Another note: Albert Noll on Fierce Telecomm has a brief piece comparing search engines to pawn shops and saying that some downstream liability is necessary, here.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Sunday tidbits: More on accidental photo tagging, "competing with free", and the significance of "EpicWin"
Update: March 2, 2012
On the NBC Today show, visitors were discussing the practice of deliberately tagging a photo with someone at an event when the person is not in the photo and was not at the event.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I notice that the my letter on SOPA to my own Congressman, presented here Nov. 14, is rather superficial, and I'm going to write another one soon, given the course of the debate in the last two months.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I've noticed, when I travel, that I get ads from most servers (including news sites) related to the geographical location I dialed in from (all companies know where my Verizon MiFi is, like when I'm in Dallas) and to the political issues that I write about a lot. Everyone is tailoring my "experience" with marketeers. That's probably not a problem for me because my life is relatively "simple", and security is straightforward. That's not the case for everyone, especially politicians and executives and people with big families.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Texas business professor slams piracy, supports SOPA-like measures in WSJ; discussion of "barriers to entry" and gatekeepers would follow
Liebowitz doesn't see the piracy problem as particularly correlated to foreign hosting.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Supreme Court limits warrantless intrusion onto personal property by GPS and probably wireless; more attorneys say SOPA is unnecessary to stop piracy
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Don't forget Viacom-YouTube case is still under appeal; newspapers weigh in on the philosophical gap among legacy, Internet business and legal models
For dessert, here's another "Occupy Congress" video of mine from last Tuesday.
Friday, January 20, 2012
There are other YouTube videos that claim that some in Hollywood actually used MegaUpload. This is indeed an ironic development the day after the SOPA Blackout.
LATER TODAY, I picked up a printed copy of American Prospect, Jan.-Feb. 2012, and found a detailed article by Rob Fischer on p. 26 on the ICE enforcement efforts and some more discussion of SOPA and PIPA. The article gave details about the prosecution of Ninja Video and later sports streaming site operator Brian McCarthy in Houston. The long title of the article is "A Ninja in our Sites: An aggressive federal enforcement effort targets online piracy--and exposes the clash between copyright protection and free speech", link here. Ironically, I discovered this in a Barnes and Noble regular bookstore, paid in a conventional manner (held up by cash register software problems), on the way to a conventional AMC movie. I still like conventional hardcopy print to look at sometimes.
Ninja had streamed a lot of stuff -- movies, foreign news feeds, TV episodes -- free, and some of the content would have been hard for visitors to find even when they wanted to pay for it, as I would. (One legal problem, as pointed out by the article, is that Ninja actually uploaded the stuff, so DMCA Safe Harbor couldn't apply. Illegal stream-site operators have gone for years before the fibbies come knocking at the door, but when they come, it's brutal. They bust in.) Media content owners are enraged when streaming site operators earn advertising revenue on their content even while giving it away, which is one reason why SOPA purported to go after secondary users -- advertisers and payment processors.
Update: Feb. 4
The Washington Times published an op-ed by Jack Maes (McLean, VA) in which it is maintained that many people had legally uploaded their own content to MegaUpload (including doctoral dissertations) and lost it. The link is here. One could say that ordinary users should beware that they link up with reputable services. But MegaUpload claims it had tried to enforce TOS against infringement. Rolling Stone has a story by Steve Knopper on Feb 3 here.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Could ordinary bloggers get into trouble under SOPA over mere links? Not likely, but "just maybe". Welcome to Chilling Effects. Will controversy get "frozen out"?
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Here is Reddit's explanation of SOPA and Protect-IP/PIPA. Note that it may not be directly accessible for part of Wednesday Jan .18 (or maybe they'll make an exception just for this file), link.
Mark Zuckerberg posted Facebook's position on SOPA here today (Wednesday). Yes, the head-shot is cute!
Large newspapers and AP work with new company called "News Right" to license news stories and track plagiarism; trolling won't happen, they say
Monday, January 16, 2012
Updating the proposals from my 1997 "Do Ask Do Tell" book; my own plans; Wikipedia plans blackout to protest SOPA/PIPA; activists plan a "SOPAStrike"
I could characterize my perception of the importance of communal motivation and sustainability as something like a "climate change" that is occurring now, compared to the series of cultural squabbles fifteen years ago that were more like "weather events". In the 90s, I generally had the perception that "having a family" and participating in familial and communal closeness was a personal choice that went with personal responsibility, although there were "deviations". Today, it's clear (again) that responsibility for other people doesn't wait for a chosen act of procreation to come down on one's shoulders. If you don't chose it, it will be chosen for you.
Indeed, for me, one of the most threatening prospects can be to thrown into dependency on others by circumstances beyond my control. But "freedom from interdependence" was never a fundamental right; it just looked that way for a couple decades.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Obama administration opposes parts of SOPA, Protect-IP related to DNS; non-committal about other provisions that affect "amateurs"
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Perhaps it does come down to wondering if there is a way to draw a clear boundary between a "Pirate Bay" and a publishing or streaming service with partial overseas operations that has some customers who sometimes do illegal things. And what's illegal sometimes is a matter of controversy.
Update: Jan. 21
Bill Maher actually supported SOPA, in this YouTube video, although he admitted to not having read the bill, and seemed oblivious to the "downstream liability" concerns with regard to user-generated content. Maher says that his own film "Religulous" (2008) was pirated heavily.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The media is reporting that Congressional and Senate candidates in both parties are feeling the heat over opposition to SOPA and the slightly weaker Protect-IP. Opposition is bi-partisan now and involving legislators who had been neutral or silent before. Generally, conservatives may be opposing it more than liberals.
CNET, in a story by Declan McCullagh, reports on pressure against Wisconsin Republican Senator Rand Paul, who no likely would get an earful on it from his libertarian leaning dad Ron Paul, a candidate in the GOP primaries. The story, about a “Reddit-based” attack on Paul, is (website url) here.
Apparently SOPA is creating controversy, maybe divisions, at the Las Vegas electronics show ("CES 2012"), according to a Jan. 12 Washington Post story by Cecilia Kang, here.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Should government prevent publication of dangerous information when unclassified? What if bloggers have the info?
I was not so deferential with the YouTube video of Bradley Manning's Wikileaks tape of the Iraq friendly fire incident, which I did link to on my "disaster movies" blog April 7, 2010.