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Denice Szafran
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There's something here that doesn't make sense ... let's go poke it with a stick!
There's something here that doesn't make sense ... let's go poke it with a stick!

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The best analogy I've read so far in the digital takedown and Megaupload case, from techdirt:

Brad Hubbard (profile), Jun 29th, 2012 @ 4:08pm
There's one thing that's troubled me over all this.

OK, so suppose I operate a monthly parking lot. One day, the cops tell me that they're pretty sure a stolen car is parked in my lot. So they lock the gates and proceed to airlift all of the cars out to a holding location while they determine if they're stolen or not. Meanwhile, all my PAYING customers want their cars back, but I can't give it to them. All because they think I might have known one of the cars was stolen (but they don't know which ones).

Then you tell me the storage lot you dragged numerous, non-stolen cars to is too expensive, and so they might just blow up the cars or sell them off or whatever, but my customers who broke no laws can't have them back, in case they MIGHT be stolen (though, it'd be too hard to check, cuz there's all those numbers!).

Just because it's digital doesn't mean no laws on due process or prior restraint apply. If it did, why are we having all these arguments around "intellectual property" laws in the first place?
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Please tell me there's a youtube instructional on how to tie a tie .... and why can't I get my hair to look like David Tennant's? Argh!
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To: Department of Anthropology
From: Denice Szafran's Committee (Donald Pollock, Barbara Tedlock, Tina Thurston)
Re: Dissertation defense

Denice Szafran will defend her PhD dissertation SCENES OF CHAOS AND JOY: PLAYING AND PERFORMING SELVES IN DIGITALLY VIRTU/REAL PLACES on Friday, November 11, at 11 a.m. in the department's conference area. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Weird .... starting to panic, and they haven't even decided whether I can actually defend my dissertation on Hallowe'en. Don says it should be fine, he talked to the others already. Breathe, just breathe.
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The Buffalo Bills won another game? Boohoo Michael Vick :)
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