Hello! This room needs a good post after three years.
If the room wasn't networked it would have auto-deleted by now. It might be argued that consumers actually won the DRM war, at least when it comes to recorded music. Most of the big stores are now DRM-free, and all of them sell individual tracks in addition to entire albums.
Other areas, maybe not so much. The MPAA are still at large. It seems to be a smaller issue though because most people don't want to carry around a thousand movies and move them from device to device. And although I personally don't believe in copyright, it doesn't bother me a whole lot to pay $3 or $4 to Google or Verizon to rent a movie.
"(AFP) b The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.
The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which would set up a committee of international experts in 2020.
The panel will work to set up ba comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes,b the resolution said."
Since the IANA is no longer controlled by the United States (fuck you Obama), I am wondering if this means that the United Nations now essentially has veto power over the existence of any web site in the world, since they could basically rule to have someone's domain seized for non-crimes like "blasphemy".
Hopefully this will hasten the move to new networks that cannot be tampered with by authorities.
copy pasta'd, slightly cleaned up
Go ahead, create your own website. Start getting popular with free information sharing and zero censorship? Oh no! All of a sudden you can't process donations by credit card because financial institutions and payment processors have banned you. What's that? You got enough money together where you can just buy your own servers and handle all that traffic? Oh no! All of a sudden you can't get non-credit card donations. Paypal, Patreon and all the rest have banned you, because hate speech or some bullshit. What's that? You were able to get the money together independently to keep your website online and run your own private servers? Oh no! Your ISP banned you from their hosting platform and on top of that, your domain name was seized by the registrars. What's that? You created your own website on your own servers running on a network outside the US? Oh no! Now all the major search engines have removed you from their search results. What's that? You have a big enough following who privately donate to you so that you can keep your website going on a server outside the US? Oh no! You've been named in a lawsuit by the ADL and SPLC. They want you to provide all the information about your donors, who goes to your website, and so forth. They promised they weren't going to use that info to dox people, even though they have no legal reason to want it. But now you have to go to court to fight and keep your user information private. What's that? You won the lawsuit and were able to keep all your information private? Oh no! Now some DA with direct connections to the ADL and SPLC are charging you with conspiracy and saying that you are an accomplice to hate crimes that have not even been proven to have even taken place. And they are going to get a warrant to get access to your servers and everything else, but they totally promise that they aren't going to make that public. And now you have to go back to court again to fight this and to get an injunction to even give up that information before the cops can come steal it. Good luck with that! I'm totally certain that they aren't going to leak that information. But yeah other than that you are totally free to start up your own website
I definitely don't foresee any problems with allowing Russia to lead a UN convention on cybercrime. ;-p