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Today we talk about Copyrights, Freedom of Speech, and Other Technological Lies...
Posted Mar 18, 2004 - 13:53:11

I have several items for you kids today, none of which are really that personal (so you don't have to listen to me whine), and they're all sort of related in spirit.

Today we're talking about the internet and publishing, but not just one particular topic.

We'll start out with something that I've talked about before, which is the whole [H]ard|OCP / Infinium Labs lawsuit thingie. I've ranted on this before, so I won't make you listen to me harp about how retarded this is. What I will point you towards is an interesting article that ViperLair posted on the entire situation.

In the world of Intellectual Property, NewsForge posted an article talking about the conflicts found with laws that were written long before the technology they are being applied to was created. The article is a focus on a keynote speech by Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor, at Genus Group's first Open Source Business Conference. I also reccomend you watch the Bush/Blair video clip they link to... it's just classic.

In local, Intellectual Property news (aka, news involving me), I found out that a site had stolen my Shaq-fu screenshots in one of their articles. I contacted them, and thankfully the guy who runs the site is actually pretty nice. He linked the screenshots back to me, and added a link to TRHOnline.com in his link section. So, if you came here from Coke Babies, welcome to this pit of cyberspace. Stick around, it's funn and stuff.

Lastly, I'm going to end on a note which I literally ran across while writing this post, and had not intended to write about at all. Tom's Hardware wrote an interesting investigative piece about claims made by a company called Michael's Computers.

Read it.

It's one of those articles that makes you realize just how easy it is to get swindled when dealing with unknown internet retailers. Remember kids, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Also, before you order with someone, RESEARCH the company first. Amazon.com is safe, as are most of the other big boys, but if you want to order something from a small internet retailer, make sure you check them out first. I know it makes it harder for small companies to become successful online right away, but every scam artist and con man is who poses as a legitimate business is what's really going to destroy the independent online seller...
- Traegorn

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