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Comment Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (Score 2) 432

I work->I get paid.

Plenty of people during the last 1000 years have worked without being paid - slaves...

History tells me that these slaves were given some basic necessity(food, shelter). It wasn't good conditions but a starving slave isn't useful so they were fed. Effort -> compensation. In this case, the compensation is food.

what if the world hates your work and no one buys it, nor pirates it? Still feel 'entitled' to compensation?

In the app world, you exchange payment for a copy of the app. Therefore the relation isn't "I develop an app->I get paid", it's "I sell a copy->I get paid", therefore I only expect compensation if I someone use a copy of my app, legel or not, so yes, I feel intitled to compensation if someone gets a copy of my app.

Submission + - Why Games are Repressed as Art (

An anonymous reader writes: Hello,

I recently finished an article at about the games as art debate. My article analyzes why the debate exists at all; why so many have difficulties accepting games as a credible art form. I would love it if you took the time to read the article and provided some comments and thoughts of your own. If you enjoy the article, feel free to post a link to it on your own website so your readers can join the discussion.

Thanks and take care.

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Submission + - Court: RapidShare doesn't need to filter uploads (

suraj.sun writes: Yesterday RapidShare announced ( ) that it triumphed in its appeal over copyright holders who demanded that the service take more steps to control online infringement. Because RapidShare does not make uploaded files publicly available (those who upload them can control access), the court found that it could not be held liable for distribution and that running filename filters on all uploads would produce too many false positives.

In addition, the appeals court took aim at several filtering schemes. Blocking all files of a certain type (such as RAR files) was deemed inappropriate, since a file type has no bearing on the legality of an upload. Scanning by IP address was also tossed, because numerous people can use a single IP address. File name filtering tells you nothing about the contents of a file, so that was tossed. Even content scanning was problematic, as the court noted that this would just lead to encrypted files. Besides, even if you could know that a file was copyrighted, it could still be a legal "private backup" not distributed to anyone else.

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Submission + - Google Wants to Teach You Security (

Trailrunner7 writes: Google has released a new online training course for Web application developers designed to teach them how to avoid common programming mistakes that lead to vulnerabilities such as cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery and others. The course, which is part of the company's Google Code University, is based around the concept of a Twitter-like application called Jarlsberg, an actual app that Google is releasing as part of the course. Known as "Web Application Exploits and Defenses," the course gives developers the opportunity to see the inner workings of a fundamentally insecure application, analyze the vulnerabilities and learn about the programming mistakes that led to those flaws. Google, teaching web app security. Oh, the irony.

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