Transparency is all reasonable people need to defeat unreasonable laws

It’s interesting that the RIAA-lackeys who are vigorously prosecuting those who founded the Pirate Bay website don’t understand the concept of blowback.   They should: recall the case of Dmitry Sklyarov, or of Ed Felten, the computer scientist at Princeton who was threatened with jail by the RIAA.  I’ve noted before that the draconian enforcement of IP laws will, inevitably, lead to their repeal.   So I say to the clueless RIAA and their stoges, Go ahead, make my day.  

But the strong IP crowd apparently has some clue about how unpopular their ideas are, because they are carrying out trying to carry out the ACTA negotiations in secret.   But–opps!!–that won’t work, thanks to wikileaks and web 2.0 you can’t keep things like that secret. It is impossible to put a lid on any significant information once it is out in the web 2.0 world. For example, here’s some information re the ACTA treaty, and here’s the discusion showing how you lose certain constitutional rights against search and seizures, and here’s the confidential US-Japanese treaty mark-ups.

So, those who want to lock up deceased great grand-mothers and computer scientists know that their laws won’t be popular, and are trying to carry out their campaign in secret.  The light of day (or a tv camera) will destroy the laws they are trying to pass, now matter how many of their lawyers are placed in positions of power. 

The new mantra for those who oppose the ACTA and other strong IP laws needs to be: transparency, transparency, transparency. Transparency is all reasonable people need to defeat unreasonable laws.

Transparency is all reasonable people need to defeat unreasonable laws

Microsoft copies an old playbook from Pravda

It’s interesting to see the parallels between the corporate power advocates, found at such sites as The Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, or the Association for Competitive Technology and old style authoritarians, such as Fascists and Communists. Of course, they both have a common goal, which is to oppress, so it is not surprising that there is a convergence in their vocabulary. From the Competitive Enterprise Institute, here’s a post by the proto-Fascist Cord Blomquist:

Of course none of this is revolutionary, in either a pro-liberty or pro-Marxist/statist way. Instead, this is just a case of customers annoying a store owner, a simple case of hooliganism, not political upheaval. If Digg takes down 1 or 1000 articles, freedom of speech is left intact. The evidence of that, the fact that this video exists, along with thousands of other pages about the HD-DVD encryption key.

Hooliganism? What is this, it sounds like a Pravda or Red Star editorial from 1956. So what is hooliganism, exactly? It’s not illegal in the USA (at least not yet) Doing a little search on wikipedia, I find that:

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DMCA–use it and you will lose it, Gang of Eight

Let’s not forget just who the Gang of Eight, comprising the AACS LA, are, as shown on the AACS LA website:

(note: this is a screen capture from a website, so the links don’t work)


The AACS LA is desperately trying to spin their clamp down on the publication of the licensing key in terms other than free speech. Of course, they will lose this, as it is a freedom of speech issue. The key is just a number, and anyway you cut it, making the publication of a number illegal is wrong. I’ll summarize some of the reasons why, and most importantly, what is to be done about this below the fold.

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DMCA–use it and you will lose it, Gang of Eight