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Google: CONTROL Abuse, NOT Names
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an unprecedented Internet event:

Click http://en.wikipedia.org AND do what it asks ! ! !

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The most irrational of all human behavior is the nearly unshakeable expectation that human behavior be rational.

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If we lose the ability to completely control computers we own, these machine can, and will, be used to put us under constant surveillance. If that happens, computers will have completed a trajectory from contributing to human freedom and making the Iron Curtain look like a rusty sieve, to fulfilling the 1984 telescreen vision of pervasive monitoring of every activity of every person.

DRM isn't just a copyright issue, it is a human rights issue.

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A preview of SOPA. How a million small business sites at weebly.com almost got shut down by GoDaddy on the basis of one complaint by a business.

From Declan McCullagh (@declanm):
@drusenko: GoDaddy planned to suspend our domain after a "bad review of a local business." http://t.co/EoCGKZTN #cnet

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Great analysis, with lots of examples (and links that don't appear in the cut-and-paste below): http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/how-would-sopa-be-used/

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Then there’s the case of Dajaz1.com, a hip hop blog seized for over a year by the government for hosting infringing music files. Except it turned out that those files had actually been provided by PR firms, working for the music labels, who hoped blogs like Dajaz1 would circulate them to create buzz for up-and-coming artists. Oops!

As legal scholar Jason Mazzone has amply documented, the use of dubious copyright claims to chill legitimate speech is depressingly common. The voting machine manufacturer Diebold has tried to use copyright to shut down whistleblower sites that published internal e-mails highlighting security vulnerabilities in software that could determine the outcome of elections. The Church of Scientology has similarly invoked copyright to stifle criticism. In Russia, political opposition groups are routinely raided under the pretext of searching for copyrighted software. Research suggests that most copyright takedown claims to search engines like Google are issued by companies targeting their competitors, and that nearly a third of takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act lack a clear basis.

I could easily fill a dozen long blog posts with examples, but let’s cut to the chase. Major movie studios and music labels draw a lot of water in D.C.: The fact that a bill as massively unpopular as SOPA is even being seriously considered, let alone likely to pass, is proof of that. They will effectively control which foreign domains the Justice Department chooses to block directly, and shop around for friendly judges amenable to rubber-stamping orders in civil litigation that require payment providers and ad networks to cut off disfavored sites. The likely targets are their competitors, whether the copyright claims are valid or not.

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Annoying Google problem. I'm in Japan and am LOGGED INTO GOOGLE, but every time I do a search all of the results come up from google.co.jp in Japanese. Even though I have a Google account, and even though my Google language preference is ENGLISH, Google keeps defaulting to Japanese. It's infuriating.

it is hard for people to realize just how many bugs Google has. We need more competition.
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