Tag Archives: Copyfight

Did Limewire shutdown really cause P2P music infringement to drop 30%?

On Copyfight, Alan Wexelblat picks apart the widely reported story that P2P music sharing dropped 30 percent when Limewire shut down — pointing out that the drop began two years ago, and Limewire only shut down three months ago. Alan’s got some alternate hypotheses for the reported drop in file-sharing. To cut NPD a small… Read More »

Time lapse video of woman with HIV/AIDS

Just noticed this powerful advertisement from the Topsy Foundation. It was one of the winners at TED’s “Ad’s Worth Spreading” contest, which is generally worth checking out. This particular video does a great job (with a lovely twist at the end) at showing the effectiveness of HIV antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). There’s also a followup video… Read More »

Will the Harper government receive a #MEGAFACEPALM for C-393?

(FOR BILL C-393 STALLING UPDATES SEE BOTTOM OF POST: LAST UPDATE ON FRI, MARCH 25th) A few weeks ago, I was lecturing during a global issues course (ASIC200), when it became immediately clear that on some occasions, a solitary single facepalm is simply not enough. In fact, there seemed to be many things and events… Read More »

Killing Bill C-393 equals killing period. A visual aid for Canadian politicians.

For the interest of discussion, I’ve made the above visual aid for members of Canada’s Senate, since this is the week that they have a chance to pass a Bill that “aims to make it easier for Canada to export affordable, life-saving, generic medicines to developing countries.” I wrote about this Bill C-393 earlier, stating… Read More »

Does the pharmaceutical industry exaggerate their R&D costs?

One of the principle claims for allowing pharmaceutical companies to continue their hold on current patent practices, is that research and development (or R&D;) is very expensive. It just keeps coming up, and seems to be all the rage when arguing against things like the passing of Bill C-393 (which you can learn more about… Read More »

Killing Bill C-393 would be a facepalm of the highest possible order.

Access to life-saving medicines is not a luxury, but a human right. ~Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network To me, the above statement is one of those things that sound like a no-brainer. Put another way, if I were to ask you whether you thought a person’s income should determine whether they live or die from something… Read More »

Dead tree book kills copyright lawyer; he blames “the internet”

Zick Rubin is a copyright/trademark lawyer who used to teach psychology. His work was notable enough to be cited in the The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology . Unfortunately, that book listed him as having died in 1997, as shown above. Wikia, the for-profit wiki farm, has a Psychology Wiki entry for Rubin which included his… Read More »

Evolution Control Committee’s ‘All Rights Reserved’: Old school mashup

Evolution Control Committee‘s new compilation collects all the cool stuff they have released in bits and pieces over the last few years. Who knew we’d reach a point where there were mashup nostalgia acts! It’s hard to believe ECC has not been sued into oblivion since their seminal Rocked by Rape* single took aim at… Read More »