Thoughts on RMS’ “How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software”


I have just read RMS’ “How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software” http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/pirate-party.html and I’m still formulating my opinion on this but in general I am ABSOLUTELY  against the way copyright is done currently.  When Copyright was introduced to America it was a “Creators Monopoly” and only lasted 14 years.  The originators thought that was more than ample time for you to create something,  make back the money that it cost you in creation, and fund you next idea.  I also think that is more than enough time.

No matter what DRM is evil and douchbaggary

More thoughts to come [as soon as I have them :)]

I really want to see @doctorow and @lessig weigh in on this 🙂

DRM and trying to explain it to those who have no clue, part 2: a rope of sand


read the origianal post asking for help

If you are not a viddler user, or don’t want to comment on the video, feel free to leave a text comment those are just as good

DMCA idiocy slideshow: explaining the DMCA to info-civilians


I found this posting by Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing, check it out!

Wellington Grey has a great little slideshow about the idiocy of the DMCA’s “anti-circumvention” measures, which prohibit breaking the digital locks off the stuff you own. In it, Grey recounts how offended he was when he bought a TomTom GPS that came with a CD in a sealed envelope, the seal on which read, “By breaking this seal, you agree to our contract,” but the contract itself was on the CD, behind the seal. In other words, the CD said, “By breaking this seal, you agree to a bunch of secret stuff.”

http://www.wellingtongrey.net/miscellanea/archive/2007-12-04–DMCA/2007-12-04-on-the-digital-millenium-copyright-act.html

I just had to defend the CC-BY-SA


I just sent a lengthy email into the Debian bug tracking system. I originally tried to send it directly to the developers through an already “closed” bug (which was returned undeliverable) so I sent it again to submit@bugs.debian.org. I sent it with the proper headings (I hope) so that it would get to the developers. the subject was “VRMS-Why is the Tango Icon theme listed as non-free”, and the project in question is vrms or (Virtual Richard M. Stallman) which is a program that will analyze the set of currently-installed packages on a Debian-based system, and report all of the packages from the non-free tree which are currently installed.

The entire email can be read here

And I have also sent an email to Cory Doctorow and have submitted it for consideration on BoingBoing

Why In The Hell Write When You Can Link #1


Some cool bouncy stuff from BoingBoing.net

“Science Fiction Writers of America abuses the DMCA”[and pisses off Cory in the process]
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/30/science-fiction-writ-1.html

From the story, “The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to fraudulently remove numerous non-infringing works from Scribd, a site that allows the general public to share text files with one another in much the same way that Flickr allows its users to share pictures.”

“Boing Boing Boing Podcast”
http://odeo.com/channel/126064/rss.xml

Why didn’t anyone tell me that there was a Boing Boing Podcast?

“Confessions of a College Callgirl”

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/31/confessions-of-a-col.html

“Midwest Teen Sex Show: comedy podcast on teen sexuality”
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/31/midwest-teen-sex-sho.html

This is a really funny show, a definite watch

“Hoodies with faces”
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/01/hoodies-with-faces.html

“Google Earth flight simulator”
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/01/google-earth-flight.html

Does anyone know how to get this working on a non-mac platform, I have no command key 😦