Category Archive: Copyright

Aug 22 2009

Weird Al’s new single: Ringtone

Weird Al Yankovic rules. He’s releasing all this stuff as part of his Internet Leaks collection, and uploaded this to his own Youtube channel. Let’s see how long it’ll be before his record company files a DMCA claim and has it taken down. Way to embrace modern technology, dude.

Jul 17 2009

Not buying a Kindle now. Or ever.

I’ve been techno-lusting after a Kindle for quite some time. The idea of free wifi anywhere I go, with which to connect to Wikipedia and Google Maps, is a big draw, but so too was the idea that I could buy and read a book any time and anywhere. I guarantee you the first thing …

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Jun 12 2009

More cheating at Youtube

Creationists surely do love to fight dirty on Youtube, whether it’s by using vote-bots to skew legitimate metrics of brainshare, or abusing them some DMCA. The last time I reported on this, it was VenomFangX being a fucking douchebag and filing false DMCA claims to squelch an opposing viewpoint. This time, it’s the Creationist Discovery …

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Jun 07 2009

I’m patenting a method for adding two and two using a computer, now where’s my royalty cheques?

On Groklaw, there’s a great article up about Donald Knuth, one of the most celebrated open-source software programmers ever, submitting a letter to the EU’s patent office asking them to reconsider the patentability of software algorithms. They have the letter in full over there. One of the money quotes: I am told that the courts …

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May 29 2009

How to increase profit margins in the most asshat-ish way possible

DuWayne said it best in the comments on this thread: Holy shit what fucking fun it is north of the border. Yeah, no kidding bro. Canada’s latest foray into copyright just pegged my rage meter yet again. This time, they’re telling the blind, dyslexic, and otherwise disabled to fuck off and suffer when it comes …

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May 27 2009

Computers, DVRs to be outlawed in Canada

The copyright row is heating up, after the Conference Board of Canada nearly wholly plagiarized the recommendations of the International Intellectual Property Association (IIPA) with regard to what Canada should do about infringement of copyrighted materials. Ignoring every recommendation of the report commissioned for this study, written by Law Professor Jeremy DeBeer, the IIPA — …

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May 17 2009

Sony Pictures CEO admits to gross ignorance

Via Slashdot: Michael Lynton is a guy who “doesn’t see anything good having come from the internet, period“, because of the piracy that has apparently eaten into his profit margins. I contend that what has eaten into your profit margins is the fact that casual movie-watchers are now better equipped thanks to new technology to …

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Apr 30 2009

I don’t believe in Imaginary Property (IP)

Canada’s been placed on the US’ copyright blacklist due to our ongoing resistance to implement new DMCA-alike laws to appease the RIAA / MPAA. The Obama administration is apparently upset that Harper keeps promising to enact new laws to protect an outmoded and archaic business model, yet not delivering. Join the club on that one …

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Feb 23 2009

How to cheat at Youtube

If there’s one thing I hate in this world, it’s a cheater. No, I’m not talking about using a cheat code so you can blow through the last stage of Doom 3 to beat the end boss and see the ending sequence after a long weekend of slagging your way through demons the old fashioned …

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Oct 13 2008

VenomFangX Apologizes to the Internets

High-larious! In case you hadn’t been following this intertubes-based slapfight, VenomFangX is a Creationist who has been filling Youtube with his ridiculous magical-world views, and who, ultimately, attempted to silence his biggest detractor Thunderf00t using a DMCA Copyright takedown notice and failed miserably when it turned out this Thunderf00t guy actually knew the law better …

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