@pluralistic Wow, i know that case from the inside. One of our own videos containing our own music was claimed by som INgroovs authority some years ago. I had left a blog article at the time, describing what happened them in detail. Power structures rule copyright on YT, and individual creators are not being listened to AT ALL. kliklak.net/blog/ingrooves-har

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Here's today's edition: pluralistic.net/2021/05/08/cop


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My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.



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Upcoming appearances:

* Interoperability and Alternative Social Media, Reimagine the Internet, May 12, knightcolumbia.org/events/reim

* Book launch for Aminder Dhaliwal's Cyclopedia Exotica (Indigo), May 12, crowdcast.io/e/udbva8py/regist

* Seize the Means of Computation, Ryerson Centre for Free Expression, May 19, cfe.ryerson.ca/events/how-dest


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My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."



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My book "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is a critique of Big Tech connecting conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies (proposing a way to deal with both) is now out in paperback:


Signed copies here:


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My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."

Get signed books from @darkdel: darkdel.com/store/p1840/Availa


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Yesterday's threads: The PRO Act and worker misclassification; $50k fellowships for critical technologists; The FTC's (kick-ass) Right to Repair report; and more!



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I'm doing two live events next Wednesday, May 12:

* Interoperability and Alternative Social Media, a panel for the Knight Center's Reimagine the Internet event

* Book launch for Aminder Dhaliwal's Cyclopedia Exotica


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Meanwhile, governments from Australia to the UK to Canada are adopting "Harmful Content" rules that are poised to vastly expand the filternet, insisting that it's better than the alternative.



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We need a new deal for content removal, to favor working creators over wage-thieves who have the time and energy to master the crufty private legal systems each platform grows for itself.


Back in 2019, Slate Future Tense commissioned me to write an sf story about how this stuff might work out in the coming years. The result, "Affordances," is sadly still relevant today:


Here's a podcast of the story as well:



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The new Notre Dame spire will be a copyrighted work - will filters block videos of protests in front of the cathedral?


And ever since the US's 1976 Copyright Act abolished a registration requirement, it's gotten harder to figure out who controls the rights to any work, so that even the "royalty free" music for Youtubers to safely use turned out to be copyrighted:



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Remember when Jimmy Fallon broadcasted himself playing a video game? NBC automatically claimed the whole program as its copyrighted work, and thereafter, gamers who streamed themselves playing that game got automated takedowns from NBC.


The relentless expansion of proprietary rights over our virtual and physical world raises the stakes for filter errors.


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The EU trying to figure out how to make it work, and the people who said this wouldn't require filters are now claiming that filters are fine.


Automating subtle judgment calls is impossible, not just because copyright's limitations - fair use and others - are grounded in subjective factors like "artistic intent," but because automating a flawed process creates flaws at scale.


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