The Piracy Crusade | MediaCommons Press

This site hosts the peer-to-peer review of the in-progress manuscript The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry???s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties by Aram Sinnreich. The project is currently under contract with University of Massachusetts Press, which has allowed me to post the pieces here for pre-publication and open-review. The draft manuscript with comments will continue to live online here, even after the book has been published. This entire text is available to access freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Interesting process and substance.

MSD’s Leaky Servers

These locked-down kiosks are provided so you could look for jobs online, send off CVs etc. They???ve had some basic features disabled, which supposedly meant that you couldn???t just open up File Manager and poke around the machine. However, by just using the Open File dialogue in Microsoft Office, you could map any unsecured computer on the network, and then open up any accessible file.

This basically means you can grab any file that wasn???t bolted down on the network, while standing in the middle of a WINZ office. And that???s what I did.

Not exactly rocket science.

Linus Torvalds Answers Your Questions

Btw, it’s not just microkernels. Any time you have “one overridingidea”, and push your idea as a superior ideology, you’re going to bewrong. Microkernels had one such ideology, there have been others.It’s all BS. The fact is, reality is complicated, and not amenable tothe “one large idea” model of problem solving. The only way thatproblems get solved in real life is with a lot of hard work on gettingthe details right. Not by some over-arching ideology that somehowmagically makes things work.

Big question.

Essential reading for ITU World attendees: Ubiquity is EARNED not ASSUMED

Dial 911!

Emergency calling usually rears its head at this point inthe argument, as an example of the ???greater good??? that customers are only awareof when they really need it. It is used as excuse for continuing the controlled,centralised, federated-telco model.

I think that is a non-sequitur.

I agree that good emergency communications is a must. Italso needs a bottom-up rethink. Nobody sensible would suggest being able tocall 911 from inside voice chat in World of Warcraft (???Police? My sword???s beenstolen???). But nobody sensible would say it???s a bad idea to allow SMS???s to emergencyservices either, yet 20 years on it???s still not possible in most countries.

Emergency calling, by the telcos under threat.

In Defense of Free Knowledge

I believe that access to information is ethical issue.

This is where I invoke Eben Moglen because he says it a lot better than I can. There’s a great talk Eben Moglen gave that’s based around his dotCommunist Manifesto. Moglen says:

The great moral question of the twenty-first century is: If all knowledge, all culture, all art, all useful information, can be costlessly given to everyone at the same price that it is given to anyone — if everyone can have everything, everywhere, all the time, why is it ever moral to exclude anyone from anything?

If you could make lamb chops in endless numbers by the mere pressing of a button, there would be no moral argument for hunger ever, anywhere.

I see no system of moral philosophy generated by the economy of the past that could evolve a principle to explain the moral legitimacy of denial in the presence of infinite profusion.


Future of Comms – Time to kill the ‘call’?

Sometimes the obvious stares you in the face for a very long time, without you noticing it. My colleague Dean Bubley truly surpassed himself recently by pointing out the non-obvious obvious: that the whole idea of “calling” someone in the real world is typically rude and interruptive: “Hey ??? YOU! ??? Come here NOW!”.Telephony merely replicates this etiquette error in virtual form.

Thus the very concept of a “telephone call” is flawed from a modern standpoint. What was acceptable when telephony was the only form of real-time mass communication is no longer universally so.

Coincidentally, I’ve been thinking the same: