Free As In Freedom: Books are not Software (Part 2b)

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This is a continuation of my musing on a free-software-type ideology for fiction. Read Part I Read Part 2a There are two approaches to the books aren’t software argument: 1) software gets special privileges (in this case: freedoms) because of it’s special position in society (read: indispensable,) and 2) fiction gets special privileges (in this case: controls)… Read more »

Free As in Freedom: Books Are Not Software (Part 2a)

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This is a continuation of my musing on a free-software-type ideology for fiction. Read Part I The primary argument against the ideology of free software seeping into fiction may be that they too-different spheres whose ideas are simply non-transferrable. I disagree.  Of course. But it’s a valid point.  Fiction is not software.  Books are not computers…. 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 »

Falkvinge Reminds Us Why Declaring Independence Was A Good Idea.

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PirateGuy

…for creators anyway. While traditional industries fight change, independent creators everywhere thrive on it.   The internet is breaking the traditions of the creative industries apart.  Those with that quintessential human ability to adapt ought to be most proud.  Tomorrow is Pay A Blogger day, a day for supporting creators creating freely and for free,… Read more »

Pirates AND Writers, not Pirates VS Writers: Why you’re not on the other side

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TPBTapeBones

As previously mentioned, my blogs are being unified during the cazybusyness of NaNoWriMo. Not every post is migrating here, just the ones I want to add to. This one’s the first of a series of rants on the conflict between pirates and writers and why we think there is one at all. The music and… Read more »

Pirate Bay Case Too Complicated for Court: Swedish Prosecutor Needs to Go Back to School

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TPBTapeBones

Apparently, denying one Pirate Bay Founder a fair trial wasn’t enough.  Now, the Swedish courts may very well deny them all a chance to defend themselves. This week Sweden’s Prosecutor General pushed for the Pirate Bay’s case not to go forward to a Supreme Court appeal because: 1) The defendants are clearly guilty and 2)  The case… Read more »

Pirate Denied Due Process Because of Illness

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TPBTapeBones

Update 9/1/12: He’s ALIVE!  😀   Sadly, he’s alive in a Cambodian jail with only the prospect of Swedish prison ahead of him, being that he was denied the right to defend himself….    But OMG – Alive! Since we’re talking about libraries… (Or:  No, this is not off topic!) Is There a Prison for… Read more »

Is the Music Industry smarter than the Publishing Industry?

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HIEROGLYPHICS

“Digital Restrictions Management should preferably be outlawed, as it is a type of fraud nullifying consumer and citizen rights, but at least, it must always be legal to circumvent.” Pirate Party’s position on DRM, now adopted by the Green group of the European Union So we’re clear now: Libraries are important; the internet is important,… Read more »