Copyright & Patent
I've always thought of Instagram as another photosharing site, but not a place where the users post pictures of cats and their credit cards. Given that I'm not a fan of posting every photo I might have taken to the 'net at large, I hadn't signed up for an account there.
I'm not normally one to talk politics, and I regard it as distasteful (and annoying!) to deal with, but I do pay attention. Harper might have solace in his minority-majority, but eventually he's going to annoy enough people as to discredit the Conservatives -- much like the Liberal party has now -- for many years to come.
All of this nonsense is making me physically ill. Let's go over the symptoms:
- High levels of irony brought on by doublespeak:
Reports have also indicated that the two ministers will unveil the Copyright Act under the slogan "Made In Canada Copyright Reform" during a scheduled press conference.
Michael Geist picked up a story about how Industry Canada staff are systematically trying to edit Wikipedia pages, deleting criticism of the new 'Canadian DMCA'. I say 'systematically' because certain text was deleted multiple times after being restored, and the edits come from the same IP range. And it's limited to a few specific points: criticism *of* the proposed act, and the fact that nobody in Canada wants it: only the US Big Media conglomerates.
Of course, the press conference was led by the very same Minister of Industry that tried last December to introduce the CanaDMCA. The hypocrisy is delicious.
The Boston Beer Company, owners of the "Samuel Adams' trademark, sent a cease and desist letter to the the registrant of a domain name for Mayor-to-be of Portland, Oregon because that's his name, too.
Boston Beer's Helen Bornemann said she didn't know there was a real Sam Adams running for mayor when she sent the letter.
As if anyone had any doubts, the RIAA has changed their business model from 'producing new music that people will buy' to 'sending threatening letters to poor college students'.
This article On the consumerist has the details of a student who settled through the formerly p2p-ad-laden site p2plawsuits.com (intentionally not linked).
Whever I hear part of the phrase 'will never' in regards to computers, I have to say something about it. Let's see:
- 'everything that can be' ... 'has been invented' - patent office guy
- 'world market' ... 'maybe five computers' - IBM guy
- 'no reason' ... ' computer in home' - DEC guy
- "640 kilobytes' ... 'enough for anyone' - Microsoft guy
And some other anecdotes
- 'When I got my first hard drive' ... '2 megabytes' ... 'we called it "Gigantor"' -- Teacher guy
I've always known that I wanted to avoid Digital Restrictions Management technology, but it really wasn't until today that I realized consciously what DRM really represented.