It must be true – Last year I said that, I must have Alzheimerâ€™s since I never seem to learn my lesson about what a waste of time a yard sale it when you really break it all down.Â Well, I broke down, gave in to TheWife who wants to clear things out, and LatteGirl who wants to sell stuff and raise money (I love her capitalistic spirit), and we will be having a yard sale again tomorrow.Â Will I ever learn?
The devil is in the details – The RIAA wins a key victory against file sharing. It is not the generality of the case that bothers me, as I can see how a court can rule that distributing files hurts their income. It is the small details of the case that are quite disturbing. Fact one: In this case, the argument was made that the file doesn’t actually have to be downloaded, but just by making it available constitutes damages. There are lots of things that often made “available” either accidentally or uknowingly through file shares, etc. that can now be attacked as “piracy.” The second was when a RIAA lawyer argued that even RIPPING a CD constitutes piracy. So that CD that you ripped into iTunes (or Zune)… that according to this clown is piracy. These are some really scary people, and now they have a court case on their side.
Favorite Blog Quote of the week comes from Cynical Dad:
The Hi-5 girls are wholesome; they should not be hawking birth control. That would be like a former Mouseketeer being ordered by a judge to take parenting classes and undergo drug testing.
Oh wait. My bad.
(from the post How Birth Control Destroyed Two Childhood Memories)