Is Tech (Industry) Racist?

I claim no ownership of the following data. The source is a website named Online IT Degree. They underline a few striking points regarding the state of affairs for information labor and its impact on what we receive as content/apps/services etc… Created by: Online IT Degree

Getting Our Genes Back

The argument that we often hear from companies regarding the “benefits” of intellectual property regimes is that they help provide incentives for innovation by providing temporary monopoly to reap the benefits of the innovation. This was what Myriad Genetics, a company based in Salt Lake City, UTAH, argues about the patents it owns for BRCA1…

Message from QuestionCopyright.org

Amid continuous lobbying and propaganda from the copyright industry equating sharing with theft, Questioncopyright.org offers a cute educational video challenging the industry. Let’s watch, learn and share:

Globalizing Permission Culture

Since last week, the leaked provisions of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement reveal that the agreement is more about creating a global Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA, USA). Under the agreement, if moves on as leaked, Internet Service Providers, will be required “to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers” or face liability themselves….

Freedom to Ring

Previously I had mentioned an “interesting” case about American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers asserting that when somebody’s cell phone’s musical ringtone sounds in a public place, they are infringing copyrights.  Here is the update about the case from EFF: A federal court yesterday firmly rejected that argument, ruling that “when a ringtone plays…

Copyright and Control…

(Source: XKCD) Compare and contrast. Above is the content delivery model that the beloved copyright industry wishes to have (circa 21st century)  (or at least a parody of it).  Below is Harold Lasswell’s model of communication from 1948. Does it seem like we progressed at all?

Ethics? Anyone?

When it comes to the issue of online file sharing the representatives of the copyright  industry (RIAA, MPAA etc.) often play the “moral” card (e.g. you would not steal a bread would you?, pirated DVD’s help terrorists etc).  A relatively recent book by Tarleton Gillespie (Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture) provides…

The hidden cost of e-books

As a person who spends about 12 hours a day in front of the computer screen, one thing that I can never do is read an article or a book from the computer screen.  Even with a two-page article, my impulse is to first print the article and then read it.  For this, I apologize…

Frontiers of Permission Culture

A few days after the (please put your indecent adjective here) decision of a U.S. jury in a federal retrial to penalize Jammie Thomas-Rasset with $1.92 Million for 24 songs she downloaded from internet (for those of you who are not good with numbers that makes $80,000 per song), the copyright industry seems to seek…