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  1. (0 Replies)

    whoops, misread the purpose of this particular list… I s’pose they’re all in the same club anyway.

  2. Down with Durant too (1 Reply)

    Don’t forget the Tea Partier Peter Durant in the 6th Worcester district. He won his special election last year by fewer than 60 votes. He should be beatable. Kathleen Walker is the Democrat running against him.

  3. Best part of that video... (1 Reply)

    Starting at about 00:17, you can see someone pulling Scott’s truck up to the building.

    So he has a driver bring him to events, then the driver pulls the truck around and leaves it for Scott to get in for the cameras afterwards.

    Just a regular guy with a truck. And a chauffeur to drive said truck.

  4. These guys are scumbags if guilty, but... (1 Reply)

    that doesn’t excuse the Herald for posting that whole indictment unredacted. If you look through it, you’ll find the home addresses, birth dates and social security numbers of the accused. That’s just not right. They haven’t even been convicted yet. I hope the Globe is a bit more professional.

  5. (0 Replies)

    I didn’t imply that Conan’s show wasn’t on a network, I was just specifying which show it was on. Your missing the point though. Louis killed in that appearance, and had it not been for the Youtube clip, the performance would have been lost to posterity. But because of the clip, he found much of the success that he now enjoys.

    But that whole discussion is a digression from the main topic, which is how to make sure artists and labels are compensated for the material they produce. The question shouldn’t be about stopping piracy unless that piracy has an effect on that compensation. And that link has been disproven.

    Now, you could argue that this is a moral issue: “if stealing music is wrong, it should be stopped.” Well, I don’t think that’s a winning battle. The MPAA tried running ads to publicly shame file sharers, but no one bought it. The culture of sharing is already embedded in the younger generation and few below the age of 25 question it as morally corrupt.

    Erecting technical limitations won’t solve the problem either, because the internet is built to overcome barriers to data. It will always find another way and Congress and the labels will always be two steps behind. Even China, with its locked down internet has trouble with people routing out to the real world through proxy servers.

    There’s only one solution and its the one these industries are least interested in pursuing: Instead of fighting against piracy, entice customers with better services that fit a 21st century model of media consumption. It’s really simple. Stupidly simple. Partner with Google or Apple and create a great experience for the customer. That’s it.

  6. (1 Reply)

    Actually, that’s exactly the point. Louis got his start in showbiz by writing for tv shows like the Simpsons – but that was well before the internet was around. I personally learned about his individual stand up act through clips on Youtube. In fact, it was a very specific clip – you can watch it here – when he was a guest on Conan’s old late night show.

    That crappy quality clip is stolen. Not by him, but by some fan who enjoyed it so much that he wanted to share it with the world. Still, it’s completely illegal and would be a prime example of what would keep Youtube shutdown under SOPA. Furthermore, my linking to it here (even in the comments) would make BlueMassGroup subject to seizure by rights-holders.

    But that clip was Louis CK’s big break. It spread across the internet like wildfire, garnering nearly 5 million views to date. Literally millions of people were introduced to Louis CK through that stolen, copyrighted clip, enabling him to find incredible success as a stand up comedian and get his own show on FX.

    I guess that answers your question a bit more specifically than you probably anticipated. But it’s not limited to Louis CK. In fact, the one substantive argument I’ve heard for the passage of SOPA is the fact that Justin Bieber was a direct product of Youtube. Nipping that disaster in the bud may have been worth losing the rest of the internet ;)

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    “The problem is generally acknowledged to be massive.”

    Not true. Generally, p2p file sharing has been a foil for the entertainment industry in response to a changing business climate.

    Moreover, it’s hard to make the case that the industries in question have been harmed in any real way by file sharing. In fact, they are doing better than ever and those who engage in file sharing tend to spend more money on content.

    There’s only been one proven way to reduce file sharing, and that is to improve the delivery model for content. For instance, it used to be that the only way to get music was to buy a cd. When Napster showed up, there was no legal avenue to buy music online. iTunes completely changed that by offering an incredibly simple interface for legally obtaining music almost instantly online.

    The film and television industries still haven’t found their footing with regards to the internet. Options that seem to work well like Netflix and Hulu are still seen as threats, even though they really represent the future of the medium. Just look what happened with Louis C.K.’s self-published stand up video – it’s been a huge hit, despite the fact that he made no effort to hamper piracy other than ask people not to do it.

    If file sharing is a problem, SOPA and PIPA are the absolute wrong ways to solve them. In fact, they would do almost nothing to hamper them. Lists are already available with the ip addresses to sites like Pirate Bay and Demonoid. The internet will always find a way around such barriers. Meanwhile, legitimate commerce will be seriously impaired.

  8. (2 Replies)

    I’d just like to note that she is clearly talking to a reporter in this photo. I don’t see any reason why that should be off limits.

  9. Bob Hohler is a great sports journalist and a good person (2 Replies)

    I’m okay with you trashing Luccino, but saying the reporter, Bob Hohler, wasn’t connected to the team is ridiculous. He spent several years on the Red Sox beat in the early to mid-2000s, following the team every day. He was covering the Sox when they won the series in 2004. He knows everyone in that organization. He’s since become an enterprise reporter who’s job it is to write these kinds of huge stories that document what really happens behind the box score every day. He’s not an opinion guy – like Mazz or Shaugnessy – and he’s not a day to day guy, like Nick Cafardo. If Hohler wrote this stuff, it could well have been Larry that started the ball rolling, but you can be sure it was backed up by other sources.

  10. It'd be one thing if it were just Fehrnstrom... (0 Replies)

    But Brown’s “online strategist” was also involved. Willington actually paid for two domain names based on the idea!

    If Brown is telling the truth about not knowing, then it exposes who’s really running the show: his advisors.

    He’s a puppet.

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