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Jeremy Yoder
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I played a bit of Numenera recently and then stumbled across "No Thank You, Evil".  The kids have been asking about playing an RPG as a family but our attempts at Pathfinder and D&D 5th edition proved to be a bit too much.  I liked the Numenera system so I'm betting this is going to be perfect for us.

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Almost there! If you haven't pledged yet please take 2 minutes and add your $10, $20, $100, whatever value you place on a government of the people, by the people, and for the people
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lawrence Lessig
Date: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 5:35 AM
Subject: MAYDAY
To: Richard Salvador

Reformers just launched the Super PAC to end all Super PACs! 

Watch this video explaining MayDay PAC, and let us know if you'd be interested in supporting this effort.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig.
Since the early 1920s, aviators and mariners have used the word MAYDAY to signal distress.

On the sea, when another captain hears that call, there is an obligation to lend aid.

At MayDay PAC, we are calling a MAYDAY on this democracy. Americans from across the political spectrum believe our government is broken. More than 90% of us link that failure to the role of money in politics.

And yet our politicians do nothing to break that link. Instead they spend endless time raising campaign funds from the tiniest fraction of the 1%.

Our democracy is held hostage by these funders of campaigns. We have announced a plan to get it back.

Learn more in this video, and please let me know if you're interested in being part of this.

Several years ago, I decided to give up my work on copyright and Internet policy and take up the fight against corruption.

I started collaborating with others on the best way to build a grassroots movement around campaign finance reform. Washington won't fix itself—the people need to take action.

That's why we created MayDay PAC, an ambitious "Super PAC to end all Super PACs" that will make reform a 2014 campaign issue. We've raised millions so far, shocking the political world.

Can you watch this video explaining MayDay PAC, and let us know if you'd be interested in supporting this effort?

With hope, 
Lawrence Lessig

Note: Larry Lessig didn't pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell our list. We're helping build support for the MayDay SuperPAC because of MoveOn members' long involvement in fighting big money in our politics. After you watch Larry's video, you'll have a chance to support MoveOn as well as pledge to help launch MayDay.
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Looks like the Mayday PAC is getting close to their goal, but there are only 3 days left.  If you are tired of big money being the loudest voice in politics, consider pledging.  It's fast and it's definitely worthwhile!

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Money has corrupted our democracy. Can we fix it? Act now, join #MAYDAYUS -- let's try something new: https://MAYDAY.US/

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Crazy idea...  So crazy it just might work.

I really don't like the term "Internet of Things".  It's clunky and long and I know I'm not alone.  So the new term shall be:  The Stuffnet.  Or just Stuffnet.  You're welcome!

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I was doing some research on how to figure out who to contact about licensing something old but still under copyright and stumbled on this...  I LOVE this idea!  It solves so many problems in one shot!

"There is a valid argument for saying 'People should not have to pay to register every single thing.'. But the fact is, at this point in time, there's absolutely no reason why anyone should have to pay just in case.

The government could simply have a website and hand out unique IDs whenever anyone wanted. You produce something you suspect might be worth copyrighting, you get a unique ID for that thing for free and stick it in the copyright notice.

Then you have three years to actually fill out a copyright registration for that ID and pay $25 or whatever, or it's considered abandoned and thus public domain.

That seems to get rid of any of the so-called reasons we started issuing copyrights automatically. It gives people plenty of time to see if the registration is worthwhile, it helps people who might not have thought that specific thing was worthwhile, yet doesn't result in every single damn thing ever written being copyrighted.

Likewise, if someone attempts to contact the person listed, and they can not be reached, they should be able to send a notice to the copyright office, which will then mail an official letter giving them a year to fix their registration, or it's public domain. Any idiot can type in the unique ID and see the copyright status, and where to send the info to. (We could even charge people for questioning the status. You try to contact a copyright holder, you can't, you pay $1 to have the copyright office send an official postage-paid letter that they are require to respond to.)

And we need to go through the older stuff and slowly start requiring that done to them, also. The older stuff actually does have registration, as you pointed out....but we need to put the contact information online, so we can say 'Hey, those people don't exist', and get the copyright office to remove the copyright after a year or so.

As for the newer stuff, that's harder to figure out, but I think giving people ten years or so to locate it and register it would be reasonable."

So, now I just need to get elected to congress, write a new copyright law, and get Disney to sign off!  Maybe if we made the term renewable every 5 years for 110 years for corporations?  ;-)

Still need to "solve" patents, but at least copyright is done.

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Pretty cool site!  I also happen to agree with the message as well :)
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