Archive for category Intellectual Property
I wish the creativity were mine, but it’s not.
Walt Disney was a blatant capitalist, but – I hope – he NEVER would have approved of Glenn Beck.
I have to think he, and Walter Lance, would have approved of these videos:
This week in Hollywood unknown and un-elected negotiators will be horse-trading your rights under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that is being held in secret. While Hollywood will be well represented, the public, Internet and Tech Industries, and civil liberties groups are shut out of talks. Hollywood will fight hard to get their agenda passed buried deep inside any agreements especially now they have lost SOPA/PIPA.
Call your Congressman and demand that all international agreements be open to public scrutiny especially on issues that effect the public so fundamentally as our free speech rights as well as our rights to access information and knowledge.
A young man asked me how I was doing today and I said I was OK, but mad at the government. He said he was too and asked if I ever used the internet.
He said the government had just shut down a website called Megaupload. I have never heard of this site, but – sure enough – when I got home I typed in the URL and saw this screen which has been reproduced at Wikipedia along with an article about the Megaupload site:
Apparently the site, originally based in Hong Kong was taken down one day after the recent internet blackout protest meant to sway congressmen from voting for the SOPA/PIPA bills.
I am against internet piracy for the sake of profiting off other artists and if this was done for that sake, I have no problem with the shutdown.
My question is this:
If they already have tools to go after copyright theft in other countries, why the new bills? Is the government getting tired of going through the regular legal channels?