Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Dec 2011 20:34 UTC
Internet & Networking It was fun while it lasted. This internet thing became too powerful, and shifted the balance of power too much to the people. Politicians found a partner in the content industry, and here we have it. After a mysterious unexplained 180 by a Dutch political party, ACTA has been signed by all 27 members of the EU. In the meantime, it's looking like SOPA, despite delays, is going to make it through, despite fierce opposition from the technology industry (except Apple and Microsoft, who don't care about a free and open web) and the very architects of the internet. To top it all off, UMG apparently has complete control over YouTube's content, allowing them to remove any video they don't like without even having to invoke the DMCA.
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Steps to undermine ACTA
by obsidian on Sat 17th Dec 2011 22:50 UTC
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For a start, musicians should be distributing their work directly, bypassing Big Content altogether.
( I've heard that a number of them already do this.)

Another step - distribute works as "public domain".
That means that "nobody and everybody" "owns" the work, and they can do anything they like with it.
Public-domain has long been overlooked - it is time for it to take its rightful place in centre-stage.

Public domain completely bypasses all of the copyright/licensing legal BS.
Public domain is the future.

These are two positive steps that can be taken NOW.
People will hopefully have more ideas to add.

Edited 2011-12-17 22:54 UTC

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