RIAA to Users: Cash Registers are Ringing. Thanks!

March 5, 2007

The image below is of unknown authenticity and has been circulating around the net. Its apparently the reciept you get after you’ve have forked over protection money to the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA), via their recently launched shakedown site. It’s at least good to know that as the RIAA forges ahead on it’s campaign to destroy any connection between the music industry and music fans, they havent forgotten their manners. The last sentence of the receipt is tragically ironic, wrong-headed and yet so very polite.

The original image came from here (Review Lister).


RIAA to America: You’re All Guilty! So Pay Up.

March 4, 2007


Tasked with rescuing the major labels from it’s very public death spiral, the Recording Industry Ass. of America has struck on a novel idea. Sue Everyone! Not just old ladies and children but everyone in the US. While you might think it’s a joke, its not. As a first step in their plan to sue everyone in the US the Recording Industry Ass. of America has launched a website where anyone that has received one of their “We’re gonna sue you” letters can go and settle-up.

The Recording Industry Ass. of America has invited a couple hundred college students to beta test the site (via “We’re gonna sue you” letters sent to them last week). The key to the Recording Industry Ass. of America’s plan for suing all American’s is the total automation of the process, from initial bullying to final ransom. The launch of this site, completes the automation process and now the Recording Industry Ass. of America can identify, accuse, threaten and shakedown every American without having to have expensive, and increasingly counter-productive, court appearances.

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Ouch! Internet Gets to Wipe it’s RIAA

November 20, 2006

How do you express your contempt for an organization that has pursued suing its customers as its business strategy? Well if your an online novelty shop with a sense of humor you express your contempt by offering rolls of toilet paper with the initials of the Recording Industry Ass of America on it. For $6 per roll, expressing your outrage by wiping your ass with the Recording Industry Ass of America is a bit costly, but from the testimonials its well worth it. I cant help but wonder what organization is more reviled, the Bush White House or the RIAA. (via BoingBoing)

Master Minds Behind BitTorrents Phenominal Rise

October 26, 2006

Granny Pirate

I’ve got some good news and bad news for everyone worried about the .
Good news: People are ditching older P2P applications like Gnuttella, Limewire and eDonkey in droves.
Bad News: People are moving from these older applications to BitTorrent in bigger droves.
Since my rant on the “Torrent of TV Content” gushing from BitTorrent trackers earlier this year, I’ve been astonished by the growth of the network and the hundreds of sites that support its users.

Despite all the F.U.D. spread by the copyright industries, BitTorrent site administrators continue to put up trackers and build interesting front ends for downloading files. These sites have eclipsed the original application and its website in popularity. When anyone speaks of BitTorrent, they are actually talking about a loose knit amalgam of sites and administrators who account for the vast majority of the traffic on the network. Despite this fact, there has been no attention paid to these administrators and only nasty grams sent to the sites they run.

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Want less Rape? Produce more Porn!

September 16, 2006

Generally speaking, academics are a not the most exciting bunch of writters known to man. Sure they know a lot more then most people but they are so bad at expressing it that it takes about 20 years for anyone to figure out what they’re saying. So I was both shocked an amazed when, nestled between articles with wordy titles like; Is There a Correlation between Scholarly Productivity, Scholarly Influence and Teaching Effectiveness in American Law Schools? An Empirical Study and The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age, was a paper simply entitled Porn Up, Rape Down. Not exactly what I envisioned on a scholarly site like SSRN. The paper was written by Anthony D’Amato, a law professor at Northwestern University and consigliere to dons the world over. It basically puts forth the idea that rise in access to porn has actually contributed to a reduction in the incidence of rape. It’s an interesting theory from a guy who was who on the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (link is work quesionable) started by LBJ and whose report was presented to and squased by Nixon. He basically highlights stats that suggest that as access to porn grew especially over the net, rape declinced. Its a good read and even better its only 6 pages. Needless to say theres lots of buzz about this article and there is a good rebuttal here.


New Technology Beats Airport Security

September 13, 2006

This past weekend I was traveling for a conference and was feeling rather impish. Perhaps inspired by the fear mongering rhetoric of the junior president, I decided to test out some security defeating technology I got a number of years back. I wanted to pit this rather old school technology against the terrorist predicting computers, ultra-sensitive bomb sniffers, and bleeding edge x-ray machines. Could I defeat the heightened security measures of the most powerful nation on the planet using technology that was created at the start of Gen X? Could I outsmart screeners, sniffers, marshals, scanners and fear itself, using little more then my brain, some aluminum foil, duck-tape and a paperclip?
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Suicide Watch: Music Industry Threatens Musicians

August 21, 2006

The ongoing saga of the music industries attempts at self-immolation, highlight what happens when luddite industries go digital. Everyone involved on the traditional side of the music industry seems to have become resistant to all forms of criticism, commentary and common sense. As the music industry continues its death march into irrelevance, it seems determined to antagonize every group it can, while it publicly implodes. The NY Times Puts it this way:

Now the industry is squaring off against a surprising new opponent: musicians.

According to this article in todays NY Times, several labels along with the music publishers union have been turned started to threaten sites that post, link to or allow users to post “guitar tabs”, info on where to put your fingers to play a certain song. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Questions That Kill Innovation: A How-to Guide

July 12, 2006

innovation  - Cartoon image for proofing use only, unauthorised reproduction prohibited.Despite all the press attention, academic philosophizing and consultant ramblings, Innovation is a bitch. Its a capricious, messy, disruptive practice whose outcome is unclear in the best circumstances. Sure, its standard fare in mission statements and press releases but smart managers know there are plenty of good reasons to delay or even destroy some eager beavers efforts at “innovation” within your company. Chief among these is to maintain your place in the corporate pecking order and a close second would be to ensure that your not “innovated” out of your familiar/comfortable routine by some acronym spewing upstart. There are many other reasons you might want to kill innovation within your firm, this post wont delve into the why of killing innovation as much as it seeks to address the how of killing innovation. Read the rest of this entry »