Dean Wesley Smith has been writing an excellent series of articles titled The New World of Publishing. I highly recommend them. The only problem is that Dean knows his subject so well, that sometimes his presentation isn’t clear. I came at this from Sales, and while I was considered lousy at presentations, I think I can do a little something to make his one article, which consists of a horde of numbers, a bit easier to understand. Let’s look at The New World of Publishing: The Big Hurry in a different way.
John Degen is terrified. He’s scared of the future. I can’t blame him. Change is scary. It has John ranting about all the people who want to steal from him, and not looking at all the people who want to buy…
One of the major complaints from the Motion Picture Association of America has been how can you budget a high-priced thriller, if you can’t charge huge amounts of money for tickets? They keep asking this question, even though they know the answer. Make less expensive movies.
The MPAA doesn’t like competition. The MPAA companies are mostly distributors. Energia doesn’t have to use them for distribution. They can cut their own deals, do things their own way. And that terrifies the MPAA. That’s why the push for the ability to shut down websites. So they can prevent competition from forming.
It has been hilarious watching Law Enforcement and the Mainstream Media trying to get a handle on Anonymous. After watching both demonstrate that The Peter Principle is alive and well, most especially Law Enforcement, which seems dedicated to out Pythoning Monty Python.
As a public-spirited citizen, I’ve decided to help them out. There’s a set of fairly simple indicators to help decide if the target of Law Enforcement might be a member of Anonymous. Use of this list can help Law Enforcement Personal prioritize their resources in the fight against Anonymous.
While the list is extensive, it is by no means complete. It does however offer a means to make an immediate decision.
Person has carried out a DDOS attack
Person has a copy of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon Software
Person has ever spent time in Anonymous IRC
Person has ever spent time editing Encyclopedia Dramatica
Person has ever spent time in /b on 4Chan
Person has more than one computer
Person owns a smart phone and/or tablet computer
Person owns more than one mobile phone
Person owns more than one firearm
Person has been involved in a real life protest(s)
Person has an unusual interest in Law Enforcement
Person has an unusual interest in Politics
Person has an unusual interest in the Military
Person is involved politically
Person writes letters to the editor
Person writes comments to online articles
Person has a post-secondary education
Person makes disparaging comments about the Government
Person is opposed to Firearms registry legislation
Person has an interest in Freedom of Speech issues
Person has an interest in Freedom of Religion issues
Person has an interest in Prevention of damage to the Ecosystem
Person has an interest in Control of Money in Political Campaigns
Person has in interest in Political Corruption
Person has ever taken part in an on-line protest, like the web site blank outs protesting the American SOPA legislation
Person advocates for registering Firearms
Person uses Social Media Sites for communications
Person shows no respect for authority figures
Person is artistic (i.e. writer, singer/songwriter) and their publishers
Person creates platform(s) for communications
Person uses any form(s) of Intellectual Property Law
As I’ve said, the above list is hardly complete, but it should help Law Enforcement in their fight against Anonymous.
I’m looking for a video. Does anyone have on VHS, Beta, PVR, or whatever, a copy of Outback Zack’s Australian Animal Fire Victims Appeal that they could send to me? If so, you’ll earn my undying gratitude for all of five minutes (I have a short attention span).
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.