me.


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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 1:25pm

    Nicely done

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 2:43pm

    as an added bonus, we got to see a video of Mike

    citation.

     

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    Nicedoggy, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 5:11pm

    This was a great week for debates :)
    Nice ones Gwiz's pointed out.

     

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    Nicedoggy, Jun 4th, 2011 @ 5:12pm

     

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    Gene Cavanaugh (profile), Jun 5th, 2011 @ 10:04am

    Comments

    Very good.

    I still think there is too much emphasis on "Idle Americans"; people who make a sometimes indecent "living" for doing nothing useful, however:

    Until Techdirt, and being an IP attorney, I was inclined to say "we have problems in IP", and even gave up a very lucrative "standard" IP position to concentrate on small entities (read: people with very little money); but it took Mike to make me realize how bad our IP system, as it exists, is.

    I would even favor discarding large sections of it; especially copyright, which is arguably unAmerican as done at the present time.

     

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      Jay (profile), Jun 5th, 2011 @ 11:32am

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      Do you read a lot of Stephen Kinsella?

      He's in a similar boat to you and his website (Libertarian Papers) is very knowledgeable about IP issues as well.

       

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        Gene Cavanaugh (profile), Jun 5th, 2011 @ 1:18pm

        Re: Re: Comments

        As an IP attorney, I must admit I don't know much about IP; which is sad, because I consider myself to be one of the best ones.

         

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          Jay (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 12:21am

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          I would suggest a look into his views. It's rather eccentric, where he discusses the different viewpoints of IP, but Kinsella's "rethinking of IP" video is very eye opening.

          Link

          TBH, I wish more politicians would look into IP issues than the cursory glance that they give into it. It's rather frustrating that nothing can seem to be done for the betterment of society without unneeded compromises for the betterment of a politicians career.

           

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    Ken, Jun 5th, 2011 @ 11:46am

    Ban Musical Instruments

    Since the RIAA seems to want to ban anything that can be used for infringing purposes, I propose we ban musical instruments because they too can be used for infringing purposes.

     

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    Gene Cavanaugh (profile), Jun 5th, 2011 @ 1:15pm

    Ban Musical Instruments

    Better: ban people. You cannot have infringement unless someone is listening, so get rid of all those potential infringers!

    It's easy. Offer them a free album if they will swallow a potassium cyanide pill.

    Problem solved!

    Proves once again that you cannot trust lawyers, right?

     

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      The eejit (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 12:07am

      Re: Ban Musical Instruments

      OH no, it's not lawyers we can't trust, it's weasel lawyers, the kind that would sell their own mothers if it would help their case.

       

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    Gene Cavanaugh (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 8:07am

    Ban Musical Instruments

    "OH no, it's not lawyers we can't trust, it's weasel lawyers, the kind that would sell their own mothers if it would help their case."

    Nice to see someone recognize that. There is a tendency to put everyone in one "shoe-box", not recognizing that people, like shoes, are different.

     

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      Dark Helmet (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 8:54am

      Re: Ban Musical Instruments

      "Nice to see someone recognize that. There is a tendency to put everyone in one "shoe-box", not recognizing that people, like shoes, are different."

      Well, the problem is that most of our elected officials aren't old shitty shoes....

       

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        Gene Cavanaugh (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 4:27pm

        Re: Re: Ban Musical Instruments

        Many of the politicians I know of have been bought by Big Business (take the ones Mike has discussed), and IMO they are so "old shitty shoes".

        Amazingly, many refuse to be bought, or will agree to only a partial buy-out.

        Campaign finance reform, like the police, is never there when you need it.

        And the Supreme Court (to me, the worst ever) has made them even easier to buy, now.

         

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