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Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose

Seems Bobby McGee and I are on the same page this morning.  Copyrights and patents are limiting our lives and choices.  It seems humorous that one of the latest is facebooks’ attempt to copyright “Book” — you can’t make this stuff up.

Are you using Microsoft for email?   Here is something I bet you didn’t know.

Imagine that you found this great new band sharing their music on BitTorrent for free.

You’re actually so excited about this find you want to share the experience with friends, so you paste them a link to the official torrent file via Windows Live Messenger.

Although this might sound like a good idea to some, Microsoft appears to disagree. Those who try to paste a Pirate Bay link to their friends through Windows Live Messenger will notice that it never reaches its destination.

Instead, Microsoft alerts the sender that The Pirate Bay is unsafe. Apparently, the company is actively monitoring people’s communications to prevent them from linking to sites they deem to be a threat.

Think about it.  They are parsing every word you put in an email.  Go beyond the pirate sites.  Health issues?  Personal problems?  Other things you really don’t want to share with a big corporation.  Parsing Pirates Bay is going on. What else are they parsing you don’t know about.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t read about something like this. Today’s seems an egregious example of the background things that can happen in this police state mentality that they ignoring The Bill of Rights to implement.

Your ISP will be monitoring you for the music and movie industry.  It is voluntary on their part.  If you are caught downloading something with a similar name, what will result.  If you do download a no-no, you will be penalized.  There will be no due process.  You are guilty until you prove your self innocent.  To even start that process will incur a $35 charge.  And then it isn’t in a court but some form of corporate review.  Do it a number of times and they will revoke internet access.  All this starts up this summer.

P.S. The band with the free album is called PrettyLights.  You can also listen to it on Youtube.  If you like them and want the album it is a legal — for now — torrent download.

 

  1. March 24th, 2012 at 14:10 | #1

    Oh yeah — just in case this blog is being monitored … thanks for the free cocaine you gave me in Hammond. Nobody would ever thing of looking for your stash under your bed …

  2. March 25th, 2012 at 03:55 | #2

    No problem.  It was appropriate to give blow for the blow.

  3. March 26th, 2012 at 12:17 | #3

    A friend of mine said on facebook, he posted that he liked peanut butter ice cream (or something like that). He went to his mail and there was an ad for whatever it was he just said he like only a few seconds later!! Coincidence? I think not.

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