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Humble Bundle, Games, Comics, eBooks, Audio Books and More

I thought I might take a few minutes to scribe a post regarding Humble Bundle. Brian and I often talk about bundles on the Tech Net News and Opinion show.  It certainly is in the spirit of what we believe in here at indienation.fm.  Originally The Humble Indie Bundle, the company offers packages, aka bundles, with a pay-what-you-like model. The company is now a huge success.

Music Sales Up… Finally? Huh? What?

POSTED ON February 26th  - POSTED IN site

Talk About Misleading Headlines!

I happened across an AP news article which, paraphrasing so that we don’t get sued, claimed that music sales are finally inching up… for the first time since 1999. (I know I am taking a chance even using “1999” for Prince and the Universal Goons may still be lurking out there, just waiting for another opportunity to swoop down and swing their IP sword of death.) Fortunately, they provided a link to the source.  It is a report from the IFPI which is short for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.  While not the RIAA, it is a similar such organization certainly spouting similar rhetoric with this report.

I have been aware that many associations in the music and film industry are not the best at math and statistics.  I have often written about how the legal system is skewed by political favoritism regarding IP, how the industry skews law enforcement and, recently, their further adventures on the road less logical.

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.

Megabox, Back with Exclusive Artists

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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?

2012.03.16 – Friday Night Freak n’ Geek

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2012.03.16 – Friday Night Freak n’ Geek

Greetings once again Indienation Listeners, Followers and Curiosity Seekers! As I get more and more stoked with coming to you with each new episode, I’ve been sharpening my skills as a more technical podcaster. After doing conventional radio after all these years it seems difficult to break out of that mold of Pavlovian Conditioning and getting with the new age of radio. In other words folks – I think I’ve almost fully grasped what it means to be a viable part of the new media order. Podsafe, Indie Music Radio all for the sheer love of playing it, doing it and rubbing into the corporate ass-holes face as to why they are dying a slow and painful death!

This week I’m delving more into my passion of all passions – Heavy Metal. Lumpy is thoroughly convinced we are going to Hell now! lol We were lucky to get a hold of some new material that wasn’t released yet. I wanted to stay close to 2 tracks from each band so we could fit a couple more artists into the show. These are 2 of the fastest hours I spend during the week and it sure beats flipping burgers!! Cleta, OmniDragon and Knowles join in on the fun and we extend the invitation for you the listener to join us as well through TeamSpeak. Let us know you are there and we’ll get a shout out to ya!

We happened to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on this one and toast to you a big gulp of George Killian’s Irish Red Beer as our last call! This is such a great brew cold as well as for cooking in Pot Roasts, Stews, Stuffed Peppers or Stuffed Cabbage and especially for that St. Patrick’s Day favourite – Corned Beef!

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