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[The Enemy of my Enemy] is Still not my Friend

Posted by Lex Fear on November 1, 2009

If TalkTalk was not such an odious company I would thoroughly applaud this move by Andrew Heaney, TalkTalk’s Executive Director of strategy and regulation.

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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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[Pimp My IP Rights] What Would Jon Stewart Make Of This?

Posted by Lex Fear on March 13, 2007

Viacom, the huge media company that once flexed it’s muscle to crush a tiny non-competitor is at it again. Long time readers may remember my post (gone due to blogger beatcha) on Pimp My Snack that was forced to change it’s name to Pimp That Snack!

This time they’re going for the big fish.

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Update: 27/03/07

BoingBoing link to an ifilm video of John Stewart’s take on events. Kudos to Stewart for tackling it but seems to me like they tried to make out it was one big company suing another and who cares?

What A Weenie features a Youtube video for Electonic Frontier Foundation’s suite against Viacom- if you’ve had a video pulled- check this out.

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