RIAA going after ISP’s

January 22nd, 2003 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on RIAA going after ISP’s)

Content providers are really starting to get under my skin. From original story on Wired.

The Recording Industry Association of America wants to go after the companies that provide you with your Internet access.Here are some of the printable reactions since RIAA chief Hilary Rosen presented the proposal last weekend, during which she said Internet service providers would soon “be held accountable” for money the music industry has lost due to file-swapping services:

It’s stupid. Unethical. Illegal. Insane.

“Blaming ISPs for giving these hardened criminals the bandwidth for perpetrating their heinous file-sharing acts is akin to blaming the highway department for creating roads that are used by dope smugglers,” said security consultant Robert Ferrell. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Of course, it’s my opinion that the copyright dinosaurs and their permanent copyright holding power are all doomed in the face of rapidly expanding ad-hoc and decentralized networks. We are seeing their last gasp and desperate hold for power, and I am very optimistic that something much more democratic, grass-roots and of higher quality will take its place. Same goes for movies, TV, journalism, art, everything. We are at the dawn of a new renaissance in creativity, as soon as the dinosaurs get out of the way. And yes, the very best creators will be able to make lots of money despite zero reproduction costs. Not to mention that the price for creating high-quality content will continue to drop.


UPDATE:  1:58pm: The Year the Music Dies:

Record labels are under attack from all sides – file sharers and performers, even equipment manufacturers and good old-fashioned customers – and it’s killing them. A moment of silence, please.


Copyright Yourself

January 15th, 2003 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Copyright Yourself)

Since copy and intellectual property rights (now reaching oxymoronic proportions) have been given the stamp of iron-clad permanence and near holy sanctity, I thought this might be the perfect solution to protect our individual identity and privacy:

Starting today, I hearby copyright my own unique creation – myself. My face, body, personal stats, biometric identifiers, speech, writing, and movement through space is hereby protected copyright to the fullest extent of the law. Everything I do both publicly and private is considered a performance. Anyone who copies my information in a database, shares my personal information with others, is guilty of piracy. My identity is mine, and mine alone, and falls under the purview of copyright protection. Anyone who has a copy of any of my unique identifying information, including fingerprints, iris scans, walking gates, and DNA, and possesses that information without permission is now elgible to be sued.

I admit this idea is absurd, but given the current intellectual enclosures, is it? I didn’t write the rules of the game, the IP cartels, Congress, WIPO, and now the US Supreme court did. On the other hand, perhaps this is a way to use their laws to protect ourselves from invasions of privacy and unwanted intrusiveness of surveillance, which in this context is “stealing” our copyrights, and then pirating that information by copying and sharing it across countless government and corporate databases.

Anyone who sees a flaw in this argument is welcome to contact me.


Creative Commons

December 31st, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Creative Commons)

This may be old news for some of you, but Lawerence Lessig and gang have started the Creative Commons whose aim is to give the creators of original works the power of open source with the protections of copyright using a fuzzy scale adjustable to each creators needs. And as I discovered today, they have a blog up and running.