RIP LT John William Finn

Medal of Honor Recipients WWII FINN, JOHN WILLIAM Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. Entered service at: California. Born: 23 July 1909, Los Angeles, Calif. Died: 27 May 2010, Chula Vista, Calif. Citation: For extraordinary heroism distinguished service, and devotion above […]

Courtesy of the Pirate Party: Lessig tells "Hollywood" to "get over it" and accept unauthorized downloading–will Kagan distance herself?

News from the Goolag: I’m sure that President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is very smart, very well qualified and is going to get confirmed. However, I distinctly remember being told that the Obama campaign gave assurances to many in the copyright community that as President, then-Senator Obama would not choose a radical approach […]

The Industry Canada P2P Music Study, Part I

We’ve seen that the gaming of the electorate by veiled threats from members of Facebook groups, Twitter followers, form letter wizards and paid government consultants is quite appalling. There is some artifice to all of these things that relies upon the anonymity of the Internet and a distinct lack of transparency while bureaucrats, such as […]

The Pure Unadulterated Stuff: YouTube Turns 5

News from the Goolag: In case you were wondering what pure, unadulterated BS looks like, consider the “thank you for making us rich, have a nice life” video from Li’l Steve and Li’l Chad. Then compare it to what we now know was being said inside YouTube at the time due to all the emails […]

Say Goodnight, Isohunt: Leavenworth is Beautiful in the Summer

United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth Kansas Say Goodnight Isohunt. According to Judge Wilson’s opinion and order shutting down Isohunt and some new life rules for the defiant Isohunt founder Gary Fung (a/k/a “Defendant”), “It is axiomatic that the availability of free infringing copies of Plaintiff’s works through Defendant’s websites irreparably undermines the growing legitimate market for […]

Update on anonymous comments

The Canwest newspapers in Canada announced today that they are no longer going to permit anonymous comments? Why? “[We will be able] to better manage those abusive comments that appeared too frequently up until now.” Once again, market rules prevail. It’s a funny thing about that information, it’s just not free. Secret ballots, not secret […]