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Anonymous on #OpBlackOut

(the 99%):  We all have a reason and the power to fight this..lets replace the face of the internet with a clear message about how we feel about censorship…

Posted 2181 days ago in Geek

BlueBeat tells EMI to ‘Get Bent’

This has GOT to be a publicity stunt – there’s really no other explanation for California-based BlueBeat telling Apple Corps + EMI + The Beatles to get bent.

Okay that’s not literally what happened but c’mon.. they’re selling the entire Beatles Catalog for just short of free – singles $.25 / albums $3.25 – yeah that’s almost better than the average Russian MP3 site.

And NO – they don’t have any legal right to do so (whatsoever). They don’t have any agreement with the band – nor with the publisher, EMI. In fact, EMI filed a lawsuit against them on Tuesday and they didn’t even bother to reply (that I’m aware of), let alone stop. They never tried to hide what they were doing – their sale of the songs for dirt cheap has been in every music / news blog I’ve seen this week. This is full-on poking the bear.

The only possible explanation is that they expect the publicity from this stunt (and the staggering flood of traffic to the site for the cheap files) will result in future profits that will (more than) cover the cost of the judgment that EMI will undoubtedly (and rightfully) be awarded. Not to mention the other lawsuits that are bound to follow *yoko*

Read a more eloquent story about it on Beat Crave.

UPDATE 11/05 maybe they’re prepping an insanity plea…
- Read about BlueBeat’s (CRAZY) response! – via @artistshouse
- BlueBeat Website Claims It Owns Copyrights to Beatles Songs [Exclaim]
- Judge Halts Online Sale of Beatles Songs [Wired]

Posted 2958 days ago in Audio

Secret Copyright Treaty is a Disaster

having a great day until I slowed down enough to really read up on this – very unsettling
Note: I am adding new related articles as they’re posted..

- Copyright Treaty Is Policy Laundering at Its Finest [DMusic, Nov 5]
- Leaked Trade Agreement Paints a Bleak Picture for the Internet’s Future. [Exclaim, Nov 5]
- New Copyright Legislation Leaked… and it’s reeeeal bad. [Studio Manifesto, Nov 4]
- Secret Anti-Piracy Treaty Turns ISPs into Pirates. [TorrentFreak, Nov 4]
- Your kids could go to jail for non-commercial music sharing. [BoingBoing, Nov 4]
- Secret copyright treaty is the most annoying thing you’ll read all year. [CrunchGear, Nov 3]
- Secret copyright treaty leaks. It’s bad. Very bad. [BoingBoing, Nov 3]
- Copyright treaty is classified for ‘national security’. [CNET, Mar 12]

Posted 2959 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

Laws that Choke Creativity

One of my favorite TED talks speaks to the REMIX Manefesto culture and the distortion of copyright laws

I know it seems long but you don’t have to watch most of it – works just as well to let it be the background music to 20 minutes of surfing.. If nothing else (if you’re NOT interested in this topic) at least fast forward to 9min and 30 sec and watch a seriously funny 2 minutes of (illegal) remix entertainment ;)

Posted 3014 days ago in Audio, Geek

Microsoft tries to patent study of evolution

Seriously. It was recently discovered that, two years ago, Microsoft filed a patent for clustering phylogenetics methods, which have existed for years, and are currently in use by just about anyone who does evolutionary biology. The filing has been compared to attempting to patent multiplication tables, and has the phylogenetics community on edge.

This may seem like it falls well outside the range of Microsoft’s typical interests, but the company appears to be taking an interest in bioinformatics. In June, Microsoft bought assets of Rosetta Biosoftware from Merck. Microsoft intended to integrate Rosetta’s software with its own Amalga Life Sciences platform, which is used for research at drug companies and universities.

Hopefully, a patent with this much prior art will not be approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office because the methods it details are so common—and, in fact, a reader noted that it has received a “nonfinal rejection” from the USPTO. That still allows the patent to be resubmitted in a modified form, however, so the biomedical community may want to follow it carefully.

SOURCE: ARS

Posted 3031 days ago in Geek

web v print – what about fair use?

The title of the New York Times article is, A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web – and, if the AP were to get it’s way, I wouldn’t be able to write that here without paying someone.

Of course, I could quote that title in a book on this subject (and sell it!) without paying anyone, because that falls under the fair use – but the AP is proposing that I shouldn’t be able to put it in a post (or tweet it, etc) and link it to the source without paying. Read this paragraph again and then tell me that these people aren’t insane.

I’m not a writer and I’m not going to go into all the details of the AP’s stupidity here, but if you’re interested in learning more, you can read: A.P. goes nuclear on fair use / What Would Fair Use Look Like in an Online Era? / How Reuters Should Be Responding To The AP’s Suicide.

If you’re interested in the topic in general, some good folks to follow (twitter) are Chanders and Mathewi.

UPDATE: Read – AP: “We’re Done” Answering Questions About Fair Use & Our Rights System – by Danny Sullivan (July 28)

PS
I’m not a fan of what the music industry is trying to do either – but that’s another rant – Suffice to say that I think these folks are fighting a war that can only aspire to be half as successful as America’s War on Drugs.

Posted 3061 days ago in Geek

girl talk album – dl it now

remix master girl talk has released his latest album as a “pay-what-you-want” download on illegalart.net

With hours of material collected from two years of live shows, Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) meticulously edited together a seamless album that combines 300+ samples - get it here

girl talk is also the focus of the (freakin awesome) opensource film RIP: A Remix Manifesto.. download the film on opensource cinema and remix it ;)

Posted 3118 days ago in Audio

RIP: A Remix Manifesto

take-up productions & Sound Unseen are bringing minneapolis a great opportunity to view the controversial and award winning sxsw hit, RIP: A Remix Manifesto [click to view the film trailer] on the big screen..

In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

to boot – the film will be screened in minneapolis’ newest cool film venue – the Trylon screening room… “The Trylon is a small experimental cinema, and is equiped for both digital cinema and 35mm film presentations.”

when: Thursday May 28 at 8pm
where: The Trylon screening room (3258 Minnehaha Ave)
Tickets: $5 (or punch card) – since the theater only seats 60, best get your tickets now

Posted 3127 days ago in Audio

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