random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  MusicCity and Grokster cannot hide behind platitudes about technological innovation, or shield themselves by invoking the image of 12-year-old girls who are attracted to their services with the offer of 'free' music--a telling example of the predatory nature of their services. MusicCity and Grokster are not peripheral actors in the wholesale theft of copyrighted music -- they are the pied pipers cynically enticing children -- and adults -- to engage in shoplifting of copyrighted music over the Internet -- and deriving a profit therefrom.6

(6) "Pied piper ... [a] person who offers others strong yet delusive enticements." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed. 2000).

tagged: copyright
  —Leiber Plaintiffs MGM v. Grokster, Leiber Plaintiffs, 9th Cir. appeal, reply brief, MGM v. Grokster.

omg, government secrets not safe!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

“I do think it’s true that the large contours of national and international policy are much harder to keep secret today,” said Steven Aftergood, who runs the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “It would not be possible to conduct a secret war in Cambodia, as took place in the Nixon […]

amidst a long dark hiatus of the blog, THIS

Friday, December 10th, 2010

THIS. Glenn Greenwald on “The media’s authoritarianism and WikiLeaks”. Please note Greenwald’s excoriation of the widespread misstatement about what WikiLeaks has actually done: WikiLeaks has only posted 1269 of the 250,000 cables they possess. They have not “posted” or “published” all of them; they have not “dumped” them. They have published a very small, screened […]

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