We see so many bogus DMCA takedowns, and we hear the big copyright holders insisting that it’s just an accident each and every time — and not to worry about the collateral damage and censorship it leads to.
So it seems interesting that TorrentFreak has uncovered a series of bogus DMCA takedown notices to Google from four different giant Hollywood players — Viacom, Paramount (owned by Viacom), Fox and Lionsgate — that each ask it to remove links to Simon Klose’s excellent documentary about The Pirate Bay TPB AFK. As TorrentFreak notes, Fox, via DtecNet (another total failure for the “six strikes” company), asked Google to remove a link to the movie on Mechodownload. Viacom asked for links to be removed to the movie on Mrworldpremiere and Rapidmovies. Lionsgate asked for to remove a link to the movie from The Pirate Bay of all places. Needless to say, all of these were authorized copies that the movie studios were seeking to have hidden.
By Joshua Brustein | pub. May 17, 2013 | bloomberg
If Yahoo! succeeds in its attempt to acquire Tumblr, it will end up with one of the hottest Internet properties in today’s Web, with access to the coveted youth market and a foothold in mobile.
It will also wind up with a whole lot of porn.
Tumblr has many options for people interested in artsy photography or teenaged musings. Then there are Tumblrs with such names as We Want Porn, Above Average Porn, Defcon Porn, Porn Gif Haven, POV Porn, Porn and Weed, and When Tumblr porn goes wrong.
It will be fun to see how these are integrated into Yahoo News.
The Pirate Party of Sweden famously got two MEPs elected to the European Parliament in its last election, and now in an interesting move, Peter Sunde — probably best known as the former spokesperson for The Pirate Bay — has announced that he’ll be running for the European Parliament in Finland (he was apparently born in Sweden but his ancestry is Finnish).
After the Pirate Bay — which many people incorrectly assume is connected to The Pirate Party — Sunde went on to found Flattr, a system (which we use here) that helps content creators make money.
This morning, The New Yorker launched Strongbox, an online place where people can send documents and messages to the magazine, and we, in turn, can offer them a reasonable amount of anonymity. It was put together by Aaron Swartz, who died in January, and Kevin Poulsen.
Kevin explains some of the background in his own post, including Swartz’s role and his survivors’ feelings about the project. (They approve, something that was important for us here to know.) The underlying code, given the name DeadDrop, will be open-source, and we are very glad to be the first to bring it out into the world, fully implemented.
Although he died when he was only 53 years old, Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982) published 44 novels and 121 short stories during his lifetime and solidified his position as the most literary of science fiction writers. His novel Ubik appears on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels, and Dick is the only science fiction writer to get honored in the prestigious Library of America series, a kind of pantheon of American literature.
If you’re not intimately familiar with his novels, then you assuredly know major films based on Dick’s work – Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darklyand Minority Report. Today, we bring you another way to get acquainted with his writing. We’re presenting a selection of Dick’s stories available for free on the web. Below we have culled together 14 short stories from our collection of Free eBooks and Free Audio Books. They’re all, it appears, in the public domain. (via: OpenCulture)
eTexts (find download instructions here)
“Beyond the Door”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“Beyond Lies the Wub”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“Mr. Spaceship”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“Piper in the Woods”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“Second Variety”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“The Crystal Crypt”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“The Defenders”: iPhone/iPad – Kindle + Other Formats
“The Eyes Have It”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“The Gun”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“The Hanging Stranger”: Kindle + Other Formats
“The Skull”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“The Variable Man”: iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
“Tony and the Beetles”: Kindle + Other Formats
“We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”: iPad/iPhone
“Beyond Lies the Wub” – Free MP3
“Beyond the Door” – Free MP3
“Second Variety” – Free MP3 Zip File – Stream Online
“The Defenders” - Free MP3
“The Hanging Stranger” – Free MP3
“The Variable Man” – Free MP3 Zip File – Stream Online
“Tony and the Beetles” – MP3 Part 1 – MP3 Part II
App allows customers to boycott products tied to corporations like Monsanto and Koch Industries.
A newly-released app hopes to enable shoppers to put their money where their morals are. Buycott, designed by US-based developer Ivan Pardo, allows users to trace products back to their corporate sources. Shoppers scan a barcode of a particular item, and the app provides them with the corporate “family tree” of that product.
Users can highlight particular companies they want to support or avoid, and the app alerts them if the product they scanned falls under one of these “buycott” or boycott campaigns.
A screencap from Canipre’s website
As you may already know, Voltage Pictures, the company responsible for the movie The Hurt Locker, (as well as a million movies you’ve never heard of) is currently in court, attempting to get an Ontario-based internet service provider to release the names associated with over 1000 IP addresses that they claim belong to people who illegally downloaded their copyrighted material.
These IP addresses were gathered by an extraordinarily douchey company called Canipre, the only antipiracy enforcement firm currently offering services in Canada.
Canipre, as a company, offers to track down people who are illegally downloading copyrighted material from record companies and film studios. According to their website, they have issued more than 3,500,000 takedown notices, and their work has led to multimillion dollar damages awards, injunctions, seizure of assets, and even incarceration.