I'd most likely return to perfectly legal *free* services such as secondhand and libraries, where your cut would be $0. I have. I either purchase print books from charity shops or get ebooks from the site I mentioned above, which is a mirror of Project Gutenberg.
"As an artist myself, I feel that KickStarter may be hurting artists by focusing on 'donating money' rather than celebrating the artist for what they do. Their model does not build fan relationships, but just continually asks for hand outs." Which is just bullshit. KickStarter wouldn't even work as a crowdfunding platform if people didn't like what creators are offering enough to give them those 'handouts'. Simples!
MarI/O is software that has learned how to play Super Mario in about 24 hours -- without knowing very much about the game at all. Way to make algorithms sound intelligent. Doesn't change the fact that they don't know Ura Butfuqa isn't a name unless you tell them.
The fact is that Google facilitates theft by enabling its users to search for infringing material, and Mike Masnick sucks up to Google Inc. and encourages this law-breaking behaviour by constantly espousing such ineffective anti-piracy methods as making stuff people want to consume, making it widely available, and not charging stupid money for it based on geographical location. *MAFIAA shill mode off*
"The government will never accept the law of the jungle," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a television declaration on Thursday evening, the day that the French government accepted the law of the jungle as laid down by rioting taxi drivers. Just sayin'.
The fact is that since Tumblr was bought by Yapoo, its Trust and Safety team have been staffed similarly to Google. That's why, if you don't want them finding your blog, you block it from Tumblr in the robots.txt file. Simples!