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[DMCA] Stealing Abstracts Part 1

Posted by Lex Fear on June 22, 2007

This Post Is Rated: I for Ooh… Illegal. Or is it… and what are the implications?

It’s already been done 1.3 million times and counting. After some careful consideration, I thought I’d join in and “break the law” too:

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This string of seemingly random numbers forms a key to unlocking the DRM on HD-DVD and Blue Ray hardware. The AACS-LA does not want people to publish this number. In fact it has even threatened legal action against those who choose to publish this set of numbers.

I won’t go into too much detail here because this story is old and there is already plenty of information on the web and it’s been covered extensively by BoingBoing.

But is it really illegal to publish a set of numbers? Interestingly (at the time of publishing this post) it has not been tested in court which really raises the question of whether it’s actually illegal to own and publish these numbers. Can you really own a number? Something tells me it never will be tested, or if it is, the AACS will probably fail. Can you really see them filing a law-suit against 1.3 million people, many who probably don’t even reside in America?

Interestingly, Ed Felton of Freedom to Tinker already addressed the issue of 128-bit number ownership:

Now, thanks to our newly developed VirtualLandGrab technology, you can own a 128-bit integer of your very own (and then presumably, start issuing take-down notices to anyone who publishes the numbers or keeps a copy of them).

Here’s how we do it. First, we generate a fresh pseudorandom integer, just for you. Then we use your integer to encrypt a copyrighted haiku, thereby transforming your integer into a circumvention device capable of decrypting the haiku without your permission. We then give you all of our rights to decrypt the haiku using your integer. The DMCA does the rest. – You Can Own An Integer Too – Get Yours Here!

I’m plan to do a follow up post on this subject as it demands a more thoughtful analysis, but my initial thoughts on this subject is that we have moved beyond a mere Information Age and are becoming part of a type of Information Revolution. Traditional business models and capitalist frameworks are being usurped by Creative Commons and Open Source. These examples speak for themselves:

EFF: Public Interest Prevails in Digital Copyright Showdown
The Inquirer: Linux Man says Microsoft screwed itself
Finish Court Rules CSS Protection used in DVDs “ineffective”
Lessig Blog: Required Reading: The Next 10 Years
The Enquirer: EMI Has DRM Free Sales Boom
SmartFlix: This Post is for You, Robert Tourtelot
eCoustics: Dell Introduces Linux Based Computers
Software Journal: Microsoft and IBM admits Google is now a rival…

Whether you know it or not you are witness to a civil war taking place over the net. The internet is a type of ‘wild west’ or Electronic Frontier if you will. All the rules from the old country no longer count. If you Google search, blog, social network, make internet calls or have ever used any kind of free or open source software then you have already chosen your side or become a sympathiser for the revolutionaries.

My second thought is this, by pursuing legal action even against people who simply publish a string of numbers (regardless of knowledge of how to use them), then the AACS and other vested interests are already losing the battle. They dilute the severity of their claim by attacking anyone without discretion, and they will be opening the door for people to claim ownership of numbers and text (see above)- the end result would be death of progress, innovation and design. Imagine a programmer that would have to obtain rights from a different ‘owner’ for every line of code they wrote for a new program? Perhaps the only way to move forward would be for programmers to learn Klingon or some other language- until the AACS claimed ownership of certain strings of Klingon numbers and words.

In my view, those who are blurring the lines between what is and isn’t illegal copying are the proprietors and proponents of DRM and the DMCA.

More to come.

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[Copywrong] Here’s a FACT about F.A.C.T.

Posted by Lex Fear on May 22, 2007

This Post Is Rated: I for Isn’t that illegal? No, it’s not. Yet.

It seems to me, ironically, that only legally rented, bought and viewed movies display the Federation Against Copyright Theft‘s impotent warning message. That is, only those who have actually bought, rented or viewed legally have been warned not to buy, rent or view illegal copies…


Regular readers be advised!

Abandon All Fear will soon be going under the radar. This website and blog will be filtering ip addresses and blocking access to most government, police and copyright protection organisations.

No, I’m not planning to offer the latest Arctic Monkeys song for download or anything like that. I do however intend to discuss the subject of copyright in the near future, along with speed cameras, parking and other legal matters which is viewed by some as a war between aging business models and profit making versus the future.

I’d rather not have big brother snooping in on my blog, not liking what they see, discovering my identity and/or watching for some sort of mistake.

However, I am aware that some of my dear readers may work for the government et al. Therefore if you find you can no longer access the blog in the next few days, drop me an email (see sidebar) with your IP and I will reply in view of restoring your access.

You have been warned!

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[Copywrong] Are You Aiding Criminal Activity?

Posted by Lex Fear on April 8, 2007

Danny O’Brien of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation is giving a lecture “are you a Copyright Criminal”?

Have you ever…
…watched a video clip on YouTube?
…recorded a TV show to watch later?
…viewed Facebook from a school machine?
…written fan fiction?
…forwarded an email without permission?
…posted anonymously on a discussion site?
…downloaded or edited a mash-up?
…transferred a DVD to watch on your iPod?
…made a parody of a corporate logo?

Answer “yes”, and somebody out there already thinks you’re a criminal. And if it’s not already illegal, they’re out to ban it. – Danny O’Brien, Samara Lectures

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[Bailiffs] Thieves Want More Power

Posted by Lex Fear on March 5, 2007

Read my previous post about bailiffs

A few months ago I blogged a news story from the BBC about unscrupulous bailiffs criminals and the lengths they will go to collect debts extort money from their victims.

Now read this

Now, who is going to be the first to do this?

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[Monkey Halfwits] Immigration Again…

Posted by Lex Fear on December 23, 2006

No sooner do I post our experience with these home-office trained, monkey half-wits does the inevitable happen:

Police killer suspect fled Britain in a veil

The irony here screams so loud I don’t need to say anything, and can I just say I am not surprised at all! If you want to know what I’m talking about read An Immigration Problem Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

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[Habeas Corpus] When Did Democracy Become So Confusing?

Posted by Lex Fear on December 16, 2006

I don’t know about you but Gloucestershire Police’s statement regarding their lost case over the 2003 anti-war protesters rights to demonstrate doesn’t make me exactly comfortable.

For 100’s of years in the UK we have had a legal system that errs on the side of innocence- that is innocent until proven guilty. Unlike a system in say, Portugal, which is guilty until proven innocent. It is only now in the last few years that we have had a government which has confused those terms.

Gloucestershire Police said it was “disappointed” with the decision, which it accepted, and added that officers acted in “good faith”.

It also expressed “regret” for any inconvenience and said it would now review its policies.

“Policing in [such] scenarios is difficult and complex, with competing rights and responsibilities having to be assessed and acted upon in real time by operational commanders,” said a spokesman.

“Intelligence pointed to the potential for further disorder at the base and it was against this background that the decision was made to stop and turn back the three coaches travelling to RAF Fairford from London.” – BBC News

Not only have we now come to a point in history where the police have difficulty in determining what law to apply where when dealing with the public, we have a police force, when faced with that question, errs on the side of guilty.

It is a good job the law lords overturned this decision. Perhaps the UK does have a faint hope after all, of not becoming a country where everyone is a potential criminal and public assembly and protest is looked upon as a crime against the state.

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[Hustlers] Forewarned is Forearmed!

Posted by Lex Fear on December 9, 2006

Check out TMF’s Six Scams to Shun!

Sorry guys but due to my reduced Internet Access it’s just easier to post these links direct.

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[Xenophobia] An Immigration Problem – Part 1

Posted by Lex Fear on December 3, 2006

“I’m sick of being in a country led by a fascist government that uses fear and headlines to control the populace. This country wreaks of institutional paranoia…”

There is a real problem with immigration in this country, and I’m not talking about the intelligent people who want to come here to study or to work, I’m talking about the Immigration “Service” and the Home Office.

I find it difficult to be a good citizen at the best of times, but I realise more and more how difficult this government make it to be proud of Not-So-Great Britain. I’m sick of being in a country led by a fascist government that uses fear and headlines to control the populace. This country wreaks of institutional paranoia, and none so much as Immigration.

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[Rotten] Thick As Legal Thieves

Posted by Lex Fear on October 2, 2006

“There is something interesting about the power of money, and the blindness of the middle class to the plight of the poorest in society.”

I was saving this to write something more full-blown, but time seems to be speeding up to my impending trip. So here’s something short but should still have an impact on you.

The BBC recently conducted one of their undercover expose’s into the murky world of bailiffs. The results were as I expected, shocking but not surprising. Which begs the question, will the government ever do something about the abuse of power that goes on in this country?

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[Cover-Ups] Test Case For Legalised Murder Under Terror Laws

Posted by Lex Fear on September 19, 2006

It turns out the execution shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes was a test case for the Met.

“It is not about diminishing the tragedy of Charles de Menezes’ death. We see it as a test case, not only for policing in London but for the police service nationally.” – Commander Moir Stewart

Gosh! Really? So did De Menezes know he was just being volunteered for a test case? What determines if the ‘test’ is successful?

The way I see it for The Met, if this ‘test case’ is successful, they have a license to shoot anyone they like in the head, so long as it is in the name of terror. If unsuccessful, the public at least has the assurity that if they do get murdered killed they can make a Health & Safety claim.

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