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Documentary Released On Canadian Fight Against DMCA

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the during-hockey-season?-they-must-really-be-upset dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The ongoing fight against the Canadian DMCA is the focus of a new documentary film called Why Copyright? Produced by Michael Geist and available as a streamed version, OGG download version, or a torrent, the film features Red Hat founder Bob Young, sci-fi writer Karl Schroeder, the owner of Skylink Technologies (which fought the DMCA garage door opener case) and many other voices from across Canada."

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fp (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26110635)

bitches

Re:fp (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111007)

And geeks wonder why they can't get a woman - they'd rather finish first than do it right.

sp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26110673)

that's two

Re:sp (1)

furbearntrout (1036146) | more than 5 years ago | (#26113711)

Please don't TP the board--that's so juvenile.

Will it matter? (4, Insightful)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110681)

While our voices and people of reasoning will make a good case for not extending the powers of copyright, beyond what they are now, I have to ask will it be enough to make a difference. We just need to look at the UK where proper reasoning was overridden by political and financial gain. Once again its a question of whether it is the governance for the few or the governance for the many.

Re:Will it matter? (4, Insightful)

dimeglio (456244) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110729)

Great job Michael keep it up!

It will be interesting to see what will happen in Canada as the governing party is in a minority and likely to be overturned by the centrist coalition if they spit out absurd legislation. However, I think the deeper issue is Canada's commitment to the WIPO treaty. It might be time to review that commitment and ensure it takes into account the new reality of on-line media. Or we could just do like Taiwan and pull-out of the treaty.

Re:Will it matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111077)

Pulling out of the WIPO treaty would put us in a fight we could not win against the US. This is not the best way to get the attention of the incoming administration.

Don't count on the coalition, either. If the government were defeated into an election right now, the cons would be re-elected with a majority according to current polls. Rove-style button-pushing and divisive politics, though defeated for now in the US, are alive and well in Canada and are applied to great effect by Harper and his band of fanatics.

Re:Will it matter? (1)

Insanity Defense (1232008) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111249)

The Dion and his "Green Shift tax" lost the election. Dion is gone and hopefully the Liberals will drop the "Green Shift tax" from the platform. With Bob Rae no longer contending for leadership and a better platform in the next election the Liberals should make acome back.

Re:Will it matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111437)

Dropping the "Green Shift Tax" may switch some votes in Alberta for the Liberals, but it will also switch votes from the Liberals to the NDP (or the Bloc in Quebec). The liberals might win the next election if Harper is doing a lot of mistakes, but they won't have a majority. I certainly don't see a big come back for the Liberals. The country is too divided for that.

Re:Will it matter? (2, Insightful)

zero-point-infinity (918349) | more than 5 years ago | (#26112123)

The point to the coalition is to defeat the government without causing a new election. If the governor general is even halfway reasonable, she'll allow the coalition to form the government rather than call another election.

Or maybe Harper will finally get it that in a minority government you need to try to work with the other parties at least some of the time. Yeah...

Re:Will it matter? (5, Interesting)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111155)

Or we could just do like Taiwan and pull-out of the treaty.

What treaty is that? It doesn't sound plausible to me. Taiwan is a bit like Japan - it is very rare to see pirated software here. Also because Taiwan always looks for international recognition of its statehood, it spends lots of time trying to sign treaties since being able to sign treaties is evidence of it is a state as part of the declarative theory of statehood [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Will it matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26112353)

Taiwan doesn't have to care about WIPO as it's country itself is neither recognized by the UN or the USA. So Taiwan and much of south east asia is a piracy haven.

Re:Will it matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26112629)

Great job Michael keep it up!

It will be interesting to see what will happen in Canada as the governing party is in a minority and likely to be overturned by the centrist coalition if they spit out absurd legislation. However, I think the deeper issue is Canada's commitment to the WIPO treaty. It might be time to review that commitment and ensure it takes into account the new reality of on-line media. Or we could just do like Taiwan and pull-out of the treaty.

The Liberal/NPOD/Bloq coalition is distinctly Left.... the main reason the current governing party is in place is because it is distintly centrist at the moment....

Re:Will it matter? (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 5 years ago | (#26134629)

the main reason the current governing party is in place is because it is distintly centrist at the moment....

Bahahahaha! Tell that to the women that would've had their right to sue for equal pay revoked. Or the parties that would've had their funding removed.

Sorry, the conservatives are, at best, proposing a soft-right agenda right now, and only because they got bitch slapped over these issues. Now, that's not to say I disagree with a soft-right agenda... but to say they're even remotely "centrist" is to misundertand the difference between what the party does to stay in power in the face of a minority government, and what the party would like to do if it had it's druthers.

Re:Will it matter? (1, Interesting)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 5 years ago | (#26113217)

I don't know what political sites and news you've been following but we have no centrist parties able to form a coalition.

We have Liberals: Heavy Left-Center
We have NDP: Heavy Left
We have Bloc: Destroy Canada for the 'idealism' of Quebec

Very centrist.

Re:Will it matter? (1)

glittalogik (837604) | more than 5 years ago | (#26113761)

Your Liberal Party is actually left of centre? Australia has so [wikipedia.org] much [wikipedia.org] to learn from you...

Re:Will it matter? (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 5 years ago | (#26117127)

Compared to say Europe all of our political parties except the NDP are right wingers, they're about the closest ones these days to being left. Which is fun of course when you try to explain it to people.

The same applies in the US.

Re:Will it matter? (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26117597)

no, in the US ALL canadian parties are left-wing, which is why i want to move to canada.

Sadly it's too early in my career to allow me to do so, and i'm not going to get that "Skilled worker" experience when jobs are being slashed at 100k/mo

Re:Will it matter? (1)

rusl (1255318) | more than 5 years ago | (#26138315)

In the US 2+2=5 and Bush is a centrist who defends the constitution with his signing statements and appeals to pre-emptive war without congressional authority.

Just because you guys down there are out of control doesn't mean we should use your dysfunctional double-speak to describe our political system.

All of our parties are not left. The Reform Party isn't Left at all. The NDP claims to be. And the Liberals are centrists who campaign on the left but govern from the right - though that is debatable depending on your persuasion.

In Canada all of the parties know enough about public opinion to not completely bad mouth medicare. Our Reform Party (now in power despite parliament at the Queen's behest) wants to kill it but they are smart enough to know that they use language than hides that reality (making it more "competitive" shorten waiting lists, Public private partnership etc.). The Liberals are pretty ambivalent and don't have the courage to do the lefty things you need to do to make medicare survive (decentralised public community health care - aka Cuba). And the NDP never gets any real say in the matter (not since they got it started)

If you still don't agree with my examples take the issues of Net Neutrality, copyright expansions etc. That is something that slashdot readers can understand the political landscape of. The NDP is in favour of net freedoms but they are a small voice. There are Liberals and a few Reforms who also want to save teh Internets. But for the most part the Reform Party is backing this big-business power grab and trying to institute new copyright expansions ala DMCA. The Liberals are not standing up against it (overall) because too many fall into the beholden to big business (right wing) camp. Understood?

Centre [sic!] Left (1)

rusl (1255318) | more than 5 years ago | (#26138165)

No, the Liberal Party may campaign on the Left but when they get into power they are very much a lot of Right wingers. They are the "natural governing party" so the power mongers (who are on the right, the one exceptions being unions, but a very big union usually means centrists have sold out the left values to get it that big)

For example, the only real lefty thing from the Liberals recently was to expand maternity leave to 12 months. This is a real progressive policy. However, it's about babies and the "deserving poor" and they made zero effort on the daycare front. Thus, their most left achievement was only made real because it is a fairly centrist (appealing to the right) issue. They promise all sorts of more lefty things like daycares but that doesn't amount to much.

Now that the Reform Party (so called conservatives) is in power the mass media is on their side. They paint the Liberals as lefty. One could argue that in the recent election the Liberals and Dion was more left than predecessors. But that may have been talk. He was willing to form an NDP coalition recently and he did campaign on carbon taxes so I do think he was more left than normal for the Liberals. But again, that's campaigning not governing. The Liberals cut many social programs and use the spurious logic of government being a free-market business quite often. Also, they mostly cuddle up to the USA. The Bush regime was an exceptional because he is so extreme but other than that.

The terms come to be meaningless in the current media environment where any sense of history is never going back more than 15 years. People could define the Liberals as "Left" but only in the context of Bush being a centrist and - well, if you believe that then you can make up any labels you want.

Re:Will it matter? (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 5 years ago | (#26134549)

Someone's a self-deluding soft conservative... the idea that the Liberal's are heavy-left is laughable at best. At best, they're somewhat left of center. Maybe. While the old PC party was somewhat right of center. The NDP and the old reform/now conservatives are clearly the extremist parties in this country, and anyone who suggests otherwise has a very skewed view of the general tenor of the Canadian electorate.

Re:Will it matter? (2, Insightful)

warren.oates (925589) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110845)

The Canadian government has become so dysfunctional that no legislation of any kind will likely be passed for the next few years. Hopefully, a Liberal government under an intellectual prime-minister will be less likely to introduce a stupid unpopular and essentially self-defeating copyright law.

Re:Will it matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26114361)

The Canadian government has become so dysfunctional that no legislation of any kind will likely be passed for the next few years.

Personally I think this is a good thing, It may sound cynical, but it seems like government fucks up more than it gets right. If my government is just going to tread water for a couple of years I'm OK with that.

I've always been a fan of the idea of small government, one that doesn't interfere much at all. Seems to me a big government thats too confused to get anything done is the next best thing.

Re:Will it matter? (1)

dword (735428) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110941)

We don't know if it will be enough, but it's a step forward. It's definitely a giant step from bitching about copyright on Slashdot. For now, all we can do is hope and thank Michael Geist for daring to speak up like this for so many people.

okay i'm interested (0, Redundant)

heptapod (243146) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110793)

Does anyone have a torrent of this?

Re:okay i'm interested (1)

kramerd (1227006) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110817)

There is a link to the torrent in the summary, you lazy schmuck!

Re:okay i'm interested (3, Funny)

Facetious (710885) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111531)

You don't understand. Not reading TFA is old hat. The new thing is to not even bother to read TFS. Get with it Grandpa.

Re:okay i'm interested (3, Informative)

dword (735428) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110947)

Yes [mininova.org] .

BLAME CANADA! (0, Troll)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110813)

What?

This allways is mod-magnet for Canada related news on ./

Hello?

Can you hear me? ....

Its dark and lonely here....

Re:BLAME CANADA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26114731)

Do you really want us to bomb the Baldwins?

Stick it on Google please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26110821)

His site is so screwed up with a million Javascript sources that it just refuses to cast.

YouTube link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111317)

is here [youtube.com]

Get it while you can! (2, Insightful)

elashish14 (1302231) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110963)

Just wait till this gets hit with a DMCA takedown notice.

Smaller torrent version anywhere? (2, Interesting)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 5 years ago | (#26110981)

I wasn't able to find a smaller version than the 2,92 gigs one (the .torrent on Mininova).

Since I indirectly use Bell Canada's network, I'm throttled to a max of 30k/s even if this is a legal download. 2,92 gigs feels too much to me when that documentary could probably be nice enough to watch at about 700 megs... If anyone finds or publishes a smaller version, please let me/us know! :-)

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (4, Informative)

rhpenguin (655576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111039)

You can download a smaller version here. It's a 176MB .MKV file.

http://www.vuze.com/details/2OQKU47Y56JSCE6RXQ2W5JNDSL3KBEM7.html [vuze.com]

I'm also on Bell for DSL and I'm currently torrenting it at 600KBps.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111279)

You can download a smaller version here. It's a 176MB .MKV file.

I'm also on Bell for DSL and I'm currently torrenting it at 600KBps.

Thanks for the mkv. That's what I was looking for.

As for your download speed, I'm surprised and curious. I really generally only have a max of 30k/s, but that's for week day nights, otherwise, it is much slower! Take a look at this Bad ISPs wiki page for Canada [azureuswiki.com] , Bell is at 5+. Whatever that means, I failed to circumvent (for legal downloads of course) the throttling. There's bypass solutions [dslreports.com] but that has not worked for me...

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

rhpenguin (655576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111323)

I don't know what to tell you. I use a fairly vanilla copy of Azureus with a Smoothwall box doing some basic QOS kinda stuff. No special tricks at all.

Maybe Bell likes me today.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 5 years ago | (#26112095)

Maybe now that Bell can legally throttle its competitors, Bell now will throttle only its competitors, and not its own customers, giving it an unfair advantage in quality of service.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111445)

I feel really sorry for you guys, I was torrenting at 2 MB/s for a while... for 10 EUR /month. This is really fucked up.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

Vireo (190514) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111661)

As for your download speed, I'm surprised and curious.

Bell's throttling is active between 4 PM and 2 AM everyday. Outside of this period the download speed will be limited by other things -- such as swarm health and connexion quality.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26129013)

very useful info - thanks!

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26112725)

And that will play with VLC. Thanks.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

jerep (794296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111181)

I would much prefer a google video version like the Zeitgeist movies have.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111233)

I assume you mean 30 kilobyte/s not 30 kilobit/s?

Anyway, I downloaded the .ogg file from the original summary and it was only ~400 megabytes and plays in VLC Player. That's only 4 hours download.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (4, Insightful)

nightfire-unique (253895) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111447)

I wasn't able to find a smaller version than the 2,92 gigs one (the .torrent on Mininova).

Since I indirectly use Bell Canada's network, I'm throttled to a max of 30k/s even if this is a legal download. 2,92 gigs feels too much to me when that documentary could probably be nice enough to watch at about 700 megs... If anyone finds or publishes a smaller version, please let me/us know! :-)

This is a perfect example of political speech being hampered by throttling.

Net neutrality is mandatory for democracy.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

bartok (111886) | more than 5 years ago | (#26127165)

I'm a victim of Bell's throttling as much as the other guys but the main issue here is that this could be compressed to 700Mb and be downloadable in 1/4 the time. The person who put up the torrent apparently is not very familiar with some realities.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

piltdownman84 (853358) | more than 5 years ago | (#26116137)

Just wondering is the 30k/s throttled for everything or just bittorrent? I've been testing my Shaw (Canada Cable) connection, and I seem to be capped/limited to 118KBps down / 58KBps up even though I pay for 10 Mbps (1.25 MBps) up and 1 Mbps (125 KBps) down. No matter what I do no normal connection won't exceed this. I have even tried direct transfers from a friend of mine three blocks away who has the same plan and we find we can't exceed 58KBps. I've also tried bittorrent and big downloads from Microsoft (which I mention because at the office downloads from Microsoft are lighting fast) and never do I get above 118KBps. I have called there support line and they say my connection is only 'Up to 10 Mbps download speed', which is fair enough except it never even gets close to that rate. For one month I tried downgrading to a 'Up to 5 Mbps download speed', but found that my connection seemed capped to about 58KBps and my vonage phone wouldn't work most of the time.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121415)

I think the throttling done applies to all up/down data and applies for 24h after you close the torrent sharing pipes. That's what I've been told but haven't confirmed myself. I'm not using Bell Canada directly (a reseller), and I guess their throttling strategies change from place to place.

Re:Smaller torrent version anywhere? (1)

prograde (1425683) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122969)

Hmm...interesting. I'm also on Bell Canada's network (in my case "directly"), and currently pulling the iso at ~520KB/s, with an estimated 2 hours from start to finish.

I've been wondering about all of this throttling talk, because I haven't seen any evidence of it. Are they only throttling the "indirect" users? (I assume that your ISP buys bandwidth from Bell?)

nice doc (2, Insightful)

Luke_22 (1296823) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111173)

we don't really need the gigants standing on our shoulders.
we need to be standing on the shoulders of gigants

I really liked the end. +5 Insightful to the vid ;)

Preaching to the choir (2, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111189)

Massive download. Check. OGG. Check. Torrent. Check. Christmas release. Check. All the geek's bases are covered. His sense of timing perfected. But does he have a movie that anyone else will be watching?

Re:Preaching to the choir (4, Interesting)

vally_manea (911530) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111363)

A bit off-topic but the OGG works directly in FF 3.1b2 - yaaay no more FLASH!

Re:Preaching to the choir (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#26112537)

A bit off-topic but the OGG works directly in FF 3.1b2 - yaaay no more FLASH!

"Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee."

Re:Preaching to the choir (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26113069)

"Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee."

What a missed chance this is. He should have written "silverlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee"

Re:Preaching to the choir (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26117663)

Massive download. Check. OGG. Check. Torrent. Check. Christmas release. Check. All the geek's bases are covered. His sense of timing perfected. But does he have a movie that anyone else will be watching?

Exactly! Let me know when this airs on the CBC.

Until it's aired on "main stream" sets nationwide, or at least publicised somewhere OUTSIDE the circles which created it, it's not useful to the cause it advocates.

Download size (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111257)

.OGG is only 424 mb . Just right ogg link and save .

A documentary? (1)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111273)

Wow. Good topic, bad choice of medium. An essay would have been a much better choice.

This reminds me of the Garfield comics where he would watch a 7hr documentary about the Q-tip, or a 13h documentary about aluminum foil.

Re:A documentary? (2, Informative)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26111307)

People still read?

Point: If you want to reach the most number of people, use video because they are addicted to video & avoid reading like it was a plague.

Re:A documentary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111519)

Nice sig :)

Get off your ass! Run a 5k! [coolrunning.com]

I actually walk to work and back home, a total of 100 minutes/day. It's a bit tiresome but it does a good job on my body after 9 hours of sitting on my ass at work.

DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26111833)

DRM = Digital restricive mischief

The will of a few overpowers the will of the many (3, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26112233)

This is when you know that government is broken. This isn't about compromise or mob rule or sticking up for the rights of minority groups. This is about a select few trampling on the interests of the masses and the erosion of the long-standing deal between creators and their audience that says "we the people will respect your copyright for a fixed term and you will release your work to the public domain when that term has completed." In all our living years, how much of these respected copyrighted works have actually become part of the public domain? Some, but far from a lot. And that bit about "This land is your land" song having already been in the public domain being claimed otherwise only goes to show how broken the abused copyright system actually is.

A deal related to copyright was made long before we were born and that deal has been held up on one end and altered at the other with NO benefit compensating the people for any changes made.

Re:The will of a few overpowers the will of the ma (3, Interesting)

sjames (1099) | more than 5 years ago | (#26112873)

In all our living years, how much of these respected copyrighted works have actually become part of the public domain?

Far fewer than the number that disappeared into some out of print catalog until no remaining copy could be found.

Vearing a bit off topic, the purpose of copyright is *supposed* to be making more works available. So why is it that Disney is allowed to create pent-up demand by putting a work back 'in the Disney vault' as their commercials say, using copyright as a bludgeon to remove works from availability?

Re:The will of a few overpowers the will of the ma (1)

WCLPeter (202497) | more than 5 years ago | (#26116767)

So why is it that Disney is allowed to create pent-up demand by putting a work back 'in the Disney vault' as their commercials say, using copyright as a bludgeon to remove works from availability?

To allow a copyright holder the opportunity to profit from their intangible works, copyright law correctly gives the holder the sole right to determine how to distribute said work. This includes the right to *not* distribute it.

However, as a society, we agreed that in order to prevent the culture derived from these works from being locked up indefinitely, these granted rights would be mitigated by relatively short term limits allowing for their use in creating new culture. Unfortunately due to the creation of "corporate citizens", and their ability to lobby with more money than any one citizen could possibly hope to amass, term lengths have now increased to a point beyond any normal person's lifetime.

It has now become legally, although not morally, correct to control culture and prevent those who aren't authorized from creating it.

Re:The will of a few overpowers the will of the ma (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 5 years ago | (#26123395)

Actually, the purpose of copyright has nothing to do with profit. Aiding a publisher to profit is merely a means to the end of encouraging MORE publication. Using copyright to un-publish something is entirely against the spirit of copyright even where it is within the letter of the law.

The Constitution explicitly grants the congress the power to impose copyright "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts". Since any power not granted to the federal government by the Constitution is reserved to the states or the people, that implies that Congress has no power to implement copyright for any other purpose. Thus, the legitimacy of copyright law is directly reduced to the extent that it may hinder progress of science and useful arts.

In light of that, the legality remains in question though that'd be really hard to get before the Supreme Court.

Taking the fight fictional (2, Interesting)

gznork26 (1195943) | more than 5 years ago | (#26112543)

Apropos of this documentary (which I just finished watching) and Lawrence Lessig's free eBook, "Free Culture", (mentioned here recently,) which I finished reading a few days ago, I wrote a short story about how more law schools could get into the fight against the content behemoths' flood of legal action against so-called IP pirates. Because we're talking about IP, a lot of people just don't get a visceral connection to what is at stake. Hollywood certainly won't dramatize this issue, but what if some indy filmmakers took a shot at it? In any case, the story, which is called "Intended Consequence", starts like this...

Mitchell Robieri, one of the more senior faculty members at the financially strapped Riverside High, stared at the unfinished sentence on his screen. He'd blasted through the bulk of his presentation speech for tomorrow's meeting on the force of the adrenalin raised from the prospect of confronting State Senator Dubinsky with the results of his tie-breaking vote, and now he was stalled.

"And in conclusion, Senator," he read the paragraph back for the umpteenth time, "I urge you to reconsider the curriculum directives you have mandated for the State Board of Education. Focusing exclusively on the material covered in the federal government's faulty tests serves neither the students, nor the future of this country. Instead, what we need is..."

He leaned back, crossed his arms, and sighed. Something was wrong, but what? Could there be flaw in his logic... a mistake in his research?

Robieri's train of thought was broken abruptly by a dull knocking at the door. He glanced at the laptop's clock: a quarter to one. He wasn't expecting any late visitors, and since he was the only night owl on the floor, it wasn't likely to be a neighbor, either. Frowning at the interruption, he hit save, and set the open laptop on the coffee table.

As he approached the door, he slowed and glanced back over his shoulder. He'd gotten into serious trouble from instigating his students into mounting a protest, and there was ample evidence for conspiracy charges on his laptop. Police sometimes made late-night busts. So did the Feds. It wouldn't be the first time that he'd stuck his neck out to make a political point, but it was the first time his actions could cost him his teaching job. Eight years of the lesser Bush had gotten under his skin, and spawned a healthy crop of paranoia. ... To read the whole thing, set your browser to this:
http://klurgsheld.wordpress.com/2008/12/14/short-story-intended-consequence/ [wordpress.com]

P. Orin Zack

P.S.: There's over 70 short stories out there, so poke around, and spread the word if you like what you see.

Mind Changer? (2, Interesting)

JackSpratts (660957) | more than 5 years ago | (#26113083)

I watched this documentary from the torrent d/l several days ago. While technically proficient (and for a 47 min doc curiously large as far as files go) I couldn't help thinking it wasn't going to change many of the minds of the very people it seems to be aimed at: those who hold the future of Canada's copyright laws in their pens. Yes, it reaffirms to some small extent what we in the (legally marginalized) P2P community have been writing for a decade and it certainly amplifies many of the warnings raised by opponents of D igitally R estricted M edia schemes, and I suppose if one was fascinated enough about this topic to actually take the time to download, burn and watch it - and yet had somehow never heard nor seen anything beyond the bankrupt corporate-media party line - it could be thought provoking...but ultimately it simply doesn't make for effective advocacy, not the kind measured in how many politicians move from one column to another, nor for that matter how many voters.

A major problem with many of the lawyer/professor/advocates in this copyright revolution is their own apparent self censorship, stemming perhaps from years of legal training and background. They're really more lawyer than revolutionary, more staid officer of the court than fiery leader of guerillas. It's hard to advocate effectively for activities that are at present assumed by many to be illegal if one spends so much time dryly repeating bromides against violating the laws...i.e. "While I can't condone illegal file-sharing..." Their very arguments tend to become unfocused and diluted, and horror, not-so-subtly affirm the status quo. Thankfully this production spares us that particular embarrassment but if there are measured rehashes of long-term grievances here there are ultimately no shots against parliament's bow, no cries de cour, no up against the wall...no passion in this documentary. And if anything is going to get parliament, or congress, or voters for that matter off their comfy chairs and onto an edgy new paradigm it's going to take something truly galvanizing. Delivering agit-prop electronically is a good start, but the amperage needs to be ramped up. Way up.

- js.

Re:Mind Changer? (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26117649)

I agree here.

i think the biggest reason our side has been slowly but steadily losing ground is the refusal of most of these organizations to take a harder line.

Copyright cartels present dingbat-right outlook, these advocates present center-left, and because nobody puts the real far-left in their faces, legislators assume a good compromise is "Between" the two sides. (ever hear that old axiom: "You know you've ruled well when both sides are unhappy" ?)

You can't reverse existing momentum or gain momentum of your own without pulling against the current state of affairs. These organizations need to pull.

smashing (1)

Yonkeltron (720465) | more than 5 years ago | (#26115361)

this video is great and, as a side note, ogg theora produces beautiful video!
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