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Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have

The most frustrating part of the discussion around SOPA has been watching politicians and commentators fail to acknowledge the vast resources we already devote to protecting copyright in the United States. Over the past two decades, the United States has established one of the harshest systems of copyright enforcement in the world. Our domestic copyright law has become broader (it covers more topics), deeper (it lasts for a longer time), and more severe (the punishments for infringement have been getting worse). These standards were established through an alphabet soup of legislation: the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, and the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act of 2008. And every few years, there’s a call for more.

Read more at The Atlantic

theatlantic:

Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have

The most frustrating part of the discussion around SOPA has been watching politicians and commentators fail to acknowledge the vast resources we already devote to protecting copyright in the United States. Over the past two decades, the United States has established one of the harshest systems of copyright enforcement in the world. Our domestic copyright law has become broader (it covers more topics), deeper (it lasts for a longer time), and more severe (the punishments for infringement have been getting worse). These standards were established through an alphabet soup of legislation: the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, and the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act of 2008. And every few years, there’s a call for more.

Read more at The Atlantic

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Avoiding Technology Addiction

Found this article to be particularly helpful in helping me think about my tech addiction and how to try and curb it. I’m considering getting an iPad, to be honest, and unloading a lot of my internet addictions there (Twitter and Facebook, I’m looking at you!)

For now, though, I’m considering getting three separate RSS readers, so that I can aggregate certain mindsets and associate them with specific environments so I’m less likely to stray.

Also, hiding my start bar in Windows has been unbelievably helpful in getting things done. I want to be able to full-screen any particular page I’m working on until it’s done.

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