Monthly Archives: March 2011

fox sends DMCA takedown to google to remove DMCA takedown it sent to google

according to torrentfreak (via techdirt) fox wants google to remove an entry from chilling effects, a database of DMCA take down notices. this is the definition of meta, but it’s also funny, so it’s meme time!

first up is the obligatory xzibit:

yo dawg, i heard you like DMCA take downs...

the full text of which should read: you dawg, i heard you like DMCA take downs, so we sent you a DMCA take down on a DMCA take down that we sent you, so you can take down something we sent you telling you to take something down.

next up we have philosoraptor:
does it indeed?

this kind of meta is like something from inception:
we haz to go deepur!

and last but not least, there’s this clip from “the big hit” which is about bustin’ traces:

why movies suck – it has nothing to do with filesharing

this is a great article about the poor quality of movies that are coming out of hollywood (found via techdirt).

i used to think that the problem was that hollywood focused on the lowest common denominator. that over time, films have become a lot cheesier, and a lot more repetitive. this weekend i watched life as we know it and while it was ok, for a romantic comedy, it was the kind of thing i have seen a hundred times before. it would have been a lot better, in my opinion, if the story worked itself out in an original way, rather than the big kiss at the end and they all lived happily ever after.

after reading this article, i didn’t realize that a mediocre event like “life as we know it” was such a rare jewel by hollywood standards.

i used to be a big fan of hollywood action flicks. i loved “die hard”, “the terminator”, and “lethal weapon”. there have been a handful of epic action films since the 80′s, but i have seen tons of crappy ones since then.

what i hadn’t realized before reading the article is that as much as i love movies, i think i am getting too old for most of them. like the article says:

that the closer you get to (or the farther you get from) your thirtieth birthday, the more likely you are to develop things like taste and discernment, which render you such an exhausting proposition in terms of selling a movie that, well, you might as well have a vagina.

all is not lost. i have seen some truly great dramatic films from canada, england, and sweden, and like the article says, there is always the small screen for works like “breaking bad” and “the wire”.

before reading this article, i had no idea that dramatic films of average or greater intelligence had it so rough in hollywood.

attack of the cyber pirates – calling hollywood’s bluff

embedded below is a 9 year old video about the plight of hollywood and its fight against piracy:

so what’s changed since then?

pirates still pirate, more now than ever before. hollywood still whines about lost sales, more now than ever before.

except that the UK passed the digital economy bill, and the US is trying to push through BS treaties and legislation like ACTA and COICA. the situation went from stupid (suing college students and single moms) to ridiculous (COICA == censoring the internet).

except that since 2002 films like avatar and the dark knight have come out. these sorts of films were supposed to be impossible in an environment of rampant piracy, and yet….

what i find amazing is that hollywood is supposed to be losing billions every year to illegal downloads, how are they still around?

assuming just $2 billion a year in losses – the smallest amount of money someone could lose and still call it “billions” – after 9 years of losses that’s $18 billion. how much is the music and film industry worth if it’s still economically feasible to make movies and music after losing $18 billion?

or is the industry just lying?

or maybe they’re not lying, they’re just bluffing. you know, like a strategic move. how a tactical retreat isn’t running away, it’s a strategic move? or how withdrawing from a losing campaign isn’t a defeat? i guess that if you plan ahead, doing something cowardly isn’t cowardly. yeah, premeditated cowardice isn’t cowardice, it’s strategy.

fair enough. i say it’s time to call the bluff. when someone talks about losses due to piracy i think the uni-lateral response should be “if you’re losing money, then quit.” it doesn’t matter if it’s a big name hollywood film maker, record exec, or an indie folk singer. if someone does something remotely connected to media, and they complain about losing money due to piracy, tell them to quit.

for bonus lulz add an immature expletive.
do eet