The largest copyright pirates are the large corporations, particularly in the content distribution business. Yes, those companies who scream the loudest that their customers are ‘pirating’ movies, songs, books, etc. In this series, we are going to look at cases where these companies have engaged in large scale copyright infringement, or in other ways have been ripping off artists.
We still don’t know all the details, but the sites are now coming back up, one but one.
That’s the unexciting news. The exciting news is after the cut…
Kleo and I have a fantastic stats package. If you run a Word Press Blog, I strongly suggest that you install Jetpack by WordPress.com and WP-Stats-Dashboard. Between the two of them, they’ll tell you most of what you need to know.
They are really useful for spotting odd things.
Mat Taibbi makes some suggestions. I added to them of course 🙂 I also changed the numbers just to confuse things.
- Break up the monopolies. The so-called “Too Big to Fail” financial companies – now sometimes called by the more accurate term “Systemically Dangerous Institutions” – are a direct threat to national security. (No Shit Sherlock.)
- They are above the law and above market consequence, making them more dangerous and unaccountable than a thousand mafias combined. There are about 20 such firms in America, and they need to be dismantled; a good start would be to repeal the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and mandate the separation of insurance companies, investment banks and commercial banks.
- An additional point that needs to be added, is that no stockholder can be allowed to hold stocks, bonds, or other investment instruments of any sorts in more than one of any types of these. The penalty for doing so is a ten year penitentiary sentence in Club Fed, and a full forfeiture of the stocks involved.
I’ve worked for the last week on getting The Mice of Middleton Marsh ready for publication. The Mice of Middleton Marsh is a collection of bed time stories that my wife’s mother told her children. They encouraged her to write them down, and the book was originally published in dead tree format about ten years ago.
It has been out of print since, and with the advent of EBooks, I’ve talked Mom into letting me reissue the book. This has involved a lot of work. Dad did the original edit. I love Dad, God rest his soul. Yes, he was born in England. But he had his own peculiar definition of “Proper English Grammar.”
Let’s just say that editing has been an adventure!
However it’s nearly ready. I’ve issued ISBN 978-0-9877226-3-8 for it, and it will be on sale this weekend.
I can also announce that we will be bringing you Shirley Meier’s Sparks in the Wind next week. Shirley had placed it with another publisher, and had gotten a terrible deal. So we shook hands on a far better deal, and I’m her publisher for this book.
Wednesday October 12, 2011
Some of what I said in the earlier posts was misunderstood. Maybe because I finished the first post, Futurist Prediction: Four years into the ebook revolution: Publishers are Lost in Space – Updated at 4:00 AM. Maybe it’s my off beat style of thought.
I dropped in on Dean Wesley Smith’s blog to tell him that I’d quoted him. Dean always has something interesting and well worth reading posted. This time it was in the comments.
UPDATE – Some of you who were more awake than the others may have noticed a math error in the spreadsheets. Curiously if anyone did, they didn’t let me know about it. I was going over the numbers with a writer who was visiting, looked at them and went “Opps!” The numbers are now correct.
Kleo and I originally intended to post this on my other site, About Writing, however since I’m still fighting with DNS issues, it’s going up here.
Note regarding the update. A friend pointed out a nasty spelling mistake (I really shouldn’t write at 4:00 AM), and Mike Shatzkin has left a comment disagreeing with me. I hope he sticks around and continues the conversation. And then I spotted another mistake when pulling a commented for the article for Tuesday October 11th. How come no one told me about it? Oh well…
I was talking to Science Fiction and Fantasy writer and old friend Shirley Meier about publishing options. One thing that I pointed out was that Shirley needed a “Shirley” website. She has sites. Eclipse Court tells part of an enormous future history. Another is about her Shiatsu training.
Yesterday it was Provincial politics. Today it’s Federal.