Sometimes, some dimwit will stream music to you without asking. This is a real joy if you restart a browser with 3o or 4o tabs open, and one of them contains that crap. Only you don't know which, because the <embed>-statement for the media disables the media-player's GUI.
So if you were annoyed and truly evil, where would you turn with this potential copyright violation? I figured I'd first try the Recording Industry Association of America, your one stop site for all things evil. And indeed, if you wanted to turn informer, the info's linked right from the top page. You can report any "piracy" ("whatever that is supposed to mean," you may think, but lo and behold, your favourite online dictionary will enlighten you -- and yes, I know, #3 still is nonsense, but now it's dictionary nonsense) online, but if you tell on CD manufacturers"illegally producing RIAA member company sound recordings", you may also collect up to $1o,ooo for your pains. "Bounty", to remain within the pirate theme. (G-d knows there should be such a bounty for reporting manufacturers producing non-red book CDs.) But what do you expect, these people also call theft when nothing is actually stolen. Not that their German counterparts were any smarter.
To do this, you may send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the site cdreward.com. Ironically, at the time of this writing the site is under construction, and the NetworkSolutions defaults to an offer for blank CD and DVD media.
In semi-related news, Larry Sanger tries to discredit the Wikipedia, even though the latter beats any printed encyclopedia in the web-culture, badjokes and all-around geek-factor departments hands down. (Well, we'll always have e2. Were you aware that Casablanca was made into a TV series? Twice?) Now I don't know about Larry, but personally, I found most of the more mundane entries to be nothing to be sneezed at, either. Oh, and Susan Sontag died while I was away.
America, [D.H.] Lawrence divined, was on a Europe-destroying mission, using democracy --- particularly cultural democracy, democracy of manners --- as an instrument. And when that task is accomplished, he went on, America might well turn from democracy to something else. (What that might be is, perhaps, emerging now.)
Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a "cowardly" attack on "civilization" or "liberty" or "humanity" or "the free world" but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions? [...] And if the word "cowardly" is to be used, it might be more aptly applied to those who kill from beyond the range of retaliation, high in the sky, than to those willing to die themselves in order to kill others. In the matter of courage (a morally neutral virtue): Whatever may be said of the perpetrators of Tuesday's slaughter, they were not cowards.
When I was in school, the music teach taught us thus: There are innumerable sub-genres of metal — heavy metal, black metal, death metal, what-not. You can usually tell them apart by what size amps they have.
Of course, he was being sarcastic &m
"The Pirate Bay is a BitTorrent tracking site in Sweden with 150,000 users a day. In the fall, it posted a torrent for Shrek 2. Dreamworks sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding the site remove it. One of the site's pseudonymous owners, Anakata, replied: "As you may or may not be aware, Sweden is not a state in the United States of America. Sweden is a country in northern Europe [and] US law does not apply here. … It is the opinion of us and our lawyers that you are fucking morons." Shrek 2 stayed up."
Pretty much what we saw for the PSX games. "You're violating our copyright!" "Go buy a bloody atlas!"
"A Californian jury on Thursday awarded 551,000 dollars in damages to Filipina immigrant who claimed she was kept as a domestic slave for a year by a Hollywood movie executive."
Obviously, they couldn't pay her because they went broke over those pesky movie pirates. Or maybe not.