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Submission + - Censordyne - net censoring gets toothpaste (smh.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Toothpaste is the latest weapon mobilised to fight against the Australian Federal Government's plan to censor the internet.

Online activist group GetUp, which has already run ads slamming the internet filtering policy, today launched a new campaign — Censordyne — a parody ad playing on the Sensodyne brand of toothpaste.

Censordyne promises to offer "unproven, ineffective relief from internet nasties", protection "against fast internet" and a "fresh multimillion-dollar flavour". There is also a video on YouTube that the government attempted to have taken down.

Censorship

Submission + - China's web filter: Apple exempt, others sued (goodgearguide.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Apple appears to be exempt from China's mandate that a controversial Internet filtering program be shipped with all computers sold in the country. Computers that do not meet the software's technical requirements are excluded from the mandate, according to one PC maker. The Green Dam Youth Escort software is not being bundled with machines at the Apple store in Beijing because the software has no Mac version. In the US, a company is taking legal action against Lenovo, Acer and Sony over their shipment of the software, which the company says stole its programming code. Solid Oak Software may also take action against other PC makers that have started shipping the software."
Encryption

Submission + - 3 Years in Jail for Web Protest and Encrypted Mail (democracynow.org)

twitter writes: "From the happy-independence-day-dept

Democracy Now has a scary interview with Andrew Stephanian. Andrew spent three years in jail for organizing animal rights protests on line. Five months of his incarceration were in a controversial new US prison system called a "Communications Management Unit" of CMU.

this war on dissent ... the evidence against him was essentially that he was associating with a website, didn't operate the website. [FBI wiretaps showed his decision and urging of others not to violate] civil injunctions that were imposed on certain demonstrations. ... the government alleges [encrypted email is] evidence of his criminal intent.

the journey that Andrew Stepanian has gone through is a frightening example of ... this incredible attempt by the government to envelop political activists, criminalize dissent, convict them and then send them to special housing units based on a political agenda.

Andrew's other dangerous activities include six years of feeding homeless people and rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. I don't think limited software options were the main problem when state police labled dissidents, "terrorists" two years ago. The oppression of dissidence is systematic. It's time to get rid of these obnoxious and illegal surveillance systems and the cowardly laws that foist them on us."

Comment Issue is 'everyone has to be a copyright lawyer' (Score 1) 263

It's very complex for people to know what they could take from a work like Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan, at best the publishers over broad claim has a chilling effect at worst it might indeed be copyfraud.

It would be good for the public if the copyright notices called out exactly what they were claiming, a footer on every page would be fine and do-able. In the commonly claimed case of adding prefaces etc if would be very easy.

It's better for publishers to make broad vague claims. The exclusionary effect of the claims are supported by the huge penalties for infringement. Conversely the cost of over claiming seems small/unlikely to be called out - publishers can always 'clarify away' their over-claim if it comes to the crunch.

Comment Yes! a list of shame... (Score 1) 263

Great idea! a public DD of copyfraud instances would be very useful.

It would give everyone something to point to to show the difference between infringement and theft. If people could add themselves to the affected list for a particular instance we'd know which instances might be vulnerable to action. If it was wikified so discussion of theft/legitimate claims was public it would be a great educational tool. It might provide a chilling effect on the fraudsters.

Comment most cell phones make reasonable book readers (Score 1) 283

Most cell phones make decent ebook readers.

A couple of clicks at http://www.booksinmyphone.com/ or it's mobile site and you can get some book apps running in just about any phone.

The main stumbling blocks are that it's only really 'click to install' if you have internet access and the carriers have not crippled your phone to try to extract more $ from you. Those aside I had a fine reading experience on my four year old phone.

Comment fundamental contradiction (Score 1) 150

For a lot of MMOs time IS money and so the game designers use XP to ration the content (areas, capabilities, classes, etc) and extend playing time to reap more $$$. The game design is all all about placing barriers to content access - this is an incentive for users to generate content that avoids the barriers.

It seems like you cannot avoid a red-queen race (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen) unless you change the underlying incentives. I've no idea how or what you would be left with after...

Comment Re:Gutsy move in any case (Score 1) 93

Good points all; but...

YouTube has deep pockets and scribd may not.

I agree that anything large enough to be a 'real' worry will be obvious and DMCA taken down in short order - but that argument also holds for music and video and so far I'm not aware of anyone who has stepped up to try to take a direct cut from a transaction like that. Actually I guess there are some analogous music selling sites, they could be predictors for what will happen in this case.

I also agree that anything small 'the publishers' 'should not worry about' - but *IAA will sue you for 9 songs ...

All in all it should be interesting.

Comment copyright intended to grow the public domain? (Score 2, Insightful) 196

Can one read the constitution as saying:

  1. copyright is designed to grow the public domain ('...promote the progress of science and useful arts...')
  2. by providing incentives for the creation of new works ('...by securing the creators monopoly on copying...')
  3. that will then pass to the public domain ('...for a limited time...').

i.e. it's purpose is to grow the public domain, the rest is just mechanism and a choice about how to trade off public good against private good.

The copyrighteous act like a kid who is happy to take the pocket money but not happy to do the chores. They employ Orwellian newspeak by referring to the whole balanced copyright trade-off as 'their property'. They focus only on the protected monopoly and do everything in their power to extend their monopoly duration (even for already created works, no incentive is big enough to change the past) and stop works falling into the public domain.

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Comment Ovi will cost devs $100's per app to upload! (Score 1) 13

"(no fees for each app or update uploaded)" - not so as far as I know.

Ovi is requiring each app be "Java Verified" ( http://www.javaverified.com/ ), which requires third party testing on each 'class' of phone at a cost to the developer of around $150. So if you wanted to cover all Nokia's models it will cost you more than $1000 per app to get it certified as 'uploadable' (I cannot figure out exactly how many 'classes' / 'lead devices' there are). Any change or update to the app requires re certification.

You can check out how happy everyone is here: http://discussion.forum.nokia.com/forum/showthread.php?t=161596

Comment it hurts more because... (Score 1) 217

firstly it's likely to be abused - as demonstrated by the failure of the copyrighteous to use the existing laws correctly. Secondly it reverses the onus of proof and removes even due process - which makes the abuse much more potent and the chilling effect on legitimate activity that much more powerful.

The people pushing these laws want to be sure they are the only conduit by which any (even perfectly legal) content can be distributed. We all know how well monopolies work out - why make it easier for the incumbents to maintain and extend theirs?

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