A blow to transitioning away from violent monopolies

Posted on April 17th, 2009 by bile
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The Pirate Bay “spectrial” has ended in a guilty verdict, prison sentences for the defendants, and a shared 30 million kronor ($3.5 million) fine. According to the Swedish district court, the operators of the site were guilty of assisting copyright infringement even though The Pirate Bay hosted none of the files in question and even though other search engines like Google also provide direct access to illegal .torrent files.

These two points formed the basis of The Pirate Bay’s defense, but the court found them ultimately unpersuasive in its 107 page verdict. “By providing a site with, as the district court found, sophisticated search functions, easy upload and storage, and a website linked to the tracker,” the defendants were guilty of assistant copyright infringement, the court said.

In an Internet press conference this morning, defendant Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi compared the whole trial to (of all things) The Karate Kid, a movie in which the good guy is roughed up by bullies, goes through a long training process, learns to “wax on, wax off,” encounters his bully again in the final round of a karate tournament, and kicks him in the face with his “crane technique.” Kolmisoppi sees parallels. In the end, he insists, “we’ll kick their ass.”

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The oncoming copyright crisis?

Posted on April 5th, 2009 by bile
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Kings of Power 4 Billion %

Posted on March 24th, 2008 by bile
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Here’s my film

Music by Cornel Wilczek

Additional good stuff from Persona and Kinuko

Maybe I’ll talk about it some more in a future post

I’m making a compilation DVD of my stuff too.

the end

Edit: if you can, please mirror the file. Otherwise bandwidth will die forever

Edit 2: I’ll put mirrors here:

torrent: http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4096264










Sixth Circuit court strikes down porn records statute

Posted on October 23rd, 2007 by bile
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In a major constitutional ruling, a divided panel of the Sixth Circuit has struck down a federal statute that requires producers of sexually explicit images to keep records on the names and birth dates of the persons who appear in the images. The producers must make the records available for government inspection and place a compliance notice on the image that includes a street address for where the records can be found.

These record-keeping provisions, which are part of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988, are intended to ensure that pornographers are not using minors and make it easy to weed out legal images from illegal child pornography. But the photographers, publishers, filmmakers, and website operators who are subject to the record-keeping requirements claimed that they were too onerous, and that they violated the First Amendment.

This is good news. This statute wasn’t as bad as the DOJ wanting a list of every porn star but it’s death gives hope that similar ridiculous laws will be shot down. It’d be really entertaining if there was an organization which waited for these types of rulings and attempted to get those who supported the bill impeached for breaking their oath.

DOJ wants list of every porn star in America

Posted on August 21st, 2007 by bile
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The Department of Justice wants to come up with an official list of every porn star in America – and slap stiff penalties on producers who don’t cooperate.

The new rules, proposed under the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, would require blue-movie makers to keep photos, stage names, professional names, maiden names, aliases, nicknames and ages on file for the inspection of the department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

“The identity of every performer is critical to determining and ensuring that no performer is a minor,” according to the new proposal.

The adult film industry plans to challenge the new rule as a violation of the First Amendment, said Paul Cambria, a lawyer for Hustler and other adult film companies.

He sees it as a way to harass legitimate stag-film producers.

“If they can’t get you for obscenity, they’ll get you for violating record-keeping,” he said. Such a violation would carry a five-year penalty.

The proposed rule would require porn producers to give the title of the video or magazine, or the Web address where the actor appears.

The Department of Justice has shown some sensitivity for the performers’ privacy, however. All information not essential to proving their age and identity, like phone numbers and addresses, can be withheld.

I wonder how many statutes state “to protect the children” as a reason for its existence? I’m glad to see that you can withhold your phone number and address. That implies they ask for it anyway even though they claim not to need it. This is another useless law aimed at gathering more info on people not protecting anyone. Any organization who hired someone underage unknowingly would have a false identity and age probably. Those who would hire a minor wouldn’t turn over that information or would lie.

Uwe Boll goes off on Wired writers

Posted on August 14th, 2007 by bile
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chris your review shows me only that you dont understand anything about movies and that you are a untalented wanna bee filmmaker with no balls and no understanding what POSTAL is. you dont see courage because you are nothing. and no go to your mum and fuck her …because she cooks for you now since 30 years ..so she deserves it. people like you are the reason that independent movies have no chance anymore. uwe boll PS: POSTAL is R RATED . The MPAA understood the satire — you not — you dumb fuck

That’s not the end of it either. This makes me want to see POSTAL. I’ll probably regret it but what the hell.