Friday, January 27, 2006

Fun Before Freedom = Profit Over People

The draft release of GPLv3 has raised some interesting discussion. Like many, I'm still trying my best to make sense of the particulars and issues around DRM that this new license tackles. But putting aside particulars for the moment, there is a certain mindset that will make future adoption of such a change an uphill battle for those who value cooperation. That is, the mindset that places fun before freedom - personal pleasure before community. A mindset within all of us at various levels.

A "community response" from Tecosystems posted at Blogma caught my eye -
"Because (my TiVo) employs DRM in various forms, however, it is presumably incompatible with GPLv3 - and therefore would be unable to employ the Linux kernel it does today. That outcome, to me, is but one example of how the draft license - IMO, only - is overly aggressive in its aims."
So I surfed on over to Tecosystems and found more from Stephen O'Grady -
"[...]there are some things on iTunes I can't do without, and there's always Jon - but I loathe DRM generally speaking."
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the pleasures that technology can bring along with many other pleasures in life. But one wonders what kind of world we'll create when we reduce arguments against licenses designed to protect users freedom to "But I love my TiVo!" and "But I need my iTunes!". Furthermore, implying that people like "DVD Jon" will always be there to fight our general "loathe" toward DRM on our behalf is apathy exemplified. Do we "loathe" DRM because it embarks on a vicious campaign against our freedom to cooperate or simply because - at times - it impedes our search for personal pleasure?

Hollywood wants individuals divided from one another. A key strategy is to keep them in a persistent state of seeking and placing their own pleasure above cooperation. As long as Hollywood gets what it wants, freedom will be kept at bay. For those who can't live without their entertainment - or more accurately, who can't put it aside until we get our priorities straight - fun trumps freedom. For the major entertainment industries, it's profit over people.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

No Rights Reserved

All applicable parts of Gnuosphere are now in the public domain.

One may ask - "Why?"
To which I respond - Why not?

Feel free to exploit the content of this blog in any way you see fit. Copy, modify, sell, even claim authorship if you wish. Attribution is appreciated but not required. My only apology lay in the fact that Gnuosphere has little of regurgitable value.

I can no longer see any reasonable purpose in legally retaining any privileges granted by copyright law.

So, knock yourselves out.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Intellectual Pope-rty

What do you get when you mix the tyranny of organized religion with the tyranny of an All Rights Reserved approach to copyright?


Now if the pope actually had something of value to say, I'd be rather upset. Fortunately, "fair use" allows us to cut n' paste papal proclamation - assuming we're doing so to reasonably criticize or parody his words.

Works for me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Best Defense is a Good, Um, Er... Belief?

Update: The CNN article seems to be deleted. Fortunately, the Internet Archive had a copy.

The Intelligent Design circus has recently made headlines in California. With "ID as science" proponents having their buttocks kicked in a variety of locations, it seems the strategy has changed. ID is now being proposed as a "philosophy" with social studies teacher Sharon Lumberg attempting to offer a "Philosophy of Design" course to her students.

Personally, I have no problem with a discussion of "intelligence". Such discussion would blend well with philosophical discourse. "What is intelligence?" is a tremendous question. But when it's framed as the intelligence of "That - out there" - not simply intelligence itself - folks, we have strayed far from science or philosophy.

The most telling part of this article is when CNN states that Sharon Lumberg "defended" her course with the following argument...
"I believe this is the class that the Lord wanted me to teach"

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Canadian? Care? Sign...

Professor Michael Geist works on the politicians with the "Copyright Pledge" here.

Not a canadian politician? Frozen North's citizenry interested in making the public voice heard can sign a petition here.