If I only had a brain: Lessig propagandizing to high school students

This is a fascinating video of how the Lessig business operates–apparently being invited into a public charter school to instruct students on how the Copyright Term Extension Act was the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act” and that Lessig spectacularly lost the Eldred case in the U.S. Supreme Court for “silly, stupid reasons”.  (Eldred challenged the CTEA on Constitutional grounds and […]

What would Bob do?

We’ve been concerned for years now about the growing dependence of artists on corporations that are devoted to selling their own product, not helping the artist develop their craft and career and the valuation of artistic works by a share of advertising revenue.  When the value of creators is measured solely by how much advertising […]

One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil The Whole Cloud Part 4: The Preview That Ate New York

In part 1, part 2 and part 3 of this series of posts, we looked at three of  the four “changes” in Google’s piracy policies announced right after the Leahy-Hatch legislation (S. 3804) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously in the 111th Congress.  On first blush,Google’s four-part press release appears to be a change in business practices for the company […]

Surrender Dorothy! Are Geist’s Lobbyist Connections Revealed in Open Society “How To” Book?

In 2009, the Open Society Institute funded a short book entitled “Winning the Web”, a series of case studies on the “intellectual property reform” movement.  Reminiscent of “Rules for Radicals,” the case studies were used to demonstrate certain organizing principles for anti-copyright groups in the form of a handbook.   According to the Open Society Institute, […]

Creative Commons Corporation: The floating legal department for the global anti-copyright movement?

Great news!  According to the organizing manual for the global anticopyright movement created by the Open Society Institute, Creative Commons Corporation made the “good coalition partner” list!  Isn’t that just a \|/007?  Yes, aspiring anti-copyright types are told that they should “look for the legal team that ported CC licenses to your country”.  Not that Open Society […]

One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil the Whole Cloud Part 3: Does Google have any AdSense policies to improve?

This is a map of some of Google’s government problems and lawsuits as of summer-ish 2010. In part 1 , part 2 and part 4 of this series of posts, we looked at three of  the four “changes” in Google’s piracy policies announced right after the Leahy-Hatch legislation (S. 3804) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously.  (S. 3804 will […]