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[*] posted on 28-1-2012 at 09:07


Harvard Prof: MegaUpload Shutdown is an Attempt to Kill Technology
http://torrentfreak.com/harvard-prof-megaupload-shutdown-is-...
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[*] posted on 17-2-2012 at 14:35


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/megaupload-defendan...
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mad.gif posted on 24-2-2012 at 08:11
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Today I went to library.nu to download a book and didnt find anything.. Searched and found this:

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/02/16/1540232/librarynu-and...

Rest in peace. That was a very great site that was simply down. Downloaded LOTS of EXCELLENT books there.. Hope this re-appear somewhere as fast as possible..




"The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant."
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[*] posted on 3-9-2012 at 07:07


The very long arm indeed of international law enforcement now persecutes copyright infringers
with the same priority as it does terrorists.
www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/03/pirate-bay-co-founder-arreste...
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57504842-93/pirate-bay-co-f...

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[*] posted on 4-9-2012 at 10:38


I lost three years of near full time work to copyright piracy and hackers/crackers. Unlike 99% of the people here apparently, I have no sympathy for illegal copyright infringement.

It is stealing. Music, books, videos, software. The people who WORKED to make them, deserve payment. Why should the work effort of thousands of people over years, be FREE to anyone with an internet connection?

People massage it in all sorts of clever ways. "I wouldn't buy it anyhow, so it's no loss to the makers."
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[*] posted on 6-9-2012 at 07:45


If you 're walking down the street wearing a sandwich that states
" tunes 10 cents " while whistling tunes you wrote , do the people
overhearing them owe you payment for this intellectual property ?
The musical artist and performer Courtney Love said it best when
asked about her view of dissemination of music without collection
of royalty due , " I'm just like a waitress , I live off tips "

A copyright gives the owner ( it is a transferable asset which the
original owner usually the creator or author of a work can sell )
a justification to sue for infringement of this exclusive commercial
right under law. It was originally conceived to deter some printer
from publishing a work with a copyright in force for generating
profit without the contractual agreement with the copyright owner
for compensation if that is demanded. There is no actionable cause
if there is no economic benefit in the transfer of the work. Lending
your copy of a book to someone or to many others was not an
infringement of the copyright. This has been in modern times
vigorously altered to suite mass media commercial interests.
Very troubling in recent times is the recourse by multinational media
corporations to change the law from a civil action into a criminal
one, so that infringement is equated to theft, which it is not, and
broadly includes anyone, invoking the use of law enforcement to
police infractions of the civil code, the same as criminal statutes.
A patent is exactly the same thing as a copyright yet infringement
of invention does not summon the police force into action.

The marketing model for an intangible such as " information " has to
adjust to the reality. In the past what you bought when you paid for
a book , was the substance of the book which held the " information ".
Increasingly copy machines encroached into that model but were
restrained by the relative cost involved. The printer in effect provided
a service by transcribing and making available as text and image the
information generated by the author , who is paid by the printer.

This seems to me to be the best solution , in that a work of information
is sold outright to someone who then markets this for profit. Something
which is a gamble and may not actually yield a positive remuneration.

Similar issues exist in which genetically engineered plants are patented
and so their seed is an article of commerce which commands royalties
if this is grown , even incidentally without foreknowledge of what's
growing in ones field , providing that it generates a commercial profit.
Similar to this is the problem governments have in collecting tax due
to them under their law across foreign jurisdictions.

Just because information is freely available does not mean the
provider cannot receive income by it. See _
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Academy

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[*] posted on 7-9-2012 at 05:20


Again, it can be massaged it in all sorts of ways... but in the end, it screws people over.

Web sites hosting cracked software like AutoCAD and thousands others... some of those packages are worth thousands of $$. If under a royalty arrangement, for every copy properly sold, the little guys, the software engineers who work their nuts off 12 hours a day, put more food on the table. For salaried employees, their company makes bigger $$, making their continued employment possible, with potentially higher salaries.

Books and music under copyright... if I xerox sheet music I'd normally pay $2 for, the author gets jack. That's stealing from the author. Digital copying is no different from making a xerox.

Let's be intellectually honest. "I'd rather just take it than pay for it." And then this gets cloaked in sappy "freedom of the internet" B.S. and other pompous, self-righteous justifications for STEALING THE WORK OF OTHERS.
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