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Links 1 through 10 of 20 by Simon Phipps tagged Piracy

I was kindly sent a copy of this report, and would warmly recommend it. The opening article, which is the subject of Cory's item here, is full of discoveries (or at very least full of research-based support for the things I already believed).

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While all industry consortium figures need to be treated with scepticism, it's good to see the technology industry fighting back against the well-funded astroturfing of statistics by the media lobby. This report from CCIA is of course funded by vested interests too but it puts on the table the idea that it's not "music & movie professionals versus pirate thief scum kids" as the media lobby has been framing it, but rather "niche media market vs much larger and more diverse 'fair use economy'".

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Good to see this fact, which many of us have known for ages, finally showing up officially. Of course, the ACTA folks (like the DeBill people) will carry on acting as if the opposite is true and acting to "protect the creative industry". But that's because they are representative only of industry stakeholders and not of the commons and the really important stakeholder that benefits from it - us.

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ACTA secrecy is in fact a cynical game being played by the analogue economy (great phrase) to defend itself against us - you and me - the beating heart of the new digital economy and the connected society. The attempt to build a meta-national treaty-based fait accomplis has to be secret because too many of us are now intelligent and informed enough to derail it if there was any transparency or honesty. What is "piracy" in this context? It is the attmpt to steal the future of culture and democracy from every one of us. We have in our hands a true test of global democracy and we dare not fail.

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Somali pirates hit navy ship 'in error' and get soundly beaten, some captured.

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If you're an organisation that uses fear, uncertainty, doubt and often something perilously close to blackmail as your modus operandi, maybe this is typical? For the rest of us it's cynical and sick and we'd be ashamed to be in any way associated with it.

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Very interesting article by a games producer who has dropped DRM, lower prices and presumably embraces the "pirates" as a marketing channel. I wonder how it has affected his business?

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Mark fingers the ethical issues and inconsitencies behind Amazon's new Kindle device, and does it using Bezos own words.

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Jason points out the thing the BBC conveniently forgot to mention in their "impartial" coverage.

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Now /these/ are pirates. Using the term frivolously the way the software and media industries do is abusive and it's time it stopped.

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