Moving in Before My Job Starts

I knew I needed to find an apartment for rent in Antioch TN because I was moving there within the next few weeks, whether I was ready or not. That is when my new position starts, and I am really not wanting to live in a hotel room until I find a nice enough place to stay. I decided to spend a couple of hours looking online so I could get everything sorted. I needed to find out a lot more about the town first so I could know which area was the most ideal for me to move into.

It really did not take as long as I thought it would. Continue reading “Moving in Before My Job Starts”

Luxury Apartment Living at Revere Beach in Massachusetts

Our careers are up here in the northern part of the country. Though we would like to live in the extreme south for year-round beach weather, that is not possible right now. So, what did we do? We did the next best thing. We picked to live right at a famous beach in the northern states. It is the first public beach that got established in 1869, and we live at the Revere Beach apartments. Sure, we have winter to deal with, but the summers are awesome here in Massachusetts. Our apartment gives us luxury living, and we can even have our dog! We have a crazy Jack Russell Terrier that runs the house. She is a beach bum if I have ever seen one.

We are even saving money by living here. Continue reading “Luxury Apartment Living at Revere Beach in Massachusetts”

Apartment Living Does Not Get Better Than This

My husband and I work very hard, and we have become very successful. A lot of people are surprised to find out that we live in one of the luxury apartments for Henderson NV rather than some million dollar home somewhere. We knew that we would be able to afford a nice home, but we were just not ready to be homeowners just yet. The decision to live in an apartment was made very easy because of the complex that we looked at when we first moved to town.

We both knew that we wanted something nice, and that is exactly what Villa Serena offers to the people who live there. Continue reading “Apartment Living Does Not Get Better Than This”

The Pros And Cons Of Digital Music Files

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Very much has changed about the way businesses and people in society handle their work and personal business. With the introduction of advancements in technology, a great many improvements have been made that have benefited us and helped improve our quality of living. The internet, for example, has greatly revolutionized the way we retrieve information, and it has also expanded our ways of communicating with one another. What could only be done through landline phones can now be done over the computer via instant messaging, chat rooms, and video conferencing.

How we communicate and how we conduct business are not the only things that have changed. One sector that plays an important role in a lot of people’s lives has also made great strides in technology. That sector is music and all things that are related to music.
The way we listen to music has changed, and the way we record our music has also changed as more instruments feature better ways of recording. From instruments to the very songs that we listen to, technology has definitely changed the way we utilize these things in our everyday lives.

First came the 8 track. Then the cassette tape. Then the compact disc, and now music is downloadable via the internet. The usual cost of a single song is about 99 cents, but some sites will offer whole albums at a discounted price, and sites like Zune allow unlimited downloads for just a few bucks every month. There is no need to buy an actual compact disc at a record store anymore, which has affected music stores nationwide. Many big music names, such as Wherehouse and Virgin, have shut down many, if not all, of their outlets.

The other bad side about digital music files is the issue of piracy, and it has cost many musicians millions of dollars in lost sales. File-sharing programs and sites are readily available and accessible by just about anyone who has access to a computer and the internet. Thus, these files can be uploaded onto a computer and shared freely over these file-sharing sites and programs. At the expense of musicians, all it takes is one person to buy these files, make them available on these sites or programs, and virtually anyone can download them.

There is no way to monitor each individual who downloads files that are protected by copyright laws, and it is up to the individual to decide whether or not they will or will not use these file-sharing sites or programs for their music.

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Cypherpunks Freedom and the Future of the Internet – Julian Assange with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Muller-Maguhn and Jeremie Zimmermann
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"Cypherpunks is gripping, vital reading, explaining clearly the way in which corporate and government control of the internet poses a fundamental threat to our freedom and democracy". — Oliver Stone

"Obligatory reading for everyone interested in the reality of our freedoms." — Slavoj Zizek

"The power of this book is that it breaks a silence. It marks an insurrection of subjugated knowledge that is, above all, a warning to all." — John Pilger

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Cypherpunks are activists who advocate the widespread use of strong cryptography (writing in code) as a route to progressive change. Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of and visionary behind WikiLeaks, has been a leading voice in the cypherpunk movement since its inception in the 1980s.

Now, in what is sure to be a wave-making new book, Assange brings together a small group of cutting-edge thinkers and activists from the front line of the battle for cyber-space to discuss whether electronic communications will emancipate or enslave us. Among the topics addressed are: Do Facebook and Google constitute "the greatest surveillance machine that ever existed," perpetually tracking our location, our contacts and our lives? Far from being victims of that surveillance, are most of us willing collaborators? Are there legitimate forms of surveillance, for instance in relation to the "Four Horsemen of the Infopocalypse" (money laundering, drugs, terrorism and pornography)? And do we have the ability, through conscious action and technological savvy, to resist this tide and secure a world where freedom is something which the Internet helps bring about?

The harassment of WikiLeaks and other Internet activists, together with attempts to introduce anti-file sharing legislation such as SOPA and ACTA, indicate that the politics of the Internet have reached a crossroads. In one direction lies a future that guarantees, in the watchwords of the cypherpunks, "privacy for the weak and transparency for the powerful"; in the other lies an Internet that allows government and large corporations to discover ever more about internet users while hiding their own activities. Assange and his co-discussants unpick the complex issues surrounding this crucial choice with clarity and engaging enthusiasm.

Publication November 2012 • 192 pages
Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-00-8 • Ebook ISBN 978-1-939293-01-5

Julian Assange is the editor in chief of WikiLeaks. An original contributor to the cypherpunk mailing list, Assange is the author of numerous software projects in line with the cypherpunk philosophy, including the Rubberhose encryption system and the original code for WikiLeaks. An ‘ethical hacker’ in his teens, and subsequently an activist and internet service provider to Australia during the 1990s, he is the co-author (with Sulette Dreyfus) of Underground, a history of the international hacker movement. "Julian is currently a refugee under the protection of the government of Ecuador, and lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London."

Jacob Appelbaum is a staff research scientist at the University of Washington, and a developer and advocate for the Tor Project, which is an online anonymity system for everyday people to fight against surveillance and against internet censorship.

Andy Müller-Maguhn is a long time member of, and former spokesman for, the Chaos Computer Club in Germany. A specialist on surveillance he runs a company called Cryptophone, which markets secure voice communication devices to commercial clients.

Jérémie Zimmermann is the co-founder and spokesperson for the citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, the most prominent European organization defending anonymity rights online and promoting awareness of regulatory attacks on online freedoms.

AN EXCHANGE FROM CYPHERPUNKS:

JULIAN:
I want to look at what I see as a difference between a US cypherpunk perspective and the European perspective, which I think is quite interesting. The US Second Amendment is the right to bear arms. Just recently I was watching some footage that a friend shot in the US on the right to bear arms, and above a firearms store it says ‘Democracy, Locked and Loaded,’ and that’s the way that you ensure that you don’t have totalitarian regimes – that people are armed and if they are pissed off enough, then they simply take their arms and they retake control by force. Whether that argument is still valid now is actually an interesting one because of the difference in the types of arms that have occurred over the past 30 years. So, we can look back to this declaration that code-making, providing secret cryptographic codes that the government couldn’t spy on, was in fact a munition, and this big war that we fought in the 1990s to try and make cryptography available to everyone, which we largely won.

JAKE:
In the West?

JULIAN:
In the West we largely won and it’s in every browser – it is now perhaps being back-doored and subverted in different kinds of ways. The notion is that you cannot trust a government to implement the policies that it says that it is implementing, and so we must provide the underlying tools, cryptographic tools that we control, as a sort of use of force, in that if the ciphers are good no matter how hard it tries a government cannot break into your communications directly. Maybe it can put a bug in your house or whatever.

JAKE:
Force of authority is derived from violence. One must acknowledge with cryptography no amount of violence will ever solve the math problem.

JULIAN:
Exactly.

JAKE:
And this is the important key. It doesn’t mean you can’t be tortured, it doesn’t mean that they can’t try and bug your house or subvert it some way but it means that if they find an encrypted message it doesn’t matter if they have the force of the authority behind everything that they do, they cannot solve that math problem. This is the thing though that is totally non-obvious to people that are non-technical and it has to be driven home. If we could solve all of those math problems, it would be a different story and, of course, the government will be able to solve those math problems if anyone could.

JULIAN:
But it’s just a fact. It just happens to be a fact about reality, such as that you can build atomic bombs, that there are math problems that you can create that even the strongest state cannot directly break. I think that was tremendously appealing to Californian libertarians and others who believed in this sort of ‘democracy locked and loaded,’ and here was a very intellectual way of doing it – of a couple of individuals with cryptography standing up to the full power of the strongest suit of power in the world. And we’re still doing that a little bit, but I wonder, I have a view that the likely outcome is that those are really tremendously big economic forces and tremendously big political forces, like Jérémie was saying, and that the natural efficiencies of these technologies compared to the number of human beings will mean that slowly we will end up in a global totalitarian surveillance society. By totalitarian I mean a total surveillance, and that perhaps there’ll just be the last free living people – and these last free living people are those who understand how to use this cryptography to defend against this complete, total surveillance, and some people who are completely off-grid, neo-Luddites that have gone into the cave, or traditional tribes-people. And these traditional people have none of the efficiencies of a modern economy so their ability to act is very small. Are we headed for that sort of scenario?

JÉRÉMIE:
First of all, if you look at it from a market perspective, I’m convinced that there is a market in privacy that has been mostly left unexplored, so maybe there will be an economic drive for companies to develop tools that will give users the individual ability to control their data and communication. Maybe this is one way that we can solve that problem. I’m not sure it can work alone, but this may happen and we may not know it yet. Also it is interesting to see that what you’re describing is the power of the hackers, in a way – ‘hackers’ in the primary sense of the term, not a criminal. A hacker is a technology enthusiast, is somebody who likes to understand how technology works, not to be trapped into technology but to make it work better. I suppose that when you were five or seven you had a screwdriver and tried to open devices to understand what it was like inside. So, this is what being a hacker is, and hackers built the Internet for many reasons, also because it was fun, and they have developed it and have given the Internet to everybody else. Companies like Google and Facebook saw the opportunity to build business models based on capturing users’ personal data. But still we see a form of power in the hands of hackers and what is my primary interest these days is that we see these hackers gaining power, even in the political arenas. In the US there has been these SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) legislations – violent copyright legislation that basically gives Hollywood the power to order any Internet company to restrict access and to censor the internet.

JULIAN:
And banking blockades like the one we’re suffering from.

JÉRÉMIE:
Exactly. What happened to WikiLeaks from the banking companies was becoming the standard method to fight the evil copyright pirates that killed Hollywood and so on. And we witnessed this tremendous uproar from civil society on the Internet – and not only in the US, it couldn’t have worked if it was only US citizens who rose up against SOPA and PIPA. It was people all around the world that participated, and hackers were at the core of it and were providing tools to the others to help participate in the public debate.

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The Pirate Bay and Its Impact on the Internet

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Do you remember a time when the Internet was not that big yet and there were only a few sites that people went to? This was more than a decade ago and back then things such as mIRC and ICQ (chat relay services) were quite popular. In 2003, a file sharing site known as the Pirate Bay made its debut on the World Wide Web and the rest, as they say, is history. This was when file sharing and torrent downloading started to take bloom, and both of them have become staples of the Internet.

We all know that the Internet has a strong stand against piracy, and unfortunately for them one of the most popular sites on the web also happens to cater to “pirates.” Now while it might not actually be doing piracy directly, the Pirate Bay’s users are the ones who upload copyrighted content onto their servers. These files are converted into torrents and are downloaded with apps called torrent clients.

The Pirate Bay’s main purpose is to give users a place where they can share their files, so technically the site is not the one at fault. If the law enforcers really want to catch the true culprits, then they will have to find a way to arrest the thousands of users who upload their content on the site on a daily basis. So how much has the Pirate Bay impacted the Internet? For one thing, it has become synonymous with the term “free content” because that’s what its fans get from it.

If it were not for the Pirate Bay, then web users all over the world would not be able to enjoy the benefits of watching their favorite movies, playing their favorite games, and reading their favorite comic books for free. There are a ton of sites on the web that try to emulate the Pirate Bay in terms of what they do, but the torrents they produce will never be able to match the ones that the Pirate Bay has when it comes to quality. Isohunt, also known as “the Pirate Bay copy site”, is a good example of this.

The Pirate Bay has become so popular that even the world’s governments have been trying for years to get rid of it for good. In fact, the UK has already imposed a ban on the site, but users have still found a way to get access to Pirate Bay through the use of Pirate Bay reverse proxies. These proxies hide a user’s IP address so they can browse websites like the Pirate Bay without being detected.

So it is pretty safe to say that the Pirate Bay has become somewhat of a cultural icon of the digital age.

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Listen to Abe – Stop SOPA and PIPA
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"The Democracy of to-day hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing, when in conflict with another man’s right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but in case of conflict, the man before the dollar." – Abraham Lincoln

In this case you might define Republican as "An advocate of a republic, a form of government that is not a monarchy or dictatorship, and is generally associated with the rule of law."

My point in using this quote is to highlight the fact that SOPA, PIPA, the DMCA and related laws are supporting the rights of property holders over the rights of speech and liberty. Very few people defend piracy , but it is not just to throw out due process of law to save a corporation some imaginary profits.

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THE WEB GOES ON STRIKE! Read All About It!

NOTE: After experiencing the day of protest about SOPA/PIP it is clear that the action could better be called a Web Blackout rather than a Strike.

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NOTE: I decided to change to this current quote after I determined that the quote that I was using probably erroneous. That quote is: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

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How Internet Piracy Affects You

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By now, you should know that copying and distributing any copyrighted material is illegal and is called piracy. You should also know that having any of these pirated materials in your possession is also illegal. While there are some differences in the types of piracy, the end of the line is that it is illegal and you could be charged and even face jail time for downloading, burning, copying, selling or owning pirated materials.

Pirated materials are rife throughout the world, but especially in the Far East and Eastern Europe. It is easy to get a hold of these pirated versions of popular (and expensive) software; however, the costs can be many.

Not only may you find yourself with hefty fines for using and owning pirated material, you may also have problems with your computer. Many pirated software packages come complete with viruses that can tear down the foundation of your computer. The cost to repair damages done by some viruses can be incredible – rendering your computer useless in some cases and much data lost.

Internet piracy also affects the base cost of the product. The more that people steal the programs, the higher the cost of the programs in retail – companies are out to make a profit and if the guy down the street sells pirated versions of software, the company has to increase their price.

There are several types of software piracy, and these include:

End-user: a user copies software without the appropriate license. This can be as easy as purchasing one copy of software and using it on multiple computers in a business or home setting.

Pre-installed software: a manufacturer uses one copy of software and uses it on more than one computer that they are selling. Watch out when you purchase a new computer that the software comes with the appropriate license documentation stating that the software you have is licensed properly.

Internet: downloading copies of software through the Internet. If you are downloading material, ensure that the publisher of the software has authorized the distribution. There is quite a bit of “free ware” and “share ware” out there on the net, but be cautious that you aren’t downloading from a third party who does not have the right to offer these downloads.

Counterfeit: Illegal copies of software are made and then distributed in packages that are similar reproductions of the manufacturer packaging.

Online auction: There are several forms of online auction piracy, such as selling software that is labelled NFR (not for resale) or OEM software that is not authorized for sale by a third party.

Remember the rule of thumb: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you have found a “sale” on software that seems too good to be true, chances are its pirated and illegal.

Pirated copies of software, including downloaded movies, music and more, affect everyone. These illegal copies are not “showing the companies” – it’s making everything more expensive at the retail level and copying these discs will become increasingly more difficult, to the point where we may not be able to afford them at all in any way shape or form (and thusly, if pirated, no newer versions will be released).

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Update 2015-07-11: CitiesXL isn’t for me but Cities Skylines by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive is the spiritual successor to Simcity 4.

A view of South Lake Union and Queen Anne Hill after inspired by the official announcement that SimCity 5 has been under development with a February 2013 release date. This is one of those games that I would get without a second thought if it weren’t for the number of questionable incidents involving Electronic Arts’ Origin content delivery system. That aside SimCity 5 will feature curved roads, zoning, and a rigid-body dynamics physics engine. After almost a decade of waiting it’s great to see the continuation of a classic game series.

SimCity Announce Trailer Insider’s Look :
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SimCity 5 developers Q&A on Reddit:
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Update:
Even though a robust multi-player SimCity is something a lot of people wanted, the game series was always single player-centric where mobile users with no internet connection can play anytime. Additionally Electronic Arts is well-known for shutting down game servers after a few years rendering games to become partially functional or not at all. SimCity 4 was released in 2003 and I and many others up until the last few years have been playing it on and off. It’s unrealistic to expect companies to run servers indefinitely to begin with so gamers as well as fans have good reasons to believe that SimCity 5’s lifespan will be significantly less than its predecessors.
kotaku.com/5971235/cloud-computing-is-why-the-new-simcity…

Update – 2013-03-08:
It’s almost a year later and SimCity 5 has been released. From what I’ve seen the game discourages exploration by not allowing loading from an earlier save point which limits the educational aspect and fun in a sandbox simulator. I can see a hardcore game mode where decisions are permanent so emotional connections with cities are stronger, but this ain’t Fire Emblem. SC5 also traded scale for detail. It’s not the game that I wanted but parts of it looks like serious fun. Unfortunately just about everyone who’s not playing are on a SimCity Disaster Watch.

Maxis and Electronic Arts still make great games but EA as a publisher and distributor has the dubious distinction of being responsible for the worst roll-out in gaming history so far. An EA Korea Facebook manager’s accusation of piracy in Asian countries as a factor of server outages is a reminder that CEO or intern, anyone in a position dealing with the public are required to do their homework on the products and services they’re representing.

I still play Diablo 3 and while it’s annoying when servers are down I bought into the constant connection because I play public games often and sometimes the auction house can be played as a separate game in of itself. SimCity 5 offers regional play which is great but in single player mode the lack of reverting to a previous save and a saved city can only be loaded from their associated server aren’t compelling enough to require a constant internet connection.

While most people don’t care the digital rights management or DRM issue is a real and major reason for the constant internet connection, but not the only one. The elimination of the secondary used-games market and planned obsolescence by shutting down servers and forcing people to move to the next game iteration are also business strategies being tested.

EA has decided to give out a free game as an apology which is nice. But eating the transaction costs and giving a full refund to those who paid for a SC5 license would have been nicer, and a SC5 single player offline mode would have been the best solution. Voting with your wallet by itself is ineffective since it can be misinterpreted or even be invisible. There has to be communication, sometimes very emotional communication before large organizations can be motivated to change their course of action. I do feel bad for many of the developers and other creatives that worked hard on SC5 and hope their future projects will avoid everything that’s happening here.

Update – 2013-03-20:
Pretty much everything that’s happened so far:

kotaku.com/5991077/your-complete-guide-to-the-simcity-dis…

SC5 has been mostly stabilized so people are busy trying to break it to see its inner workings. Obviously all simulations require a certain amount of abstraction but investigations revealed that the simulation itself is broken where sims take the shortest path regardless of traffic and go to the first home or work they see each day. The reasons given for the constant internet connection were found to be less than truthful as well.

Partly because of this and various other reasons, EA’s CEO has been sacrificed and Origin is holding a gamer appreciation sale for PR damage control. Large publicly traded corporations are beholden to its investors and EA can’t revert back to when Trip Hawkins first founded it to help game developers so a change in culture can’t be expected to occur overnight. Still, there’s a lot of companies that don’t have the financial strength to ride out a bad Costa Concordia PR disaster so maybe this will deter them from making similar decisions.

SC5 is a great looking game but I can’t and won’t even pirate it. Security or ethical issues aside there’s no reason to because my limited game time and finances should be used to support good games, with the occasional sale. I’ll approach the next SimCity with a skeptical but still open mind though. Keep the art and audio assets, allow online as optional, fix the simulation engine and I just might be there.

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The Fast Paced Development Of Technology And The Challenges This Presents To The Legal System

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The process of law making is notoriously long and drawn out, with Bills taking months or even years to pass into to law. In the realms of computer crime, where technology develops apace, this sometimes means that the law is left flagging dangerously behind.

An area where law particularly struggles to keep up with technology is in the prevention of breach of copyright by illegal distribution of intellectual property via the internet. For example, copyright law has struggled to keep up with the advent of peer-to-peer file sharing technology, so that downloading music illegally (‘digital piracy’) has become a commonplace activity for as many as seven million internet users in Britain. In January 2009, The Times newspaper reported that the government’s latest plans to combat internet pirates failed when a consensus could not be found between internet service providers (ISPs) and the music industry as to how to deal with them.

A key problem is where to draw the line between a teenager who downloads a handful of songs from their bedroom, and a server owner who uploads and distributes tens of thousands of pirated tracks and pieces of software. This may sound simple, but with hard drive capacity and internet bandwidth increasing all the time, the average teenager in their bedroom could easily possess thousands of illegal tracks without considering themselves a criminal. So by the time the lines are drawn, technology has moved on.

Another issue yet to be ironed out by the legal system is one of culpability. For example, in the case of illegal file sharing, it is not clear who should be prosecuted: the person who downloads the file, the person who uploads it to the internet, or indeed the software provider or internet service provider (ISP) who facilitated the transfer. In 2008, Britain’s six largest ISPs sent out warning letters to file sharers, but as this was not followed up by prosecutions, its effectiveness as a deterrent were minimal.

As computer criminals become more adept at covering their tracks, policing computer crime has also become increasingly difficult. Many crimes are now committed in the digital world and so there are often no physical leads available for the police to follow. This is where computer forensics comes in. Computer forensics is the analysis of electronic devices in order to produce legal evidence of a crime or unauthorised action. When a person is suspected of committing a crime, computer forensic analysts can scour the suspect’s computer for evidence such as deleted files, internet browsing histories or chat logs.

In response to the need for such investigations, the Association of Chief Police Officers has put guidelines in place to ensure that good practice is adhered to when collecting digital information for the purpose of law enforcement. The ACPO guidelines require computer evidence to be collected by qualified experts who keep an auditable trail of all work done. If this is not adhered to, any evidence recovered may be deemed inadmissible.

As technology progresses, it is likely that guidelines for the recovery of computer based evidence will need to be continually revisited to ensure they remain up-to-date, but there can be little doubt that computer forensics will play a key role in assisting the legal system in its race to keep up with the lightning pace of technological development.

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PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet on Vimeo by Fight for the Future
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Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement."

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

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Downloading Punjabi Songs from The Internet – Is It Legal?

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If you enjoy listening to the latest Hindi and Punjabi songs on your cellphone or any other mobile device then you would definitely want to download a whole lot of these songs from the internet. There are plenty of sites that offer a number of Punjabi and Hindi songs for download and these sites are also very easy to use. You can find a large number of old and new Punjabi songs as well as Bollywood tunes on these sites. However you do need to consider whether every Punjabi songs download you do is legal so that you do not break any laws inadvertently.

Piracy is a major problem being faced by the entertainment industry. The people responsible for producing Bollywood songs and other musical works including religious and traditional tunes do not get paid for their efforts on account of this piracy. Every time a person does a Hindi songs download from a site that has acquired it illegally then he or she is depriving the singer and music producer of money whilst also supporting illegal activity. If you are interested in listening to songs online legally then you should do a few things to ensure that you stay on the right side of the law.

For one, make sure that you select a site that only features songs that are already in the public domain. This ensures that there is no chance of any copyright violations. Further, you should patronize a website that offers songs for the purpose of promotion or testing. You’ll be surprised to find out that there are quite a few sites that offer these songs. However, you do have to remember to delete the content you download within 24 hours of doing so. If you really enjoy a song then you should buy it from an authorized source so that you can keep it for as long as you require. In fact, perfectly legal sites always encourage you to buy songs from the correct source.

The best sites that offer songs for free download make sure that they update their content very frequently, using songs from legal sources. It is a good idea to look for one such site so that you can enjoy as much music as you want. Be sure to check that the downloadable content is of the best possible quality so that you have an enjoyable experience listening to them.

The people responsible for producing Bollywood songs and other musical works including religious and traditional tunes do not get paid for their efforts on account of this piracy.

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“What is happening is a reversal of history. Artists can no longer sell the products of their genius because the internet supplies it virtually for free. What can be sold is that genius in the flesh.”

Simon Jenkins commenting on the rise in demand for real, live experiences | Times Online

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Simple Method To Download Wii Games

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Conducting a research and searching for records are some of the important things that everyone can do through the Internet. In addition to that, you can now do a Wii Games Download over the Internet too. That is a popular thing to do now by both avid and non-avid Wii game players. That is why it is undeniable that Wii is now on top when people talk about home gaming and entertainment.

There are two things that a person who wants to own a Wii should think about- the cost of the Wii console itself, and the price in obtaining those Wii games afterwards. However, that is no longer the case now since you already have an easy way to obtain these Wii games without affecting your budget. You can now turn to those membership sites that are available over the Internet. They offer unlimited free download as a return to the one-time charge that will be required for you to pay.

There are a lot of Wii download service providers online now that can help you Download Wii Games. It is your personal responsibility to select the best provider for you based on the service offerings that they have. Just a tip, that site that you should turn to must showcase a one-time fee, online convenience, unlimited download, spyware and virus-free database, money-back guarantee, and 24/7 support. If your site had these things, then you’re good to go with downloading.

A Wii is also a PC that can be easily attacked with viruses and several types of malware. A paid membership site that offers per download, limited time, and lifetime unlimited packages is the best place that a regular Wii player should turn to for safety reasons. On the other hand, those who are non-regular players can just go to those per download and limited time services. Nowadays, popularity is pin pointed to the use of those paid membership sites.

Wii games are intellectual property protected. That is why the act of downloading Free Wii Games is actually against the law, especially that which is imposed by Nintendo itself. Therefore, the question now will be if there’s no way that Wii games can be downloaded for free from the Internet now. Well, the Internet still provides access to these free games online. All you need to have is a computer with internet access and you’ll get all the games that you want.

Downloading these free Wii games depends on two important things- your country and your conscience. Various countries have different policies with regards to software piracy. Good for you if you belong to that country that does not have a strict policy on this act because you can just freely have those copyrighted materials online. On the other hand, your conscience also plays a role. It’s been known that piracy is stealing and since the authorities cannot easily monitor this illegal activity, it is your own moral that will tell you whether to continue downloading free Wii games or not.

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Title: Hill’s album of biography and art : containing portraits and pen-sketches of many persons who have been and are prominent as religionists, military heroes, inventors, financiers, scientists, explorers, writers, physicians, actors, lawyers, musicians, artists, poets, sovereigns, humorists, orators and statesmen, together with chapters relating to history, science, and important work in which prominent people have been engaged at various periods of time
Year: 1887 (1880s)
Authors: Hill, Thomas E. (Thomas Edie), 1832-1915
Subjects: Biography Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Publisher: Chicago : Hill Standard Book Co.
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Eminent Lawyers, B. F. BUTLER. SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE. CHARLES OCONOR

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ENJA5IIN F. BUTLER, tlie Americanlawyer, politician and soldier, wasborn at Deerfield, N. H., in 1818.Few men of modern times have at-tuined such proficiency in the knowl-edge of international law. He waseducated at the Lowell high schooland at Wuterville, Maine, college;was admitted to the bar in 1841, andbecame a prosperous attorney, being es-pecially successful in criminal cases. In1853 he was elected a member of the lowerhouse of the Massachusetts legislature, andin 1859 a State senator. In 18G0 he waschosen a delegate to the National Demo-cratic conven- -^.^,^..tion at Charles- y*^ton, S. C., andwhen the con-vention divided he went to Baltimore withthe secedcrs, hut withdrew because hewould not remain in a convention thatapprovingly advocated the slave-trade,which by the laws of the country is piracy.In 1860 he was also Democratic candidatefor governor of Massachusetts, but wasdefeated. At the first call for Union troopsat the breaking out of the Southern rebel-lion, in 1801, he

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An Introduction To Movie Downloads

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Finding legal movie downloads on the Internet is not easy. Many people would much prefer being able to download high quality movies of the Internet for free or for a minimal price and this is why many people use illegal file sharing activities.

Understandably, for many reasons, many people want to be able to download movies legally of the Internet. This is especially true if you have a fast connection with a great deal of bandwidth per month, which a lot of people have. To be able to use your connection to its fullest advantage and get the best value out of your Internet connection, being able to download movies would be a great thing.

However, if you want to buy movies online, it is quite a different story. Buying movies online is very easy and you can often save quite a lot of money. As you may well be aware of, there are various sites which sell movies and music amongst other things then you can often buy them much cheaper by buying from third parties sellers or even second hand. However, many people prefer to download movies.

Of course, you do need a fast connection to be able to take full advantage of movie download sites. Considering the average size of the movie is around 700 MB, on average DSL broadband connection, it will take several hours to download and movie. However, this isn’t too bad if you leave a few movies on to download overnight and it is a lot quicker than ordering them over the Internet and waiting for them to come in the post.

Nonetheless, you can have a faster Internet connection and summer the Internet connections available today will allow you to download a whole movie in less than half an hour. This means that you can have access to all the movies you could ever want and get a really big collection thus saving a lot of money and staining the right side of law.

While searching the Internet would definitely yield lots of results for legal movie downloads, many of the site should be avoided for various reasons. This is especially true if they say they are free. There is no way that a company can legally provide free movies without breaking the law.

Also, unfortunately many of these sites are restricted only to United States citizens. Nonetheless, there are exceptions and it is just a matter of trying to find them. One of the most famous is iTunes from Apple. However, you are required to use a certain player which can be restricted to some people.

These days, it cannot be stressed enough that it is very important for the film companies to provide proper online resources to legally download movies for a modest monthly subscription fee. Nobody can complain about the fairness of this and it would also help to stamp out piracy a great deal. Until this happens and on a much larger scale than it currently does, piracy is going to continue skyrocketing.

Or buy online movies if you want to add one to your collection. http://www.moviedownloadsites.net/Full_Game_Download.html When you start looking around for movie download services see who has the best offer. Also you can find Divx downloads out there, that’s when you might need to add some software to your computer.

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Rick Falkvinge, who founded the Swedish Pirate Party, came to speak at Stanford about the issue of copyright laws vs. civil rights. When he pointed out how the enforcing of copyright infringement laws in this era of digital everything would mean government surveilance of all documents between any two parties, it was immediately clear that this was the road to Big Brother hell. Whistleblowers, for instance, would be flushed out before they could do damage. Homos would be ousted from conservative arenas.

He said something interesting re: the gay community. "If you don’t have the right to private communication, an individual cannot form an identity."

The Pirate Party wants to stop copyright laws beyond commercial distribution. In other words, once a work is commercially distributed ie. a movie, a song, a game, a software program, it should be available to everyone to pass around from person to person without restriction. Trademarks, however, are okay because they protect the consumer and reduce transaction costs, he says, while infringement by the average crook is negligeable.

Not everyone was buying into his platform though. One student wanted him to tell us how a garage band is going to make money if it can’t sell a piece of music. He only said that the student was asking for a new business model implying that he wasn’t there to provide that. What he did say was that we had to think of a new way to sell our artistic endeavors as a service and not a commodity or a product.

The Pirate Party envisions the internet as one big public library and I like that idea too. He also envisions that the hoarding of patents to keep ideas from being produced (like what Hoover wanted to do to Dyson’s vaccuum cleaner idea) would be stopped.

I’ve never much liked the idea of ideas being patented and scientists not sharing their discoveries with everyone, but now that I’m going to be publishing a book, I, along with my colleagues who have produced "intellectual property", were hoping for a little passive income stream to finance our retirement. The pirate party is suggesting that copyrights be limited to five years because, as Rick points out, most of the money made by a blockbuster movie is made in the first weekend.

True enough, but only a handful of English speakers in my home town are going to be interested in my book during the opening weekend. It’s the fifteen years following that I was hoping to grow the book’s popularity in a niche market. I would have to hope that people would pay for the "service" of having a book in book format even though they could download it off the net. (Of course someone is going to have to be interested enough to provide the book for digital file sharing in the first place.)

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