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The Perverse History of Copyright

In this short video, explainmaestro C.G.P Grey explores the history of copyright, using the only slightly less alarming headline Copyright: Forever Less One Day (there’s also a transcript at that page). Copyright is an important system; it underlies much of the commerce I do every day. And its current implementation is basically cuckoo bananas, [...]

The Insidious Cost of Ringtone Piracy

I’ve covered the brouhaha over laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. But in this five-minute TED Talk, Rob Reid brilliantly explains what I had been missing all along: Copyright Math™. By going through a series of claims by entertainment industry shills Copyright Mathematicians™, Reid reveals the shockingly absurd “truth” about media piracy: [...]

How Mister Rogers Saved the VCR

In 1984, a landmark case laid down a controversial law regarding technology and copyright infringement. Here’s a look back at the “Betamax Case,” including the role Mister Rogers played in the Supreme Court’s decision. FRED PROUSER/REUTERS/Landov For many years in the pre-DVD, pre-streaming era, the Betamax, Sony’s prototype videotape player-recorder, was a punch line. A piece [...]

What’s Wrong With PROTECT IP and SOPA?

You may have heard about some new bills making their way through the U.S. Congress, related to piracy on the internet. But what are they and what’s the big deal? Here’s a simple guide to what the laws are and why so many internet nerds (like myself) are against them. Executive summary: the [...]

What’s Wrong With PROTECT-IP and SOPA?

You may have heard about some new bills making their way through the U.S. Congress, related to the piracy on the internet. But what are they and what’s the big deal? Here’s a simple guide to what the laws are and why so many internet nerds (like myself) are against them. Executive summary: [...]

The Time John Fogerty Was Sued for Ripping Off John Fogerty

© Henry Diltz/CORBIS In 1993, former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty found himself at the center of a case being argued before the United States Supreme Court. The country’s highest court wasn’t debating whether Bayou Country or Green River was the superior CCR album. Instead, Fogerty was in the middle of an important, somewhat obscure [...]

Chopsticks Art

******************************************************* ******************************************************* I rarely enter a Chinese restaurant, therefore, I rarely need to use chopsticks… But as you can imagine, the very few times I have had the chance… I have never ever been able to eat with them. Copyright © star5112 on Flickr (…)Read the rest of Chopsticks Art (327 words) © Alexandra for Weirdomatic, 2009. | Permalink | 5 [...]