The RIAA claims LimeWire owes them more money than in all existence

Not Sure If Art Or Copyright Infringement The RIAA claims LimeWire owes them more money than in all existence

Think about this the next time you steal a single or literally nuke Western Europe (img by ROFL Photo)

It’s hard to put a price on the damages of online piracy. There’s a lot of reasons for this. Many pirates are not customers, period. They would never pay for the content they copy, and as such can not account for loss. The greatest pirates in the world are simply digital librarians, who pirate content for idealistic purposes.

And let us not forget that piracy has marketable benefits. Pirates generate buzz and demand for content, they are a kind of free advertising.

In fact, many people are arguing that piracy isn’t a serious issue at all, and point to the rapid growth of independent content creators as a strong indication that major content producers are failing because of other, non-piracy-related issues.

That being said, the RIAA wants LimeWire to pay them money they would have gotten a cut of if not for those piratey kids. The money they say they’re owed: greater than all the money. Everywhere. In all the countries put together.

The music industry wants LimeWire to pay up to $75 trillion in damages after losing a copyright infringement claim. That’s right… $75 trillion. Manhattan federal Judge Kimba Wood has labeled this request “absurd.”

To put that number into perspective, the U.S. GDP is around 14 trillion–less than one fifth of what the music industry is requesting. Heck, the GDP of the entire world is between 59 and 62 trillion. That’s right, the music industry wants LimeWire to pay more money than exists in the entire world.

So think about that the next time you download some pirated content because the officially-supported website’s player uses some proprietary bullshit that skips entire sections and only works in one browser and doesn’t work at all on your Mac or other non-Microsoft computer because of the encrypted streaming that you had to download that God-awful app to watch it that starts up automatically every time you turn on your computer and no-shit ties up 12 percent of your memory just sitting there running in the background doing nothing.

Because if you do that, then you are seriously harming the music industry, to a tune where you could literally nuke Western Europe and still leave the global economy in better shape than before you committed that terrible atrocity.

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Assange stands “real chance” of election in Australia

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Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing website, arrives with his legal team at the Supreme Court in London, England. Assange is planning to run for election to the Australian Senate, the organization announced Saturday on Twitter. (img by Oli Scarff , Getty Images)

@Yahoo/7 News/AFP:

Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands a real chance of winning an upper house seat in his native Australia if he presses ahead with plans to stand for election, according to a poll.

A survey conducted by the ruling Labor party’s internal pollsters UMR Research and published in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper showed 25 percent of those polled would vote for the whistleblowing website chief.

Supporters of the left-wing Greens party were most likely to be pro-Assange, with 39 percent saying they would vote for him, meaning he had a good chance of wresting a Greens Senate spot, UMR’s John Utting told the newspaper. (more…)

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Congress To Lift Propaganda Ban

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HOTH: NEVER FORGET. (img by Dustin92)

Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. ”Disconcerting and dangerous,” says Shank @BuzzFeed:

An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.

The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website.

The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns. (more…)

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Our real first gay president

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Don't tell me you voted for He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named! (img by Salon/Newsweek)

Don’t believe what Newsweek’s cover tells you: The first gay president was James Buchanan more than a century ago @Salon.com:

The new issue of Newsweek features a cover photo of President Obama topped by a rainbow-colored halo and captioned “The First Gay President.” The halo and caption strike me as cheap sensationalism. I realize airport travelers look at a magazine for 2.2 seconds before moving on to the next one. I grant that this cover will probably get Newsweek a 4.4 second glance. I also understand that Newsweek is desperate for sales. Nevertheless, I doubt that the Newsweek of old, before it was sold for a dollar, would have pandered as shallowly.

The caption is a superficial way to characterize an important development of thought that the president — along with the country — has been making over recent years. It is also entirely wrong. Like the mini-furor a couple of months back about the claim that Richard Nixon was our first gay president, the story simply ignores that the U.S. already had a gay president more than a century ago.

There can be no doubt that James Buchanan was gay, before, during and after his four years in the White House. Moreover, the nation knew it, too — he was not far into the closet. (more…)

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Intel, not scanners, stops second underwear bomber

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You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you black and white. (img by Gizmodo)

The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.

The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.

The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said. They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.

Really, all you have to do is ask Bruce:

Here are my predictions:

  1. There’s a lot more hyperbole to this story than reality.
  2. The explosive would have either 1) been caught by pre-9/11 security, or 2) not been caught by post-9/11 security.
  3. Nonetheless, it will be used to justify more invasive airport security.
Which would have probably been true if not for one thing.  Dude was a plant.

Yep, a double agent. (more…)

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James Bond is bulletproof

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When men were men, women were men, and wigs were a third kind of man. (img stolen by OMG Facts)

James Bond has entered into mortal combat with some of the world’s most dangerous criminals on countless occasions – yet always beats the odds and walks away with his life.

Now one eagle-eyed fan has calculated the exact probability of 007 dodging death so many times – and come to the conclusion he should have died years ago.

Gordon Stanger worked out that the spy had been shot at a staggering 4,662 times since the first film, Dr No, in 1962.

It’s safe to say that says more about Stanger than Bond, really, when you think about it.  And you don’t have to think too hard.

Too bad he’s full of it.  Seriously, hear me out. (more…)

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