She goes on:
“But it happens to be the place where I discovered THIS beautiful piece of fabulous which is proof positive that you don’t need DRM to make money (and you don’t really need the big studios, either)”
So what’s it all about? Her’s Paul Lilly‘s Maximum PC write-up.
And here’s Louis CK’ s Blog post >>>
People of Earth (minus the ones who don’t give a shit about this): it’s been amazing to conduct this experiment with you. The experiment was: if I put out a brand new standup special at a drastically low price ($5) and make it as easy as possible to buy, download and enjoy, free of any restrictions, will everyone just go and steal it? Will they pay for it? And how much money can be made by an individual in this manner?
It’s been 4 days. A lot of people are asking me how it’s going. I’ve been hesitant to share the actual figures, because there’s power in exclusive ownership of information. What I didn’t expect when I started this was that people would not only take part in this experiment, they would be invested in it and it would be important to them. It’s been amazing to see people in large numbers advocating this idea. So I think it’s only fair that you get to know the results. Also, it’s just really cool and fun and I’m dying to tell everybody. I told my Mom, I told three friends, and that wasn’t nearly enough. So here it is.
First of all, this was a premium video production, shot with six cameras over two performances at the Beacon Theater, which is a high-priced elite Manhattan venue. I directed this video myself and the production of the video cost around $170,000. (This was largely paid for by the tickets bought by the audiences at both shows). The material in the video was developed over months on the road and has never been seen on my show (LOUIE) or on any other special. The risks were thus: every new generation of material I create is my income, it’s like a farmer’s annual crop. The time and effort on my part was far more than if I’d done it with a big company. If I’d done it with a big company, I would have a guarantee of a sizable fee, as opposed to this way, where I’m actually investing my own money.
The development of the website, which needed to be a very robust, reliable and carefully constructed website, was around $32,000. We worked for a number of weeks poring over the site to make sure every detail would give buyers a simple, optimal and humane experience for buying the video. I edited the video around the clock for the weeks between the show and the launch.
The show went on sale at noon on Saturday, December 10th. 12 hours later, we had over 50,000 purchases and had earned $250,000, breaking even on the cost of production and website. As of Today, we’ve sold over 110,000 copies for a total of over $500,000. Minus some money for PayPal charges etc, I have a profit around $200,000 (after taxes $75.58). This is less than I would have been paid by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video. They would have given you an encrypted and regionally restricted video of limited value, and they would have owned your private information for their own use. They would have withheld international availability indefinitely. This way, you only paid $5, you can use the video any way you want, and you can watch it in Dublin, whatever the city is in Belgium, or Dubai. I got paid nice, and I still own the video (as do you). You never have to join anything, and you never have to hear from us again.
I really hope people keep buying it a lot, so I can have shitloads of money, but at this point I think we can safely say that the experiment really worked. If anybody stole it, it wasn’t many of you. Pretty much everybody bought it. And so now we all get to know that about people and stuff. I’m really glad I put this out here this way and I’ll certainly do it again. If the trend continues with sales on this video, my goal is that i can reach the point where when I sell anything, be it videos, CDs or tickets to my tours, I’ll do it here and I’ll continue to follow the model of keeping my price as far down as possible, not overmarketing to you, keeping as few people between you and me as possible in the transaction.
(Of course i reserve the right to go back on all of this and sign a massive deal with a company that pays me fat coin and charges you straight up the ass.). (This is you: yes Louie. And we’ll all enjoy torrenting that content. You fat sweaty dolt).
I probably sound kind of crazy right now. It’s been a really fun and intense few days. This video was paid for by people who bought tickets, and then bought by people who wanted to see that same show. I got to do exactly the show I wanted, and exactly the show you wanted.
I also got an education. And everything i learned are things i was happy to learn.
I learned that people are interested in what happens and shit (i didn’t go to college)
I learned that money can be a lot of things. It can be something that is hoarded, fought over, protected, stolen and withheld. Or it can be like an energy, fueled by the desire, will, creative interest, need to laugh, of large groups of people. And it can be shuffled and pushed around and pooled together to fuel a common interest, jokes about garbage, penises and parenthood.
I want to thank Blair Breard who produced this video and produces my series LOUIE, and I want to thank Caspar and Giles at Version Industries, who created the website.
I hope with all of my heart that I stay funny. Otherwise this all goes to hell. Please have a safe and happy holiday, and thank you again for all this crazy shit.
(Louis, please don’t sue me for copyright violation;)]]>
His government wants the Attawapiskat First Nation to fork out around $1,300 a day to BDO (an “accounting and consulting organization with offices throughout the US “even though “the government’s own assessments say the third-party management system is not cost-effective”, says the the Canadian Press.
Aboriginal Affairs officials told the news, agency they’ve committed to paying Jacques Marion of BDO Canada $180,000 to look after the reserve’s accounts from now until June 30.
And the money has to come from the Attawapiskat ’s budget.
“That rate over the course of a year would run up to $300,000 and easily pay for at least one nice, solid house, notes Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit,” says CP, going on:
“The band will soon find itself cutting off educational assistants and aides for special-needs children in order to scrape together the money to pay the consultant, said New Democrat MP Charlie Angus,whose riding includes Attawapiskat.
“What they’ve done is taken $300,000 out of this band’s limited budget for political cover to pay for the mistakes of an incompetent minister,” the story has him, saying.
“They have to shut down programs to pay for this guy.”
Marion’s daily fee is about a month’s salary for educational assistants, he added.
But Harper “brushed aside criticism of the fees and requests from the opposition to cover the costs. Harper told the House of Commons the government is just making sure the band council in Attawapiskat stops mismanaging taxpayers’ money, CP states, adding.
“We’re investing … additional hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency services to make sure people are being taken care of,” he said.
“The people of that community and the wider taxpayers of this country have an absolute right to ensure that that money is being used and being used effectively, and that is what we are doing.”
In a statement Aboriginal Affairs said the appointee has been instructed to put the community’s health and safety first, and to continue financing all building projects that support that aim.
“A recent departmental review of the intervention regime concluded that the third-party management system is not cost-effective, and hurts a band’s ability to govern itself,” states the Canadian Press.
The review points out that third-party managers are not able to use surpluses to pay off debt.
The review also said the arrangement is applied inconsistently across the country, making measurement of success or failure difficult. Some third-party arrangements drag on for up to 10 years, with no evident plan to graduate to a more independent financial arrangement.
The auditor general has also “repeatedly criticized third-party management for not being properly monitored by the government, CP observes”.
Canada’s privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has taken the lead In defining exactly what companies can and can’t do when it comes to tracking people online.
She wants anyone involved in online behavioural advertising to provide better information about their practices.
In particular, when using tracking technologies that can’t be turned off “PIPEDA requires meaningful consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.
And as a best practice, organisations should “avoid tracking children and tracking on websites aimed at children”, she states, going on ,
“Any collection or use of an individual’s web browsing activity must be done with that person’s knowledge and consent.
“Therefore, if an individual is not able to decline the tracking and targeting using an opt-out mechanism because there is no viable possibility for them to exert control over the technology used, or if doing so renders a service unusable, then organizations should not be employing that type of technology for online behavioural advertising purposes. At present, this could include, for example, so-called zombie cookies super cookies and device fingerprinting. ”
“Online ad revenues has surpassed television advertising in Canada, and companies want to make sure their online ads are being seen by their target audience”, says the Vancouver Sun, adding,
“Tracking is possible because everything a person does online is recorded with tracking technologies, such as HTTP cookies, web beacons and deep packet inspection technology. These data-collection methods are typically invisible to online users, and Stoddart is concerned about the lack of visibility and meaningful consent.
Kaspersky intends to dump BSA as of January 1, 2012 because of the latter’s support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA”, says CSO Online (Australia), adding
“Kaspersky is Russia’s largest tech company but just one of many tech firms there that are concerned by the impact SOPA could have, according to the report.
“Russia’s largest social network, VKontakte, for example, was on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) list of the world’s main copyright violators, and could be affected by the law.
“A Kaspersky Lab spokesperson told the paper it believes SOPA could harm advances in technology and will withdraw from BSA because it did not want to be associated with the law.
“Kaspersky Lab is expected to release an official statement soon.
The burgeoning Attawapiskat scandal is attracting politicians and media like flies, the largest being George W Harper, but not excluding the new NDP leader Nycole Turmel.
It’s great the situation is finally getting the attention it’s been deserving for at least a couple of years.
But why did the people who live on the Cree reservation have to wait until Chief Theresa Spence declared an emergency?
“Opposition MPs urged the prime minister Wednesday to go see for himself the realities of life on a northern Ontario reserve struggling with a housing shortage”, continuess the Winnipeg Free Press also, noting:
“Instead, Stephen Harper said he’s sending the auditors,” and adding:
“The federal government has taken control of public funding out of the hands of Attawapiskat and ordered an audit to find out where federal money spent in the Cree community has gone over the last five years and why it hasn’t helped ward off the current housing crisis there.
Stay tuned for Harper, et al to lay the blame on everyone except themselves.
I first wrote about it in April, 2008 after the Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus, to his credit, highlighted the disgrace.
But the real tragedy is: it’s nothing unusual.
Conditions on many of Canada’s first Nations reserves are often appalling, just as bad as those in any Third World country.]]>
“Despite public outcry, the Internet Censorship bill could pass at any time, ” observes Anon News, adding
“If it does, the Internet and free speech will never be the same.”
Anon News is in turn featuring a list of ISPs which are censoring www.americancensorship.org.
Russian TV newsreader Limanova Has been fired for apparently giving the bird to Barack Obama on air.
“REN TV, a privately owned Russian channel, fired her after a video clip of her gesture went viral, says the Guardian, adding,”Limanova was reading a report on the Asian-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit held in Hawaii earlier this month when she noted that Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, had taken up its rotating presidency.
“Before, this post was held by Barack Obama,” she read, “before looking up at the camera, lowering her eyes again and raising her middle fingerThose words.
“I thought I was out of shot, But I was reading the text from a piece of paper because there was a prompter and I was gesturing to the prompter to raise the text,” The Telegraph has her saying.]]>
Ares Download - Ares Free Music Downloads News | P2P:- Canada is spending a fortune in foreign aid to help impoverished countries , I posted back in April, 2008, going on:
“There’s nothing wrong with that. But charity should also be applied equally at home and in Canada, we have impoverished First Nations whose people are treated as third or fourth class citizens —- if they’re lucky enough to be considered at all while millions of dollars in government largess go abroad.”
Ironically, “At the moment it really is a crisis we are facing. . . . We are in a third world situation,” Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence told reporters at Queen’s Park on Friday, says the Toronto Star.
“I think we must do that (evacuate) because they are not in safe environment right now and winter is coming,”it has Spence,” who declared a state of emergency for the community last month, stating.
Last time around, “Local children used to study at the J.R. Nakogee School, built in the 1970s. Then, in 2000, it was permanently closed after a massive diesel leak seriously contaminated the area,” I wrote.
Now, thanks to the Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus, the Huffington Post is also featuring the school.
My original story was headlined Attawapiskat: Canada’s shame. But Charlie’s item asks simply,What if They Declared an Emergency and No One Came?
In one case as many as 27 people are living in a home while up to 90 live in a construction trailer left behind by the diamond mining company De Beers, Canada Inc, Angus writes.
These days, “Conditions are so deplorable at the northern native community of Attawapiskat near James Bay that officials there are urging the province to evacuate the community of more than 2,000 before winter sets in,” says Richard J Brennan in the Toronto Star.
“I often have to remind myself that I am still working in the province of Ontario, ” declares Dr Elizabeth Blackmore, in the Toronto Star. She’s one of 12 family doctors who serve the James Bay coast.
She states overcrowding and lack of hygiene lead to increased infectious diseases, scabies, lice, respiratory problems and acute depression. Substance abuse and suicide often follow.
“From a medical perspective, we see this as an emergency and that something has to be done,” she said.
According to Brennan, “A spokesperson for the provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs said housing on native communities is the responsibility of the federal government, not the province. ‘Ultimately the federal government has some long-standing issues (at Attawapiskat) that need to been addressed by the federal government,’ she said.
Meanwhile,Ottawa has agreed to spend $500,000 to renovate housing in Attawapiskat, “but critics says that isn’t nearly enough to meet the needs,” Brennan’s story says.
Jon Newton, p2pnet
That was the bottom line message Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Superior Court Judge David Brown had for #Occupy Toronto protesters early today.
Or as deputy mayor Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday put it, “Woodstock Toronto is all over.”
Indeed, said Brown, “the first section of our Charter reminds us that individual action must always be alive to its effect on other members of the community: it states that limits can be placed on individual action as long as they are ‘reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society’, Brown writes in a decision released early Monday, going on,
“Since October 15, 2011, the applicants and other protesters (the “Protesters”), have encamped overnight in St. James Park (the “Park”) as part of the “Occupy Toronto” movement which, as a branch of the Global Occupy Movement, has posed, in its own way and in many cities, the questions: How do we live together in a community? How do we share common space? In Toronto the expression of those questions has assumed a specific form – the creation of an encampment in the Park in downtown Toronto at which the Protesters express a variety of political views and from which they sally forth in periodic demonstrations to take their messages to other parts of this city.
“On the morning of November 15, the City of Toronto served many of the Protesters with a N That Trespass Notice stated the Protesters were prohibited from engaging in the following activities in the Park and in any other City of Toronto park:
“(i) installing, erecting or maintaining a tent, shelter or other structure; and,
“(ii) using, entering or gathering in the park between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
“ The Trespass Notice went on to spell out what would happen if the Protesters did not comply with it:
“The City of Toronto hereby directs you immediately to stop engaging in the activities listed above and to remove immediately any tent, shelter, structure, equipment and debris from St. James Park. If you do not immediately remove any and all tents, shelters, structures, equipment and debris from St. James Park, such tents, shelters, structures, equipment and debris shall be removed from St. James Park by or on behalf of the City of Toronto. You are further ordered immediately to stop using, entering or gathering in St. James Park between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
In other words, the City of Toronto has given the Protesters notice that
His message also contains a thinly veiled threat threat of police action , “if they do not dismantle their tents and other structures and refrain from using the Park during the midnight hours
.”Otherwise, Brown warns, “the City will take steps to see that they do”.
“Ford and his allies on Toronto city council have said occupiers have had their say and that neighbours and businesses in the area want the protesters to leave,” says the CBC, adding.
“In submissions to the court, city officials have also pointed to damage to park grounds caused by the encampment and the need to prepare the park for winter.]]>
Her audit of the privacy policies and practices of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) concludes the agency was “reaching beyond its mandate by completing security reports on incidents which were not related to aviation security,” Stoddart says in a statement, going on,
“This was the case even with incidents involving an activity that was legal.
“For example, CATSA collected information about air passengers who were found to be carrying large sums of cash on domestic flights.
CATSA also contacted police in such cases, says the study, continuing. “Since it should not be collecting personal information about legal activities not related to aviation security, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada recommended that CATSA immediately cease that practice. CATSA agreed”.
Moreover, “the audit found that such incident reports, and other types of personal information collected by the agency, were not always properly secured,” says Stoddart, continuing,
“Documents containing sensitive personal information were left on open shelves and in plain view in a room where passengers may be taken for security checks,
Her audit also” identified other concerns about procedures not being followed during the screening process. When auditors visited the rooms where CATSA officials screen full-body scans, they discovered a cell phone and a closed-circuit TV camera even though these types of devices are strictly prohibited according to CATSA’s operating procedures.
“Fortunately, these irregularities were uncommon and we were pleased that CATSA moved quickly to correct them by issuing a reminder to staff and conducting inspections to ensure proper procedures were followed,” said Stoddart states.
Even so, she added, “the Government of Canada is entrusted with highly sensitive personal information, and is obliged to handle it with an uncompromising level of care—not some of the time, or even most of the time, but all of the time.”
The audit was summarized in the 2010-2011 annual report on the Privacy Act, which was tabled in Parliament today.
It also has a summary of another audit conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). It examined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP) management of operational databases that are widely shared with other police forces, government institutions and other organizations.
The audit determined that, while the RCMP has policies and procedures to safeguard the sensitive information contained in the databases, there were also some disturbing gaps.
For instance, the Privacy Act, which governs the information-handling practices of federal government departments and agencies, requires that organizations retain personal information no longer than absolutely necessary. And yet, information about offences for which a pardon had been granted, or that resulted in a wrongful conviction, continues to be accessible in a database called the Police Reporting and Occurrence System.
“People who were convicted of an offence they did not commit, or who have been granted a pardon, have a right to go about their lives without information—and especially misinformation—about their past coming to light,” Commissioner Stoddart noted. “Such information must be more tightly controlled.”
The annual report highlights the work of the OPC in 2010-2011 in strengthening the privacy rights of Canadians. It summarizes key investigations into privacy complaints and data breaches that the Office conducted under the Privacy Act. The report also describes several Privacy Impact Assessments that federal institutions submitted to the Office for review during the past fiscal year.
Aimed at assessing the government’s stewardship of personal information, the report has separate chapters devoted to the collection, use and disclosure of data. Given the sensitive nature of the personal information that the state needs to govern, the report warns of grave consequences for its over-collection, misuse or inappropriate disclosure.
Aside from the two audit summaries,other highlights of today’s reports include:
The full annual report and audit reports on CATSA’s aviation security measures and the RCMP operational databanks are available at www.priv.gc.ca.]]>
“Gargle gets away with it while others don’t.”
“Google is arguably the biggest, best, most successful file sharing indexing site on the net. So why it isn’t it on the RIAA hit list? – p2pnet has often wondered.
In another story, we said the predatory American online advertising corporation is also heavily into international politics and health care, among a huge raft of other ‘interests’.
It also already has a music site in China, and now it’s close to establishing one in the US, with frightening implications for anyone who cares about online privacy and freedom”.
Google in bed with Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music and the likes of their RIAA, BPI, IFPI, etc and so on.
Think about it.
The company already has insatiable lust for user data.
“Think about it again,” we suggested.
The pic on the right shows Doug Morris, Universal Music Group CEO (left), Google boss Eric Schmidt and Sony Music chief Rolf Schmidt-Holtz schmoozing at the the Vevo launch party.
Vevo, you’ll recall, was “built to help advertisers and content owners”. You? You’re the fool who’ll buy what you’re told. Like always.
(oooops!!!!!) When I was drafting this, I’d also included a link to ‘Coldplay, The Rolling Stones Exclusives Help Launch Google Music ,
which kind of explains Gargle’s latest bid to monopolise online music
“A linkspam virus with the usual bait – Kim Kardashian, etc, is luring users into clicking media-rich links, now more available thanks to Facebook’s recent timeline upgrades. Once clicked, their feeds become vectors for images containing hardcore sex, extreme violence, gore and death, says ZDNet, going on,
“Many people are pointing fingers at Anonymous, but no claim has been made for the attack”.
“Anon is more than a whipping post for this one; a while back Anonymous announced intentions to take Facebook out for a variety of reasons, with a November 5 attack of some kind in the works, and rumors of a ‘Guy Fawkes virus’ – none of which have been confirmed via usual routes (such as Anon press releases).
But no matter who’s behind it, the Facebook attack is extreme, and “spiraling out of control”, says the story.
Meanwhile, “experts have questioned whether the video was authentic, says the BBC, adding.
“Internet security firm Sophos said the images had ‘flooded’ the social network over the past 24 hours or more.”
According to the Examiner, “Associating Anonymous with the outbreak of porn on Facebook revives speculations about a rumored attack on Facebook by Anonymous enthusiasts planned for November. This rumor, began last August, was given a great deal of attention by the media, yet such an operation was disavowed and discredited by most Anonymous enthusiasts. The supposed plot to disable Facebook on November 5, 2011, did not come to pass. The proposed operation seemed to have been, for all intents and purposes, a non-operation”.
The ‘Fawkes Virus’ is thought to be engineered and released by those claiming to represent the nebulous and notorious international Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. However, at the present time, Anonymous has not claimed responsibility for the outbreak of porn on Facebook, and there is no evidence linking the virus to the outbreak.]]>
He “also blocked the users’ attempt to discover whether other Internet companies have been ordered to turn their data over to the government,” says the EFF, continuing the foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) represent Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir who appealed an earlier ruling with Twitter users Jacob Appelbaum and Rop Gonggrijp. “With this decision, the court is telling all users of online tools hosted in the U.S. that the US government will have secret access to their data,” said Jonsdottir, going on: “People around the world will take note, and since they can easily move their data to companies who host it in locations that better protect their privacy than the US does, I expect that many will do so.
“I am very disappointed in today’s ruling because it is a huge backward step for the United States’ legacy of freedom of expression and the right to privacy.”
Jonsdottir and others found out about the government demands for information only because Twitter took steps to notify them of the court order.
Now the EFF says other companies should follow Twitter’s lead, stand with their customers, and promise to inform users when their data is sought by the government.
“The three are Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir (right), Dutch hacker Rop Gonggrijp and US computer programmer Jacob Appelbaum, all of whom know, or have worked with, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said p2pnet recently, adding.
“But neither the three victims, nor the public, will learn exactly how the government gained access their records.]]>
“Spanier, one of the longest serving and highest-paid college presidents in the US, was under fire for his handling of allegations that a former assistant football coach sexually abused boys on campus”.
He was also at the helm when the school earned the distinction of becoming the first senior American teaching institution to join forces with the entertainment cartels in a move to turn students not into well-informed, innovative and productive US citizens, but into fully indoctrinated and compliant corporate consumer drones.
With Spanier (left, alongside his pal and RIAA spinster Cary Sherman) was firmly ensconced on the movie and music industry’s ludicrously named Joint Committee of Higher Education and Entertainment Communities.
He and Sherman quickly built the foundation for what was to become a full-blown entertainment cartel penetration of US teaching centres, coupled with all-out attacks on their students.
Instrumental in hooking Spanier was Barry K. Robinson, who by pure coincidence, I’m sure, is/was both a member of Penn State University’s Board of Trustees and senior counsel for the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
Under the heading The Morals of a Weasel, “Thanks to RIAA general council and, at the time, Penn State Trustee Barry Robinson, Graham took an early interest in illegal file sharing,” posted ‘Thorstein Veblen’ on Left of Centre, going on Graham, “saw, or at least portrayed, P2P file sharing as moral issue,” and quoting a Spanier quote, to wit:
“Yet despite these educational efforts, despite our compliance with DMCA, and despite our technical interventions, it is probably fair to say that thousands of our students illegally download some amount of copyrighted material. They are typical of college students nationally in this regard and are party to a practice that is morally wrong, is damaging to the entertainment industry, and is inconsistent with the values of honesty and integrity that students more typically profess.”
Left of Centre continued:
“One of Graham’s last acts before relinquishing his co-chairmanship was to lend his name and visage to an hilarious RIAA scare-video.
“What Graham didn’t see as morally questionable was the bullying of students by the RIAA which has threaten numerous lawsuits against students that they have identified as illegally downloading music, but has only taken one suit to trial. The obvious moral position for Graham would have been to stand up early to the RIAA thugs, but he would rather stand by his crony on the BOT than do the right thing.”
Thanks whollly and solely to Spanier, Penn State was among the first, if not the first, To foist a corporate music service onto students under the guise of protecting them from RIAA lawsuits.
p2pnet was the only site to publish the story of how the entertainment cartels used a government-supported ‘committee’ for purely commercial purposes, and to name Spanier as the man who actively worked with the big music ‘trade’ unit to make it all possible.
Below is a p2pnet Post from November, 2003:
Penn State U has signed on the dotted line with Napster II, the emasculated Roxio version of Napster, the p2p app that first made file sharing universally popular.
Penn students will get unlimited streaming and ‘tethered’ downloads from more than 500,000 songs, as well as 40 radio stations, access to Billboard chart data, an online magazine and community features, says the university in a statement released by Napster here.
No details are given about who owns the radio stations or publishes the magazine, or what the community features will be.
The announcement was made at the annual Educause meeting in Anaheim, California.
Also in attendance at the conference – for university information technology administrators – were MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) boss Jack Valenti, and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) president Cary Sherman.
“Students can also purchase permanent downloads that can be burned to CDs or transferred to portable devices for 99 cents each,” says the statement and, “We have already set up student focus groups at Penn State who have been testing the Napster service,” says University President Graham B. Spanier.
“We will essentially deploy thousands of testers in the spring semester to use this program and give us feedback before we roll it out for even wider student use in the fall of 2004.”
Whether or not information compiled during the testing, such as students’ names, addresses, and so on, will be shared with Roxio for its marketing data banks, wasn’t revealed.
Spanier is co-chair of the Committee on Higher Education and the Entertainment Industry, created with the enthusiastic help and support of the RIAA and MPAA. With him in the other chair is Cary Sherman.
The program will be phased-in beginning January 12th, the first day of classes for Penn State’s spring semester, the statement says, going on:
“The Penn State-Napster agreement, and other similar arrangements expected to be formed by universities around the country, could revolutionize the way millions of college students obtain and listen to music through streaming audio and song file downloads via high-speed Internet and campus connections – all in a completely legal manner that complies with copyright laws.”
It’ll also revolutionize the way the record labels market product and gather data on users, with the MPAA observing closely from the wings.
“The spring roll out will provide access to Napster for about 18,000 Penn State students who live on Penn State campuses in residence halls, including the main campus at University Park,” says the statement. “Penn State has 83,000 students on its 24 campuses. It intends to make Napster available to all eligible students, as well as faculty and staff, next fall.
“Another goal of our partnership is to extend the music service to members of our alumni association,” Spanier says. “With nearly 150,000 dues-paying members, Penn State’s alumni association is the largest in the country, and it would be great to also provide them low-cost access to music.
“There will be no additional costs to students for this service. It will be funded as part of the information technology fee that Penn State already has in place.”
(Cheers! Tom B)]]>
Mayor Rob Ford (right ) says it’s time for the protesters who have occupied Toronto’s St James Park to move on, according to the National Post.
Ford Didn’t “elaborate on how that would happen, but said he plans to speak to the police chief about the matter”, says the story, continuing:
“Supporters of the international ‘Occupy’ movement have been camping out in the downtown park for several weeks to raise awareness about various issues, among them income inequality.
Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, “has offered to pay to bring all the occupy protesters from across the province to Toronto on Nov. 24 to meet and lease with their counterparts around Ontario,” it states, adding,
“On that day, members of the Ontario Federation of Labour will be marching on Bay Street to protest against many of the policies the Occupy movement has been decrying.
“The issues that they’re fighting for are exactly the same issues that labour has been fighting for many many years: Corporate greed, corporate taxes, the loss of public-sector jobs, high university fees,” said Ryan. ‘It makes perfect sense that the two organizations would be able to work hand-in-hand.’
Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu also says it’s time for protesters to leave, claiming they’ve been ‘infiltrated by a “violent element,” says the National Post.”>National Post.]]>
“Operation DarkNet was a month-long child pornography sting which culminated in late October over a 24 hour period”, says the Examiner, stating during it, “Anonymous collected the 190 IP addresses associated with the alleged Internet pedop.
“The Anonymous hacktivists claim they are not out to destroy the DarkNet, only to expose pedophiles who use the anonimity and clandestine nature of the DarkNet to expoit innocent children for perverse sexual gratification”.
Below is the full anonymous announcement as it appears in Paste Bin >>>
#OpDarknet Official and Last Release — 11/2/2011 …
In the last three weeks of #OpDarknet, we gained much support from The World with our Operation Darknet. We would like to thank our supporters, in #OpDarknet’s cause. There also was a large amount of resistance from the pedophile community claiming that Tor was their safe haven with messages such as:
Hidden Wiki ‘Hard Candy’ section – October 20:
“To the vandals, you vandalize the page 1,000,000 times, we will correct it 1,000,001. It will just go back and forth. We are here to stay. People want to run DDoS attacks over tor and think it hurts us, it does. It is our GOD given right that we can choose to have our sexual preferences for youth. It is the same for the any other porn community. It is not what we choose to become, it is who we are. You Anonymous aka #OpDarknet do not have the right to censor us.”
Operation Darknet was never intended to bring down Tor or the “darknets”. The only purpose of Operation Darknet was to reveal that a service like the “Tor Project” has been ruined by the 1% using it for Child Pornography. The rest, 99% consists of Chinese/Iran journalists, Government intelligence fighting a secret war with Al-Qaeda, and us Anons who believe in the right to Free Speech.
However, Child Pornography is NOT FREE SPEECH. We proved beyond doubt, that 70% of users to The Hidden Wiki access the HARD CANDY section, “a secret directory” used by the pedophiles to access sites like Lolita City and The Hurt Site, a site dedicated to trade of child rape.
In that, We Anonymous planned and successfully executed an complex “Social Engineering” operation dubbed “Paw Printing”. This consisted of the following things:
1) One week prior to October 27th, 2011, We Anonymous performed OpSec, “Operations Security” against the developers of Tor. We quietly listened on irc.oftc.net channels #tor and #tor-dev to find when the next major release of Tor would be.
2) Form our OpSec, we determined that on October 27th 2011, a new Tor version would be released to recent “security” publications about Tor
3) We secretly contacted our friends at The Mozilla Foundation™, Developers of Firefox™, for them to authorize a developer signer certificate for “The Honey Pawt”, a TorButton that we Anon created to funnel all ORIGINATING traffic to our forensic logger.
4) On October 26th, 2011 we passed certification of a modified TorButton for Firefox™ called “The Honey Pawt” which would be used for the forensic logging of users accessing The “HARD CANDY” and “Lolita City” Tor Hidden Onion sites. Our TorButton aka “The Honey Pawt” did not contain any malware or virus. It was developed according to the Firefox/Mozilla Foundation guidelines.
5) We built a forensic data logger dubbed “Whiny da Pedo” that would capture the IP traffic, log that IP packet, and re-route it through our local Tor Bridge.
6) On October 27th, 2011 we launched Operation “Paw Printing”. What we did was stopped our #occupy Denial-of-Service on The Hidden Wiki and placed a Tor “security update” message on the “HARD CANDY” section of The Hidden Wiki.
7) No where else did we place that message except for the HARD CANDY page on The Hidden Wiki. The message contained a download link to our “The Honey Pawt”. To ensure no conflicts with the existing, TorButton our “The Honey Pawt” replaced the old TorButton Firefox extension.
8) The pedo who was on the “HARD CANDY” section would then restart Firefox™ and turn our TorButton and attempt to access websites such as The Hidden Wiki and Lolita City.
9) That traffic would then be forwarded to our special forensics server and log the incoming IP and destination. If an Tor Onion site matched a known Child Pornography Tor site, we would block the request. Otherwise, the traffic would then be redirected through the Tor network.
10) For only 24 hours, we ran Operation “Paw Printing”. On October 28th, 2011. We shut down the forensics and resumed #occupy The Hidden Wiki to prevent access to the Tor Hidden Wiki Site
Below are mirrors to “whiny_da_pedo_ip_honey_pot.zip”, the forensics archive to our operation. A total of 190 unique IP’s and users were identified in the 24HR time frame. The README.txt contains the method of IP capture and forensics used to determine the individuals accessing the HARD CANDY and Lolita City.
IP Log Backup 1:
IP Log Backup 2:
IP Log Backup 3:
An unique location mapping of these home IP addresses on Google Maps can be displayed here: http://i.imgur.com/ggfVG.png
Also in addition to Operation “Paw Printing”, we had an concurrent operation called “Media Storm”. We reconfigured our previous cluster used for timing analysis against Freedom Hosting, to run multiple instances of “Chris Hansen”.
During our gathering of evidence against FORMLESS NETWORKING LLC (see: http://pastebin.com/qWHDWCre). We ran multiple Denial-Of-Service attacks against the Tor services Freedom Hosting and Lolita City. As for a control to test our suspicions, we separately ran the high bandwidth Distributed Denial-Of-Service attacks against the Tor exit nodes owned by FORMLESS NETWORKING LLC a company affiliated with Mike Perry, the developer of the TorButton.
Each and every time, we were able to verify outages to Freedom Hosting. Those from our Tor network Denial-of-Service attacks directly against Lolita City / Freedom Host (See: http://pastebin.com/VsWnRM70); And those with clearnet/WWW Distributed Denial-Of-Service attacks against FORMLESS NETWORKING LLC Tor exit nodes (See: http://torstatus.blutmagie.de).
One Anon contacted Mike Perry on the Tor developer’s IRC server: irc.oftc.net, about Anonymous’ accusations about his association with FORMLESS NETWORKING LLC. His response is as follows:
[17:24] <mikeperry> I helped create that model. my llc was the prototype for the 501c3
[17:26] <mikeperry> you really have no idea what the fuck you’re doing, do you?
[17:26] <mikeperry> and you’ve damaged my name, and damaged the tor network
[17:26] <mikeperry> which you use
[17:26] <mikeperry> you know why I didn’t reply to you for 2 days on irc?
[17:26] <mikeperry> cause I was busting my ass working for a deadline today
[17:26] <mikeperry> that you guys almost made me miss
[17:27] <mikeperry> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/sponsors/SponsorF/November2011
[17:27] <mikeperry> improving the load balancing of the network you used to DDoS my website
[17:28] <mikeperry> you see this: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/1778#comment:22
[17:28] <mikeperry> your DDoS probably caused that
To the pedophile community, based on the evidence and forensics, that We Anonymous gathered. There is no need for you to troll anymore, mmmmkay? We have already ID’ed you despite “the myth” of Tor “Anonymity”. We “pwned” and “hacked” Freedom Hosting and Lolita City. If your names for your sick trade consist of “lolita” and “pedo bear”, pedophiles are called “Britney” and “squealer” in jail. If you still don’t believe that we hacked Freedom Hosting? Roger Dingledine, one of the original Tor developers said this on an irc chat, regarding our operations against Freedom Hosting:
[01:09] <arma> even if you learn the secret key for a hidden service, that doesn’t tell you who the hidden service is. it only allows you to impersonate the service.
[01:09] <arma> if they broke the key, my guess is they broke into the server and then just took it.
The purpose of #OpDarknet was to collect evidence and prove that %1 of Tor users who use Tor for CP are the ones causing the problems for the rest of the Tor community, the 99%. In celebration of November 5th 2011, #OpDarknet is officially sailing away for another Lulz. Bye bye pedo bear. We are Anonymous, a leaderless collective, fueled only by our ideas. We give you a last and farewell gift: http://i54.tinypic.com/120r1jc.jpg
Best, #occupywallstreet, #freeanons, #freetopiary, #antisec
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
We “Anonymous are the hero The Internet deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt them because they can take it. Because they are not our heros. Anonymous is a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.”
* Also pedos you may want to read: http://gawker.com/5851459
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Texas Governor Rick Perry had egg all over his face and both feet in his mouth, not to mix metaphors, after his lame attempts to ridicule Occupy Wall Street demonstrators fell flat, to considerably understate the situation.
Speaking in New Hampshire on Friday, he took a swipe at the Occupy movement by citing an “outlandish quote” he’d received from his son from a supposed Occupy Toronto protester named Jeremy, says the Globe and Mail going on, he “chuckled”, after he paraphrased what the fake protester said, ‘to wit, “Those bankers that we came to insult, they’d already been at work for two hours when we got here at 9 o’clock.
“And when we get ready to leave, um, you know, they’re still in there working.”
“I guess greed just makes you work hard.”
Jeremy” was/is the brainchild of Globe and Mail contributor Mark Schatzker, in his satirical piece on the Toronto Occupy protest, published on October 22
“Perry’s gaffe is just one in a series of stumbles in his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination according to the Globe and Mail
“In a separate speech in New Hampshire last week, he was seen as rambling and erratic, causing some observers, says the story, quoting the Atlantic magazine as suggestingt his “strange behaviour “was a result of pain medication or alcohol.]]>
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