Steal a Little: Piracy & the Economy via The Illusion Of More

I’ve wanted a sailing yacht for years but have never been able to afford one — until now. Thanks in part to a report on piracy and counterfeiting by the GAO and this explication by CCIA (Computer & Communications Industry Association) lobbyist Matt Schruers, I now have a plan that will put me at the helm of the sloop Larceny by the Summer of 2016. And the best part is the whole family gets to collaborate to make it happen. According to my rough calculations, all we have to do is steal groceries like a Dickensian gang for three full years, and we’ll save enough for a substantial down payment on the boat. I’m thinking Beneteau 45ft, but if any seasoned mariner out there has a recommendation, let me know.

READ THE FULL POST AT THE ILLUSION OF MORE:
http://illusionofmore.com/piracy_and_economy/

The EFF assumes the worst – of everyone else.

An interesting look at the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s highly selective reasoning regarding the DMCA by David Newhoff at The Illusion Of More.

“The long and shameful history of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act file takedown abuse teaches us that intellectual property owners cannot be trusted with the enforcement tools they already have  we should hardly be giving them new ones.”  The “long and shameful” true history of the DMCA is how utterly useless the mechanism is for rights holders to protect their works.

Many creators have demonstrated over an over again that the DMCA notice and takedown procedure is spitting in the wind for even very large, well-funded producers, and completely hopeless for independent and smaller rights holders.

Meanwhile, it is the (internet/tech) industry that funds the EFF, who have made sure that DMCA remains a fly swatter in a storm of raptors.  And that’s bad enough, but to add insult to injury, McSherry sticks this fact in a paper bag and lights in on fire on our doorstep when she says the DMCA has a “history of abuse” by rights holders.  And one reason we can know she’s full of it, is the flimsiness of the cases her own organization chooses to take on as exemplary of this so-called abuse.

READ THE FULL POST HERE AT THE ILLUSION OF MORE:
http://illusionofmore.com/eff-assumes-worst/