In the Year 2889 … or Maybe 2012

The other day I was reading a short story credited to Jules Verne (author of Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), called In the Year 2889.  Being only a few pages long, the story revolves around the seemingly mundane narration of a day in the life of someone living... Continue Reading →

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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): Now’s the Time to Act

There's been quite a lot of discussion on the internet lately about laws being proposed by the US government, especially regarding one called "SOPA". You may or may not have read my previous posts about the US domain seizures and complaints by the RIAA that current copyright laws weren't enough.  SOPA is proposed as the... Continue Reading →

A Short History of File Sharing

The wheels in my head have been turning again, thanks to a few different articles on the net talking about piracy online, and the apparent dichotomy between what happens online (and in most people's homes) and what the law says is allowed.  For example, nearly 34% of people between the ages of 15 and 24... Continue Reading →

RIAA Running to Big Brother … Again

So Jennifer Pariser is in recent news, saying that the DMCA needs updating, because it doesn't do what big corporations want. What's the DMCA?  That's the Digital Millennium Copyright Act - a law passed back in 1998 that was meant to help prosecute copyright infringement on the Internet.  This was just around the time that... Continue Reading →

Why Domain Seizures are Worrisome

So there was a lot of hubbub toward the end of last year as Homeland Security seized up to 208 domains.  Now, if you're not a technically savvy internet user, or even if you are, you may have missed the implications of these actions.  I myself have glossed over some of the details when talking... Continue Reading →

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