Another Lessig Presentation Silenced By Automatic Stupidity

To embed laws into the architecture is the stupidest thing the humanity is doing. How come nobody is lobbying Congress to build cars whose engine has been built not to exceed speed limit? Because everybody would think it’s just a stupid idea. Nonetheless Google is accepting to build automatic filters in YouTube that censor videos, even when no copyright is infringed. Architecture should not, never, embed law: we built our society on separation of powers, lets stick to the principles.

We live in a country that is supposed to cherish free speech, not stifle it in case it harms the business model of a company. We live in a country that is supposed to encourage the free expression of ideas — not lock it up and take it down because one company doesn’t know how to adapt its business model. We should never be silencing videos because they might infringe on copyright.

via Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Yet Another Larry Lessig YouTube Presentation | Techdirt.

FSF new license gives more freedom of choice to Wikipedia

The FSF has updated its long controversial Free Documentation License. Developed initially for the manuals of GNU system, it was chosen for Wikipedia. This choice led to various problems, with many people regretting it. The new version allows changing the license from GNU FDL to Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0. Today FSF and Richard Stallman demonstrated once again the importance of this organization.’  To say it with Larry Lessig’s words:

Add “good citizen” to the list of praise for this [Richard Stallman] founder of contemporary freedom.

Enormously important news from the Free Software Foundation (Lessig Blog).