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Comment: Re:Libgen (Score 1) 130

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49803003) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

As far as secondary revenue streams go, authors can license their IP to TV, Movie and Video Game makers or they can sell merchandise themselves.

That's a bit like saying coders can just make a game then license the IP to TV stations, moviemakers, writers and merchandisers as a secondary revenue stream. It happens but it's rare enough that it may as well not exist for most. Musicians on the other hand almost all play gigs (as well as being able to sell their music to videogame makers, TV shows and movies), and the movie industry practically invented merchandising as well as other avenues of income.

But that requires they build a fanbase. And in that endeavor, a literary agent is far more beneficial than an industry trade group

Literary agents liaise between writers and publishers/producers etc. They have nothing to do with building up a fanbase, most authors do all of their marketbuilding themselves, in their own time, on their own dime.

And it's been pretty well established that there's few (if any) people who pirate media that would run to Amazon or iTunes and buy something if they couldn't obtain it via piracy.

Certainly established to the satisfaction of people who pirate books anyway.

And most of the books I buy from new authors these days most often comes from authors who do things like release the first book in a trilogy for free or via word of mouth suggestions from people who are where I was in my teens and twenties and read stolen or borrowed versions of their books.

Freely released books are a very different matter to piracy, especially from creators who can least afford it.

Comment: Re:Consumption's up (Score 1) 130

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49789839) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

Amazon's Kindle format is DRM-optional, and when the bookseller is telling people how to strip out the DRM it may as well not exist. Not that it matters in the slightest, that a book has DRM applied to it doesn't give criminals the right to profit from the hard work of others, which was the point being made.

Comment: Re:Consumption's up (Score 1, Informative) 130

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49789557) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

Most ebooks don't come with DRM attached. The hysteria on display in the comments here is hilarious - scumbags are stealing the hard work of authors - many of whom are completely independent these days - for their own financial gain, and people are clutching their pearls that said scumbags got blocked. As much as I'm in favour of freedom of information I don't see why take-a-punt Pavel in Assbacketonia should be seeing a red cent for the hard work put in by hundreds of thousands of writers. There's no part of this ruling that will result in, or could be used to support, political or any form of suppression besides criminal.

Comment: Re:Libgen (Score 1) 130

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49789465) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

Oh please, it's not the 1970s anymore. The majority (vast majority perhaps) of ebook authors are self published individuals who worked for months or years to produce their creations, only to have some yahoo in Eastern Europe swipe it for their own benefit. The "greedy media moguls" you imagine are less a part of the picture than ever before. And authors are the most vulnerable to online piracy - musicians can do live gigs, movies make it at the box office or through syndication - what other means does a writer have to earn money beyond direct sales? Live readings?

Comment: Re:Are you saying that criminals don't exist? (Score 1) 164

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49763135) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

Except it's not just one link, there are many more, to quote from the linked article:

        National newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, explicitly using the term “no-go zones”:

http://www.svd.se/opinion/leda...

        National newspaper Aftonbladet on the rampant ISIS recruitment taking place in these areas:

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyhe...

        Dr Magnus Ranstorp on the rapid growth of radicalized Islamists (in English):

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/...

        An article about the police incident deserting their own and ceding control to criminals in Landskrona. They literally use the term in the headline, adding that the police are now pulling out of the area:

http://hd.se/landskrona/2014/0...

        The local police chief explaining why the officers are not to exit their vehicles and make arrests:

http://www.hd.se/lokalt/landsk...

        More from the police chief on how they now deal with the area:

http://hd.se/landskrona/2014/0...

        Also, if these areas do not exist, why is the ambulance union demanding military-grade protection gear to enter them?

http://mobil.svd.se/nyheter/am...

        Another article interviewing the ambulance union chief on why they need bulletproof vests, helmets and similar gear:

http://magasinetneo.se/artikla...

As for the police report, it clearly states that there are indeed informal courts and parallel justice systems (page 12, third paragraph (3.4.3)). Anyone who has read about Södertäljenätverket knows how broad the extent of this clan-based influence can be.

http://polisen.se/Aktuellt/Rap...—Nationellt/Ovriga-rapporterutredningar/Kriminella-natverk-med-stor-paverkan-i-lokalsamhallet/

The vehicle checkpoints are mentioned on page 15, fourth paragraph (3.5.3).

On page 13, second paragraph (3.4.4) you find the frequent attacks on police. Here is just one of many news stories on how police have to install shatterproof glass on their vehicles because they get rocks hurled at them whenever entering these areas:

http://www.svt.se/nyheter/regi...

There are numerous newspaper articles, police reports and even Youtube videos by the gangs themselves bragging about how they’re chasing off the cops from “their” area, but I think this list should be enough.

I've nothing against Muslims in general myself, the same as I've nothing against Hindus, Christians or Buddhists. I do have a big problem with people obscuring the truth, and thus far you've presented no compelling evidence to suggest the above information is untrue. A rambling collection of anecdotes and opinions, sure, but no evidence.

Comments are still open on that and other articles by the way, if you'd like to respond to his/her allegations directly.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score -1, Troll) 620

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49760917) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

This is mostly a big deal for retarded foreigners who imagined Ireland to be a heavily conservative place to begin with. You know nothing about this country, nothing about the people, and pretty much nothing about this amendment to the constitution. The choir: you were preaching to it.

Comment: Re:Are you saying that criminals don't exist? (Score 1) 164

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49758203) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

Okay, so how about this one from only a few days ago: http://swedenreport.org/2015/0...

Jacob Ekström is a police officer working in these areas. He has this to say in the latest issue of Forsking & Framsteg, the premier scientific journal in Sweden:

        “The situation is slipping from our grasp,” he says about infamous enclaves Tensta and Rinkeby. “If we’re in pursuit of a vehicle, it can evade us by driving to certain neighborhoods where a lone patrol car simply cannot follow, because we’ll get pelted by rocks and even face riots. These are No-Go Zones. We simply can’t go there.” [My bold]

The article goes on to chronicle the rapid rise in gun-related violence in a country that was essentially unarmed up until just 15 years ago, the evolution of criminal gangs and clans from the middle east as an alternative societal structure, and how the “exclusion areas” (i.e. ghettos) have grown from 3 in 1990 to 156 in 2006.

The reporter brought the status report by Ekström to Lars Korsell, researcher and head of the organized crime unit att the national crime prevention bureau.

        “Yes, it is pretty sensational that there are enclaves where Swedish law no longer applies,” Korsell replied slowly and ponderously.

I mean I sympathise with your need to defend what I presume is your home country, we had something similar here in Ireland during the troubles, tourists were afraid they'd get shot in the streets - no, folks, that's Northern Ireland, part of the UK - but from those reports it does seem as though a real problem exists. It doesn't appear to be widespread, yet, but there it is.

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