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Secret Plan of the Masters of the Internets is Leaked.

Posted in Politics & World, Tech with tags , on November 4, 2009 by joeylabartunek

I haven’t been as vocally active in my distaste about the direction the powers that be have designed for our future interactions with the internet, but then I haven’t really been active in general lately.  Seeing as how I’m attempting to rectify that, this is as good a place as any to start tossing in these bits that help detail the scary plans the government would love to enforce, if allowed.  From Boing Boing:

The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:

  • * That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.
  • * That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire family could be denied to the internet — and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications, and their means of earning a living — if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial or counsel.
  • * That the whole world must adopt US-style “notice-and-takedown” rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused — again, without evidence or trial — of infringing copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material, just by accusing it of infringing copyright
  • * Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)

    The ACTA Internet Chapter: Putting the Pieces Together

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Filed Under “You Can’t Actually Have Said That”

Posted in Film, Funny Stuff with tags , , , on May 16, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Jacked mercilessly from BBG:

“I’m a guy who doesn’t see anything good having come from the Internet,” said Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive officer Michael Lynton. “Period.”

This explains alot.

Wolverine Leaked

Posted in Comics, Film with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by joeylabartunek
The Weapon X Project is currently hunting the culprits, mutilated limbs to follow.

The Weapon X Project is currently hunting the culprits, mutilated limbs to follow.

The big news this morning of course, is the leaking of a near-DVD quality print of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ a full month before the release date.  The film went up on torrent sites this morning and Fox is scrambling to run damage control.

This is ugly business, I mean, word is that the print that’s floating around while great in quality, lacks about 15 minutes of recent reshoots and fixes. And that means a ton of people are going to see a version not meant for the public, opinions will be formed and early word will get out, word that may or may not even be relevant for the final film.  Let’s hope this doesn’t hurt the flick too badly, it’s sad to think that so much work would go into the film just to have early (and probably wrong) word crush it before it even has a chance to hit the ground running.

Thanks to Dark Horizons