Sunday, October 28, 2007

The engagement's back on...

Originally uploaded by SineadBorg.

I mean, it really has to be, doesn't it? Look at her.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

This RIAA case ....

Okay, there's lots of chat over the sites I read daily about this RIAA court case win over a 30 year old single mother.

24 files shared on Kazaa == $220,000 in fines to the RIAA.

So, #1: The copyright law is pretty clear in this case (with some debate over whether it was right for the judge to limit the RIAA proof of burden to only "making available" files for download). The woman was a Kazaa user and had hundreds of songs available for download. She used a handle that was easily pinned back on her. No jury following their instructions could have found her innocent.

But #2: The thing that bothers me most about this case is where the money will go. Exactly how much of that $220,000 will find its way back into the hands of the artists who created those works? Absolutely none, because the holders of the copyright on those 24 songs are the corporations that make up the RIAA, not the artists who created the works.

Defenders of current copyright law hide behind statements like what came out recently from Chris Israel, the Bush Administration's U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement, who said: "Cases such as this remind us strong enforcement is a significant part of the effort to eliminate piracy, and that we have an effective legal system in the U.S. that enables rights holders to protect their intellectual property." [emphasis added by me]

Copyright law was created with the original intent to protect creators from others who might make money off the original work, or claim the original work as their own.

Today we have a music industry where the creators automatically give up their rights to corporations who now make most of the money off the original work.

Isn't this exactly what copyright was supposed to prevent?

Today's copyright law is not only anti-consumer, as many posters to the CNET blogs and are quick to point out in their discussions of the unfairness of the size of the fine.

It's downright anti-artist.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Stop the engagement...

We love our son and think he's the most gorgeous creature ever to have walked the earth. Even if he isn't quite crawling yet.

Our friends C and D had their second (Sarah) three weeks after us. We've started planning Fionn and Sarah's wedding already. It'll be great fun.

But then C came by Wednesday night before this Irish Network thing that she and my boss had to go to. She was having a fabulous time holding our son. And she said to me:

"I think we're going to have to call off the wedding. Your child is the most precious thing I have ever seen. And ours is a wrinkled old prune. I just can't see them together. Fionn can do a whole lot better."