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The Library in the New Age by Robert Darnton | The New York Review of Books - 0 views

  • I did not know that crimes involving black people did not qualify as news.
  • Having learned to write news, I now distrust newspapers as a source of informatio
  • I think newspapers should be read for information about how contemporaries construed events, rather than for reliable knowledge of events themselves.

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle » Chapter... - 0 views

    • Bill Genereux
      This is true of all technology, by the way.
  • What the Net takes away with one hand, it often gives back with the other.
  • We should not assume that intellectual property and material property are the same in all regards.
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  • The goal of creating the limited monopoly called an intellectual property right is to provide the minimum necessary incentive to encourage the desired level of innovation
  • When someone takes your car, they have the car and you do not. When, because of some new technology, someone is able to get access to the MP3 file of your new song, they have the file and so do you. You did not lose the song. What you may have lost is the opportunity to sell the song to that person or to the people with whom they “share” the file. We should not be indifferent to this kind of loss; it is a serious concern.
  • we should pause before increasing the level of rights, changing the architecture of our communications networks, creating new crimes, and so on.
  • The downside dominates the field, the upside is invisible.
  • Until the triumph of DVDs, the videocassette rental market made up more than 50 percent of the movie industry’s revenues
  • A cheaper copying technology definitely caused losses. But it also provided substantial gains, gains that far outweighed the losses.
  • “fair use”
  • The defense is not “I trespassed on your land, but I was starving.” It is “I did not trespass on your land. I walked on the public road that runs through it, a road you never owned in the first place.”
  • “Yes, I trespassed on your land, which was wrong, I admit. But I was starving and looking for food. Please give me a break.” This is simply inaccurate.
  • One cannot start from the presumption that the rights holder has absolute rights over all possible uses and therefore that any time a citizen makes use of the work in any way, the rights holder is entitled to get paid or to claim “piracy” if he does not get paid.
  • Fair use
  • for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
  • purpose and character of the use
  • nature of the copyrighted work
  • amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • effect of the use upon the potential market
  • a multitude of dangers:
  • overly broad rights will chill speech, criticism, or scientific progress
  • discourage “follow-on” innovation;
  • hurts consumers or citizens while being less subject to antitrust regulation
  • We restrict the length of intellectual property rights. (At least, we used to. The framers thought it so important to do so that they put the need to have a limited term in the Constitution itself
  • when the content industries come asking for additional or new rights, for new penalties, for the criminalization of certain types of technology, we should take into account the gains that the Internet has brought them, as well as the costs
  • “Decompilation” was fair use
  • Without interoperability, we could never take our existing documents or spreadsheets or datasets and move to a new program, even if it was better
  • Internet Threat—“cheaper copying requires greater control
  • The Sony Court declared that because video recorders were capable of substantial noninfringing uses, the manufacturers of those devices were not guilty of contributory infringement.
    • Bill Genereux
      A current example - DVD Recorders. This technology used to be widely available, but good luck finding one today.

Newly crowned Miss Teen USA: I was a victim of cybercrime - News - - 0 views

    "Cassidy Wolf"

If Your Robot Buys Illegal Drugs, Have You Committed a Crime? - 0 views

    A group of Swiss artists recently set a bot free on the darknet, allowing it to purchase whatever it could with Bitcoins. Among other weird things it bought were a few ecstasy pills and a fake Hungarian passport. Now an attorney asks whether the artists could be arrested under the law as it currently stands.

Dear Teens: Stop Putting Your Sex Selfies on Twitter, You Idiots  - 0 views

    Three teenage boys in Michigan are facing charges of criminal sexual conduct and distributing child pornography after they engaged in a sex act with a 15-year-old girl and one of them posted a photo of it to Twitter. Other students who shared the photo could also face child porn charges. Which raises the question: are we talking to our teens enough about how they can be less dumb?

Women aren't welcome on the Internet - 0 views

  • nstead of logging off, Criado-Perez retweeted the threats, blasting them out to her Twitter followers. She called up police and hounded Twitter for a response.
  • Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest of three men. Twitter—in response to several online petitions calling for action—hastened the rollout of a “report abuse” button that allows users to flag offensive material.
  • What I can’t cope with after that is the victim-blaming, the patronising, and the police record-keeping.
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  • I can just about cope with threats
  • state attorney’s office to convict Macchione on 19 counts, one of which was cyberstalking
  • Macchione was sentenced to four years in prison.
  • Despite his pattern of abusive online behavior, Macchione was ultimately arrested for an unrelated physical crime.
  • he officers she spoke to—who thought usernames were secret codes and didn’t seem to know what an IP address was
  • The officers were unanimous in advising me to take a break from Twitter, assuming, as many people do, that Twitter is at best a time-wasting narcotic.
  • Pew found that from 2000 to 2005, the percentage of Internet users who participate in online chats and discussion groups dropped from 28 percent to 17 percent, “entirely because of women’s fall off in participation.
  • Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman draws a distinction between “tourists” and “vagabonds” in the modern economy
  • On the Internet, men are tourists and women are vagabonds.
  • Nathan Jurgenson
  • Twitter “has a history of saying ‘too bad, so sad’” when confronted with concerns about harassment on its platform
    An eye opening essay on the challenges of being a woman online
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