Re: Death of Pi rate M ike after exemplary freebooting. Confirmed after 30 days. Sad and grisly last log entry on Jul 21, 2015, 23:33 pm:
I dunno about everyone else, but I get a surprising amount of joy from picturing this idiot obsessively reloading some random forum where all our stories are apparently auto-posted and convincing himself he's discovered something meaningful.
Who's talking all or nothing? Not us - the maximalists. For the umpteenth time, none of the ideas in this podcast are mutually exclusive with the existence of intellectual property. On the flipside, you've got the MPAA freaking out about fair use, and ASCAP claiming Creative Commons hurts artists...
I will grant you that very few people would flatly claim "without copyright all art would stop." And yet the consistent underlying message when people talk in favour of strengthening/expanding/strictly enforcing copyright is that there is a direct causal relationship between the amount of legal control afforded to and exercised by artists, and the quantity/quality of art produced by our society. The implication is entirely clear: "without copyright we would have less art, possibly no art, or at least no good art". And that's utter nonsense.
There's also the RIAA's Neil Turkewitz last month, saying:
"Communities throughout the globe-particularly in parts of the Middle East and Africa, bear silent witness to the devastating impact that lack of effective copyright protection has on the ability to create. Where there is no financial incentive for the creation and distribution of cultural materials, the distribution of local cultural materials ceases, much to the detriment of society, as well as to the putative creators who are foreclosed from adding their voices to the cultural mix."
These devices have nothing to do with cars. And no, it's not a marketing ploy. Do you have any proof of that or reason to believe it other than a wearying level of unnecessary cynicism? Mobile device batteries have been rated in mAh for a long time because their capacities have only ever been in the range of a few Ah and only sometimes round numbers, so it makes no sense to list everything in Ah with decimal places. This is also a standard that was established when capacities were lower.
Honestly, you think this is a marketing ploy? The average phone consumer doesn't know what an ampere is let alone a milliamp hour, nor do they care. As for us, we're going to continue listing products in the way that literally all products of this category and with which these things are designed to interoperate are currently listed in. If you want to think that's some idiotic cheap marketing conspiracy, go ahead I guess, but I think you're being too "clever" for your own good.
Re: Re: Re: How is this valid per Kickstarter policy?
Not entirely sure what that means but: I am just curious. You seemed certain that this was in violation of their rules, and seemed somewhat gleeful about that fact based on your choice of the name "bursting bubbles" and your snarky (or so I read it) comment about wanting to use Kickstarter to get yourself an assistant. And since it's entirely clear from even a cursory glance that this project in no way violates KS rules, I had to wonder if you'd actually read them before getting on your high horse.
The project is expanding GovTrack to include something it never has before: original analysis and plain-language summaries of all the bills. If you look at their budget breakdown on the page, the money is also covering stuff like office space -- the researcher is just the crux of it all. And I see nothing in the Kickstarter rules that would prevent this in any way -- have you read them?
You can use Kickstarter to get yourself a research assistant if you want -- as long as it's for a creative project that you will share with others.
Re: Re: Re: Re.: Ninja's comment about 301 reported countries.
(er sorry, I'm mixing things up - the addition of "education" to the fair dealing list was part of our copyright reform bill, not a court ruling, but right around the same time the supreme court released five rulings that all pushed for expanded interpretations of the fair dealing definition)
Re: Re: Re.: Ninja's comment about 301 reported countries.
Apparently, like some other countries on the 301 list, Canada's rules are as strict or stricter than America's.
Copyright law being as complex as it is, the reality is it's not either/or. Canada's copyright laws do some things way better than the US, and other things way worse.
An illustrative example is our "fair dealing" versus your "fair use". Both have pros and cons. Fair use is far more expansive than fair dealing -- it lists four subjective factors, and leaves the decision up to a judge, which means there are things that are potentially fair use in the US but which stand no chance of being fair dealing in Canada.
On the flipside, Fair Dealing is an enumerated list of specific uses which are "fair". That means it's less expansive than fair use, and arguably doesn't cover as much — but it also means that people doing what it does cover can feel more secure in their protection. Canada's Supreme Court has also been pushing pretty hard for an expansive interpretation of fair dealing laws, and has even stated that the list of fair dealing examples is not exhaustive (which previously many people assumed it was - though this question has not really been tested since that ruling).
Of course, as always, there are like a million layers to this. Law is one thing, practice is another. For example, Canada's fair dealing has a beautiful feature: it is very explicit that any and all educational uses are considered fair. But? Well... but... and it's a big but: this was not always clearly the case (again being recently confirmed by a supreme court ruling) and in the mean time, a huge and robust regime of collection societies for educational use sprang up (if you think the collection society situation in the US is bad... oh man... you have no idea). And, tragically and pathetically, despite the supreme court ruling that educational use is fair, Canada's schools have mostly opted to renew their deals with the collection societies.
That's right: despite an EXTREMELY strong legal position that they should not have to pay for ANYTHING, Canada's universities are still paying licensing fees for photocopies and syllabi. I have some serious questions about how this came to pass... but alas, here we are.