New Reference Page: Piracy/Copyright Links

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I’m collecting all things Pirate and Copyright into a new reference page. This page will include research, court decisions, and anecdotes not only from the publishing industry, but from the film and music industries as well. We can always learn a thing or two from our predecessors. Why repeat their mistakes? I’m doing this for two… Read more »

Aw Fuck. Not THIS Again. SOPA Architect Is Back.

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Remember when we defeated SOPA? Nope. Me neither. I remember that while we may have got Congress to table the vote on one measly bit of legislation, it’s only a fraction of the battle – far from a defeat. Election day saw another battle. While many SOPA architects, including Lamar Smith, survived re-election, others were thrown… Read more »

Artists: This Is How They Will Use You

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German Pirate Julia Schramm’s deal with the devil has been stirring things up this week. It’s old news by now, but this morning I read Anna Troberg’s response to the whole situation and she said some things that I want all writers and creators to listen very closely to: When a pirate enthusiastically told me that Schramm… Read more »

THIS is IT? The Debate Wherein Author RS Mellette Goes All 50 Shades & Wants To Beat Me ;-)

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Note: Henceforth, all TUEBL updates shall be collected into The One Thread TO RULE THEM ALL!   Without even offering to buy dinner first!  Chivalry, gentlemen!  Where has it gone? *tsk tsk* In between working like crazy on my 52 short stories for the 52 Short Stories Challenge and pulling together my second collection of stories in This Brave… Read more »

Writing to Authors for Dummies: First “For Dummies” Pirate Case Resolved (?)

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Anyone remember last year when John Wiley & Sons, publishers of the For Dummies books, pursued a bunch of BitTorrenting John Does?   One of these cases has now come to an unfortunate conclusion, with the defendant being ordered to pay $7000 for downloading WordPress for Dummies.  Once. Knowing that these cases often have nothing whatsoever… Read more »

We Will Grow Old: Pirates Aren’t Children ~On PirateWho

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PirateWho

Just wrote my second article for PirateWho – yay!  Sidenote: I’m excited that I finally have a place where I can go on about pirate ideology with others of like mind.  Rambling all by yourself gets a little lonely.  Plus, I hope I can be of use in bringing a little bit of the artist’s… Read more »

TUEBL News: New TUEBL Makes It Easier To Support Authors

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TUEBL-LOGO-3

Note: Henceforth, all TUEBL updates shall be collected into The One Thread TO RULE THEM ALL!   OK, TUEBL has been functional for enough days that I feel confidant announcing that it’s officially back on solid ground–hurray!  The “upload” section if still offline, but the thousands of books from Old TUEBL made it over to New… Read more »

What Monsters Convinced Artists To Destroy Their Art?

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Buddha

Still riding the high from SOPA blackout day–a great show of strength and unity from netizens around the world–I woke this morning to the crushing news that one of the giants of file-sharing, Megaupload, had been taken off line, its people, from one corner of the globe to another, arrested, and its users locked out of… Read more »

File-Sharing Recognized as Official Religion in Sweden

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Kopimism

Yup.  Official religion. Official. Religion. My first reaction when I read this article was to look at the calendar and make sure it wasn’t somehow April suddenly.  Of course, internet pranks aren’t limited to ye ol’ traditional April Fools.  And after following the link at the end of the article and putting in my email… Read more »