“Faites vos jeux…!”

August 5, 2011

IWW poster printed 1911

(Source: Wikipedia)

While this old days info graphic style poster is now 100 years old it could hardly be more up to date today – and it also works for any kind of suppressive regime (with e.g. a centralised economy): “We shoot at you” is what is happening in Syria these days (www.bbc.co.uk).

Yesterday I started again reading Robert Peston’s business blog: How close is Credit Crunch 2? His latest post from today: The origins of today’s market mayhem (www.bbc.co.uk).

For a look at alternatives to our current money (based) system see the P2P Foundation blog and those posts with the P2P Money tag (blog.p2pfoundation.net).

And for those enjoying their rides on the world’s biggest Casino today: just don’t forget that when “zero” comes up it is always the Bank that wins! You won’t be able to change that… Yet we might be able to change the rules. So that it won’t happen again. Of course this means that there would need to be serious consequences. The pyramid scheme would need to go and those responsible would need to be held accountable.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that currently Apple Inc. has more cash than the United States of America (!) (www.bbc.co.uk): (software) patents and traditional copyright have brought us here. Yet it is also no coincidence that right now software patents as well as copyright are finally being investigated and changed by those in charge: UK to legalize private copying of CDs (www.reuters.com) (“Britain will signal on Wednesday that it intends to legalize copying of CDs or DVDs onto digital music players or computers for personal use“). Basically this is the beginning of (a long…?) end of traditional copyright! Software patent reform is happening (politics.slashdot.org) as well as mentioned in a previous post.

And while companies like Apple now have started selling hot air over the internet (“cloud services”) they forget to mention that where there are clouds there will be rain. Sooner or later.

People like Steve Jobs are like those bankers who also generated their financial “products” out of thin air. Their greed brought our financial system close to collapse while the lobbyists were busy targeting Democracy via ACTA. *)

Today we are only a few steps away from real Corporate Fascism, a system where those who can’t pay shall have no voice. More than one politician made suggestions along that line in recent weeks and months. Shame on you.

So have a nice day, make your bets – faites vos jeux, before the croupier says: “Rien ne vas plus!”

And then…?

I guess the People will let you know when the Day of Glory has arrived, when le Jour de Gloire est arrivé

Update:

*) One of many reasons why ACTA is a real, dangerous threat to Democracy: Leaked “ACTA” Lobby Letter Reveals Hollywood Pressure On EU (06.05.11, torrentfreak.com):

A letter sent on behalf of 21 pro-copyright outfits including the Motion Picture Association and IFPI shows how the European Parliament is being urged to sign the controversial ACTA anti-piracy agreement. The backroom lobbying effort document which came into TorrentFreak’s possession, reveals how the organizations ask Parliament not to wait for a response from the European Court of Justice but simply sign “with no further delays.”“ (!!!)

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The Bitch is Back: 100% free LimeWire Pirate Edition with Pro features is here

November 9, 2010

Thanks to the generous, yearlong legal efforts of everyone’s much loved RIAA, a secret Dev Team just released the LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) two weeks after legal inconveniences temporarily sent one of the pioneers of P2P clients on a short holiday in order to get a face lift, blood transfusion and much more:

LimeWire Resurrected By Secret Dev Team (torrentfreak.com)

It is based on LimeWire 5.6 beta and “in many ways, it is better”: “All dependencies on LimeWire LLC’s servers have been removed, all remote settings have been disabled, the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, and all features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free.” “There’s no adware or spyware: the piratical monkeys are doing this for the benefit of the community.”

TorrentFreak’s verdict so far: “Currently only available for Windows, in our tests LimeWire Pirate Edition functioned perfectly well and is already circulating on BitTorrent.”

While I personally neither use Windows nor have use for this (see here for why) I believe it is a good thing to have yet one more P2P client available for those who need it!

As others have said before: cut off one of the hydra’s heads and two new ones will grow. Now there is not even a company behind this software that the nice gentlemen from the MAFIAA might be able to talk to.

Life finds its way. All for one, and one for all. The bitch is back.


Fees on hard drives, Godard, HDCP, Pirates and the Day of Glory

September 18, 2010

This week in

The Content MAFIAA

vs.

The People

Austrian newspaper derStandard.at reports Urheberrechtsabgabe auf Festplatten ab Oktober (derstandard.at) – (new) fees on hard drives etc. for the content MAFIAA in Austria (Austro Mechana etc.) from October on.

The funny part: they say it’s for media that consumers already legally obtained…! So if you are stupid enough to still buy your content at the iTunes store (all your songs have dirty DRM (techcrunch.com) on it), you’ll now pay again, and then again, and again for the DRM content that you paid for already and do not own.

Now that seems just a little bit too greedy to me…

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Meanwhile Jean-Luc Godard has said: “Il n’y a pas de propriété intellectuelle. Je suis contre l’héritage, par exemple.” “There is no such thing as intellectual property. I’m against the inheritance [of works], for example.” (www.ecrans.fr)

More on Boing Boing (boingboing.net): “I am against Hadopi [the French internet-copyright law, or its attendant agency], of course. There is no such thing as intellectual property. I’m against the inheritance [of works], for example. An artist’s children could benefit from the copyright of their parents’ works, say, until they reach the age of majority… But afterward, it’s not clear to me why Ravel’s children should get any income from Bolero…”

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In other news the HDCP (en.wikipedia.org) Master key has been “leaked” (by whom…?), Sony’s DRM infested Blue-Ray has been cracked (hardware.slashdot.org) and Intel Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Uses HDCP Crack (www.wired.com).

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When you read the comments on derStandard.at from that article linked above you can see that a lot of people are getting really angry at the content MAFIAA’s doing.

It’s a good thing that there are elections in Sweden this weekend. Unfortunately I am not Swedish and so the Swedish Pirate Party will have to do without my vote. But I am sure others will be there.

You see once people are really angry it’s just a matter of time until the day of glory has arrived

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Update: In yet more related news TorrentFreak reports that in “a call to arms yesterday” 4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Websites (torrentfreak.com). “Don’t mess with the Internet they say.” (19.09.10): See also 4chan to DDoS RIAA Next – Is This the Protest of the Future? (torrentfreak.com), RIAA Goes Offline, Joins MPAA As Latest Victim Of Successful DDoS Attacks (techcrunch.com).

Update 2 (19.09.10): Looks like Intel is now trying to win an unpopularity contest with Apple when it comes to lock-in strategies and screwing the customer, not only will they sue you for using the HDCP crack: Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do (www.engadget.com), Intel Selling Scratch-Off “Upgrade” Cards To Unlock Processor Power (techcrunch.com)

Update 3 (21.10.10): Discussion/comment (by user blacklightknight from September 18, 2010) on HDCP Master Key Confirmed; Blu-ray Content Vulnerable (www.pcmag.com):

“a huge blow to Hollywood” ……really.

The only huge blow to Hollywood is the cocaine they snort every morning for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have no love for them. They are nothing but organized criminals calling themselves an “industry”.

Hey Hollywood, notice just how much people love you…?!


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