On the other hand technology is evil again (via Linda Braun).
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A complete transcript has gone up for Pamela Samuelson’s keynot address at Berkeley’s Free Culture Conference (via BoingBoing). This is an amazing piece on the faults in current copyright law, why it will eventually be forced to change, and how to go about making those changes. Read it! (yes I give homework snow).
Oh and after a series of delays the full draft of RDA has finally been released. But I haven’t had a chance to read it yet (which would be my homework). Expect more on this later.
Two posts from Boing Boing today that have already managed to totally ruin my day (as if the cold wasn’t enough to accomplish that feat).
First of all, there’s a report from Kentucky about a high school student who has been arrested for writing a zombie story taking place in a high school. Evidentally officials have interpreted the story as being a death threat. It’s a damn zombie story for crying out loud! Man, everytime I think we can’t sink any lower someone surprises me.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the RIAA is at it again. Awhile back they lost a case in which they attempted to prove that the first sale doctrine did not apply to promotional materials (yes libraries, you are allowed to use items marked as being for promotional use only). So what is a greedy and corrupt industry to do? Change the rules for resellers aparently. According to the Boingboing post this morning a number of states have begun passing laws that do just that. “In Florida, for example, anyone attempting to sell used CDs to a retailer must present identification and be fingerprinted, and any retailer looking to sell those same CDs must apply for a permit and submit a $10,000 bond with the Department of Agriculture and Human Services”.
Thank God for zombie video games let me tell you, I have got to blow off some steam.
BoingBoing has just posted its critique of the recently leaked Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. This is a pretty terrifying proposal that everyone should be aware of. It proposes that future trade negotiations occur in secret, outlaws p2p protocols entirely, and gives the entertainment industry an even greater ability to dictate policy than they already have. The current goal is for this agreement to be formalized next month, and it is something that absolutely must be stopped.
First of all, I apologize again for the title. Moving on, Linda Braun has once again directed me to a nice geeky focused article in the New York Times, this time an interview with Randall Monroe, creator of one of my favorite webcomics, XKCD. The Times has become pretty savvy at pinpointing key aspects of the subculture and treating them respectfully (as opposed to say comic reviews with onomatopoeia’s in the titles).
Incidentally, today’s comic throws another gibe at BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow, who quickly points out that the two will be joint guests of honor at 3-Pi Con, which will be in my neck of the woods in August. Can’t wait to hear what the two of them together will have to say.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (of BoingBoing fame) is probably the most important YA novel that will be released all year. Doctorow has always been a huge proponent of the creative commons, and has always released his novels as free downloads. But this time around he’s upped the ante. Besides the free e-book on the site, there is also an audio version, and Doctorow has been asking fans to create remixes. Furthermore Doctorow has started a program asking for people to donate copies to schools and libraries.
So if you work for one of those, and you haven’t already go to his site and sign up your organization for the list. This is a book you should own.