No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right.
The president wants to expand the range of what can be copyrighted -- soon to include inauguration attendance, immigration counts, crime statistics, voter tallies, reality TV ratings, and hand size.
Let's Plays can be subject to the same industry pressure as reviews.
Prominent streamers often receive free games and other consideration. Sometimes there are developer or publisher reps in Teamspeak. The streamer may be playing with or against devs or marketing reps.
Nothing against Let's Plays, they can absolutely be a good source of info and entertainment. But every show has a backstage, and these are no different.
I don't mind a bit of vulgarity and snark. It's how my friends and I usually talk about these topics, so it fits right in.
That said, I have wondered if the style ever impacts Techdirt's quotability or authoritativeness at the megamediacorps. But Mike and crew have been at this party for a while, they know what they're doing.
Time to breed a strain that makes you stupid high, then name it "Toronto Maple."
I'm a creator. And I collaborate closely with other creators. Our stuff gets copied all the time.
There's even one guy who word-for-word, shot-for-shot, copies lots of our content, in Chinese, within hours of release. I appreciate his perseverance. Our stats prove we get more traffic with him than without.
Thanks to the internet, the whole English-speaking world is our market. Copying is what happens when you create in a public arena.
Sometimes it's flattering, usually it's just someone trying to cash in. Occasionally there's a useful insight into our product or process.
Altogether, copying might account for a few bucks of revenue we'd otherwise receive. Is this "stealing?" Nope. First, the copy doesn't stop anyone from seeing our original, in fact it often drives them to us so we get the revenue (plus SEO) anyway. Second, copies increase the appetite for our work and the venues to promote it, both vastly more valuable than a few extra views.
Creators' jobs are to be unique and relevant. I'd be worried if we weren't being copied.
Dave from IT brought in his son who's Really Good With Computers. They worked all afternoon and drank two liters of Mountain Dew, but neither expert could find a way to hack the voting machines.
Then they went to the mall for dinner and torrented Big Bang Theory by VPN'ing the Apple Store's free wifi from the froyo joint next door. 133t!
The Republicans are pushing this, and it has bipartisan support, because it simplifies the process of buying policy.
From a party perspective, this is a win-win. Less opportunities for individual politicians to exert granular influence, more opportunities for business interests to write and pass agreements wholesale.
The point of this bill is to make it easier for corporations and trade associations to get what they want.
What's really galling about the whole thing is the hypocrisy.
US culture absolutely fetishizes firearms and violence, and then when children draw a picture with a gun in it the adults convulse in panic.
What do people expect? Children are trained by everything from zombie-hacking TV to Dad's gun lust that weapons are no big deal -- then when they treat weapons as no big deal, everyone around them pitches a fit.
I too was a Notebook user. While the Reader shutdown is getting all the attention, a more interesting angle on this story might be that Keep looks to be the resurrection of a product Google has already killed.
I can't stop laughing at Google. When they closed Notebook, a lot of people wound up on Evernote. Since then, Evernote's grown quite substantially. Now Google's rolling out an Evernote alternative.
Google owes me nothing. But they're not going to fool me twice.