August 31, 2002
The Right To Bare Arms
OK, so I got home from my day job as take-out girl at 4 Italian Brothers, a small restaurant here in my even smaller hometown of Cohoes, NY, and I found a giant treasure left for me by Glenn - law review articles on the Second Amendment. I'd never read a law review before, and was a little intimidated, I have to tell you, until I saw one on Tennessee's State Constitution and its Provision on the Right to Bear Arms. That one drew me in - I was actually attracted to it - probably because as I started reading it, I started thinking of my boyfriend, who just last week went back to school in Tennessee, and has really great bare arms. I have always especially admired his right.More on The Right To Bare Arms
August 30, 2002
Review of Bill Allowing Attacks In Your Home
A good review of the current legislation that makes it OK to attack you in your home, RIAA's Hold on the House.More on Review of Bill Allowing Attacks In Your Home
August 29, 2002
UPDATE: More On Eminem's Liability
Some bloggers have commented that Universal may not actually be marketing Eminem when it releases clips from his tracks to file-swappers, who are potentially underage - but simply trying to prevent file-swapping. Well, sure, that's what they want you to believe. But if you really look into it, as this Salon report does you find quite the opposite.More on UPDATE: More On Eminem's Liability
Eminem Charged With Sex Attack
Eminem lyrics are blamed for sex attack
Does this mean Eminem's record company, Universal, is liable for damages? Before you answer that, consider that Universal duped underage file-swappers into downloading Eminem's songs in an effort to promote the music.
August 28, 2002
My First Blog Experience
Today I had my first Blog experience. It started with Glenn Reynolds who pointed me to politicians who take bribes from Big Media. Turns out, there's a blogger movement to defeat these corrupt politicians, who would sell off the very liberty they are elected to preserve.
Defeat these politicians! Come on Bloggers, we can do it!
August 27, 2002
This Post May Be Illegal
Here's a site devoted to the Lyrics of CSS, the programming code that's used to scramble and unscramble DVD encryption. Since CSS is written in a programming language, and could be set to song, I call it Lyrics. According to Big Media, the CSS Lyrics are illegal, and so may be this review of the Lyrics, because it links to them.
Sarah of Verizon, she champion of freedom. Yessss! Umm, also Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications, who marshalls opposition to Big Media in Congress. I'm seriously thinking about going to law school, if I could make a difference like Sarah does.
August 26, 2002
Music Sales Down
U.S. recording industry reports further decline in CD buying FairPlay should help with this, since consumers will finally have a convenient format for music downloads that supports the artists. Plus, it will help consumers defend their homes from attacks by Big Media.
I'll be posting the first look at Madster FairPlay very soon - promise!
Do We Live In A Police State?
Instapundit.com makes the point that Americans may already live in a police state, since 1 in 32 adults is in jail, on parole or on probation.
Imagine the police state we'll live in when the Government starts arresting file-swappers.
August 25, 2002
Hollywood Cartel Threatens Free Speech
I've met Dan Gillmor from the San Jose Merc News. Really good guy. He's callling for opposition to all politicians who support the Hollywood Cartel.
August 24, 2002
Home File-Swappers Threatened with Jail
According to Fox, the Department of Justice threatens a year in jail to home file-swappers. I don't think they're kidding folks. Check back here for the best way to defend yourself against these charges.
Jury Awards Largest Damages Ever for Piracy
Jury Sets $136 Million Award in Piracy Case You can bet that not one penny of this will ever be collected by the artists, and instead the enormous legal fees of this litigation, and of all the other Big Media litigation, will be deducted from the artists' royalties.
Do MP3s Hurt Sales
Does File sharing hurt Music Sales? A new study considers both sides.
August 21, 2002
OK to Attack You in Your Home
Here's legislation that would provide immunity for Big Media to attack you in your home But you're safe if you're using the Big Media network. Article is written by my friend Brad King at Wired.
Read Your Rights
August 19, 2002
Media, Media Everywhere
Here's a shocker, Big Media owns the world's water and treats it the same way they treat media, with "huge profits, higher prices for water, cutoffs to customers who cannot pay, no transparency in their dealings, reduced water quality, bribery and corruption."
Debunking DMCA Myths
In Debunking DMCA myths, Declan claims that the fear of this Big Media law is overblown. Nah, I'm not with you on this one brother Declan, because the next Big Media law is going to build on the DMCA, and be far worse. If Big Media has its way, the Bill of Rights will put you in jail in America.
Justice Too Liberal
Robert Novak's headline says (Attorney General) Ashcroft Overrun By Liberals. Is Justice a liberal or conservative issue? One thing for sure, Politicians Opposed to Freedom get most of their money from big media, and they're mostly liberal democrats.
August 17, 2002
Monopoly sues monopoly
Hmm, this could be interesting. Media companies against the Phone companies. What this really means is artists squander even more of their royalties on lawyers' fees. Majors labels sue Net firms. - Aug. 17, 2002
August 13, 2002
Entertainment industry declares war on individuals
Who I Am
I'm a 17 year old girl who's interested in Music and Freedom. Trouble is, these two don't go together anymore, as I can personally witness from what's happened to me and my website Madster.com (formerly Aimster).
From War on Drugs to War on Information
Multi-national media interests are taking up electronic arms against us, and getting ready to invade our homes through our computers, and now they're paying Big Government lobbyists to get Congress to help them. From Hacker at The Register: Hollywood wants War on InformationMore on From War on Drugs to War on Information
August 12, 2002
Study Shows We Can Win
Maybe Freedom is not such an impossible goal in our current system of justice. There are more of us than there are of them. Rip, Mix, Burn
August 11, 2002
For July '02
Here's my study of new music that was hot in July. Madster DownloadMore on For July '02
Patent claimed on JPG photos
"Originally patents were a bargain to protect a little man with a brilliant invention. Now they're held by big corporates, and often extended beyond the lifetime of the product." The Register
I see this as an attack on our homes through patents. "No, you can't have that photo in your home - it's patented and we're coming to take it away." It's going to be 1984 in 2004, unless we fight back.
August 10, 2002
Take Back Our Public Domain
The author describes the public domain as a natural resource, and tells of its erosion by powerful media interests Reclaiming the Commons
A beautifully written article.. to the author, if you're reading this, I'd like to meet you.
FBI asked to investigate file-swapping
Hey, everyone, there's a whole new world order coming - multi-national media companies and Big Government. Conyers joins push to punish swappers
Let's protect ourselves, which is our right under the Constitution. The new Madster software that comes out later this month should help us to assert our Constitutional right to bear arms online - it will be called Madster FairPlay. More here when it's ready.