From Keep the Web Open: On March 7, 2012, the top Obama Administration trade official – US Trade Representative Ron Kirk – testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the disturbing, Internet-threatening work USTR is doing with the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Get the full hearing documents and testimony here. You can read more about ACTA and TPP here and on Ars Technica.
ACTA expert and canadian law professor Michael Geist at the European Parliament’s workshop on ACTA 01.03.2012 His full report can be found here. “This report concludes that ACTA’s harm greatly exceeds its potential benefits. Given ACTA’s corrosive effect on transparency in international negotiations, the damage to international intellectual property institutions, the exclusion of the majority of the developing world from the ambit of the agreement, the potentially dangerous substantive provisions, and the uncertain benefits in countering counterfeiting, there are ample reasons for the public and politicians to reject the agreement in its current form. In […]
From Marc Rossmiller on Google+: “People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they […]
Here are all four parts of Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix. Part 1: The Song Remains the Same Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that everything is a remix. To support this series please visit http://www.everythingisaremix.info/donate/ Part 2: Remix Inc. Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. An exploration of the remix techniques involved in producing films. Part Two […]
Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com, talks about the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom for copyright infringement and Ohanian’s opposition to the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act. New Zealand police arrested Dotcom last month while three FBI agents advised from a nearby police station. Ohanian speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “InBusiness with Margaret Brennan.” (Source: Bloomberg)