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Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by glanz on Tue 6 Feb 2007 at 20:38
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The Spirit of Ownership and reptilian territoriality has shown its ugly
goatse ass throughout the American system. One thing that really pisses me
off is the fact that Pharmaceutical companies have even had the unmitigated
gall to patent life itself because of moral flaws in the American patent
system. For 20 years, dedicated scientists the world over had worked in a
spirit of cooperation heretofore unseen in the scientific world. Even Bush,
lying as usual,stated that all discoveries would be available for the benefit
of humanity in general. He lied, because he alerted his "interested partners"
to get ready to patent human genes that might prove important to the American
pharmaceutical industry, thus violating the sort of "Creative Commons/Open
Source license that allowed such cooperation in research. So today, many of
the very genes that keep our asses alive and well, have been patented. In
other words, we no longer own the cells and molecules from which we are made.
Now if I were God, I'd be pretty pissed off at this outrage.
What has all this to do with Sony, with EULAs in general?
It is the same dynamic of greed, spreading across all fields of activity like
a cancer, that is creating a total separation between the pigs who would
control all that is material for profit, and those who possess true
spirituality and are often persecuted, or even prosecuted and imprisoned
because of their natural and sane sense of freedom.

 

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by Anonymous (71.241.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 02:30
You definately said it.
That's just the way I see it.

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 02:47
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Thanks! I just had to throw that rant out there. Every day I am bombarded with some more outrageous news from the US usually, proving that point.
It's all about greed, about possession and control.

A small example: recently, the University of Alberta here in Canada found a very promising drug than control and eradicate cancer. http://www.expressnews.ualberta.ca/article.cfm?id=8153
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn10971
But there's a problem. They "Open Sourced" it. Now no American controlled drug company in the world will touch it because they can't patent it in the "Ownership Society"... In fact, if they can't steal it or prevented it from being made, they will use any means to have it distributed.
So the moral of this story is that there is a real battle going on in the world, not against Bush's "Evil Ones" and the angelic and brave battle-ready American military, but rather between outright pigs and non-pigs. Between proprietary everything and free soft and free will. This affects everything Free Software, Freedom in general, and especially freedom to life, speech, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not necessarily in the form of a job at McDoh! or two cars in the garage for the more affluent.


~(,~,`>

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 02:55
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~(,~,`>

CORRECTION: (from)..."they will use any means to have it distributed."
(to)... "they will use any means to have it stopped from being distributed.

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by PJ_at_Belzabar_Software (61.246.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 12:48
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Niyam Bhushan, a very likeable GNU/Linux nut here said it very well in an opinion piece in the local linux mag in India.

Essentially, he asked what are people going to remember about our era 900 years from now? Celebrities? MS vs Linux? Tech?

Like hell they will.

Niyam showed that in the vast span of history these sort of things are really a passing zeitgeist of no real permanent value that vanish without trace in the unrelenting sands of time like the grandiloquent Ozymandias.

Instead, he declared, (in a heady mix of Osho guru wisdom, pop zen and flower child gushiness) that love is the only real permanence. He concluded that he expects our era to be remembered as the era when the spirit of sharing was first explicitly declared, fought for, and valued.

Something like that anyway. I thought it was actually quite profound.

PJ

PS, Niyam, if you ever stumble on this blog comment, feel free to add that essay here.

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 13:22
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"...he expects our era to be remembered as the era when the spirit of sharing was first explicitly declared, fought for, and valued."

If the resistance to this new awakening to sharing is a symptom of its increasing influence, then he may be right. Never before has there been such a firm, albeit futile, resistance to sharing by say Hollywood, Bollywood, and all the other WTF-a-woods of the world such as the so-called music "industry" and proprietary software. This not only applies to IT as such. The American patent frenzy attests to this.

As one of out favourite Borg once declared, "resistance is futile." I see this as the decline of the American Empire, for it has been demonstrated that whatever is resisted, persists, and whatever is ignored, simply dies, such as unjust laws that would legislate human freedom to a level of slavery acceptable to the profit-minded. The piggy societies of the world, represented by mega corporations and local companies' greed, are warming themselves from the last flicker of their last flame. Freedom will be taken back, without permission or consideration to the laws of whereverland. And not by violent revolution, but by the unkindest cut of all: ignoring those who would impose injustice.


~(,~,`>

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by PJ_at_Belzabar_Software (61.246.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 14:01
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Well, the thing is that evolution itself is about survival of the fittest. Evolution itself doesn't care about freedom or serfdom - they are just paths for testing what survives.

In the long run I reckon all that the fencing of the intellectual commons will do is aid societies that have real freedom to thrive while the fencers end up in a dinosaur-like patent litigation etc quagmire. The corporate-driven USA realizes this and is therefore frogmarching every country it can, kicking and screaming (or sometimes with bribes) to the WTO so it can drag everyone into the same quagmire to bring everyone to the same grinding halt.

This will work to generate profits for patent corporations etc for probably a generation or so (or as long as corporations continue to have power over governments). Eventually I suspect that the power of knowledge and being able to hack anything at an individual level will be the origin of whatever emerges to kill off such corporate tyranny.

I doubt such freedom will come automatically, but the cool thing is that there are enough obstreperous individuals that come up and lead the way so that the rest are enlightened and can follow the One True Path. I expect RMS is just one of a line of such opinionated, obstreperous (obnoxious even) prophets, and who is blessed with a clarity of vision backed by his uncompromising logic.

Yes, I know, the St Ignucius persona is usually understood to be simply ironic, but I'd say it's actually ironically ironic.

PJ

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 14:19
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"Yes, I know, the St Ignucius persona is usually understood to be simply ironic, but I'd say it's actually ironically ironic."

...the Avatar of ironic irony..., and necessarily diverting. This gives us a view of the pendulum's two weightless states, Stallman on the left and pigdom on the right.

"Eventually I suspect that the power of knowledge and being able to hack anything at an individual level will be the origin of whatever emerges to kill off such corporate tyranny."

This is exactly the WWW is seen as a threat to "control freaks" who would stifle knowledge and freedom.

~(,~,`>

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by Anonymous (59.176.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 16:20
"This is exactly [why] the WWW is seen as a threat to "control freaks" who would stifle knowledge and freedom. This is exactly the WWW is seen as a threat to "control freaks" who would stifle knowledge and freedom.
Yup. Hackers themselves being control freaks/libertarians fond of sovereign rights etc tend to directly oppose such tyranny. PJ

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by Anonymous (59.176.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 16:50
Never before has there been such a firm, albeit futile, resistance to sharing by say Hollywood, Bollywood, and all the other WTF-a-woods of the world such as the so-called music "industry"

Jamendo is doing really well nowadays when it comes to spreading free music. Of course, following Sturgeon's law, 90% of it is crap, but there are real gems out there too. I hope Jamendo do well - they've just started sharing 50% of their revenue with the artists based on artist popularity.

(Yeah, my music is out there too under CC-BY-SA (the Maya Conglomerate)).

And notice Steve Jobs has announced publicly that DRM for music isn't worth it just yesterday. Heh, looks like he's throwing in the towel already.

Oh, we live in exciting times alright.

PJ

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 16:59
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~(,~,`>

Exciting times is right! The brown shirts of the music industry, among others, haven't got a chance against us hippy-commie-pinko-freesoft-anarchist-treehugging-hackin/crackin upstarts.

The only worry is the degree of commercial/governmental control of free thought distribution on the WWW.

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by Anonymous (122.162.xx.xx) on Tue 12 Jun 2007 at 02:38
the article's titled "Make Love Not Linux" and you can find it published under the verbatim license, here:

http://niyam.com/gnulinux/lfy/fy/FY-monthly-col.php?feb2k7


great to hear from you PJ after such a terribly long gap. still guitaring?

:-)
niyam

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by daemon (155.232.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 13:24
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If anybody tries to patent my genes, I'll claim that "I" am prior art.

Although that probably won't fly in the states...

Laters.

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Re: Life's EULA and the Ownership Society
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Wed 7 Feb 2007 at 13:35
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I heard that the Big Guy in the Sky challenged the patenting of genes by American pharmaceutical companies but the writ was rejected because God listed the "Prior Art Date" as 13,000,000,000 years ago and as the American government knows, the universe was created 6,000 years ago.

~(,~,`>

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