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Comment: Re:Perhaps Not Defamation (Score 1) 183

by haggisbrain (#34861326) Attached to: RapidShare Threatens Suit Over Piracy Allegations

how many of those look legal to you?

You can't make an assumption of a files copyright status simply by looking at the filename or even the content. The songwriter Edwin Collins is often prevented from sharing his own music because of a belief that it MUST be a big companies "property".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/06/edwyn-collins-sharing-music

What if I create a movie/song/ebook/document and want to share it but the filename makes it look "illegal"?

Surely the assumption must be innocent until proven guilty?

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 2) 402

by haggisbrain (#34641074) Attached to: CIA Launches WTF To Investigate Wikileaks

First they give 3 million people access to this information and then they complain at a guy that has nothing to do with it. Given the way the US threats people I am sure that the poor soldier who has been in isolation for months has gotten 'an offer he can't refuse' to sign a fake testimony against Assange.

Testimony? They don't need testimony. They have chat logs implicating Assange in aiding Bradley Manning with submitting the documents. The law is pretty clear about these things. We'll just have to wait for his trial.

Incorrect, they only have chat logs between Manning and Lamo (the person who reported Manning). http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/wikileaks-chat/

Comment: Re:What the fuck? (Score 1) 119

by haggisbrain (#31587778) Attached to: RPG Heroes Are Jerks
From the FAQ

Why has Slashdot become so successful?

Slashdot is successful for the same reasons anything else is. We provided something that was needed before anyone else did, and we worked (and continue to work) our butts off to make it as good as it could be.

Answered by: CmdrTaco Last Modified: 10/28/00

Those were the days....

+ - OiNK Admin's Trial Ends, Found Not Guilty-> 1

Submitted by Andorin
Andorin (1624303) writes "The ongoing trial against Alan Ellis, former administrator of the late p2p website OiNK, ended today, with the jury unanimously deciding that Ellis is not guilty of conspiracy to defraud the music industry. Despite the prosecution's strong insistence that OiNK was a website set up for Ellis to profit from copyright infringement (citing substantial donations from users to the site as evidence), he has been acquitted of all charges. Speaking for the defense, Alex Stein praised Ellis: “In many societies he’d be an innovator, a creator, a Richard Branson. His talent would be moulded, not crushed by some sort of media organization [the IFPI]." Stein insists that the IFPI's members used OiNK to promote their works, only deciding to have it closed down when it was no longer convenient for them. “All of us here are being manipulated to some sort of marketing strategy by the IFPI. If anybody’s acting dishonestly it’s them,” he said."
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Comment: Old news (Score 1) 170

by haggisbrain (#29994074) Attached to: Volcanic Activity May Split Africa In Two
This was covered last year in a BBC documentary; Oceans.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/oceans/locations/redsea/

In Djibouti at the gateway of the Red Sea an oceanographic marvel is occurring - a new ocean is being formed. This ocean is being created by the tectonic plates of Africa and Arabia being torn apart. All oceans are formed in this way, but this is one of the rare places where this process can be witnessed first hand.

Google

+ - Google expunges Pirate Bay from search results-> 7

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "Google has removed links to notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay in its search results. The move is a reaction to a takedown notice issued under the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), although it's unclear who filed the complaint. The ban isn't particularly effective: The top result is now The Pirate Bay's Wikipedia entry, which provides a prominent link to the site's homepage. It's also possible to search The Pirate Bay itself using Google, by typing "site:http://thepiratebay.org" into the search bar."
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Comment: I received this reply when I complained about this (Score 5, Informative) 345

by haggisbrain (#28729165) Attached to: New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat
Thank you for taking the time to contact the National Portrait Gallery. Please see below the Gallery's position statement: The National Portrait Gallery is very strongly committed to giving access to its Collection. In the past five years the Gallery has spent around £1 million digitising its Collection to make it widely available for study and enjoyment. We have so far made available on our website more than 60,000 digital images, which have attracted millions of users, and we believe this extensive programme is of great public benefit. The Gallery supports Wikipedia in its aim of making knowledge widely available and we would be happy for the site to use our low-resolution images, sufficient for most forms of public access, subject to safeguards. However, in March 2009 over 3000 high-resolution files were appropriated from the National Portrait Gallery website and published on Wikipedia without permission. The Gallery is very concerned that potential loss of licensing income from the high-resolution files threatens its ability to reinvest in its digitisation programme and so make further images available. It is one of the Gallery's primary purposes to make as much of the Collection available as possible for the public to view. Digitisation involves huge costs including research, cataloguing, conservation and highly-skilled photography. Images then need to be made available on the Gallery website as part of a structured and authoritative database. To date, Wikipedia has not responded to our requests to discuss the issue and so the National Portrait Gallery has been obliged to issue a lawyer's letter. The Gallery remains willing to enter into a dialogue with Wikipedia. This statement will be published on the National Portrait Gallery's website in due course. Once again, thank you for your feedback. I do hope that you will be able to visit the National Portrait Gallery both online (www.npg.org.uk - where visitors can freely view more than 60,000 low resolution digital images of works in the Collection) and in person in the near future. Yours sincerely, Helen

Comment: Re:Sorry, Peter; harsh reality time... (Score 2, Informative) 987

by haggisbrain (#27962835) Attached to: What Can I Do About Book Pirates?

They're going to affect the best books too and I'm sure that piracy is going to reduce their sales even more and that's going to remove the incentives to create the better books even more.

Peter Coelho would strongly disagree with you - http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20080124/08563359.shtml

Censorship

+ - Fox bust Fox over Wolverine leak.-> 1

Submitted by
justinchudgar
justinchudgar writes "

Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for FoxNews.com, discovered over the weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by "zero tolerance" when it comes to movie piracy. On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox — owned by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch — became angry after reading Mr. Friedman's latest column. The subject was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," a big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week.

Mr. Friedman posted a minireview, adding, "It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer."

The film studio, which enlisted the F.B.I. last week to hunt the pirate, put out a statement calling Mr. Friedman's column "reprehensible," among other things. Then the News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it asked had Fox News to remove the column from its Web site. (It did.)

Maybe Fox can get NewsCorp to get the FBI to raid Fox's datacenter? If they would kindly leave the Simpsons, please."
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Comment: Re:Immigrants (Score 2, Interesting) 289

by haggisbrain (#26781565) Attached to: UK Government Plans 10-Year Database of Citizens' Travel
Ok, I'll bite. I'm Scottish and have lived in 3 Countries outside of the UK, 2 of these are in the EU.

The UK is already overcrowded

I think you mean

The World is already overcrowded

Allowing Workers to freely migrate within the EU was a big mistake and will drive wages down.

I read this argument all the time but I've always received above average wages when working in another Country. Part of the reason I like to work in other Countries is because I want to compete and see how I can cut in in another economy. How does my Scottish education match up to others? Can I be better than I am? Can I learn new skills/methods?
Are you afraid to compete? Would you prefer a handout from the Government? How about a job for life and never having to better yourself?
Part of the reason the UK and other Countries allow/need this immigration is due to the constant need for growth in our economy. How can reducing the overall headcount help this?

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