Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
University of Washington as RIAA lacky part 2
To clarify, this Monday UW sent an email to all student notifying them that UW was cooperating with the RIAA by distributing prelawsuit letters to student who have IP addresses that the RIAA claimed are file sharing copyrighted martial. (at this time I am looking for an official copy of the email, if you still have it please forwarded it to me)
My objections to this practice are twofold; first UW is enabling the RIAA to prey on the student they should be protecting.
The RIAA has set settlement amounts at a level where seeking legal advice is more expensive then just paying the settlement.
The RIAA is missing using a law designed to stop mass market commercial infringement against student who are not profiting.
The RIAA is intimidating students to the point of suggesting that some student should give up college saving and drop out of school to pay the settlements.
Second everything I learned thought the Ischool's Informatics program is in direct conflict with helping the RIAA lock away information.
I was first introduced to John Perry Barlow's article, A framework for patents and copyrights in the Digital Age. (Everything you know about intellectual property is wrong.) Adam Moore's. introduction to Informatics 300. This same class covered "Intellectual Property: A Non-Posnerian Law and Economics Approach,"(warning pdf version)
by Tom G. Palmer. The Ischool focused on the changes in the information landscape and equipping student to understand shape the future. Finlay my capstone project from 2 years ago identified areas of conflict between Human Rights and Intellectual property including distribution of nonrivalrous goods to people regardless of economic standing.
Now that these conflicts are becoming realities in our society it appears the University of Washington is choosing to entrench antiquated economic models of the past instead of becoming a leader in creating real solution to help all access knowledge.
I have a hard time reconciling the academic teaching for the University of Washington, especially the Ischool, with this new policy.
PS More on this next week including the Ischool's vision and some responses from UW's administration.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
University of Washington acting as RIAA crony
The university will not pass the students’ names to the association, but it will use its server to identify them and inform them of their settlement options.... read more at The news tribune
As an alumni of the Ischool.
As an alumni of University of Washington I aM
OUTRAGED!If you are outraged also please contact:
Eric S. Godfrey
vice provost for student life
Vice Provost, Student Life
476 Schmitz Hall
FAX: +1 206 543-2965
PS I will write more on this when I have calmed down!
Topics will include:
Lessig leaving the copyfight for corruption
The Pirate Party – US
Sarah and Brian’s visit to EFF and Creative Commons
We'll bring lots of free stickers too!
See you there!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Microsoft Against Tansparent Voting Machines
"Microsoft's attorneys drafted an amendment which would add a paragraph to Section 1-104 of NYS Election Law defining “election-dedicated voting system technology”. Microsoft’s proposed change to state law would effectively render our current requirements for escrow and the ability for independent review of source code in the event of disputes completely meaningless - and with it the protections the public fought so hard for."
The full story can be found at:
Written by Bo Lipari
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Patrons for the Public Domain
"Yet another model is the donor model: somebody who is known for creating great work can collect up donations in advance; when he has collected enough to fund the work, he builds it, and releases the game copyright-free when it’s finished."
If this Idea is expand to creating foundations that make grants to artists or creator for the purpose of making making art that is destine for the Public Domain, at the point of first publication, this would solve the problem of pay artist while simultaneously enhancing the commons. This model could also used with Creative Commons license.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Just signed the IPac Statement of Principles
IPac is a nonpartisan group dedicated to preserving individual freedom through balanced information policy.
We believe that technological innovation and individual creativity are vital to the future of this country. We believe that a prosperous and democratic society depends on freedom for all individuals to pursue scientific invention and artistic expression. Unfortunately, new and proposed laws such as the DMCA and Broadcast Flag threaten to stifle these freedoms and restrict public participation in science, art, and political discourse.
Therefore, IPac will support elected representatives and candidates for public office who fight for these principles:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Collective Licensing for Universities
Copyright Silliness on Campus
By Fred von Lohmann
"The only solution is a blanket license that permits students to get
unrestricted music and movies from sources of their choosing.
At its heart, this is a fight about money, not about morality. We should
have the universities collect the cash, pay it to the entertainment
industry and let the students do what they are going to do anyway. In
exchange, the entertainment industry should call off the lawyers and
lobbyists, leaving our nation's universities to focus on the real
challenges facing America's next generation of leaders."