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  • Feds Really Do Seem To Think That Linking To Infringing Content Can Be A Jailable Offense

    Kirk ( profile ), 09 Mar, 2011 @ 11:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Just trying to help.

    No, I caught it. Apparently Mike missed the part where inducement is the same as aiding and abetting. He's trying to pretend like their different things in the criminal law. They are not. It's all FUD.


    So they all create the same legal conditions? That's not the same thing as being the same thing.

  • Feds Really Do Seem To Think That Linking To Infringing Content Can Be A Jailable Offense

    Kirk ( profile ), 09 Mar, 2011 @ 09:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Just trying to help.

    "Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal." 18 U.S.C. 2

    So all those things mean the same thing? If so, why isn't there just one word that encompasses all those things? Or, why don't they just pick one?

  • Is The Internet Enabling Bad Content… Or Killing Bad Content?

    Kirk ( profile ), 08 Mar, 2011 @ 09:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: uh, wrong....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMX8L7Yxyfk

  • Is The Internet Enabling Bad Content… Or Killing Bad Content?

    Kirk ( profile ), 08 Mar, 2011 @ 09:18am

    Re: Re: Re: uh, wrong....

    I concede most of your well-laid points. Thank you for taking the time to explain. I agree that education is key to a thriving, free society (that?s the essence of what I think you?re saying). Ignorance is dangerous. But what is the solution?
    The Internet brings good along with bad. I don?t see the Internet as being essential to the perpetual problem you describe. It brings more crap, and it brings more opportunities for learning. I mean, here we are having this discussion because of the Internet.
    Having said that: we now have a communications platform that connects people and ideas from around the world. It?s a powerful tool. As a wise man once said, ?With great power comes great responsibility.?

  • Is The Internet Enabling Bad Content… Or Killing Bad Content?

    Kirk ( profile ), 07 Mar, 2011 @ 03:09pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Mike: I need a couple of extra "funny" votes, please.

  • Is The Internet Enabling Bad Content… Or Killing Bad Content?

    Kirk ( profile ), 07 Mar, 2011 @ 02:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    See, that is where you end up with the problem. Morals aren't something you put on someone else, it's on yourself. You object morally to shoplifting, but not to "file copying", but for you, the results are the same: you have something you didn't pay for. Legally you don't have the rights.


    That is a nifty little trick there. By that logic, taking a CD from a store and throwing it in the trash would be OK, but copying a file would not. It doesn?t hold up to scrutiny.


    That is why I think many people lose their moral compass at the modems, they don't seem to apply what they would do in the real world to what they do online.

    I certainly would if it were possible in the real world. If I could instantly copy a baritone saxophone, I would not think twice about doing it. Think it through.

  • More Authors Realizing They Can Make A Damn Good Living Self-Releasing Super Cheap eBooks

    Kirk ( profile ), 03 Mar, 2011 @ 08:44am

    Re: Re: Business Model

    *facepalm

  • More Authors Realizing They Can Make A Damn Good Living Self-Releasing Super Cheap eBooks

    Kirk ( profile ), 03 Mar, 2011 @ 08:42am

    Re: Business Model

    Your insight is trolly impressive.

  • More Authors Realizing They Can Make A Damn Good Living Self-Releasing Super Cheap eBooks

    Kirk ( profile ), 03 Mar, 2011 @ 08:40am

    Re: Business Model

    Your insight is trolly impressive.

  • More Authors Realizing They Can Make A Damn Good Living Self-Releasing Super Cheap eBooks

    Kirk ( profile ), 03 Mar, 2011 @ 08:40am

    Re: Business Model

    Your insight is trolly impressive.

  • A Fifteenth Century Technopanic About The Horrors Of The Printing Press

    Kirk ( profile ), 01 Mar, 2011 @ 10:15am

    http://mimiandeunice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ME_283_KillingScribes.png

  • A Fifteenth Century Technopanic About The Horrors Of The Printing Press

    Kirk ( profile ), 01 Mar, 2011 @ 09:49am

    Re: A mind is a terrible thing to waste

    That's odd since you've given high praise to Clay Shirky's book "Here Comes Everybody" several times in the past...And yet one of the most striking stories that Shirky tells, quite early in the book, is the story of Trithemius and his reaction to the arrival of the printing press.

    Perhaps the story was not as striking to Mike as it was to you; perhaps it seemed rather obvious.
    At any rate, you have successfully proven that Mike is human. Sadly, it seems your awesome intellect goes unappreciated as we did not require your brilliant insight on that point.
    Apparently, Mike, all the time you spend online has damaged either your reading skills or your memory - or maybe both.

    Your concern for your fellow man is admirable. Now, turn off the computer before it happens to you.
    I would humbly suggest that you might want to read my book "The Shallows", as it may help you to better understand your affliction.

    I would say you?re more of a nuisance than an affliction.
    I am, however, indebted to you for teaching me a new meaning for the word, ?humble.?
    Thus, it is with the utmost humility that I suggest you meditate on the fact that you are an arrogant jerk. You see Nick, people aren?t as stupid as you may believe (don?t worry: you?re still the smartest one here, just like Mom said). So, people kind of notice when you?re only pretending to be nice. For example, you're not the only one who can see that I'm doing that right now. I sincerely hope this helps, Nick!

    Stay classy.

  • UK Court Dismisses Yet Another Bogus Criminal Lawsuit Against Torrent Tracker Admins

    Kirk ( profile ), 01 Mar, 2011 @ 08:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Bogus Criminal Lawsuit Against filesharing site Admins

    You sound like an American. Here you go, Sir! [beer]

  • Appeals Court To Determine If Wizard Of Oz Images Can Be Retroactively Plucked Out Of The Public Domain

    Kirk ( profile ), 28 Feb, 2011 @ 10:51pm

    Re: Re:

    Extracting images from the poster and saying "they are from the poster" doesn't negate the fact that the characters and their images are covered as part of the movie.


    This is the world you would have us live in and I reject it:
    http://mimiandeunice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ME_255_OwnershipBrick.png

  • The Debate Over Copyright Gets Loud At Digital Music Forum

    Kirk ( profile ), 28 Feb, 2011 @ 12:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:Monopoly

    "The only thing they have a "monopoly" over is the work they created."

    That is exactly the one being referred to. Welcome to the discussion. We're glad to have you!

  • The Debate Over Copyright Gets Loud At Digital Music Forum

    Kirk ( profile ), 28 Feb, 2011 @ 11:07am

    Re: Re:

    Reznor.

  • The Debate Over Copyright Gets Loud At Digital Music Forum

    Kirk ( profile ), 28 Feb, 2011 @ 10:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    monopoly (məˈnɒpəlɪ)

    ? n , pl -lies
    1. exclusive control of the market supply of a product or service
    2. a. an enterprise exercising this control
    b. the product or service so controlled
    3. law the exclusive right or privilege granted to a person, company, etc, by the state to purchase, manufacture, use, or sell some commodity or to carry on trade in a specified country or area
    4. exclusive control, possession, or use of something

  • The Debate Over Copyright Gets Loud At Digital Music Forum

    Kirk ( profile ), 28 Feb, 2011 @ 08:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I suspect you will also get pissed off later in life when you get your license and get a speeding ticket, you will call those laws draconian as well.


    If a fine for speeding were more than the cost of a new car, would you not? Please refer to the definition of draconian provided above for your convenience. Punishment alone is not draconian. I think you're pretending not to see that.
    Pack your spray paint and head take a vacation in Singapore for an object lesson.

  • iiNet Wins Again: Australian Appeals Court Says ISP Not Responsible For Copyright Infringers

    Kirk ( profile ), 24 Feb, 2011 @ 11:56am

    If you give me your home address, facebook login info, and send me pictures of all the contents of your wallet, I still won't side with you, but I'll respect your opinion.

  • Once Again, Why Homeland Security's Domain Name Seizures Are Almost Certainly Not Legal

    Kirk ( profile ), 24 Feb, 2011 @ 11:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Danke Shoen

    ?He still doesn't know the two things about a song that can be copyrighted.?
    Either the answer he gave you is correct, incorrect, or it?s not the answer to the question you were asking, but a different question?s answer. Since you haven?t called him out on why the answer he gave is incorrect, I suspect you?re asking a more nuanced question. It?s now on you to say how the question he?s answered differs from the question you asked. Otherwise, it?s more of a riddle that you?ve posed than a gauge of knowledge isn?t it? Riddles are fun, but I'm not sure they're all that useful in this discussion.
    Enlighten us. Is his answer incorrect?

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