“This is one of the gifts plants give me. They remind me to slow down, to take the long view, to breathe, relax, and just wait for what happens next.”
From the Stone Soup blog.
More from Stone Soup:
Vanishing Point - A generative kinetic music video. [via]
“Emend is a service for alerting website owners and authors of grammatical and spelling mistakes found on their site.”
Amendments for your site show up in an ATOM feed. Example: [email protected]
[via: The comments for a blog post on XML extensibility.]
Object-Oriented Modeling, when discussed separate from computer-programming, becomes very philosophical.
Objects as Platonic forms.
Canadian Copyright - Bill C32
On Thursday the Canadian government introduced the Copyright Modernization Act (or Bill C-32).
The CBC does a good job of outlining the proposed changes to Canadian copyright law.
The bill is an attempt to strike a fair balance between:
- Our ability to monetize creativity. -vs- Our ability to re-purpose culture.
- A creator’s right to control their works. -vs- A consumer’s rights to experience purchased media flexibly and in perpetuity.
There are things to like in this bill. The format-shifting, time-shifting and backup provisions are long-overdue, as is the expansion of fair-dealings1. The non-commercial “mash-up/youtube” provisions are indeed progressive.
However, any and all use-rights provided by the bill are revoked if the work in questions is protected by a digital lock. This immediately makes backing up DVDs illegal. It also makes viewing DVDs using the Linux operating-system illegal2. Copying a quote from a DRM-locked e-book for a book report or a news story would be illegal too.
The supremacy of digital-locks promoted by this bill must not be allowed to pass into law. If you value free-speech, your ability to re-purpose culture, and your right to use your purchased media as you see fit, I ask that you write your Member of Parliament to express your displeasure over the DRM provisions in Bill C32. (If anything, a bill that includes DRM provisions should mandate explicit labeling of all digitally-locked media.)
You can find your MP by searching for your postal code on openparliament.ca.
I recommend following these tips on discussing bill C32 with your MP. For the most impact, voice your displeasure using hand-written snail-mail.
Fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire would not infringe copyright. Parody and satire were not previously considered fair dealings in Canada.
In order to view legally purchased DVDs using the Linux OS one must break the digital locks on the DVDs. The reason for this is that the DVD industry has not provided any other way to view DVDs when using open-source software. Since I use Linux for all my DVD viewing, C32 would make watching movies a criminal activity for me.
Michael Geist’s initial reaction to the Canadian copyright reform bill (C-32) announced today.
Looks like an improvement over C-61 but DRM is still poised to trump fair dealing.
“The future belongs to the companies and people that turn data into products.”