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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air.  To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

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Walking Dead News

  • First off, the season premier is 12 October
  • Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
    •  Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
  • FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season  Marathon begins on 6 October
  • The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
  • There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away

Closing Tunes

We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:

  • Pay Me/Iko
  • Zombie Jamboree
  • Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014

2014.08.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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This Week We Start with a Long Rant and End with a Long Track

We started off with a few from the Monterey International Pop Fest. They were:

  • Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
  • Otis Redding  –  Shake
  • The Mamas and The Pappas – California Dreamin

You can check out the artists above and others that performed at the event at Music Alley and The Razor and Tie Label.

Video – The Rise of the Patent Troll

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Patent (Photo credit: brunosan)

This Video Explains How Patent Trolls Came to Be

If you listen to our news broadcasts here, you are very likely to hear stories about patent trolls and “copywrong” as Lumpy uses to refer to the current state of intellectual property law. It has reached the ridiculous point where trolls are laying claims to broad matters such as playlists and podcasting.  This is about as logical as patenting the alphabet. The video below, explains how old law and new tech combined to create software patent trolls.

MegaUpload’s Cooperation Used Against Them

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This past Monday, live on the Tech Net News and Opinion, we had mentioned that the search warrants regarding the Kim Dotcom raid had been unsealed.  In our conversation, we had mentioned that numerous sites were reporting that there was no mention of any possible non infringing files  regarding the warrants.

While that is grave enough, an article over at TechDirt adds more stench to the stink.  It seems MegaUpload cooperated with the investigators in a previous investigation of NinjaVideo.  In short they cooperated by not removing files at MegaUpload that were put there by NinjaVideo, as requested by the authorities.  MegaUploaded cooperated only to have the same files used against them when it came time to go after MegaUpload.

I am curious.  Would that be some form of entrapment?

Germany Denies Seizure of MegaUpload Assets

Disclaimer – This Post is Mostly Editorial

While I do not endorse, encourage or in any shape or form endorse piracy, I extend that “unendorsement” to include any illegal activity.  I also consider illegal search and seizure and a lack of due process equally illegal.  I also believe one is innocent until proven guilty.

You are free to form your own opinion about Kim Dotcom and this entire MegaUpload issue.  I am pretty sure that some illegal activity did occur at MegaUpload.  However, I do not believe that all of the activity was illegal, nor do I have any information as to whether most of the activity was illegal.  Nonetheless, by shutting down and entire server, I am certain people who used the site completely legitimately were harmed as well.

A New Home for MegaUpload?

POSTED ON November 12th  - POSTED IN Intellectual Property, Law, Law, New Media Order, news, Opinion, politics, Tech and Net Opinion

Kim Dotcom Announces “Lobbyist-Proof” Domain for Site

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For those of you who follow the Indie Nation News, you know we have followed Kim Dotcom and the MegaUpload story for some time now.  While it was recently announced that the new domain would be “me.ga”, it seems that he has met snags in securing that particular domain.

Before we get into any of this news though, here is our usual disclaimer.  Those of us here at Indie Nation DO NOT endorse, encourage or support illegal activity.  We feel this story is important not because MegaUpload may or may not have been a hub for piracy but because it is a classic example of a government ignoring due process, the needs of its citizens and listening only to corporations.

That said, Mr. Dotcom, according to several sources such as Torrent Freak and ARS Technica, has announced that he will be hosting his site(s) in New Zealand.  The new site will be mega.co.nz and is now up and running.  This new venture is supposedly “completely” legal.  While this may imply that earlier ventures allowed some legal activity, I must note that ALL the user’s of MegaUpload were not using the site illegally and the government still shut down ALL of the site.

In the end, the now famous raid, will certainly be remembered as an illegal raid lacking due process.  Thus Dotcom’s motivation for New Zealand, quoting Torrent Freak:

“The judiciary in New Zealand works. Judges are independent and not influenced by politics. That has been our experience so far,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak.

All in all, I am not surprised.  Mr. Dotcom, in the context of due process, in my opinion has a very valid point.  I am confident that there are other business owners who would also consider such when choosing a host country.  If the Internet is the future of commerce, should a country not make its borders a desirable place to host a server?

Also, note that I am waiving my editorial and free speech flag as I say this, is it not terribly ironic that government largely responsible for his current motivation is one which boasts of being “innocent until proven guilty”?   Sorry folks, not only does the USA send entirely the wrong ethical and legal message when it acts as it did in the Dotcom raid, but I am one who believes we are simply motivating e-business to do business outside the USA.

Another Stupid Patent Issued – “Announcing a Domain Name Registration On a Social Website”

POSTED ON September 28th  - POSTED IN Intellectual Property, Law, news, Opinion
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Patent office bldg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeah, you read that right.  I can’t make this stuff up.  GoDaddy, has actually been granted a patent for just what the headline states! I am baffled at what is so unique and novel about this particular idea.  Honestly, who  wouldn’t promote their new web site via social sites and networks?  For that matter who hasn’t done so already?

Megabox, Back with Exclusive Artists

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Image via CrunchBase

Being in the news is nothing new for Kim Dotcom.  I recall the YouTube take down fiasco, his song to the president, the raid, and, as almost all of us at Indie Nation News believed, learning the raids were very likely illegal.  If you need to catch up on this ongoing adventure, I suggest this page at TechDirt with lots of articles on Dotcom, otherwise wait for the movie.  I am sure that someone is going to do one soon.

However, I wonder how many others remember “Megabox” and Mr. Dotcom’s pledge to take down the modern music industry?

RIAA Lobbyist, Drafter of DMCA, Now Judge in Patent Troll Cases

POSTED ON August 26th  - POSTED IN Intellectual Property, Law, Law, New Media Order, news, Opinion
Mike Masnick, CEO and founder of Techdirt

Mike Masnick, CEO and founder of Techdirt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeah, you read the headline right.  While I am not surprised to hear about such a tactic, I am still appalled.  According to Mike Masnick at TechDirt:

We’ve written about judge Beryl Howell a few times before. She’s the recently-appointed judge whose immediate job prior to that was as a lobbyist for the RIAA. Before that, she worked for the Judiciary Committee and was apparently a key player in drafting the DMCA. It seems pretty damn clear that she holds a strong viewpoint on the nature of copyright law and copyright infringement — but that hasn’t stopped her from taking those cases, even when her rulings appear to be exactly the opposite of nearly every other court. For example, while most courts have been throwing out copyright trolling lawsuits for improper joinder, Judge Howell had no problem with the practice and ordered various ISPs to cough up names based solely on IP addresses.

I wonder if the Pussy Riot trails inspired any of this sham version of justice?  Honestly, judges, lawyers, and politicians, this is why the public is becoming more and more sympathetic to organizations like Anonymous.  If the “legitimate” government and court systems become a scam only to serve lobbyist, corporations, and the élite, should you not expect a revolution?  How could this judge, having any semblance of mental stability, NOT remove himself from the case due to a conflict of interest? Are we supposed to believe that this is some type of justice and not simply a guise for corporate coersion and collection?

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