* Posts by phulshof

16 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers


Re: Two sides

While I'm not happy with Amazon's DRM either, it's good to remember that it's the publishers who insist on DRM, and DRM by definition is proprietary. Each rights holder using Amazon gets to decide for itself whether its e-books are sold with or without DRM.


If you truly believe Amazon's the bad one when it comes to taking money from authors, then this blogpost should be an eye opener.

Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more


Re: "While we believe 35% should go to the author.."

A 30% markup is not at all uncommon for any retail store. If you want 70% of the resale price, you should self-publish your work, and sell it directly through companies like Amazon.

EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture


It's not about whether or not it's in the public domain. It's about being able to find the copyright holder to negotiate a license. If society deems it important that documentaries can be made, it's only logical that laws are written to make this easier, while making sure the rights holder gets paid. Note also that even under this law, if the rights holder says no, the work cannot be used.


Re: Metadata!

Well, it's not needed for private material, is it? It's only needed for those works you actually choose to publish. We already have a reasonable database called Google, who seems to have no trouble implementing what I propose here.


Re: How do you...

About the same way Google has implemented it? You can upload a picture to Google, and it will find (partial) matching pictures in its index of the entire WWW.


You know, perhaps this will stimulate people to properly register their works in a central database so document makers don't have to spend a fortune trying to figure out who the copyright holders of certain works are. It's simply not understandable that in this day and age it's so hard to find out who to contact if you want to use a clip for a documentary.

'United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks'


Re: Straw man

As well they should. I have no problem with him being prosecuted for jumping bail, nor for being prosecuted for the rape charges. I do have a serious issue with the way the US has been handling this entire leak situation, starting with Manning.

As for the extradition to the US: I seriously doubt Sweden could not find a political solution here. Besides: if he's as likely to be extradited to the US from the UK as he is from Sweden, then my proposed solution would either expose him as a liar or it would solve this whole mess.

Currently however he's been granted asylum in Equador. Not exactly a place I'd want to be, but it's certainly created a situation that requires some serious political negotiation.


Re: Straw man

I see no reason why Sweden couldn't give out a guarantee not to extradite him to the US, and simply return him to the UK after the trial (and punishment in case he's found guilty) has been completed.

Considering what has happened to Manning, not to mention Guantánamo Bay (didn't Obama make a campaign promise to close that place down?), I wouldn't want to run the risk of being extradited to the US over "terrorist" charges either.


Re: Straw man

If that is the case, then what harm would there be in giving him the assurance that he requested? If it's really that simple to proof him a liar, then why not do so?


Straw man

Now there's a straw man argument if ever I saw one. Where and when did Assange state that he or his staff shouldn't be prosecuted for any and all crimes they may or may not have committed? He only states, and I agree with him, that they should not be prosecuted for bringing the truth to light via Wikileaks. He's been more than willing to go to Sweden if they would promise not to extradite him to the US. Considering how the US has been handling these kind of cases lately, I wouldn't want to be extradited there either.

EU lurches behind copyright free-for-all landgrab



You know, these problems could all easily be prevented if copyright holders would simply agree to a searchable database (automatically indexed by search engines too) where one could look up the owner of a certain work. It would certainly help reduce the cost of trying to figure out who all need to give permission before you can use a work (documentaries anyone?).

The Pirate Bay cries foul over Pirate Bay copycats



I'm quite disappointed in the Register for posting an article with so little research behind it. As several have already mentioned: TPB doesn't care one bit that they're being copied. They're just warning people away from sites that resemble TPB, yet who try to squeeze money from unsuspecting users.

'Don't break the internet': How an idiot's slogan stole your privacy...



Ah, the good old ACAP discussion again. Where did I read about that? Oh yes: http://searchengineland.com/head-to-head-acap-versus-robots-txt-for-controlling-search-engines-30816

ACAP hardly brings anything new to the table, and nothing useful. Hardly anyone uses it, so why should anyone wish to invest the time and resources to implement it?

Don't panic over the secret copyright treaty


Not all of us live in the UK

It's nice to hear of the sad state of copyright in the UK, but that does not mean that the rest of us are jumping to join you. ACTA takes the worst case scenario of current legislation, adds a bit on top of that, and makes that obligatory to all assigned countries. I for one will do everything I can to prevent that from happening.


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