DRM isn't just a copyright issue, it is a human rights issue.
it is hard for people to realize just how many bugs Google has. We need more competition.
The thing is, most statistical results are valid at the 95% level, which means they are 95% likely to be correct and 5% likely to be wrong, and the wrong results are often the surprising, "interesting" ones. So, they get reported.
In a case like this, do you think anyone would report a study saying "There were too few excess deaths to notice in the aftermath of Fukushima." ? Would they? Of course not. It would be boring. But if 20 researchers look for Fukushima-related fatalities, the 5% chance of error means that one of them will get a statistically significant result, and that one will be trumpeted across the world.
What's the moral? Don't settle for a 95% confidence level. Real men (and women, and real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri) operate at the 99% or 99.9% confidence level. 95% is for wimps and people who don't have real science to do...
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.
- Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyEcology, 1967 - 1971
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