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Hollywood Accounting — How Harry Potter Loses Money

patSPLAT Re:Why is Hollywood allowed to get away with this? (447 comments)

It's basically the equivalent of your boss taking credit for your work, and using the generated revenue to hire his cronies. Lame but not illegal.

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Accounting — How Harry Potter Loses Money

patSPLAT Not to swim upstream but (447 comments)

There's $12m of "Guild, Union, and Residual Payments" which is $12m more than Pirate Bay ever paid any artist.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Newspaper Websites To Become Nearly Invisible

patSPLAT this is going to pay off (454 comments)

Craigslist is invisible to Google and they are doing quite well. The value of Google is a business partner is way overrated.

more than 4 years ago
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Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels

patSPLAT Re:Maybe I'm missing something (663 comments)

A programming language is more than just syntax and semantics. The standard library and other community projects create a platform. Leveraging this platform is essential to productive development. Learning syntax/sematics takes an hour or two. Learning the rest is a long career.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Making Money From Free Software Matters

patSPLAT Re:Fundamentally different things, though (224 comments)

They really are different things.

First off, people do modify software on a daily basis. Customization of software is ubiquitous. Open source is an extreme model of customization and it has been successful because it addresses in a very specific way needs that are peculiar to software.

Customization of movies is *not* prevalent. You watch the movie that James Cameron made. Or the movie that Michel Gondry made. There is an entire notion of authorship is important to music / movies / books, and is utterly out of place in software.

Remixing is a practice of quotation, not customization. It is a way of leveraging the audience of another artwork to bring authority to your own, and as such is and will always be a loaded and potentially manipulative practice. Take a close look at Shepard Fairey's legal practices of defending his acts of appropriation as Fair Use, while suing those who appropriate his own work.

Remixing is similar to open source development in the way that it leverages the source work, but the effects are totally different. The audience of remixes remains fragmented. Open source software behaves in a different manner -- forks tend to merge back together, defragmenting the audience and increasing the value of the centralized project.

Here's the real issue. To those who would discard copyright, the question is what is it's replacement?

Without a legal framework to control distribution, content creators have already turned towards pervasive DRM as privatized solution. Sacrificing copyright also means sacrificing fair use. Or re-use of any kind, for that matter.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Making Money From Free Software Matters

patSPLAT Re:Authorship of software is different (224 comments)

The law exists to encourage the production of art. Making up numbers and inverting sentence structure is not a counter argument.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Making Money From Free Software Matters

patSPLAT Authorship of software is different (224 comments)

Thus far engineers are the only ones to directly profit from open source businesses.

The single biggest mistake open source advocates make when envisioning a future is the assumption that successful engineering practices will be successful artist practices. You don't sample a Britney Spears song to make a longer, better Britney Spears song; you sample it for reference. Whereas when you patch emacs, you aren't referencing emacs, you are adding functionality.

Even if an artist subscribes to the free->fame startup model, eventually the steps to monetization involve controlling the distribution of copies. For example, first Danger Mouse released the Grey Album to great acclaim, then formed Gnarls Barkley and released music in traditional commercial channels.

While copyright is bad for engineers, it is a 300 year old legal framework designed to compensate artists. Discarding it for nothing is short sighted at best, and at worst exploitive of artists.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Fight Russian Site Cloners?

patSPLAT Re:More To It? (208 comments)

1. take over domain
2. setup catch all email account
3. wait for "we wish you were still our customer" email
4. take over old billing accounts
5. repost site from archive.org
6. start tracking down clients perhaps with search for 'site designed by xxxxxxx' and send bills

It's a pretty smart scam.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Was Evil, and Google Knew It

patSPLAT Re:Double Standards, or Above the Law? - (419 comments)

You can call me an idiot, but violations of copyright are indeed theft from the artist/author. Supporting copyright law is important -- the GPL is built on copyright, Creative Commons is built on copyright.

What would you call it when a company encloses GPL software within proprietary products without releasing the source?

Just because the rightsholder in this case is Viacom doesn't mean the law is automatically invalid.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Was Evil, and Google Knew It

patSPLAT Re:So... (419 comments)

1/27 is not of majority.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Was Evil, and Google Knew It

patSPLAT Re:Double Standards, or Above the Law? - (419 comments)

Actually it is. In addition to prompt response to takedown notices for infringing content, to qualify as a DMCA safe harbor the ISP must be unaware of infringing content and must not profit from the infringing content. Youtube's defense is sitting on a one legged stool.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Was Evil, and Google Knew It

patSPLAT Re:So... (419 comments)

Thanks for the clean dismissal of 1 of the 27 slides. Obviously the lawsuit has no merit</sarcasm>

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Was Evil, and Google Knew It

patSPLAT Re:So... (419 comments)

Theft a couple years ago remains theft.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

patSPLAT Re:True (1713 comments)

we were all hoping to see mac os x join the netbook crowd. it is very nice to have a small bag carry around, and it would be nicer if mac os x was in that bag. unfortunately, windows 7 or ubuntu will have to suffice.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

patSPLAT Re:Typical techies and gadget freaks (1713 comments)

Actually you don't get it, the software is what makes this device nothing more than a giant iPhone. Which is absurd.

more than 4 years ago
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Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate

patSPLAT Re:I Actually Side with Dick's Estate (506 comments)

Authors and Publishers (and their estates) prefer their homages to be paid with $$$. Since they aren't Silicon Valley startups publicity doesn't have the same value.

more than 4 years ago
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Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate

patSPLAT Re:I Actually Side with Dick's Estate (506 comments)

At least US Robotics isn't attacking all business models in media industries. Google's attitude of a.) f*** the publishers and b.) f*** the authors is a curious one for an advertising company. They have no good will or benefit of the doubt in a case like this one.

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Sued For Privacy Invasion

patSPLAT a mashup away from a serious problem (262 comments)

Most repliers are unsympathetic to this complaint, but if this dataset was hooked up to an online tool which quickly did the look-up it would be a major issue.

more than 4 years ago
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Atari Sub-Sub-Contractor Used ScummVM For Wii Game

patSPLAT Subcontracting risks, not GPL is the story (313 comments)

This really should be a story about the legal risks of sub contracting... if you ship the work out, then it's very difficult to make sure all your ducks are in a row.

more than 5 years ago

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