Wrote to Rapidshare (again) for hosting illegal “Winter Rose” files. I really think that these companies should have to be liable for hosting copyrighted material and am well aware that Congress decided they don’t have to be. Well, it’s not the first or the last time Congress made a dumb decision. A bartender is responsible for how drunk a customer gets and can get fined large sums of money if he pours a drink for someone who is quite intoxicated… and yet internet companies can sell or host stolen goods without any responsibility whatsoever? In fact in many cases, if a copyright owner wants to protest, they have to write a letter and fax or mail it. That means while the thief can open a free account in under 10 minutes, the protest by a copyright owner can take weeks to get a response.
I know the argument is that they are just building the road and are not responsible for what people do on that road, but that’s just a cheap geek-excuse (geexcuse?). A road is never harmless. With a new road up the mountain China invaded Tibet. Without that road they would have never been able to move enough people and machinery to Tibet…
Why don’t we call it a fully automatic weapon instead of a road. Doesn’t sound so harmless anymore, does it? Ah, we are in the Wild West phase of the internet… comes with the territory.
Speaking of becoming rich… 280 million USD – quite the windfall for Last.FM. Using creative content that musicians provided, of course. Did we get a thank you or some money? Of course not. Unless I can hear some good arguments for keeping my music on Last.FM now that it is owned by CBS, I will delete the SSRI account. Speaking of hip small companies that were bought by large corporations, Momus has a rant about Flickr today.
Coffee at Café Ladro – photo by Stevo. Their latte is excellent and like an italian cappuccino, the cappuccino is a Starbucks monstrosity with dry foam heaped on top.
It was nice to return to the Triple Door, venue for my first solo concert in April of last year. Nice evening.