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The Vessel: a perfect symbol for the grifter capitalism of New York City's privatized Hudson Yards "neighborhood"

Hudson Yards is a notorious (and spectacularly badly timed) new "luxury housing development" in New York City: a massive, gated, privatized "neighborhood" in Manhattan, a city that has been literally hollowed out by runaway luxury real-estate speculation, to the exclusion of working people and mere millionaires alike. Hudson Yards's capstone is a piece of monumental "public" architecture called "The Vessel" (also known by less flattering nicknames, like "the giant shawarma," "the beehive," ...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, New York City, Manhattan, Eiffel Tower, Hudson, Urban Theory, Wagner, Lovecraft, Hudson Yards, McMansion Hell, Grifter Capitalism, Privatized Public Spaces, Staircase To Nowhere, Baffler Wagner

How #Article13 is like the Inquisition: John Milton Against the EU #CopyrightDirective

Censorship before or censorship after? The EU Copyright Directive rekindles the oldest fight in the history of free speech debates, first waged by John Milton in 1644. Then, like now, policy-makers were considering a radical change in censorship law, a switch from censoring material after it was published to requiring a censor's permission to publish in the first place. Fundamentally, policing of speech can happen at one of two points: before content disseminates, or after. Policing con...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Post, Copyfight, Usa, England, News, China, Censorship, Eu, History, Copyright, University Of Chicago, Tumblr, Milton, Gutenberg

More than 100,000 Europeans march against #Article13

Today marksed the largest street protests ever in the history of internet freedom struggles, with more than 100,000 Europeans participating in mass demonstrations across the region -- more than 50 cities participated in Germany alone! From Netpolitik's early summary (English robotranslation): "In Berlin, the demonstration was about half an hour, if you waited along the way from the beginning to the end. We have experienced many network protests in Berlin. That was bigger today than any before, ...
Tags: Post, Artikel13, Article 11, Article 13, Copyfight, Copyright Directive, Eu, Eucd, Protests

Robocopyright: Dan Bull's rap anthem for the defeat of #Article13

Just in time for a continent-wide day of street demonstrations against Article 13 and the new Copyright Directive, British rapper Dan Bull (previously) has released a furious, amazing new song about the regulation: Robocopyright. More than a 100 MEPs have pledged to vote against the measure on Monday, and it's not too late for you to contact your MEP and tell them that you expect them to vote to defeat it.
Tags: Video, Article 11, Article 13, Copyfight, Copyright Directive, Dan Bull, Eucd, Music, Nerdcore

This Could Be It: Key Polish Political Party Comes Out Against Article 13

With only days to go before the final EU debate and vote on the new Copyright Directive (we're told the debate will be at 0900h CET on Tuesday, 27 March, and the vote will happen at 1200h CET), things could not be more urgent and fraught. That's why today's announcement by Poland's Platformy  Obywatelska —the second-largest party in the European People's Party (EPP) bloc—is so important. Platformy Obywatelska  has said that it will vote to block the entire Copyright Directive unless Articl...
Tags: Post, Article 11, Article 13, Copyfight, Copyright Directive, Eff, Eu

Beto O'Rourke was in the Cult of the Dead Cow and his t-files are still online

Investigative tech journalist Joseph Menn's (previously) next book is a history of the Cult of the Dead Cow (previously) the legendary hacker/prankster group that is considered to be "America's oldest hacking group." In a characteristically excellent Reuters story excerpted from the book, Menn reveals for the first time that Democratic presidential nomination hopeful Beto O'Rourke was an early member of the cDc under the handle "Psychedelic Warlord," having run a cDc BBS, contributed weird ...
Tags: Security, Post, Copyfight, Texas, News, Congress, America, Democrats, Hackers, Silicon Valley, El Paso, Reuters, Sen Ted Cruz, Rourke, Joseph Menn, Joseph Menn Reuters

A massive victory for fair use in the longrunning Dr Seuss vs Star Trek parody lawsuit

Back in 2016, the Dr Seuss estate won a preliminary court action against "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!" a crowdfunded parody of Dr Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" and Star Trek, written by veteran Star Trek creator David "Tribble" Gerrold and illustrated by the comics giant Ty Templeton. In 2017, Comicmix, the publisher, secured a partial legal victory, but the Seuss estate wasn't done -- they have been litigating ever since, but now it appears the fight is done, and Comicmix has pr...
Tags: Google, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Supreme Court, Law, Parody, Star Trek, Fair Use, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Timothy Geigner, Kirk, Mattel Inc

The media company paid by the EU Parliament to make a video promoting a copyright law it stood to make millions from once sued a photographer for complaining that they'd ripped him off

Yesterday, I wrote about how MEP Julia Reda resolved the mystery of how the European Parliament came to produce a batshit smear-campaign video promoting the new Copyright Directive and smearing the opposition to the Directive (including signatories to the largest petition in human history): it turned out that the video had been produced by AFP, a giant media company that stands to make millions if the Directive passes. Now this is bad enough, but reading Mike Masnick's Techdirt coverage of ...
Tags: Google, Post, Copyfight, News, Congress, US, Eu, Brussels, Pfizer, Haiti, European Parliament, Afp, Mike Masnick, EU Parliament, Julia Reda, EUCD

The EU hired a company that had been lobbying for the Copyright Directive to make a (completely batshit) video to sell the Copyright Directive

At the end of February, the EU Parliament released a bizarre video "explaining" the Copyright Directive, a controversial and sweeping internet regulation that has inspired more opposition than anything else in EU history. The video was bananas: almost a parody of pro-Directive talking points that had long been debunked, blended with conspiracy theories about the role of "outsiders" (including me!) in the debate. These conspiracy theories keep getting repeated, and debunked. You can learn ...
Tags: Europe, Post, Copyfight, Corruption, News, Eu, Parliament, European Parliament, Afp, EU Parliament, Julia Reda, Article 11, Article 13, Public Records Requests, French magazine La Lettre

Omniverse CEO rejects piracy accusations, claims that he has a legit, "mind-blowing" 100-year license to stream TV on the internet

Mitch Wagner writes, "Omniverse CEO Jason DeMeo says a piracy lawsuit against his streaming TV service is full of crap. Omniverse faces piracy litigation from an alliance of content companies. But DeMeo says his company has a mind-blowing 100-year deal that allows it to stream TV channels over the Internet. Looks like somebody more than 25 years ago may have traded the crown jewels for a handful of beans, and Omniverse is enjoying the benefit today." According to DeMeo, Hovsat and Hughes ...
Tags: Post, Business, Copyfight, TV, News, Streaming, Hughes, DeMeo, Mitch Wagner, Hovnanian Enterprises, Omniverse, Jason DeMeo, 100-year Licenses, DeMeo Hovsat

History is made: petition opposing the EU's #Article13 internet censorship plan draws more signatures than any petition in human history

As of this writing, the petition opposing Article 13 -- the part of the EU's new Copyright Directive that mandates copyright filters for online communities, services and platforms -- has 4,920,535 signatories, making it the largest petition in the history of our species (edging out this one from 2017). The vote on this measure will be held the week of March 25 (despite dirty attempts to change the date), and there will be EU-wide mass demonstrations against it on March 23. The vote comes...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, Eu, Petitions, EUCD, Article 13, Fixcopyright, Mass Demonstrations On March 23,

Terra Nullius: Grifters, settler colonialism and "intellectual property"

Terra Nullius is my latest column in Locus magazine; it explores the commonalities between the people who claim ownership over the things they use to make new creative works and the settler colonialists who arrived in various "new worlds" and declared them to be empty, erasing the people who were already there as a prelude to genocide. I was inspired by the story of Aloha Poke, in which a white dude from Chicago secured a trademark for his "Aloha Poke" midwestern restaurants, then threatene...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, San Francisco, Chicago, Erasure, Hawai, Genocide, Lockean, Terra Nullius, Aloha Poké, Settler Colonialism, Cory Doctorow Locus, Grifter Capitalism

Record label censors copyright lawyers' site by falsely claiming it infringes copyright

SpicyIP is arguably the leading blog for experts on India's copyright system, but links to it disappeared from Google's search index following a fraudulent claim of copyright infringement filed by Saregama, India's oldest record label. The label claimed that an expert report from 2010 on the history of a Bollywood song called "Apni To Jaise Taise" infringed on the copyright to the song. It did not. Luckily for SpicyIP, they have no shortage of copyright experts who can argue their case wit...
Tags: Google, Europe, Video, Copyfight, News, India, Dmca, Bollywood, Saregama, SpicyIP, Saregama India, Notice And Takedown, Article 13, Section 79, Ernesto Torrentfreak, Divij Joshi

Yet another study shows that the most effective "anti-piracy" strategy is good products at a fair price

It's been 20 years since Napster burst on the scene, and after decades of lawsuits, draconian criminal penalties, even no-knock gunpoint search warrants, there remains no evidence that "copyright enforcement" has a measurable impact on copyright infringement -- and at the same time, there's persistent, credible evidence that infringement goes down when product offerings get better and prices get more reasonable. The latest example comes from New Zealand, where a survey of 1,000 people found...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, Law, US, Research, Eu, Netflix, New Zealand, Christchurch, Nz, Napster, Vocus, Site Blocking, Karl Bode Motherboard, 92a

Europeans! Tell your MEPs that your vote depends on their rejection of #Article13!

At the end of March, the European Parliament will sit down to vote on the new Copyright Directive, an unparalleled disaster in the history of internet regulation with the power to wipe out the EU's tech sector, handing permanent control of the internet over to US Big Tech, all in the name of protecting copyright (while simultaneously gutting protection for artists). Right after that key vote, MEPs will fan out across Europe, returning to their home countries to start campaigning for the May...
Tags: Europe, Video, Copyfight, Elections, News, Eu, European Parliament, Petitions, EUCD, Article 11, Article 13, Fixcopyright, Copyright Directive, Dontwreckthenet, US Big Tech, Pledge2019

Zachary Knoles imagines video games as pulp novel covers

Artist Zachary Knoles created a wonderful series of illustrations that pay tribute to video games by imagining them as pulp novel covers, with the game writers' names in the by-line slots (a very nice touch indeed!). (via Gameraboy)
Tags: Art, Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Games, Copyfight, Remix, News, Illustration, Mashups, Pulp Metafiction, Zachary Knoles

Artists against Article 13: when Big Tech and Big Content make a meal of creators, it doesn't matter who gets the bigger piece

Article 13 is the on-again/off-again controversial proposal to make virtually every online community, service, and platform legally liable for any infringing material posted by their users, even very briefly, even if there was no conceivable way for the online service provider to know that a copyright infringement had taken place. This will require unimaginable sums of money to even attempt, and the attempt will fail. The outcome of Article 13 will be a radical contraction of alternatives t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Post, Copyfight, News, Youtube, Eu, Fifa, European Commission, Class War, Instagram Google, Big Tech, EUCD, Monopolism

Insider sources say Apple is shutting its east Texas stores to escape the jurisdiction of America's worst patent court

The Eastern District of Texas is home to a crooked court that is in the pocket of patent trolls, handing down ludicrous rulings in favor of the trolls, whose "head offices" are tiny, unoccupied offices in empty, dusty office buildings, the rent on which entitles patent trolls to claim that their rights are being infringed in the demense of the Eastern District's terrible judges. A report in Macrumors cites "five sources familiar with the matter" and claims that Apple is now planning to shut...
Tags: Apple, Post, Copyfight, Texas, News, Law, America, Patent Trolls, Patents, Dallas, Trolls, Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District, Plano Texas, Mess With Texas, Frisco Texas

Beyond "more copyright": how do we improve artists' lives and livelihoods through policy?

Last year while I was on tour in Australia with my novel Walkaway, I sat down for with legal scholar Rebecca Giblin (previously), whose Authors' Interest project studies how we would craft copyright (and other policies) if we wanted to benefit creators, rather than enriching corporations; we talked about the power and limits of copyright to benefit authors, and how other policies, like antitrust, are crucial to getting authors their fair share.
Tags: Videos, Happy Mutants, Video, Copyfight, News, Australia, Youtube, Antitrust, Monopolism, Rebecca Giblin, Not Big Content Nor Big Tech

Florida inmates sue prisons for digitally confiscating the music they were sold

Last August, Florida's prison system announced that it was switching digital music providers and would be wiping out the $11.2 million worth of music that it had sold inmates -- music they'd paid for at $1.70/track, nearly double the going rate for music when not purchased from prison-system profiteers. The move was part of a switch to notorious prison contractors Jpay (previously), a division of the even-more-notorious Securus company (previously). Jpay is the company that gouges prisoners...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Business, Copyfight, Music, Florida, News, Carceral State, Department of Corrections, Corrections Department, Florida Department of Corrections, SECURUS, Florida Justice Institute, JPay, Profiteers, South Florida Reception Center

Girl Scout puts shirtless 'Aquaman' hunk on cookie box and sales soar

With the help of her mom, a Girl Scout in Colorado has turned Samoas into "Momoas." Cookie sales have skyrocketed for fifth-grader (and "Top Cookie CEO") Charlotte Holmberg of Highlands Ranch since she and her mom started gluing a shirtless photo of beefcake Aquaman star Jason Momoa on Samoa boxes. Charlotte's mom, a marketing professional, was inspired by a meme photo she saw on the internet of Momoa and started designing new box art. This one's for the ladies. (and the fellas) #el...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Copyfight, News, Colorado, Marketing, Jason Momoa, Charlotte, Objectification, Samoa, Highlands Ranch, Girl Scouts, Momoa, One smart cookie, Momoas Cookie, Charlotte Holmberg

LA Times demands that reporters sign away rights to books, movies and other works they create while working at the paper

The LA Times Guild has been negotiating a new contract with the newspaper, but has hit a wall thanks to an unprecedented demand from the paper's owners: they want writers to sign away the rights to nonfiction books, novels, movies and other works they create separate from their reporting for the paper. The newspaper is also demanding the right to use reporters "byline, biography and likeness" to market these works. The Times has falsely claimed that this is standard at other papers. LA Time...
Tags: Post, Books, Business, Copyfight, News, Writing, Los Angeles, The Times, Times, Class War, Los Angeles Times, Guild, LA Times, Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times Guild, Ink-stained Wretches

The Final Version of the EU's Copyright Directive Is the Worst One Yet

Despite ringing denunciations from small EU tech businesses, giant EU entertainment companies, artists' groups, technical experts, and human rights experts, and the largest body of concerned citizens in EU history, the EU has concluded its "trilogues" on the new Copyright Directive, striking a deal that -- amazingly -- is worse than any in the Directive's sordid history. Goodbye, protections for artists and scientists The Copyright Directive was always a grab bag of updates to EU copyrig...
Tags: Europe, Post, Copyfight, Usa, News, US, America, Eu, European Parliament, Article 11, Article 13, Fixcopyright, Copyrightdirective, Throwing Artists Under The Bus

Netherlands court strikes down Dutch grifter's patent claim over Ethiopia's ancient staple grain teff

Teff is one of the oldest grains to have been cultivated, a staple for so long that its original cultivation date is lost to history and can only be estimated at between 1000 and 4000 BCE; it is best known as the main ingredient in injera, the soft pancakes that are served with Ethiopian meals. In 2003, a Dutch human named Jans Roosjen filed a patent on teff, claiming to have invented it, and demanding a halt to virtually every means of preparing the grain. Roosjen ran an agronomy corporati...
Tags: Food, Europe, Post, Copyfight, News, Not Food, Africa, Disney, Eu, Scams, South Africa, Netherlands, Patents, Ethiopia, Ethopia, Grifts

A free excerpt from UNAUTHORIZED BREAD, my latest audiobook

Unauthorized Bread is the first installment of my next science fiction book for adults, Radicalized, which comes out in just over a month; the audiobook is available DRM-free on Google Play and direct from me. Unauthorized Bread is a story about refugees, rent-seeking, DRM and the housing crisis, and the audiobook, read by Lameece Issaq, is amazing. is hosting an excerpt from the book.
Tags: Audiobooks, Post, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Audio, Drm, Spoken word, Unauthorized Bread, Radicalized, Lameece Issaq

Make: a 3D printed replica of the shrine from Deities and Demigods, sized for D&D minis

Deities and Demigods is a storied resource book from the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: between being copyright trolled by false claims of infringement on the Lovecraft estate (and a more valid copyright claim over the use of Elric of Melnibon mythos), and the general uselessness of gods and demigods to the vast majority of D&D campaigns, and the book's usefulness to nutjobs who claimed that D&D was a trojan horse for occult indoctrination, Deities and Demigods is a title whose...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Copyfight, News, Fanac, 3d Printing, Thingiverse, Rpgs, D&d, Elric, Erol Otus, Jim Pacek

HP's ink DRM instructs your printer to ignore the ink in your cartridge when you cancel your subscription

Inkjet printer manufacturers continue to pioneer imaginative ways to create real-world, desktop dystopias that make Black Mirror look optimistic by comparison: one such nightmare is HP's "subscription" printers where a small amount of money buys you ink cartridges that continuously communicate with HP's servers to validate that you're still paying for your subscription, and if you cancel, the ink stops working. HP's argument is that it's subsidizing the ink and you're agreeing to this treat...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Copyfight, News, Hp, Drm, Apollo, 1201, Sole And Despotic Dominion, Printer Company Fuckery, Josh Hendrickson Howtogeek

Houseplant patent EULA: "Asexual reproduction using scions, buds or cutting is strictly prohibited"

Not much detail on this patented houseplant and its terrifying license "agreement": redditor GooberMcNutly posted it a few hours ago and hasn't said anything else about it. Plants are patentable, and in theory patents reach into private conduct. Whatever the story, this is some primo late-stage capitalism right here.
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, Patents, Gmos, Reasonable Agreement, Eulas, Rent Seeking, Guillotine Watch, Monopolism, Grifter Botany

As the German Government Abandons Small Businesses, the Worst Parts of the EU Copyright Directive Come Roaring Back, Made Even Worse

Last month, it seemed like Europe had been saved from a dangerous attempt by corporate lobbyists to hijack copyright legislation in order to add a few points to their balance sheets, at the cost of a free, fair, open internet. Now, thanks to Germany's decision to turn its back on small European tech companies, the EU is poised once again to hand permanent control over Europe's internet to the United States’ Big Tech sector, snuffing out the small- and medium-sized enterprises of Europe.The new E...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Post, Copyfight, News, France, Germany, Eu, United States, Portugal, Eff, Voss, SMEs, EU Parliament, YouTubes, Facebooks

Black Batman: an origin story for an alternate superhero

Jamelle Bouie (previously), has proposed an alternate Black Batman, with an accompanying background story that goes beyond race-switching Bruce Wayne and instead looks at the cultural and racial politics of America and finds exactly the right niche where a Black vigilante in a mask would fit. In Bouie's retelling, the Wayne family aren't high-profile billionaires; they're wealthy philanthropists in who work quietly in the mold of "Booker T Washington uplift ideology" to support the "segrega...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Copyfight, News, Fanac, Race, America, Gotham, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Superheros, Black, Alfred, Wayne, Bruce, Jamelle Bouie