Day: November 17, 2006

BusinessWeek v Mark Cuban

Seconds away, round one! In the red corner…

Cuban Talks Trash to YouTube

Mark Cuban ridiculed Google for purchasing the copyright lawsuit-prone YouTube. Now he may be ready to back an adversary to prove his point

…and in the blue corner…

Is this BusinessWeek or The Enquirer ?

Now that is reporting at its best isnt it ? No speculation there at all.

Whatever about the rest of it, props to Cuban for this: “Im not out to get Youtube or Google. If anytihng I am out to get the DMCA. I think its a terrible law.”

It is a terrible law. Ours is even worse. The people that implemented both should be taken outside and shot for selling out our interests to people that lie and steal.

Now if only Mark would learn to punctuate properly. Trailing question marks do my head in. Sorry Mark, but spelling and punctuation are important.

A new home for The Pirate Bay?

Slate: In the wee hours of an early Saturday morning several weeks ago, about half an hour before Congress left for its pre-election recess, it passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. The act tries to bar credit-card payments to Internet gambling sites, and there has been much speculation about its wisdom and likely efficacy. What has been less noted, though, is that through this bill and a handful of similar missteps, the government has put itself in a position to be taught a sharp lesson about the nature of power in a globalized marketplace. Unless Congress and the Bush administration begin to pay a little more attention to how they handle Internet gambling, they could well end up creating an entirely avoidable headache for some very powerful constituents—holders of U.S. copyrights and patents—by punching a hole in the international web of agreements that protects them. Taken as a whole, these efforts offer a veritable master class in how not to regulate a 21st-century economy.

(For those of you living in the past/dark, you can read about TPB on Wikipedia.)