Every January 1 is Public Domain Day
, when new authors enter the public domain. Copyright law is "fiendishly complex", but using the generic "life plus seventy" rule, here are some of the authors
who enter the public domain today. What could have been
entering the public domain today under the pre-1978-era law (Fellowship of the Ring, Dr. Seuss, etc..).. but you can expect further endless extensions of copyright to come. More articles here
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 1, 2011 -
Ahoy, mateys! Tis the blessed day at last. Here
be yer bible. Here
be yer Web site. And here
be yer Pirate Name Generator. Now get out there and celebrate
, for tis Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arr!
posted by Lynsey
on Sep 19, 2010 -
The amazing story of Jan Janszoon van Salee
who ended his life in New Utrecht (one of the early nuclei of todays New York). A tale that involves barbary corsairs, the sack of Reykjavik and Baltimore Ireland, slaves, conversion to Islam, capture by the Maltese Knights, escape, etc. etc. and finally New Utrecht. [more inside]
posted by jouke
on Sep 8, 2009 -
The Pirate Bay will be sold
to a Swedish listed
software company. The press release
states that the intention is to "introduce models which entail that content providers and
copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site". Other stabs
at this worked out less than brilliantly. The purchase amount (60MSEK of which half cash/half in stocks) matches the fine
a bit too closely, but the founders states
that the money are going into a foundation to promote freedom of speech, freedom of information and the openess of the nets
. Pirate ideals or gold loot on Booty Island? Stay tuned...
posted by mnsc
on Jun 30, 2009 -
Privileges: Gender: 10 things only men can do
(Askmen.com), male privilege (wiki)
, 21 Things Women Can Do That Guys Can't
(Cosmo), female privilege (2 3 4 5)
. Race: white privilege (wiki)
. Sexual orientation: straight privilege (2) (wiki)
, cisgendered privilege
. Body: able-bodied privilege
, non-fat privilege
. Money: non-poor privilege (2)
, class privilege (PDF)
. Demographics: Christian privilege
, American privilege
, adult privilege
, black male privilege
, Muslim male privilege
. Combo: gamer privilege
, male programmer privilege
. Criticism and essays: victim privilege
, "Point of Privilege
", "We can't be equal while ...
", "Where's My Extra Piece of the Pie?
". And, lest this become too serious: pirate privilege
and lolcat privilege (the latter via)
. (Covered in smaller scope previously.)
posted by WCityMike
on Aug 15, 2008 -
will probably be taken offline pretty soon, since it seems like they show full (screener) versions of current movies (like Kung Fu Panda
) in streaming format, so you'll probably want to check it out sooner rather than later.
posted by Dave Faris
on Jun 12, 2008 -
All you "Talk like a pirate day"
keyboard swashbucklers take heed: The Sea Shepherd Society's
flagship Farley Mowat is now officialy a pirate vessel
after Canada, Britain, and Belize revoked their registration. As the Japanese winter Antarctic whale hunting season begins (previously)
, the M/V Farley Mowat is setting sail to meet them, armed with a hydraulic "can opener" battering ram
, a pie cannon
, and moral conviction
. With the Japanese whaling fleet now majority owned by the Japanese government
, a subject of international diplomatic intrigue
, and after last year's confrontations
, this could get ugly!
posted by anthill
on Jan 14, 2007 -
"I would have your wife right in front of you.
I would smoke the last of your glaucoma medication. Then I will surely drink your liquor cabinet dry. However, know this my friend. I will never break an oath to uphold the public trust. My affidavit will be signed in my own blood. A Pirates crimson mark, with real binding effects into my after life. Laugh if you will then ask yourself if you could do it."
is running for congress in Iowa's first district. He accepts no money from anybody.
posted by Navelgazer
on Aug 25, 2006 -
The Pirate Party^
has become a significant voice in Swedish politics, partly due to the illegal raids on the Pirate Bay^
and The Bureau of Piracy (Piratbyrån)^
(which spawned both). Other Swedish political parties are now adding copyright reforms to their platforms.
The party's leader Rickard Falkvinge^
gave an intelligent compelling interview
Note: Virtually all
major content industries today are the result of large scale piracy or flagrant patent infringement, including the American publishing industry, Hollywood, radio, and the music industry. And the anti-piracy side has essentially no historical evidence supporting its position.
posted by jeffburdges
on Jun 20, 2006 -
What's a pirate's favorite aspect of computational linguistics?
Happy Talk Like a Pirate day, me hearties!
posted by louigi
on Sep 19, 2004 -