OpenP2P.com: The End of Innovation?
'So it's this kind of panic, that once there's any breach in the dam, then that's the end of all creative activity, which just seems to me to be completely unconsidered. You know, it's a messy world in all contexts and what we typically do is accept that freedom entails a certain amount of law breaking, and that doesn't mean you embrace law breakers or say that they should go free. People who are cracking copyright for the purpose of distributing content contrary to the legitimate control of the copyright owner or people who are cracking content for the purpose of redistributing for commercial purposes other people's content -- are criminals and they should be prosecuted as such. But you shouldn't lock up every technologist and make it impossible for them to experiment with encryption technologies merely because there are criminals out there. We don't do that with guns. I mean that's the bizarre thing, you know -- that employees at Smith & Wesson don't have to fear that the FBI is going to swoop down and arrest them because their products led to somebody being killed, yet employees of software companies need to fear that some FBI agent is going to swoop down and arrest them because it's possible that somebody used their code to steal the latest John Grisham novel.'
I'm exercising my fair use rights to quote an extract and comment on it. If the web page had been protected as viciously as Lessig is complaining about, I could now fear the FBI swooping down on me and arresting me. Would that be just?
Judge: FBI must show high-tech spy trick
Surveillance and Privacy from Government
'A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the government to reveal the high-tech computer snooping technique used by the FBI to gather evidence against an alleged mobster.'
'In a case privacy advocates say smacks of Big Brother, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Politan ruled that the government must reveal the details of the computer monitoring system it used to gather evidence against Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., who is charged with running illegal gambling and loan-sharking operations for the Gambino crime family.'
The Sklyrov Complaint
I haven't seen this yet, so maybe you haven't either. It's a PDF of the actual compliant filed against Dmitry Sklyrov. To my admittedly unlawyer eyes, I don't see any actions actually actively committed in the US in this complaint. Seeing this complaint only furthers my outrage; I really expected that the complaint had some sort of merit, if you were generous; I no longer believe that. We as a nation would never stand for one of our citizens being arrested on charges in Russia for activities done here that are legal here. This is an act of amazing hypocrisy on the part of our government.
Over time, iRights has become more and more news, and I've been increasingly self-censoring my personal opinions since I felt I had some sort of "obligation" to suppress that. I finally realized consciously that I'm doing that (it's been running around in my subconscious for a while), so I think I'm going to stop self-censoring. Looking around, even the focused successful weblogs don't limit themselves exclusively to news. (In fact, I suppose the better you know me, the better you can analyse my commentary on my chosen topic. At least that's my current rationalization...)
From Slashdot: 'According to this live report from the courtroom, Dmitri will probably be out of jail real soon now.'
On $50,000 bail.
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