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Following orders

Recently I’ve wrote about how freetards on OSNews and Slashdot condone piracy but are in arms about GPL violations. To the layman this behavior might be surprising, but actually they are just following the examples of their spiritual leader.

I’ve covered the hypocrisy of Richard Stallman and the FSF before, but the copyright situation is such a blatant case of astounding hypocrisy, that I feel this deserves one more post.

So, rms is pissed about recording companies enforcing their copyright:

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/letters/articles
/2007/03/13/let_free_music_files_ring/

THE RECORD companies, seeking to bully people who share music, have demanded that colleges identify students who share (“Record firms crack down on campuses,” Business, March 8). They use smear terms such as “piracy” and “theft” that imply sharing is wrong. Don’t believe it. Sharing is friendship; to attack sharing is to attack the basis of society.

But how is the FSF acting if their copyright is infringed?

Well:

Under the license, if you distribute GPL software in a product, you must also distribute the software’s source code. And not just the GPL code, but also the code for any “derivative works” you’ve created–even if publishing that code means anyone can now make a knockoff of your product.

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And if they balk? Kuhn raises the threat of legal action. “We defend the rights protected by the GPL license,” he says. “We have legal teeth, so if someone does not share and share alike, we can make them obey the rules.”

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In fact, the Free Software Foundation runs a lot of these “enforcement actions.” There are 30 to 40 going on right now, and there were 50 last year, Kuhn says. There have been hundreds since 1991, when the current version of the GPL was published, he says. Tracking down bad guys has become such a big operation that the Free Software Foundation has created a so-called Compliance Lab to snoop out violators and bust them.

Who pays for this? The 12-employee Free Software Foundation has limited resources. So it seeks donations. And sometimes it collects money from companies it has busted.

Last year, the foundation alleged that OpenTV, a San Francisco company that ships a set-top box containing Linux, was violating the GPL. The drama took months to resolve and ended with OpenTV writing a check for $65,000 to the Free Software Foundation. “They paid us a very substantial payment for our time and trouble,” Moglen says.

In some ways, these Free Software Foundation “enforcement actions” can be more dangerous than a typical copyright spat, because usually copyright holders seek money–say, royalties on the product that infringing companies are selling. But the Free Software Foundation doesn’t want royalties–it wants you to burn down your house, or at the very least share it with cloners.

Or maybe, as some suggest, the foundation wants GPL-covered code to creep into commercial products so it can use GPL to force open those products. Kuhn says that’s nuts–“pure propaganda rhetoric.” But he concedes that his foundation hates the way companies like Oracle and Microsoft generate billions of dollars by selling software licenses. “We’d like people to stop selling proprietary software. It’s bad for the world,” Kuhn says.

http://www.forbes.com/2003/10/14/cz_dl_1014linksys.html

This article is from 2003 but the situation today is basically the same

So, why is it moral for the FSF to enforce their copyright and immoral if others do it? Note that the FSF even encourages copyright infringement on their newspeak-page:

If you don’t believe that copying not approved by the publisher is just like kidnapping and murder, you might prefer not to use the word “piracy” to describe it. Neutral terms such as “unauthorized copying” (or “prohibited copying” for the situation where it is illegal) are available for use instead. Some of us might even prefer to use a positive term such as “sharing information with your neighbor.”

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#Piracy

The hypocrisy is mind-boggling. The same organization, who persecutes copyright violators, ENDORSES copyright violation (!) of others out of sheer antipathy to traditional copyright holders.

I would say the policies of the FSF are in some cases even less moral than those of the recording companies. If file sharers are persecuted, well, at least you can say that they got busted for violating something that was completeley not their own work. But, let’s say I would create out of Gnumeric a killer application that would even make Excel look like outdated trash. Under the GPL, I would need to give away my whole application, even if my work exceeeds the original work by far.

I am not, in general, opposed to the actions carried out by the FSF. If you want to use/extend GPL’ed software, then it’s your own choice and you should live with the implications and honor the license. The problem is, Stallman and his goonies don’t have the same respect for others.

Stallman brings forth some justifications for his hypocrisy:

To stop people from sharing goes against human nature, and the Orwellian propaganda that “sharing is theft” usually falls on deaf ears.

Well, making money is pretty much human nature, too. How would the FSF react, if I would encourage people to violate the GPL?

Accumulating wealth is human nature. That’s why you should be able to create closed source software out of existing FOSS products. Don’t use the term “GPL violation”, Some of us might even prefer to use a positive term such as feeding your family

Stallman: Sharing continues despite these measures; the human impulse to cooperate is strong

The human impulse for committing crimes is pretty strong, too. And crime never stopped. Is this an argument? He also somehow never sees that the main impetus for many people in this case is not really “sharing”.

The real solution is to legalize sharing. This won’t affect the record companies much, but if they did go out of business, we could rejoice that they can no longer threaten anyone.

They pay zero cents of your CD purchase price to musicians (except for superstars), so the absence of these companies would be no loss to society.

This is a problem between the artists and the companies. What has this to do with file sharing as such?  Illegal file sharing exists since well over a decade now, and it has not improved the situation of musicians. How does it help the artists in any way, if the companies completely vanish? They get little now, they will get nothing at the end.

We could support musical artists with public funds distributed directly to them in proportion to the cube root of their popularity. Using the cube root means that if superstar A is 1000 times as popular as skilled artist B, A will get 10 times as much of the tax funds as B. This way of dividing the money is an efficient way to promote a broad diversity of music.

These funds could come from the general budget, or from a special tax on something vaguely correlated with listening to music, such as blank disks or Internet connectivity. Either way would do the job.

Or we could just buy the stuff we want! Ah, wait..

It’s questionable whether that will flawlessly work. And I doubt whether the general public will readily accept, to subsidy basically all entertainment that can be digitized on such a large scale. Movies, ebooks and games can be file-shared too, and thus would fall under this tax. Essentially,  most of the entertainment industry would be quasi state-run.

And if all this would be indeed financed by the general budget, then Stallman’s endless “ethical and moral” diatribes don’t hold water:

Buying entertainment products is entirely voluntary. You won’t get harmed in any way, if you don’t listen to the newest Britney Spears CD. We are not talking about food and medical drugs here.

Likewise, pirating them is entirely voluntary, too. No one is forcing you at knifepoint to do it.

So, financing pretty much the whole entertainment industry with taxes (take into account, how much modern games and movies cost to make ), just to legalize piracy, is not that “ethical”. If you want to go that route, then these vast sums of money would be far better invested in true social programs, like health care, public transportation, support for the poor and the like.

But anyway, enough. This is not about the pros and cons of file sharing.  The FSF and Stallman invent pseudo-moralistic arguments to deny the very same right they use with a vengeance.

I don’t agree with the recording companies on many things, and I think fining teenagers thousands of dollars is ridiculous and not appropriate, but this doesn’t change the fact that Stallman and the FSF are hypocrites. If you say it’s OK to circumvent copyright, then it’s OK to circumvent copyright. End. I can invent tons of excuses to breach the GPL, too.

Stallman and the FSF act in the dangerous delusion that everything they say and do is genuinely good and moral. And that’s why certain laws should only work for them. No other mindset is more dangerous than this one.

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Evilness

I’ve showed on this blog that the FOSS community was filled with quite insane people. Though, I’ve thought that the heyday of the insanity is over. It seems I was wrong. Thanks to a comment I’ve found Mr. Pogson. And he still lives the “Linux is a god” loon ideal:

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I have shown GNU/Linux to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers over the years and will continue in some way doing that until I die in spite of the opposition.

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Shame on Novell. They have sullied their own reputation entering into unconscionable agreements with the evil empire.

source

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A decent review of anti-trust actions against M$ and M$’s fight against competition around the world is on Ars Technica. For those too young to remember or too busy to be engaged, there is a good outline of events from the legal side. If you have time, please read the documents on US DOJ v M$. They will change the way you think of M$. They did so many things to mess with competition instead of making a good product. There is just no other way to view merging the browser with the OS. It wasn’t an application. They made it a necessary component of the OS and they claimed it could not be removed. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Read how they threatened major OEMs with higher prices or no right to distribute the software.

M$ was not punished in any way, just told not to do it again. That might work for an innocent child but M$ is a brutal tyranny, ruled from the top down by evil men anxious to enslave the world

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I have been accused of being a “hater” and I admit that, but at least I do something constructive about freeing people from M$. We discussed some PR from M$ recently about how loved they are and there is a follow-up on The Register and ZDnet.

The reasons given for hating M$ and the remedies demanded are diverse. Some of them I share. I think no matter what M$ does it can never remedy the evil it has done. Paying back money or issuing vouchers will not compensate for pain and suffering and days lost per user. No apology or new mission statement or even genuine change from within or without will erase the bad memories.

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So, Mr. Pogson will continue to write this crap until he dies? And think about it: a few years ago there were a lot more Mr. Pogsons.  I think that’s why ultimately Linux failed to catch the desktop. I don’t think that any good can come out of a product that seems to be based in sour sentiments towards another product or company. A product that is driven by an negative sentiment is going to lack in quality. These super insane zealots were and are in the minority, but the zeal infected the community as a whole, to lesser extend.

What freetards never understood is, is that Microsoft is nothing compared to many other corporations. Monsanto, Nestle, IBM and many others make Microsoft look like Mickey Mouse. And yes, I’ve read the DOJ documents. Hardballing OEMs and including a browser doesn’t come close to real “evil”. (the browser story is a bit more complicated by the way) I wish there would be zealous groups like the freetards who would look at pharma companies with such scrutiny.

For example, GSK produces an SSRI called Paroxetine (sold as Seroxat, Paxil) which can produce side effects that border on science fiction. There is a well staffed forum, paxilprogress.org, that is solely dedicated to come off paxil.

Quotes:

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Legal action? How?

I came off Seroxat 8 years ago, by tapering off over a couple of months; which I mistakenly thought would be long enough.

To this day I suffer:

1) Electric shocks in my head (but not as often and not as bad as when I would get ZAPPED between approx 5 to 8 years ago. The Zaps have been so bad that “I” would disappear for a moment and several times I could have fell in the road and got run over).
2) Feel ill every day, sometimes very ill.
3) Very tired all the time, every single day.
4) Low pain threshold and I hurt all over.
5) Insomnia which is aggravated by the above. No matter which way I lay in bed it hurts.
6) Mood swings.
7) Cold one moment hot the next, feels like I have the flu – but as far as I know one cannot have the flu for eight years!
8 ) Memory problems – where did I put my keys just 10 seconds ago?
9) Confusion and ‘brain fog’ – what day is it now?
10) Cannot multi-task and have problems understanding what people say, especially when other people are talking.
11) Sensitive to bright lights.
12) Sensitive to sound, especially sudden sounds which can make me physically jump and send like electric shock through my whole body! At times a loud sudden sound causes flashes of light in my eyes/head.
13) Panic attacks, palpitations, irregular heartbeat and I often get out of breath after walking 25 yards.
14) Low sex drive and impotency.
15) Pins and needles, most often in my hands and arms.
16) Itching under the skin, anywhere on my body, often under my feet, palms and sometimes on my head.
17) Numb patches on the surface of the skin with itching underneath.
18 ) Sharp stabbing pains anywhere on my body – like someone has stuck a knife in my body.
19) My hands or feet often twitch and/or move by themselves.
20) At times very painful muscle spasms like pulsating cramp, more often than not in my left leg. Can see the muscle twitch and it feels like it is being torn apart. Pain remains for several weeks or months after the event.
21) Sometimes I cannot see properly! Flickering orange to black Zigzag.
22) Strange dreams and thoughts I cannot put into words – like concepts I cannot explain in words.
23) Apparent lower IQ than I had before.

I have seen the look of disbelief in several doctors eyes as though he or she thinks its all in my head – well, the damage is, in my opinion, literally in my head – because my brain has been physically changed through Seroxat!

Some or many of these symptoms other people have also so it becomes apparent that Seroxat does damage to the brain and the nervous system in general. I know that it sounds melodramatic but what other explanation can there be that would account for the symptoms that so many people have and suffer?

http://www.paxilprog…ad.php?p=612599

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I know this among other things was caused by Paxil.

My symptoms continued for about a month so I went back to my doctor and told him I was getting off the drug. he didn’t seem surprised. he just to me to ‘reduce the dose’
My idea of reducing was to break the pill in half one day then stop taking the medication alltogether. Basically I stopped over 3 years of anti depressant use cold turkey.
I spent the next few days feeling a little bit dazed and irritable. nothing too bad. but as you know, the full blown withdrawal symptoms finally kicked in.
list as follows:

Intense nausea
electric shocks that nearly knocked me over
weight loss (I was 103 lbs to begin with)
Irritability
severe depression
disturbing suicidal thoughts
anxious (more like terrified)
shakes
chills
no energy
very weak
‘out of body’ feeling
lack of coordination
dizziness
body ache
muscle spasms

I was so sick from stopping this medication I could not stand in the shower, I didn’t leave my bed and was visibly unwell.

It’s been about 8 months. the initial withdrawal is over, but I feel I am suffering long term from this medication. I am a vegetable. extremely depressed, irritable, withdrawn. I cannot do my correspondence schoolwork.
leaving my home to do anything leaves me exhausted, I’ve lost interest in food and things that used to bring me joy (my horses, this breaks my heart)
Basically my mother takes care of me, I cannot be under any stress. I am sensitive to light and sound, my moods turn on a dime.

http://www.paxilprog…ead.php?t=46043

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i have lost the love of my life due to coming off paxil and the withdrawal syndrome that i have been suffering. i am absolutely heartbroken and its only now that i realise that for the last 8 years i was on these drugs the condition that i had was probably a withdrawal syndrome from the first time i took it some 12 or so years ago. i suffered for a few years but with windows and now things are much much worse and the breakup with my girlfriend has just added to my despair.

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i have mixed feelings about this. would she have left me no matter what the cause of the crisis? or were the insane symptoms that i have been suffering too much for her to cope with? paxil withdrawal is so unique and i know that my character had changed from a loving and caring man to someone that was completely at the mercy of the symptoms that i was suffering. i wish i still had her support but it has been very hard on her. i am just so upset that i allowed myself to be persuaded to take this poison and that it has had such terrible consequences.

http://www.paxilprog…ead.php?t=42735

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I am consistently and constantly surprised that some person in horrible withdrawal who knows, as we do, that their pain comes from withdrawal hasn’t kidnapped and tortured some of the Big Pharma *******s. I’m not an advocate for torture or kidnapping, but I just wish someone could do something – that someone crazier than me WOULD do SOMETHING that would make these bastards think twice.

http://www.paxilprog…ead.php?t=33136

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Im new here so forgive me in advance. I had no idea a forum like this exsisted, greatful for it (nice to know i’m not alone.) At the advice of my doctor I stopped taking 40mg of paxil to take 1mg of respirdone. She told me I should just quit the paxil and start the other. I started this hell ride the 9th of this month. One of the worse symptoms I am having is feeling like I have a unreal hangover. I think I am also having what is refered to as zapps, kinda like these wierd brain blip. This withdrawl has left me flat on my back most of the time. I had a brother who was on meth and I don’t think his withdrawl lasted this long. I wished I lived close to GSK because I would love to go suffer this withdrawl in the lobby of their posh building as prospective investors came and went. This drug may have helped me at one time, I have taken it for GAD for about 10 plus years. All I know is right now it is stealing days of my life and inflicting what I would call cruel and unusual punishment for the crime of simply wanting to feel better years ago.

http://www.paxilprog…ead.php?t=45891

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The only way i can describe it, is like the wrathful vengence of some Greek god, a long, seemingly unending walk in a land of darkness and ice, where we experience the very pits of human despair and suffering.

I have been through much in my life, seen traumas unimaginable to most people, but never, never, in my entire life have i thought i would go through something so excruciating.

If i was a dictator and had a cellar full of prisoners, i’d never bother torturing them or scaring them in any way. I’d simply slip them some ssri or another for a few months, and then cold turkey them…..

I was telling a friend the other day (he’s polish also like you), that i’d rather be back in 1942, frozen in some god-foresaken hole on the Russian-German front, with cold, death and starvation staring me in the face, than go through ssri-discontinuation.

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[Another poster]:
All this from someone who lost a lot of family many yrs ago over a short space of time, including 2 babys of my own, sad as it is to say, and hurtful too, i would rather re-live that experience than the one im experiencing now, given the choice, even that was taken away from us all.

http://www.paxilprog…ead.php?t=47890

About this medication alone, there are thousands upon thousands of similar stories. As far as I know, GSK tried to hide some unwelcome truths. (not warning doctors/patients about withdrawal symptoms until very recently) This, for example, would be a far more viable playing field for the tons of freetards. Far more worthwile than “raping Bill Gates”, the Satan incarnate.

Freetards are ultimately the product of decadence: Growing up in wealthy environments (you won’t find a freetard from the slum), most of them never experienced real hardships and real evil. Thus, in their warped world view, something like enforcing licensing contracts becomes evil and bundling a browser is on the scale of war crimes, since they have indeed never experienced something worse.

[Note: long time readers may notice that there was a posting on this blog that was very similar to this one. Explaination: I wanted to edit the old one and temporarily moved it to the trash folder. Unfortunately, I waited too long to restore and edit it, and the old post got deleted permanently]

People want fossil fuel!

I’ve wrote on this blog already, that freetards love the copyright law. Except when it doesn’t suit them!

See here:
https://penguinday.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/eating-cakes-
and-keeping-them/

Thom Holwerda of OSNews fame is a classical example. He seemingly went through multiple orgasms when he found a video where pop singer Joss Stone (never heard of her before) condones piracy:

http://www.osnews.com/story/24271
/Joss_Stone_on_Piracy_I_think_it_s_great_I_love_it_

Out of sheer joy, Thom lost his ability to write for a while but regained it soon after in the comments section. Along with several freetards (OSNews is overrun with them since years). And yes, not every freetard is a pirate.  But nowhere will you find so many apologies for copyright infringement than on places like slashdot and osnews.

Now, this blog is strictly about Linux and FOSS. But copyright is an essential part of FOSS politics and is either viciously guarded (when it’s about GPL violations) or thrown out of the window (when the freetards want something for free). So let’s dissect the comments from the OSNews thread:

Thom Holwerda:

It’s not just us. It’s this way in most of Europe – i.e., the parts of Europe that are not flat-broke and drowning in debt.  [he means in most EU countries it’s legal to violate copyright]

Eh, Thom, no. Never heard of the European Directive On Copyright? Or the HADOPI law in France? (yeah, it passed)  I am not talking about the pros and cons of these laws. Just that they exist.

Holwerda:

Th arrival of the web has shaken up the industry, and has pretty much taken out the need for the middle man (big content). What you are arguing for is that a law that was created to promote the arts and sciences is turned into a law that serves but one purpose: to sustain the outdated and failing business model of big content – no matter how many freedoms we have to give up to do so.

If cars running on fossil fuels ever become superseded by cleaner vehicles, do you also want the government to enact laws that forces us to keep buying petrol so the poor oil companies who didn’t adapt to this change don’t suffer too many losses? Markets change, and if a company or even an entire industry doesn’t adapt, they die.

But the truth is, there are NO cleaner vehicles! in fact, cars running on fossil fuel are in greater demand than ever.

What are pirates downloading? Creative Commons licensed masterpieces, made by Aunt Lizzy in her garage? No, just take a look at the torrent tracker sites. The top 100 lists on these sites are filled by evil corporate products from Paramount Pictures, Sony and EA!

Here’s the current top 5 from the “Total Top 100” on Pirate Bay:

1. The Green Hornet
2. Desperate Housewives
3. Megamind
4. The King’s Speech
5. Family Guy

Hey, dammit, where’s the deeply insightful independent stuff? And let me assure you, the most downloaded software products aren’t Linux distributions either. So, hypocrites, stop lying through your teeth. Everyone wants fossil fuel. But not everyone wants to pay for it.

Some chap on OSNews writes:

Why should an artist get paid if they aren’t actively creating? Thats one thing I never understood

Why not? What’s the actual problem? Is your life threatened by it? Jealousy? No one is forcing you buy it! If you don’t like it, don’t buy it and don’t download it. See it that way: Maybe you will write a bestseller some day and you will get filthy rich. And if you want to “stick it to the man” – that signal would be much stronger if Pirate Bay would be indeed filled with Creative Commons material. The actual reality shows only one thing: I want it, but I am a cheapskate.

Look, I know you hate big media corps and all the  artists are too rich or too poor or whatever. But can’t you see that Pirate Bay and the like send a completely wrong signal? Imagine how powerless the media companies would be, if only legal material would be shared! They would have no arguments whatsoever anymore. Now, they just have to show a politician a torrent tracker site and say: “See, people want our products. If we just make file sharing harder for them, they will buy again”.

If you really hate them, then don’t download their stuff. That way, you would truly weaken their power.

Another cheapskate writes:

Abolishing copyright laws does not prevent artists from profiting from their work. Copyright laws do however prevent people from making a profit from their work. If I create a derivative of Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” I’m not allowed to profit from that derivative, despite the derivative being my work.

First of all, why I am entitled to profit from the work of somebody else? And the good news: His scenario is legally possible! Ever heard of “cover versions”? You can profit, you just have to give away a certain percentage to the current copyright holder (a severe problem when you’re freetarded).

Frankly, I think most of today’s movies are pretty sub par and the music is even worse, and I don’t even care for that topic that much, but this is not the point. I am just sick and tired when freetards beat the war drum when ever they find supposed GPL violations, how minor they may be AND invent at the same time piss-poor excuses to circumvent the copyright of others.

You can’t have it both ways. The same Thom Holwerda who had the best 15 seconds in his life due to Joss Stone’s video covered multiple GPL violations on OSNews without a hitch.

I am not for copyright nazism (unlike the GPL violation hunters): If you download two-three movies .. well, nothing to be proud of, but you shouldn’t be fined with thousands of dollars for it. Downloading a game that you have already bought but you can’t play anymore, because the DVD is damaged, is fine by me. Furthermore, downloading very old games, that are truly “abandoned”, should harm no one. I can also understand if genuine poor people download illegally something. But, what seriously gets on my nerves are the antics of wanna-be freetards who have the money and despite this not only pirate so much, that they can fill thirty blu-ray discs every month, but even boast about it in about every forum that they can find and spam the whole internet with their lame justifications and “we’re rebels” bullshit.

If you download stuff, be at least quiet about it, just like in the good old days. You aren’t modern day Robin Hoods just because you downloaded kesha_tik_tok.mp3 and watch Seth MacFarlane cartoons for free.

You aren’t heroes and you never will be. Shut up.