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ACTA

Posted in Commentary, Government, Intellectual Property, Piracy with tags , , , on December 17, 2009 by Bradley Hall

Apparently this has been going on for quite some time. Several countries are readying to possibly ratify the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Act worldwide next month in Mexico.

ACTA affects not just counterfeiting, it makes things international law that were mentioned in the DMCA (and some things that weren’t). One of the pieces that I do not agree with (among others) is the Anti-Circumvention section which makes it illegal to bypass region code lockouts of DVDs (among other things). This means it would now be illegal for me to legally buy a DVD from Japan or Russia and then make it playable in the US either by ripping the video or via some other method.

Please go to the following site for more information:

Michael Geist’s site

Comcast Buys NBC?

Posted in Commentary, Government, Intellectual Property, Privacy with tags , , , on December 3, 2009 by Bradley Hall

I was met with the news that Comcast bought NBC when I arrived home from school. It always amazes me how the halls of education can be shielded from the “important facts of the day” but I digress.

If this merger would be allowed to happen it would result in fewer choices, higher prices, and less access.

I implore you to check out FreePress’s webpage in regards to this matter.

Free Press link.

Bill Clinton Rules The Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 4, 2009 by Bradley Hall

Today was the first time I heard that Bill Clinton was going to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-Il. The accompanying picture was priceless. I hadn’t had time to even think about WHY he is there when I found that the two reporters who accidentally wandered into North Korea and sentenced to years of hard labor are being released as part of a special pardon that Bill Clinton, no doubt, had a hand in.

Apparently it was Al Gore’s idea for Clinton to go to North Korea. So I guess while only Nixon could go to China, only Clinton can go to North Korea.

Cheers to you, Mr. President.

LiberateLaura Twitter feed

Google: Taking over the world one app at a time

Posted in Commentary, Privacy with tags , , on July 8, 2009 by Bradley Hall

Google is everywhere. You search with them, you write with them, you send email with them, you make phone calls with them, you can look at satellite images of your house with them, you can even browse with them, among other things. But now, Google wants the last piece of computer real estate: Your operating system.

Google announced their Google Chrome OS today. It’s set to be a lightweight operating system for those who do most of their computer “in the cloud.” It is expected to ship with netbooks next year. And really, for a netbook, it sounds like the perfect operating system.

Fortunately it will be open source. As some of you probably know, I tend to be a bit leery about Google’s offerings (though I love Gmail). I’ll be waiting for the Steel or Tinfoil Hat version to come out before I use it.

Pirate Bay Pirates to be paid for their uploads

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property, Piracy with tags , , , on July 1, 2009 by Bradley Hall

I’m still not sure I get this.

The BBC just reported that Global Gaming Factory has a plan to take Pirate Bay legit.

It involves paying content owners AND the people who upload things to the Pirate Bay. I’m not sure exactly how they’re going to do this yet, but they say their plan will help reduce Internet overload by 90%

BBC Article.

Pirate Video

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , on June 29, 2009 by Bradley Hall

No, this post has nothing to do with that Johnny Depp film from a few years ago.

The Pirate Bay, fresh from having lost their case against the MPAA and friends, and having lost their appeal on the grounds of the original judge being biased, have unleashed their latest plans: Pirate Video.

Pirate Video is to be a YouTube for pirates. Except, they’ll ignore take down notices that copyrights holders tend to send to people infringing on their stuff.

BBC link.

The Pirate Bay: Guilty

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property, music with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Bradley Hall

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In a move that surprises no one, the Pirate Bay was found guilty of helping to distribute copyrighted content. They are to spend a year in jail and pay over three million dollars in fines.

The four members of the Pirate Bay have already logged an appeal.

Personally, I don’t know how to feel about this. On one hand, it’s a win, but on the other hand, I feel that this is a lose. A win for TPB would have set an unreal precedent into the world of downloading.

As of now, TPB is still active. While I’ve not tried to download anything (material isn’t hosted by TPB, all they do is track material), the site works for the time being.

Pirate Bay says the verdict is still a win, even though they lost

Guardian Article

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