We’re not Randians here though we have respect for Ayn Rand and her thinking. Regardless, below is a good lesson for just about any student group which feels it is being harassed by a college administration completely unjustly (as was the case here). Political correctness and the conformist thinking which is widespread on American campuses today isn’t just going to go away. It has to be fought.
The unions don’t like it. Many libertarians and free market types don’t like it. But Obama and the Chamber of Commerce are keen. Something smells here.
Something else to keep in mind. Just because something is called free trade doesn’t mean it actually is free trade. My bet, and the author alludes to this, is that the agreement will be full of crony nooks and crannies. Nooks and crannies some would prefer the public not learn about.
Until it’s too late.
That’s right. You may have paid $100,000 or more for that new tractor, but guess what? Since the software DNA, the alleged “intellectual property” of John Deere is embedded in the thing, you actually do not OWN the vehicle. It’s still John Deere’s even if the vehicle is paid off, at least the guts of the beast.
In other words if you want to mess with the code within the tractor, and GM is arguing the same thing for its cars, you – according to the John Deere and GM lawyers – are potentially violating copyright provisions. Violating the law. Even if you are only trying to repair the vehicle you own. (Or at least thought you owned.)
Copyright in this country is a huge gift granted by Congress which benefits large media corporations primarily. Copyright as it is now, life of the creator plus 70 years, stifles innovation and creation. In so doing it stifles the overall economy.
Big Content and the patent troll lawyers win one. Everyone else in the world loses.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad news folks. Progressives and small government people should come together to fight this massive vehicle for crony capitalism.
The business of content has been in flux for the last 15 years. The old business models are dead or close to dead, but that isn’t stopping the movie studios from trying to hold back progress while they still have the resources to deploy in government.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade deal between the United States and and much of the non-European world which over the last 2 years has been negotiated in secret. Some of the details of the agreement were leaked yesterday, and as suspected the TPP appears to be bad news for those who believe in Internet freedom and freedom in general.
The government sought to make an example of Swartz. You share information which is technically illegal and we the state will hammer you, with no mercy. We will come down on you so hard you’ll wish you’d never heard the words “open source.” Do you HEAR that copyright infringers? Do you HEAR that whistleblowers?
We have incredibly restrictive copyright laws in this country. Big media companies have made the media marketplace worse for the public with these laws and may have even worked against their own interests by lobbying for overly restrictive copyrights according to a new study.
Hollywood, the recording industry, and the cell phone companies are trying to hold technology back and in the process doing a disservice to the American consumer. Time to get with the times and accept that these industries must adapt or die.
SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, CISPA, the freedom of the Internet is under assault from crony industry and governments. It’s about control. It is about the reining in of information. It is about restricting innovators and protecting dinosaur business models.
Former Senator Chris Dodd (Joe Biden’s best friend) is now head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Dotcom (that is his last name) thinks that the White House and Hollywood are colluding to take down Megaupload and in the process seeking to deal a blow to the encryption community worldwide. Both Hollywood and the White House don’t want you to have any anonymity on the Internet. Governments and legacy media both fear encryption. For the average person encryption is freedom.
There are very good arguments, both for and against copyright. Our founders thought that such rights were vital to encourage innovation and creative exploration.