June 20, 2011
As Slashdot reported Software Patent Reform Happening Now (17.06.11) and the “USPTO is inviting public comments to change the system”.
Here is my public comment, I took the liberty of adapting some of my favourites lyrics for the occasion. Do sing along by all means!
Another big Bag of Hurt (part 2)
We don’t need no software patents
We don’t need no Jobs control
No unfree codec in the classroom
Lawyers, leave them kids alone
Hey! Steve! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another big Bag of Hurt.
All in all you’re just another big Bag of Hurt.
May 18, 2010
TorrentFreak reports that The [Swedish] Pirate Party Becomes The Pirate Bay’s New Host (that is after the Pirate Bay supposedly “sank” in recent days).
In the light of the recent aggressive attacks against filesharers this is an interesting turning point in this real life drama/story about (our) culture…
As I previously said it’s a bit silly to help your ideological/cultural “enemy” push the warez, but seen as political activism my sympathy is with the pirates:
Hollywood needs to understand the message behind all of this instead of trying to put that genie back into a bottle that never was right in the first place.
Hollywood, Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture book is a very good starting point to learn more about your fans/customer’s world and needs…!
Update 1: This is related, seems like a good time for a (new) discussion about copyright…! Why I Steal Movies… Even Ones I’m In – Peter Serafinowicz – Gizmodo (14.05.10)
Update 2: And this is the official announcement on the Pirate Bay blog (in lolcat):
PLZ LEARN: TPB CANT BE SHUT DOWN
AS U MITE HAS READ OR NOTICD, PEEPS ONCE AGAIN R TRYIN 2 SHUT US DOWN. DIS WILL NOT SUCCED, LOL. OURS RLY NICE WEBHOST WUZ THREATEND WIF RLY HUGE FINE, SO WE DECIDD 2 MOOV TEH SIET SO DAT THEY DIDNT GOT INTO TROUBLE, LOL. TEH DECISHUN 2 MOOV WUZ TAKEN BY US, TEH PIRATE BAY, LOL.
TEH PIRATE BAY IZ AN UNSINKABLE SHIP. IT WILL SAIL TEH INTERWEBS 4 AS LONG AS WE WANTS IT 2. REMEMBR DAT, K THX.
TPB, ONLY IN IT 4 TEH LULZ SINCE 2003
May 18, 2010
The following organizations hold one or more patents in the H.264/AVC patent pool:
(Source: Wikipedia MPEG LA)
Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
France Télécom, société anonyme
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
LG Electronics Inc.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Robert Bosch GmbH GmbH
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Scientific-Atlanta Vancouver Company
Sedna Patent Services, LLC
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Victor Company of Japan, Limited
Why Our Civilization’s Video Art and Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA
No, you can’t do that with H.264
Is H.264 a legal minefield for video pros?
Why this list…?
It’s a reminder for myself when it comes to spending money or investing in equipement. And yes, I like to share this list with everyone who cares about free artistic expression and who thinks that the moving image is too important and precious and should not be controlled by anyone and surely not by corporations or patent pools. (Software) patents are the cancer of this economy: they encourage greed, create monopolies, discourage innovation and as we are now seeing with the H.264 licensing fiasco they can seriously harm your video business, specially smaller ones.