If I only had a brain: "Don’t be moral" says straw men at IP Watch

I freely admit that I haven’t gotten around to reading the latest and greatest by Google VIP Patry, and I also admit to having had some fun with it (I have at least read the title–“Moral Panics” or as we call it around here, Don’t Be Moral). Others have had the pressure of actually reading it.

Even the EFFluviati have some limits as they strain to be at least somewhat complimentary in their review of Don’t Be Moral at the the Deep Thoughts blog. (Although I’m not quite sure what the downside is of being critical as it is unlikely that the EFF would ever get disappeared in Google search.)

But in the “if I only had a brain” category, IP Watch manages to come up with a big slobbering wet one full of straw men of the fallacy kind for the Don’t Be Moral World Tour–the VIP was in Geneva (a trip paid for by his publisher, I’m so sure) and gave yet another unintentional justification for why the ACTA negotiations are not being held there. (Funny–Montreaux is just across the lake. So much music history and so much music hate within shouting distance of each other. Well…boating distance.)

“I would not be just a nothin’ my head all full of stuffin’

My heart all full of pain

I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry,

If I only had a brain….”

[If I Only Had a Heart music and lyric by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, EMI Feist Music Publishing, from The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. Studios]