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  • Al Gore Comes Out Against SOPA/PIPA

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 06 Jan, 2012 @ 10:26am


    Chris I know you will absolutely be right if the search results on CNN ever change.

    Even with the on-going stream of opposition, this is still not a "story" to be followed by the mass media, and therefore is unknown to a great portion of the population. For them, and for congress, having most of the country be aware of what's actually in this bill is "bad for business". As are civil protections.

    Showing 1-10 of 11 CNN results for SOPA

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    Doh! The top 10 tech 'fails' of 2011 updated Wed December 28, 2011Can't win 'em all, can you?
    Anti-piracy bill meets Web-freedom backlash updated Fri November 18, 2011A bill moving through Congress is intended, on its surface at least, to do something relatively simple: Crack down on the illegal pirating of movies, music and other copyrighted material.

  • Righthaven Fails To Show Up In Court As Ordered… When Confronted Says It Got Confused Over The Date

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 06 Jan, 2012 @ 09:55am

    Re: Re: It's not incompetence

    I don't think it's malicious

    I agree, to me these (in)actions come off as being palpably more indignant than malicious.

    Can someone make a criminal complaint and have it fixed so they are tried as adults?

  • Obama Nominates Former Top RIAA Lawyer To Be Solicitor General

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 25 Jan, 2011 @ 10:37am

    Re: Re:

    Entertainment is one of the last things the US exports.

    That's funny, while the politicians like to spout "whatever", the data shows entertainment exports "ain't shit".

    You want to be in industrial and capital goods, son.

  • Obama Nominates Former Top RIAA Lawyer To Be Solicitor General

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 25 Jan, 2011 @ 10:14am


    Appointments in the last little while have been much more business oriented, realizing that they need to move forward and re-level the playing field in all sorts of areas.

    If by "re-level the playing field" you mean trying to return to the days when talented independent artists had no avenue or palpable hope for making a sustainable income on their own, then you're probably on the right track. It will never happen, but I'll bet that's the objective, yes.

    This is just another case of pissing down our backs and calling it rain. Or in this case, "transparency".

  • The Companies Who Support Censoring The Internet

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 18 Jan, 2011 @ 01:30pm

    Infringing Participles

    # Rosetta Stone - Arlington, VA

    So... do they want to copyright entire languages or just trademark the "used by the U.S. government and NASA bit".

    My personal guess is their sales are being challenged by an upstart.

  • Just Because Some People Are Jerks Online, It Doesn't Mean You Need To Repeal Safe Harbors For ISPs

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 10 Jan, 2011 @ 11:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    So what is the issue you're having with section 230 again? Is it that anonymous posters can get away with spouting patently false stuff like everyone else, or is it because you haven't figured out how to maintain anonymity and get called out every time you post your stuff here. 'Cause that would just be jealous.

  • China's Patent Strategy Isn't About Innovation; It's An Economic Weapon Against Foreign Companies

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 04 Jan, 2011 @ 11:10am

    Re: Re:

    Furthermore, that the law is subject to capricious subjective interpretation.

    Inconsistent and discriminatory sure, but making sure only your buddies with big bags get favorable determinations is anything but capricious. Highly predictable.

  • Arguing Over The Copyright In Schindler's List — The Actual List, Not The Movie

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 04 Jan, 2011 @ 11:00am


    In this case it turns out Rosenberg tried to make a "I got a copy, right?" case. Which, of course, will be allowed under COICA for those whose annual campaign contributions exceed $1M.

  • China's Patent Strategy Isn't About Innovation; It's An Economic Weapon Against Foreign Companies

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 04 Jan, 2011 @ 09:56am


    "Creator" economies, whether persons choose to believe it or not, do, in my view, require, inter alia, a relatively stable and predictable body of law under which investment decisions can be made.

    What you're describing is not an economy for "creators". As you say, IP regulation creates an environment for "investors".

    Come right out and say it: there are too many hands in pot in our anyone-as-a-publisher world, and old-money interests have had enough.

    We need more 2008's, says the BLS regarding the top %1 earners in the nation in that time period. Please continue to regulate for the investor.

  • New Year's Message: From Pessimism To Optimism… And The Power Of Innovation

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 31 Dec, 2010 @ 11:39am


    Some of the points you make do have fairly broad premises. For instance "convincing people to pay" implies that nobody wants to pay at all, ever. This certainly isn't entirely true or the we'd see a staggering retraction rather than the slow economic growth we are seeing now.

    Which leads me to remind you there are a lot of normal working people out there right now with smaller budgets and larger bills. My guess is over half of the country is literally doing more with less than they did 3 years ago.

    Keep the disposition of consumers, and the ongoing money grabs by the "entitled" few, in mind when lamenting the drop in ticket prices and other market indications in 'elective' markets such as entertainment.

    There has always been a, relatively small, demographic that refuses to pay for anything. Deadbeats in this era, their numbers may be increasing some due to the ease of "infringement", make a larger impression today owing to the fact that they can easily grab entire catalogs of work in a short time. Even still there is a big difference between a drop in sales, and a void of sales.

    Also, in my experience the people least willing to pay for anything have in general been the most wealthy. Keep this in mind when 'assessments' of the situation come from fabulously wealthy executives. We always see what we see inside ourselves.

    I see a brilliant year of opportunity coming for us all.

    Thanks TD

  • GEMA Music Collection Society No Longer Will Let Kindergartens Get Away With Teaching Music For Free

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 30 Dec, 2010 @ 12:34pm


    Copyright Macht Frei

    I realize this reference is in very poor taste, but what exactly is the message GEMA is impressing on education if not the above?

  • TSA Claims Naked Scanners Are Safe, But Exaggerated How They Make Sure That's True

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 30 Dec, 2010 @ 12:23pm

    The American Choice

    "Freedom Pat" or "Patriotic Cancer". Since I can't decide does that make me a moderate or a centrist?

  • When Sending A Bogus TM C&D, Don't Send It To A Lawyer Who Understands TM Law

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 30 Dec, 2010 @ 11:55am

    Re: Courtesy

    These days some law firms are openly trying to make a business of threatening to sue. At least in the past it seemed like lawyers tried to keep up a veneer of 'pursuit of justice', but now that even the charade is being dropped, is it any surprise courtesy falls also?

  • Debunking The 'But People Just Want Stuff For Free' Myth

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 22 Dec, 2010 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Re: Addtional Free Sodomy

    Now, get a name you pusillanimous defecation.

    Wow... can't wait to plagiarize that one! Thanks!

  • Debunking The 'But People Just Want Stuff For Free' Myth

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 22 Dec, 2010 @ 12:27pm


    point to the 1 in 100 or 1 in 1000 who is willing to overpay doesn't explain away the other 99 (or 999) who didn't want to pay a cent, but still enjoyed the product anyway.

    Please cite reference for 99% deadbeat rate. Don't forget Mike is probably talking about people involved in the experiments from all backgrounds, not just the top 1% earners in the U.S.

    It is easier to buy it at the store, or order it online.

    It's much easier to buy at the store when there is no way to buy online.

    I suggest you read the last issue of SI. ESPN and MLB sort of "get it". You don't seem to at all.

  • Will Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, BofA & Apple Terminate Relationships With The NYTimes For Revealing Military Secrets?

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 22 Dec, 2010 @ 11:59am

    Perhaps Wikileaks hasn't sacrificed enough trees to achieve an aura of irreproachable institution?

  • EU Commission — Major Supporter Of ACTA — Gets Dinged 12 Million Euros For Infringing On Copyright

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 22 Dec, 2010 @ 09:14am

    Re: Yes Virginia,

    It's a tough call with Mimi & Eunice and the Humble Indie Bundle, but the Grinch in me is voting for this as the feel good post of the day.

  • US Government Seeks 'Willful Denial' Software That Will Block Wikileaks Data From Federal Employees

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 21 Dec, 2010 @ 11:25am

    Pointless and Wasteful

    So, to block all Wikileaks sourced content, they would need to do something like maintain a local database of all Wikileaks content and do real-time session analysis comparing text blocks over multiple packets to the content database.

    The net result (no pun intended), is government employees will have very slow or disconnect prone Internet access. Personally I like the idea of keeping government off the Internet, but I'm not sure that is their intent...

    Sure they can block all sites known to have posted Wikileaks data in the past, like the NY Times and the Washington Post. But this does nothing to prevent access to the content from new sources which are popping up everywhere.

  • Harvard Newspaper Staff Apparently In Need Of A Lesson On Copyright Basics

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 21 Dec, 2010 @ 10:33am


    No, I think "Intellectual entrepreneurship" is like what happened in Al Gore's mind to make him think he was a major factor in development of the Internet.

  • Full Homeland Security Affidavit To Seize Domains Riddled With Technical & Legal Errors

    Free Capitalist ( profile ), 21 Dec, 2010 @ 09:31am


    Not so sure he will be fired. The operation seems like a shakedown of the remedies spelled out in COICA, which, if passed, would give them the legal authority to seize domain names based on industry mis-accusation.

    A little premature and without jurisdiction, sure, but Operation In our Sites is just a sneak peek of the upcoming drama and sitcom season on CSPAN.

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