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Rob Sheridan
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Artist/photographer/geek.
Artist/photographer/geek.

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By popular demand, I've done a second edition of my "Cereal Mascot Reunion" print. This edition is distinguished from the original by a different album and Atari game at the bottom. Available at http://rob-sheridan.com/prints
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Genius. By +Matthew Inman

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Some great thinking here.
Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)

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The internet seems to ignore legislation until somebody tries to take something away from us... then we carefully defend that one thing and never counter-attack. Then the other side says, "OK, compromise," and gets half of what they want. That's not the way to win... that's the way to see a steady and continuous erosion of rights online.

The solution is to start lobbying for our own laws. It's time to go on the offensive if we want to preserve what we've got. Let's force the RIAA and MPAA to use up all their political clout just protecting what they have. Here are some ideas we should be pushing for:

* Elimination of software patents
* Legal fees paid by the loser in patent cases; non-practicing entities must post bond before they can file fishing expedition lawsuits
* Roll back length of copyright protection to the minimum necessary "to promote the useful arts." Maybe 10 years?
* Create a legal doctrine that merely linking is protected free speech
* And ponies. We want ponies. We don't have to get all this stuff. We merely have to tie them up fighting it, and re-center the "compromise" position.

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The dismal corruption of congress has gotten it to the point where lobbying for legislation is out of control. As Larry Lessig has taught us, the core rottenness originates from the high cost of running political campaigns, which mostly just goes to TV stations.

A solution is for the Internet industry to start giving free advertising to political campaigns on our own new media assets... assets like YouTube that are rapidly displacing television. Imagine if every political candidate had free access (under some kind of "equal time" rule) to enough advertising inventory on the Internet to run a respectable campaign. Sure, candidates can still pay to advertise on television, but the cost of campaigning would be a lot lower if every candidate could run geo-targeted pre-roll ads on YouTube, geo-targeted links at the top of Reddit.com, even targeted campaigns on Facebook. If the Internet can donate enough inventory (and I suspect we can), we can make it possible for a candidate to get elected without raising huge war chests from donors who are going to want something in return, and we may finally get to a point where every member of congress isn't in permanent outstretched-hand mode.

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Photos I took during the last days of filming on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" for our production blog Mouth Taped Shut. Mostly using +Hipstamatic .

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Just got finished copies of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo CD package. First time seeing it all together, really happy with how it turned out. You can get it at http://nullco.com/GDT
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These auctions are for a great cause, and include some one-of-a-kind art proofs signed by +Trent Reznor and me. More will be added in the coming weeks!
We're auctioning off rare NIN memorabilia with proceeds going to our friends rescuing greyhounds at Greyhound Rescue and California Greyhound Adoption Promotion. We've added some new bundles today, and will be adding more in the coming weeks, so check back: http://www.ebay.com/sch/nin_auction/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

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A very well done video from Everything Is A Remix illustrating in simple terms how censorship bills like SOPA and PROTECT-IP would break the internet purely for the (theoretical) benefit of the entertainment industry, and would NOT stop piracy. A great overview for anyone who hasn't been paying much attention to this issue.

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Today is American Censorship Day, as Congress holds hearings on the first internet censorship system. The RIAA, MPAA, and the rest of Big Content have spent $91 million lobbying the government to pass really terrible bills that would put the US on the same page as China, Iran, and Libya. It would break the internet as we know it and is opposed by Google, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Kickstarter, and a long list of other tech companies, lawyers, and (thankfully) some politicians like Ron Wyden and Ron Paul. Write to Congress TODAY and tell them not to break the internet to protect the outdated business models of old media.

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