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Tag Archives: copyright

UC-Davis backs down from threatening Ayn Rand club with ‘criminal punishment’

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.

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I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.

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.

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John Deere (and GM) says you don’t really own any vehicles bought from them, You only have “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”

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.)

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Kim Dotcom of Megaupload launches attack on a White House captured by Hollywood.

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.

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