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Fight for the Future, defending our basic rights and freedoms

Fight for the Future, defending our basic rights and freedoms
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 25+ tech companies send letter to Senator Ron Wyden asking him to oppose any form of Fast Track for the TPP More than 25 leading tech companies and start-ups have joined a public letter urging Senator Ron Wyden, the newly appointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to firmly oppose any form of “fast track” authority for trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and to demand transparency and an opportunity for public participation in negotiations that affect Internet freedom, free speech, and the tech economy. Click here to see the full letter signed by more than 25 tech companies. The signatories include well known tech companies like reddit, Automattic (, Imgur, DuckDuckGo, CREDO Mobile, BoingBoing, Thoughtworks, Namecheap, Fark, iFixit, and Cheezburger. Collectively, these companies represent the interests of millions of users in the United States and around the world.

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Case Summary: Expert Reports In Copyright Infringement Cases Often the highest hurdle to clear when an author sues someone for copyright infringement is proving that the defendant had access to the plaintiff's work. This is necessary to show that the defendant copied the plaintiff's work. A work independently created does not infringe anyone else's work even if substantially similar. In an infringement case brought in New York, plaintiff Craig Mowry claimed that the screenplay for the motion picture "The Truman Show" was stolen from his screenplay, treatment and character profiles for "The Crew." He sued Viacom International; producers Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin and his company Scott Rudin Productions; and screenwriter Andrew Niccol. Since evidence of direct access is often difficult to prove, Mowry hired Dr.

Imagining the Internet SAMPLE: Here's a selection of quote excerpts from the thousands of predictions in the 2012 report about expectations for the teens-to-20s age group - Generation AO - and the human impact of people's uses of the Internet by 2020: “There is no doubt that brains are being rewired.” —danah boyd, Microsoft Research The Better World Handbook Site welcome to The NEW EDITION is now available!!! We are very excited to announce the 2007 edition of The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make a Big Difference. Over two years in the making, the new edition features: Updated information about the seven Foundations for a better world - New, more effective and even more practical actions - A new chapter, "Spirituality and Religion" - New and updated resources. The Better World Handbook is the definitive guide for the average person wanting to make a positive difference in the world. Our book is specifically designed for well-intentioned people who may be too busy to be actively involved in social change organizations.

New evidence-based copyright reform campaign launched in the US As this Kat learnt from her own copy of seminal book A to Z of Style, legendary Christian Dior once said: "In town you cannot be dressed without gloves anymore than you can be dressed without a hat". Transferring this basic rule to the equally fashionable realm of copyright, it seems that nowadays you cannot go around speaking of its possible reforms without mentioning that these have to be evidence-based (if you want to know what evidence means, you can learn it here and here) Not a long time has passed since the publication of Ian Hargreaves's report entitled Digital Opportunity. As UK-based readers will remember,the need for an evidence-based approach to IP (in particular copyright) reforms was advocated therein. Now Fight for the Future ("A nonprofit working to expand the internet's power for good") has launched a campaign entitled Copyright is Broken: Fix It!.

The “Unhyped” New Areas in Internet and Mobile Editor’s note: Legendary investor Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures. You can follow him on Twitter at @vkhosla. All Khosla Ventures investments, as well as ventures related to Vinod Khosla, are italicized. On 6/5, 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago It’s been one year since the Guardian first published the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that demonstrated that the NSA was conducting dragnet surveillance on millions of innocent people. Since then, the onslaught of disturbing revelations, from disclosures, admissions from government officials, Freedom of Information Act requests, and lawsuits, has been nonstop. On the anniversary of that first leak, here are 65 things we know about NSA spying that we did not know a year ago: 1. We saw an example of the court orders that authorize the NSA to collect virtually every phone call record in the United States—that’s who you call, who calls you, when, for how long, and sometimes where. 2.

That Was Fast: Hollywood Already Browbeat The Republicans Into Retracting Report On Copyright Reform So, late Friday, we reported on how the Republican Study Committee (the conservative caucus of House Republicans) had put out a surprisingly awesome report about copyright reform. You can read that post to see the details. The report had been fully vetted and reviewed by the RSC before it was released. However, as soon as it was published, the MPAA and RIAA apparently went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report. They succeeded. 7 Values of a Next-Gen Agency As some of you know, I’m in the midst of helping build a chaordic living systems enterprise. Our core group is currently having fascinating conversations about mission, values and the kind of culture we want to cultivate amongst ourselves, which in turn will inform what we model and inspire in the world. As the days go by, we’re becoming more comfortable opening up to each other and really unpacking our core beliefs. This is helping us find alignment and coherence, which must happen before we construct our shared vision and lay our foundation. I’ve been thinking a lot about open-source philosophy, creative work, and a passion-driven lifestyle. While on my flight out to San Francisco yesterday, I reread a book from my graduate work called The Hacker Ethic: A Radical Approach to the Philosophy of Business.

Just-world hypothesis The hypothesis popularly appears in the English language in various figures of speech that imply guaranteed negative reprisal, such as: "You got what was coming to you", "What goes around comes around", and "You reap what you sow". This hypothesis has been widely studied by social psychologists since Melvin J. Lerner conducted seminal work on the belief in a just world in the early 1960s.[1] Research has continued since then, examining the predictive capacity of the hypothesis in various situations and across cultures, and clarifying and expanding the theoretical understandings of just-world beliefs.[2]

Republican Group Publishes Proposals for Copyright Reforms, Retracts Report the Following Day RSC Staffer Derek Khanna Last Friday, the Republican Study Committee published a report by staffer Derek Khanna titled Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It. The brief received immediate attention and was redacted the following day. Khanna argues in the policy brief that the current copyright regime provides excessive terms of protection, carries excessive penalties, and no longer encourages innovation, as intended by the Constitution. He suggests four reforms – reforming statutory damages, expanding fair use, punishing false copyright claims, and limiting the term of copyright to 12 years, with options for periodic renewals in return for increasing fees. Even after a series of term extensions, the maximum proposed term would be 46 years.

How Will We Collaborate if We Can’t Trust Each Other A few years ago, I had a big snowcrash moment about the power of networks and the web, envisioning the amazing potential that could be unleashed if we could just build our networks and weave them all together. Fast forward 18 months or so, and I find myself embedded within overlapping networks of networks…. and yet I still don’t see the magic happening that had appeared so clearly in my mind. What’s the deal? I chuckle now looking back at my own starry-eyed naivete, as if it were enough to just be connected. I’m reminded of something Stowe Boyd said when I interviewed him for the Future of Facebook Project: There’s no natural reason that we’re all gonna come together and sing kumbaya just because we’re using the same social tools.

Emergent Futures Mapping with Futurescaper Futurescaper is an online tool for making sense of the drivers, trends and forces that will shape the future. As a user interface system, it still needs development. As a tool for analyzing and understanding complex systems, it works very well and does something I have yet to see anything else be able to do. Is the term of protection of copyright too long? Last Friday the Republican Study Committee published a policy brief entitled "Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It", which Techdirt labelled as "surprisingly awesome". The brief analysed the "possible reforms to copyright law that will lead to more economic development for the private sector and to a copyright law that is more firmly based upon constitutional principles". It argued that the current US copyright regime has retarded the creation of a robust DJ/Remix industry, hampers scientific inquiry, stifles the creation of a public library, discourages added-value industries and penalises legitimate journalism and oversight.