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Well said, Brian... well done, Tim! I like that he specified this isn't a "party" thing and that both sides are to blame; kinda tired of finger pointing from both sides. Can we give both parties a "game misconduct"?
As most professional sports teams do after they win their league's respective championship titles, a trip to the white house for a congratulatory meeting with the president is a staple of the celebration that comes after a NHL team wins the Stanley Cup.

Bruin's goalie Tim Thomas, who is an American (and former olympian), chose not to participate in this visit, and as for his reasons, he issued this statement:

"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"

I may not be a Bruins fan, and I am by no means a big fan of Thomas as a rival team member (although I admire his warrior-like compete level and respect how he has battled through hardships to achieve the career he has), but to see him not be afraid to share his view point and exercise his right to free speech is a breath of fresh air to me, as it is often the generic, diplomatic route that is taken with professional athletes when they are being interviewed.
I know a lot of you aren't hockey fans, but I thought you would appreciate the fact that he was not afraid to speak his mind in a way that many of us here have done in the past.

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Ha ha, Hollywood and Chris Dodd admitting publicly SOPA/PIPA were bought laws has unleashed Y Combinator. Go, Y!
Kill Hollywood

Sometimes I love Paul Graham and Y Combinator. This isn't just because they are the best startup incubator around and I'm in the startup game. In that respect, I might not like them so much because they churn out companies I may have to end up competing with. :)

No, I love them because they encourage the entrepreneurial drive and want to see real disruption happen. Today they made an open call to entrepreneurs to create companies that will effectively kill Hollywood.

http://ycombinator.com/rfs9.html

I'm not sure that I would have gone out and created a memo like this and just gunned directly for Hollywood but I do agree with some of the assessment. I don't think much actually has to be done. Hollywood is clearly running scared. Their tactics clearly demonstrate they are a wounded animal and look to do whatever is necessary to try and eek out their survival. But like most wounded animals, there isn't much you can do.

You see, Hollywood is very dependent on capturing large audiences with hit movies and shows. All the middle of the road stuff doesn't matter. They need the few big hits to really drive profit. The problem is that those are going to get harder and harder to come by because of how the world is evolving.

One of the great things technology enables is choice. Consumers have more choice today than ever in history. The thing is, we are all different. Nobody likes all the same things you like. So as consumers get more choice it becomes harder and harder to get everyone to go to the same show, movie, game, concert, etc.

Hollywood doesn't get this yet. Rather than embrace this and look for ways to offer consumers more choice they try and cling to the old ways of doing business and limit choice. That's why they don't want to keep putting up walls in the ways movies are delivered. They want to have different windows where the content is available rather than making it available simultaneously everywhere and then maximizing the customer experience thus extracting even more value. They like the ways things were. Too bad its never going to be that way again.

All Y Combinator is trying to do is hasten something that is bound to happen anyway. The old ways are dying. We all get it. Why doesn't Hollywood?
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This was a pretty awesome presentation; though SOPA and PIPA seemed to have had a a large fall out today, we all know they'll be back under new names (this video actually names their predecessors). CBS, ultimate owners of C-Net, originally the exclusive distributor of all torrent software, isn't going to sit back and let you use the pirate software they gave you :) It's like the media industry was handing out nicklebags for free in the 90s and now want to throw you in jail for having taken it.

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Wonder if you'd get even less if you killed the doctor who killed Michael Jackson?

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Yes, he is a bit nutty in his presentation, but it was also an accurate presentation: I remember all that software being distributed from all those portals (except AOL as I didn't use AOL). Check his video description for a link to a site with the screenshots and link descriptions. Well worth the 14 minute view. It would be interesting if CBS was eventually rooted out of all this and sued into oblivion, something they are trying to do to us.
He's a bit nutty, but gets the point across. Very nutty explanation on how the people who are trying to get this passed are the ones who started this whole piracy dilemma to turn around and sue everyone.

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Conservation of Oppression: now that Libya and Tunisia have ousted oppression and are moving towards democracy and personal freedoms, we are moving to take their place.
In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders - http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/

+Greg Powers has been trying to get a FOG circle started. Thing is, not everybody on FOG is over here and we don't have your emails. So... this is a public post that I'll post a link to on FOG. If you have a G+ account, comment on it so we get your profile into a circle.

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Go to http://gplus.to/ to get yourself a G+ nickname.
Mine's http://gplus.to/PaulMarcel

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