“As long as the copyright industries insist on trying to reshape the Internet to make it controllable in order to serve their interests, there effort will be fundamentally in conflict with Internet Freedom. To understand this, we need but quote Larry Lessig’s decade-old “code is law,” or Eben Moglen’s memorable “Freedom of the press, freedom of information, freedom of thought itself are now ‘implemented’ rather than ‘declared’, ‘protected’ or ‘guaranteed’.”—Seven Lessons from SOPA/PIPA/Megaupload and Four Proposals on Where We Go From Here | TechPresident
“Back when people still had to pay for music, money served to limit and define consumption. You could only afford so many records, so you bought what you could, listened to the radio or watched MTV, and ignored everything else. Those select few who did manage to hear everything—record store clerks, DJs, nerds with personal warehouses—could use this rare knowledge to terrorize their social or sexual betters, as in the pre-internet-era film High Fidelity. Napster made all of that obsolete. Today, almost every person I know has more music on his computer than he could ever know what to do with. You don’t need to care about music to end up like this—the accumulation occurs naturally and unconsciously. My iTunes library, for example, contains forty-seven days of music. According to the column that counts the number of times I’ve played each song, roughly a sixth of that music has never been listened to at all. In the 21st century, we are all record store clerks.”—Pitchfork, 1995–present (via thisistheverge)
A $250 billion per year loss would be almost $800 for every man, woman, and child in America. And 750,000 jobs – that’s twice the number of those employed in the entire motion picture industry in 2010.
The good news is that the numbers are wrong. In 2010, the Government Accountability Office released a report noting that these figures “cannot be substantiated or traced back to an underlying data source or methodology,” which is polite government-speak for “these figures were made up out of thin air.”
“Libertarians are a people constantly in search of issues to be self-righteous about. This is the problem of a political movement about ‘freedom’ peopled largely by white men with college degrees and above-average incomes: there’s not a lot of freedom they don’t already have, and not a lot of situations where their civil rights are being potentially trampled. The TSA is a wonderful thing for contemporary American libertarianism; it’s one of not many places where an upper middle class Linux engineer can actually stand off against an invasive government.”—YUP. (via langer)
“[T]he social, digital world is one where the biggest media companies have a much lighter touch, and where the content creators with the broadest reach will be the ones who care the least about protecting their copyrights.”—How sharing disrupts media | Felix Salmon (via matthew)
“And don’t think it gets any different when you hop over to the trademark/counterfeit side of the debate. In Tim’s post about Monster Cable lobbying in favor of PROTECT IP, as an aside at the end, he notes that on Monster Cable’s own list of “rogue sites,” eBay and Craigslist top the list. And it doesn’t stop there. Retailing giant Costco is on the list. As is Sears. Also some Backpages sites are listed as well (Backpages is a Craigslist-like classifieds system). There’s also FatWallet, which is one of the most popular “deal” listings sites out there. There’s also PriceGrabber and ComputerShopper — popular legitimate sites for comparison shopping and computer purchases. These are not “rogue sites.” These are legitimate companies that Monster Cable appears to have a vendetta against, because they allow for or promote the resale of perfectly legitimate secondhand goods.”—Monster Cable Claims EBay, Craigslist, Costco & Sears Are ‘Rogue Sites’ | Techdirt
“The Professor wanted to make his case in the most convincing style possible. He indicated that, in his view, no normal person would find the experience of giving a lecture to a large audience to be erotically stimulating or erection-inducing. He had, he said, therefore injected himself with papaverine in his hotel room before coming to give the lecture, and deliberately wore loose clothes (hence the track-suit) to make it possible to exhibit the results. He stepped around the podium, and pulled his loose pants tight up around his genitalia in an attempt to demonstrate his erection. At this point, I, and I believe everyone else in the room, was agog. I could scarcely believe what was occurring on stage. But Prof. Brindley was not satisfied. He looked down sceptically at his pants and shook his head with dismay. ‘Unfortunately, this doesn’t display the results clearly enough’. He then summarily dropped his trousers and shorts, revealing a long, thin, clearly erect penis. There was not a sound in the room. Everyone had stopped breathing.”—
“Less than 2% of the beginners and 9% of the experienced snowboarders wore helmets. But this had little effect on severe intracranial injuries, which affected 3% of helmeted snowboarders and 2% of those without helmets. Helmets lead to more risk-taking and may not provide effective head protection, the report said.”—
All I can think is: we gave you the Internet. We gave you the Web. We gave you MP3 and MP4. We gave you e-commerce, micropayments, PayPal, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, the iPad, the iPhone, the laptop, 3G, wifi—hell, you can even get online while you’re on an AIRPLANE. What the hell more do you want from us?
Take the truck, the boat, the helicopter, that we’ve sent you. Don’t wait for the time machine, because we’re never going to invent something that returns you to 1965 when copying was hard and you could treat the customer’s convenience with contempt.