December 8, 2013
Make Art, Not Law « Nina Paley’s Blog

Like millions of others who don’t give a rat’s ass about copyright, I hope you join me. Make Art, Not Law.

September 22, 2013
"I look at it like this: When a corporation goes out of its way to inject its image and advertising into the public realm, I can reproduce what they’ve put out. If you want to touch the world, the world gets to touch you. That seems very fair."

Sean Tejaratchi interviewed by Ian Lynam at Ping MagazineCrap Hound: Clipart mania zine

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July 10, 2013
"It seems that surveillance by trade partners will continue to be acceptable, as long as the negotiations themselves are concealed from the general public."

Maira Sutton at EFFTAFTA, the US-EU’s Trojan Trade Agreement: Talks (and Leaks) Begin

June 12, 2013
"For most people for whom new music is an important part of their lives, however, the most relevant commons has become iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and so on – Web sites that allow the user to begin from their favorite music and then link outwards to music that has been somehow identified as similar. College kids and fanatical collectors might work late into the night figuring out how to get their files for free, but for most people, the sites listed above are the main way they discover new music. And these sites do not accept music that is free. They are all about making money. By giving away my music for free, I seem to have shut myself out of the new “commons”."

Bob Ostertag at On the CommonsWhy I No Longer Give Away My Music

How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads

February 14, 2013
"The rewards from working within particular communities often outweigh the actual benefits of mass distribution."

Rick Prelinger at Contents MagazineOn the Virtues of Preexisting Material

July 11, 2012
"Over the past decade, courts and copyright owners have quietly been creating a world in which goods that contain copyrighted works are never truly owned, but only licensed. And those licenses inevitably contain a plethora of legal restrictions on consumers’ ability to fully use those goods. Never mind that the consumer paid for a permanent copy and the seller doesn’t really expect that the buyer ever give it back—the fine print claims to transform a sale into something else."

Corynne McSherry at Electronic Frontier FoundationPublic Interest Groups to Supreme Court: Bring Copyright Law In Line With Common Sense

February 27, 2012
"Augustine Birrell argued in 1899: “The essence of Property is an unwillingness to share it, but the literary art lives by communication; its essence is the telling of a tale with the object of creating an impression and of causing repetition… the author’s rights are not based on a desire to exclusive possession of that which he has written."

Jeannie Vanasco in Believer MagazineABSENT THINGS AS IF THEY ARE PRESENT


February 7, 2012
"But this situation isn’t new, and it isn’t unique. It’s part of a pattern that is becoming more and more apparent: what people take to be public platforms turn out to be anything but, and our spaces for free speech are not necessarily so free."

Wayne Marshall in The Boston PhoenixMega Up Yours 

Your files could be forfeit in the government’s attack on Megaupload. Can the Entertainment industry take down cyberlockers entirely?

January 30, 2012
"It is up to us, as a generation, to preserve our cultural history. We must also push for reforms in copyright law that allow software to take its rightful place in historical archives without the need to rely upon the work of pirates."

Benj Edwards at Technologizer. Why History Needs Software Piracy

January 10, 2012
"For what is the copyright monopoly, anyway? It is a set of monopolies from the era of guild-regulated commerce, when privately dictated monopolies were the norm and the expected. Specifically, the eldest tradesmen in every guild dictated what, where, and how trade happened within that craft. The copyright monopoly is a remnant from this era that should have been thrown out with the establishment of free enterprise laws in the 1850s."

Rick Falkvinge at Tech Dirt. It Is Time To Stop Pretending To Endorse The Copyright Monopoly

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