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Category: Copright, Copyleft, IP
Amanda Palmer is the new economy
Amanda Palmer on no-fixed-price, “how do we LET people pay [for music].” “I don’t see it as risk, I see it as trust.”
PIPA and SOPA explained
Clay Shirky has the best overview I’ve seen/heard/read of PIPA and SOPA and the context from whence they emerged:
Bottom line: the legilsation’s about wanting us to be passive consumers, not producing and not sharing.
The case against Aaron Swartz
Max Kennerly has posted the best legal overview I’ve seen of the Aaron Swartz indictment. He analyzes whether there’s actually a case to be made, and finds many weaknesses in the indictment, concluding that “the whole case looks like the iPhone prototype saga again: a civil claim that some overly aggressive prosecutor is trying to dress up as a federal crime. JSTOR has more than adequate civil remedies for whatever transpired here.” The worse problem: “This prosecution will give every “hacker” — and I use that term in a complimentary fashion, like the UNIX hackers of old, the people who built the Internet and its tools through creativity and determination — pause before they do anything outside of a bona fide API. The chilling effects will make us all worse off.” So this relates to the ongoing question whether we can sustain the free and open character of the Internet as monied interests come increasingly into play.