Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Intellectual property rights (Again)

So this isn't showing up all over the blogosphere, and I don't know why. Because it should. While the President's assing it up, having squabbles with his military leadership in the pages of Rolling Stone-...while the media is saturating us with Gulf Hurricane! Oil Spill! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE Wharrgarble.... something insidious just happened.

If you don't want to clicky the links, I won't force you. But know this: Zombie Copyright is here, and it doesn't look to be going away. Remember Eldridge V Ashcroft- remember what I told you then. Eternal copyright on the installment plan. Keep paying campaign contribution "Bribes" to your congresscritters and you will always get your copyright extension, while the public domain starves for new additions.

Well, the public domain's under attack again. In order to come into line with "Europe's" copyright laws, stuff can be removed from the American public domain.

Dammit, I want out of here. I think? I want off this rock. Is there noplace left to go in order to have Freedom? Real, physical and intellectual freedom? I guess not. His Highness even shuttered our space program, so our grandkids won't be able to escape either.


Captain Midnight said...

If you haven't already, you should read the short story "Melancholy Elephants" by Spider Robinson back in the early 80s. It shouldn't take too long to read.

Ornithophobe said...

Captain, I love Spider Robinson- but thank you for suggesting the story, I haven't read it in some time. Looking forward to the re-read, now.

Have you read, "The Right to Read" by Richard Stallman? It's less short story than cautionary essay, but it rings true, I could completely see such a situation within our lifetime.

You can find it at