Internets Whap Editor With Clue Stick

| November 5, 2010

There is not much more I can say about the Cook’s Source Magazine scandal that hasn’t been already said.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about (and if so, what Internet have you been surfing?) we have the author of an article about  medieval tarts (SCAdians take note) who had her article lifted wholesale […]

Why we need fair use

| October 5, 2010

Via here.

Yeah, this will save your business model.

| September 13, 2010

(NOTE: I’m going to start posting (some) political stuff on my blog again, the experiment with two blogs didn’t really work, and no one needs another political blog anyway.) Again with the asshats I say.  And we have some wonderful hats of assness this time in the person(s) of a company known as Righthaven.  What […]

Old Media kills self by autoerotic asphyxiation

| July 31, 2009

So the AP still doesn’t “get” fair use.  Or they don’t want to get it.  According to Tom Curley, AP’s chief executive: The company’s position was that even minimal use of a news article online required a licensing agreement with the news organization that produced it. … He specifically cited references that include a headline […]

If you thought the last way to save newspapers was stupid

| June 30, 2009

You will love this.  And I quote: Expanding copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, might be necessary to keep free riding on content financed by online newspapers from so impairing the incentive to […]

Just because it’s Wikipedia don’t mean it’s not plagiarism

| June 29, 2009

A new plagiarism story is afoot on the web seeing light in many places. Author Chris Anderson writes about the web, and web marketing. He is one who you expect to be savvy about things like social networking, open source, creative commons, and all that other Web 2.0 stuff that’s all the hot shite on […]

Sorta like setting an oil derrick on fire to protest global warming

| May 28, 2009

Boing-Boing tells us of a lil Canadian think-tank report. The Conference Board of Canada (sounds so official, I trust them already) who’re self-characterized as “the foremost, independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. Objective and non-partisan. We do not lobby for specific interests” (you know they’re independent, they said so.) had been paid by the […]

OMG! The Kindle is infringing our rights

| February 12, 2009

What is with it with my fellow writers? Every few months I hear about some new neo-Luddite proposal that makes the stuffed suits at the RIAA look like they’re writing Harry Potter slash to bootleg Metallica MP3s. First it was Pixel-Stained Technopeasants, then it was royalties on used books. Now the Author’s Guild says that […]

Stupidity Backflow Redux

| December 29, 2008

Dear Author again graces us with examples of the paleolithic thinking of the old media. The upshot is, the NY Times thinks used bookstores are the reason publishing is in a crisis right now. Yeah, right. This is the true sign of a crisis, when the old guard suddenly tries desperately to find something, anything, […]

Supidity Backflow

| December 26, 2008

From Dear Author we have something that just amazes me in shear economic WTFry. We all know at the wonderful, and oh so successful, way that major content providers (MPAA, RIAA, Viacom etc.) have tried to impose 19th century “this is my widget” mentality to IP law in the digital age. The stupidity these major […]