Category Archives: Freedom

What a smock!

I read on Slashdot today, that a “Jack Thompson“, walked out of court, apparently because he was being disbarred for 10 years. I couldnt quite remember who he was, but then it dawned upon me, he’s the smock thats been trying to ban what he thinks are violent games, because he’s of the opinion they are bad for society.

He didnt think the court had the authority to hand him his ass, so he walked out of there. Unfortunally as another Slashdot reader noted, when has a disbarring ever stopped a person from practicing (Dr. Phil anyone?).

If all that effort was put to use actually fixing the problem with the violence in the states, im sure there would be alot less of it.

rettighedsportalen.dk – a place for all things copyrighted

I was checking piratgruppen.org (A place in favor of sharing things online) the other day, and found that a new site, rettighedsportalen.dk had been started by a former spokesperson of piratgruppen.org.

The site aims to shed some light on immaterial “rights”. This is a good idea and I for one welcome it.

One of the first articles that was posted was from the chairman of KODA, a rightsholder organisation for composers in Denmark. His article can be found here.

I wrote my reply in the comment section, but Id like to point out the main point of my comment, which is that copyright does not exist for the single reason to put food on the table of artists. It exists as a means for a society to create incentive for artists to create more well, art. We do this for the sake of our society, not because we feel artists by definition should get paid. This is a misunderstanding. So, if we are to discuss copyright in the digital age, I feel it is important to see why copyright was invented in the first place, to benefit the society, only then can we find new ways to accomplish the same goal, to benefit society, even if that doesnt agree with right holders.

Again, Im not against people getting paid for their work by any means, what i AM against is criminalizing an entire generation of internet users for basically do, what we people do…. share.

What I was thinking a while back..

This is cool, a p2p program based on real life trust.

Alliance is a program that everyone has seen before, but with a twist. Instead of searching everybody and their uncle’s stash of bits, you only search a much smaller circle of people whom you already trust. This makes it virtually impossible for the RIAA/MPAA/<insert other bad guys here> to catch you in the act (if you were doing something illegal with the technology in the first place).

I can think of small networks where people all trust each other, and if new material was to be entered into these small networks, only 1 person need download it from the vast internet, and put it on the closed small network.

The only real issue, is whether or not you trust Alliance to carry your bits in the first place, but im sure some very clever people will use packet sniffers to make sure of no foulplay.

Im curious what the “establishment” will make of this.

12.000.000 is a very large number

But it is still the number of peers The Piratebay had sometime during the past week.A peer is defined in the bittorrent world as one who connects to download/upload some part of a file.

The number 12.000.000 is also about twice the amount of people living in Denmark at the moment. Just think about what that means for a second. It means that a website to share information has twice as many people using it as a small country has inhabitants.

For me, it signifies how large a movement this really is, and how much of a failure that any and all actions taken by the RIAA and the MPAA so far has been. They have failed to stifle the further usage of filesharing technologies, and this will probably still be a loosing battle for them in the foreseable future as well.

The proposed legislation for criminalizing internet users has been twarted — This time at least.

But it was a close one:

The vote was close, with 314 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) voting in favor of an amendment to scrap what many consider draconian and disproportionate measures to protect copyright over the internet, and 297 voting against the amendment.

That means there are still 297 souls out there, that really dont get that Internet access is vital for any person living in this day an age. And the ones that dont use the Internet is the ones that wont be affected by this at all either. So you want to put up a fence for a person to Search online for a job, doing financial transactions, which in many places are solely done through the net. Getting educational material through the net, and continuing your education. Doing your groceries online for especially the physically challenged. Be a knowledgeable person about the society by reading blogs and even mainstream papers.

Yes, lets all bow down to our mighty overlords in the entertainment industry, and reject all the good things we have gained from the last 15 years of internet development.

I still want a list of the people who voted against scrapping the idea, so I can launch some sort of campaign against my local MEP.

Do you know of a list like this?

Filesharing: Filesharing as a technology.

FileSharing

Filesharing, as I define it, is a way for people to share files with one and another.
Filesharing programs, are programs that enable people to do so.
The programming instructions which perform the transfer of bits from one computer to another is a technology.

Slicing, as I define it, is a way for people to slice something, ie. a loaf of bread.
A knife, is a tool that enable people to slice bread.
The creation of a knife, and the resulting product, namely a knife, is a technology.

Generally speaking, we condemn the slicing of people. We put people in jail, or otherwise punish them for using the the ‘knife’,
as a tool for slicing people.

Why is it, that when you compare these things to each other, the MPAA/RIAA and other lobyists are pushing a ban of a technology,
such as a filesharing program? Why is it, that they have succeeded in convincing a large part of society, that by definition, filesharing is bad?

I dont dispute that put against each other, the technology that is the knife, is being used primarily as a tool for slicing bread, whereas filesharing
is used primarily as a tool to distribute copyrighted material. But thats just the thing. Are we, as a society willing to ban technology because what it
can be used for? and where does a technology cross the line from being a convenient tool, to being a menace, and ripe for banning?

I dont have the answers (yet), but I dont think banning technology will do any good at all. Doing something about the usage of a technology would
be a better solution. But alas, do You have faith in the already-mentioned entities in doing the right thing? … I dont.

This is exactly what the white house feels about the environment – Devastating

This is what the white house looked like during Earth Hour:

White House dont give a *uck about the environment

Earth Hour – An hour where alot of citizens around the world turned of their lights to save electricity, and thereby showing their concern for the environment.

I participated, did you?

European petition against copyright extension – Please sign

Please sign this petition if you are against the European copyright term being extended. It is bad enough as it is, so please take action.

And also, please remember to support EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), with donations, advocating and educating people about the importance of online freedom.

EFF

Thanks

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Net neutrality explained

A link on Digg pointed towards a YouTube video explaining Net neutrality. This is an important subject, not just in the US, but everywhere. The Telco’s might own the pipes, but they shouldnt get to decide what gets to flow through them.

Check it out.

 

Why you should enjoy life to the fullest

Watched a short video clip on Digg today, about a guy who knew he only had a few months to live, and yet he choose to make the most of it. This should really be a lesson to alot of us, to enjoy life!!

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