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OK, so now this blog is really mad.

Clearly, it’s a crime when an artist decides to give away his art for free.

This is, by far, the best (aka the worst) quote ever by a music industry spokesmodel.

From the Entertainment Retailers Association’s aptly named Paul Quirk in response to his royal purple badness’ plans to give away his new CD for free via the Sunday Edition of Britain’s Daily Mail:

“The Artist Formerly Known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores. And I say that to all the other artists who may be tempted to dally with the Mail on Sunday.”

Keep your retaliation off my Prince, tough guy, or you will soon be representing the hollow shell of a failed industry formely known as the music business.

Oh, and by the way hipster, Prince went back to being called Prince several years ago.

Music industry attacks Sunday newspaper’s free Prince CD | | Guardian Unlimited Business

German Politicians by OS and Server

After this post the other day, there was a lot of (well, ok, a little) watercooler (ok, so we don’t actually have a watercooler, but we talked, ok? )conversation about what OS and server choice might say about a politician.

Everyone agreed that it was oddly interesting, but no one could really say for sure why.

It says more about their choice of webmaster than anything else, and actually it probably says more about their choice of campaign director’s choice of webmaster than anything else.

But the fever is catching, and now, from Germany, Cheeky@Boinc’s Blog, gives us the dope from over there.

Angela Merkel (CDU) nutzt Linux zusammen mit Apache
Kurt Beck (SPD) hat ebenfalls Linux mit Apache laufen
Guido Westerwelle (FDP) ..Linux mit Apache
Edmund Stoiber (CSU) nutzt Windows Server 2003 mit Microsoft-IIS/6.0
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) Linux mit Apache
Claudia Roth (Bündnis90/DieGrünen) Linux und Apache
Gregor Gysi (Linkspartei) nutzt Linux mit Apache Server
Franz Josef Jung (CDU) nutzt dagegen was ganz anderes, Solaris mit Apache :)

Anyone else out there want to chime in on what your country’s political establishment is using to maintiain its grip on (or claw its way into) power.

iPhone-SchmiPhone, Part 2

The release of the open source answer to the iPhone is delayed.

I know he’s fake, but FakeSteve Jobs’ snark still burns.

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Freetard iPhone clone delayed

Setting the FSJ “freetard” remark aside, many believe that the real SJ is still a snazzy dresser, if by snazzy you mean duochromatic. (Or monochromatic if you don’t count mock-turtleneck-black as a color.)

Wait a minute…

…you mean Red Hat isn’t beloved?

From a concerned tech columnist:

Red Hat is a company that is easy to dislike.

Maybe it’s the relationship with IBM. Maybe it’s the way they absorbed JBOSS. Maybe it’s CEO Matthew Szulik, or the proprietary way in which the company operates.


Does this mean we’re not on the prom committee anymore?


After months of hype, and voluminous tech press coverage, the big day is nigh.

The GPLv3 hits the streets Friday and according to Palamida, a software vendor with an application that can track and identify software licenses, at least 5,500 projects are expected to adopt the new draft quickly.

While that’s a small number of the estimated 370,000 projects currently licensed under the GPLv2, it’s a healthy indication that the 18 months and four drafts worth of work from the FSF has yielded a useful document after all.

Erwan at Groklaw observes:

If it wasn’t possible to please absolutely everyone on planet earth, it’s because not everyone is on the same page as to what matters most. That’s fine. GPLv3 isn’t trying to be the one and only license in the world. And it’s not a religion or a political document. It’s a license. That’s all it is. Use it if it suits your needs. It surely meets some current legal needs in a way no other license does. In fact, what it foresaw regarding patents actually came to pass while it was in the draft process.

For a little more color on the GPLv3, check out this talk by Sapna Kumar delivered at a recent TRILUG meeting.

[NOTE: It’s this Sapna Kumar, not that Sapna Kumar.]

The “Red vs. Blue” thing is so over.

Via the The Marketing Technology Blog, a breakdown of who’s using what in order to become the next President of the United States.

Site Operating System and Server by Candidate

* Joe Biden (D) – Linux, Zope by Interlix

* Hillary Clinton (D) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by Paul Holcomb

* Christopher Dodd (D) – FreeBSD, Apache by pair Networks

* John Edwards (D) – Linux, Apache by Plus Three

* Mike Gravel (D) – Linux, Apache by Voxel Dot Net, Inc.

* Dennis Kucinich (D) – Linux, Apache by New Age Consulting

* Barack Obama (D) – FreeBSD, Apache by pair Networks

* Bill Richardson (D) – Linux, Zope by Interlix

* Wesley Clark (D) – Linux, Apache by Voxel Dot Net, Inc.

* Al Gore (D) – Linux, Apache by Rackspace

* Sam Brownback (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by RackForce Hosting, Inc.

* Jim Gilmore (R) – Linux, Apache by 1&1 Internet, Inc.

* Rudy Giuliani (R) – Linux, Apache by RackSpace

* Mike Huckabee (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by LNH Inc.

* Duncun Hunter (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by Individual

* John McCain (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by Smartech Corporation

* Ron Paul (R) – Linux, Apache by Rackspace

* Mitt Romney (R) – Linux, Apache by Rackspace

* Tom Tancredo (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by Interland

* Fred Thompson (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by LNH Inc.

* Tommy Thompson (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by Time Warner Telecom, Inc.

* Chuck Hagel (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by Individual

* Newt Gingrich (R) – Windows Server 2003, Microsoft-IIS/6.0 by Smartech Corporation

(Be sure and click through to check out the comments on Mr. Karr’s original post, and if you’d like to thank him for his research, his pay pal account is set up so you can buy him a cup of coffee, which is kind of cool.)

The day the music played dead.

If it seems a little quiet out there today, here’s why.

Techcrunch applauds participants in the day of silence, but takes Last.FM to task for remaining “on air.” Last.FM defend themselves by explaining how they’ve dealt with the royalty issue heretofore (by finding a business model that can survive reality) before saying “We do not want to punish our listeners for our problems, period.”

Meanwhile, in the realm of free culture where all those pesky rules and royalties are moot, Mike Linksvayer (What a nice name for a blogger, eh.) on the Creative Commons blog links to an essay by Mike Gregoire of on what it will take to make open music more mainstream.

I think that it’s safe to say that every day new listeners are being introduced to net audio. It’s also safe to say, that if these new listeners hear just a couple net audio gems that they connect to, they’re more-likely to overcome their first inclination to think that free equals uninteresting, unprofessional or simply bad. Once a listener realizes that net audio is as good or better than mainstream music, they’re in. They’re part of the movement. They begin to explore the net audio world. The more you explore and listen to net audio, the less you’re influenced by the mainstream music-industry.

Commerce Happens

Google asks for help to fight censorship – Yahoo! News

The online search giant is taking a novel approach to the problem by asking U.S. trade officials to treat Internet restrictions as international trade barriers, similar to other hurdles to global commerce, such as tariffs.

Google sees the dramatic increase in government Net censorship, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, as a potential threat to its advertising-driven business model, and wants government officials to consider the issue in economic, rather than just political, terms.

“It’s fair to say that censorship is the No. 1 barrier to trade that we face,” said Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s director of public policy and government affairs. A Google spokesman said Monday that McLaughlin has met with officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office several times this year to discuss the issue.

“If censorship regimes create barriers to trade in violation of international trade rules, the USTR would get involved,” USTR spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel said. She added though that human rights issues, such as censorship, typically falls under the purview of the State Department.

Give them credit. At least Google is doing more than talking. Even though market-driven pragmatism like this makes libertarians and idealists wince, it’s better than nothing. And given the present state of things, this move will probably be more effective (and appealing to shareholders) than simply taking a principled stand for what’s right. Refusing to participate in or enable government censorship just isn’t practical (or competitive) in a global economy. The world is flat, etc. etc.

Besides, even in the most closed societies, some things manage to slip through the filters.

The Pirate Twins

Not since they tried to book Kid Rock for an Inaugural “youth concert” have the Bush Twins (aka: Jenna and Barbara) put their beleagured father in such jeopardy. (Um, except maybe for that time they got caught smoking and drinking backstage at another Kid Rock concert…)

According to reports scorching the world wide webosphere, the latest blow to the faltering Bush presidency came in the form of a sweet fathers day gift. On a rainy day in Crawford, the ebullient twins gave the President “a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising.

Hollywood, Florida attorney Mitchell L. Silverman took notice and fired off a letter to the RIAA asking them to take notice, encouraging the Recording Industry group to pursue the twins as aggressively as they do other offenders, pointing out that, by his calculations, damages could exceed $1,000,000.

On his blog, The Scrivener, Silverman’s first commenter points out that copying music for family members is probably fair use, but that didn’t stop anyone from having a good laugh.

Boing Boing: Lawyer to RIAA: Sue the First Twins for copyright violations!

The Clampdown

With GE Vice Chairman Bob Wright claiming that internet piracy is putting America’s “overall economic health at risk,” and NBC/Universal general counsel Rick Cotton saying, “…intellectual property crime runs to hundreds of billions [of dollars] a year,” the shrillness of the anti-sharing camp is now almost beyond the range of human hearing. (However, you can still read Cotton’s position in PDF form.)

But AT&T is listening. James W. Cicconi, an AT&T senior vice president, announced this week that the the nation’s largest telephone and Internet service provider would broaden its policing of customers from allegedly cooperating with a domestic spying program to include development of “anti-piracy technology that would target the most frequent offenders.”

Will customers revolt? Probably not.

From the LA Times:

AT&T’s decision surprised Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a digital rights advocacy group.

“AT&T is going to act like the copyright police, and that is going to make customers angry,” she said. “The good news for AT&T is that there’s so little competition that where else are the customers going to go?”

Also, AT&T will soon enable you to see a roller-skating dog on your phone, so why worry about all this stuff? It’s all good.


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