BLaCK OuT 2012...

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Professor Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School:

“As we’ve seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not to heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture.”

“Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again.”

“In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt.”

“If the internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they’re free for people to build upon as they see fit.”

“So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in culture that we don’t even question when the control of that property removes our ability, as a people, to develop our culture democratically.”

WB7: If you are looking for cogent reading on the subject of the role of intellectual property rights in a “wired democracy”, I recommend Professor Lessig’s writings. They can can be obtained readily online.







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williambanzai7's picture

There is a very big difference between what gets produced in Britain and what gets produced in Hollywood about Britain.

Slightly off topic, one of my favorite books about Americans versus Englishmen is called: Mr American, by the same author who wrote the Flashman series which are historical and hysterical. ;-)

williambanzai7's picture

I did enjoy the King's Speech though. I saw another interesting one about a month ago, I can't remember the name, but it was about a butler played by Anthony Hopkins. There is, however, plenty of anglophile nonsense that is primarily pretentious drivel with soft lighting.

Glorifying Thacher is something that might work as a laxative.

Gully Foyle's picture


Christ dude, download both seasons of Sherlock and understand what excellent Brit tv is about.

I enjoy the Brit version of Shameless. It's all about dritbags, welfare cheats, drug dealers, hookers. But it is unapologetic. They don't offer excuses for their actions, they don't blame the system. They capitalize on the flaws in the system and profit. They are hedons and don't give a shit who knows.

US version sdoes the same old dignified poor people crap. They totally missed the boat on what appeals from the original.

I like a small comedy called REV, about a church of England priest in a poor area. Once again we see the underbelly as it is, people being people because they can.

Ex-Pat's picture

I f I recall correctly, the "Remains of the Day (1993)" portrays a Butler that has a difficult time with change.

williambanzai7's picture

Yes that's it. He is a terrific character actor.

the grateful unemployed's picture

 The Great Dictator was Chaplains best I think, a real jab at fascism, and the Nazi treatment of the Jews, which I suppose the Brits didn't much care about. Chaplain came here to make films, built his own studio and was later deported back. The Brits idea of film as a social medium was limited, they never appreciated the social context of the medium other than in personal narrative and character study.

Then I don't believe America is a declining empire and Hollywood allusions to the greatness of all things British offends my native sense of being an American.

williambanzai7's picture

When you consider that finance is their main industry now, they are now essentially a colony of Wall Street.

Chupacabra's picture

You may have that backwards.  Brits were perfecting financial shenanigans when Wall Street was a game trail.

williambanzai7's picture

I don't know, I was in the City when the Wall Street Banks piled in. At that point civility went completely out the window and the law of the jungle took over completely.

DCFusor's picture

When you consider their regulatory climate compared to ours, it's actually the other way around.  There are reasons they didn't buckle to the Euro pushing.  It would only take a small amount of transparency there to trigger the entire thing collapsing worldwide.  It's where the bodies are buried.

williambanzai7's picture

Yes, but much of that regulatory landscape was created, or denuded depending on how you look at it, when Wall Street came in and swallowed everyone up.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Actually, the flick was an anti-Thatcher smear.

the grateful unemployed's picture

well i haven't seen it yet, and would doubt that MS would make any film with a subtext that ran at counter purposes. Although the makeup and the facial expression she wears make her look like some sort of zombie weasel (at least in the trailers) is there a Reagan actor in this thing. are they shagging on the royal lawn between the croquet wickets. that i would pay to see.

Row Well Number 41's picture

You would pay to see a couple 70 year old proto-corpses going at it on the royal lawn...  I think I'd pay not to see that. 


Some things once seen can not be unseen.



the grateful unemployed's picture

sorry i would pay to see that, those two sorry corpses in necrophillic embrace on the royal lawn.

Clowns on Acid's picture

BillyB, - How about for a month?

williambanzai7's picture

I have not been in a movie theater for a year. It can be done. But I will confess that they sell a very cheap format here in Asia called VCD (not DVD). One film fits on two discs. It is not the same quality as DVD or Blu Ray, but who cares?

Gully Foyle's picture


VCD dude? C'mon that is so nineties.

I skipped Bluray and jumped directly to digital media.

Bought a WDTV player and watch everything upgraded to 1080p with Dolby and DTS.


williambanzai7's picture

I'm being practical. It costs about $3.00 US to buy a movie. They are released simultaneousy with the DVDs and BRs which cost much more. Since I now whatch my movies on a computer, I don't really care ghat much about surround sound anymore, I get it though my head phones and there is just so much you can get visually from a laptop screen.

Digitization sure has shot the Made in America high end audio business in the ass.

You are talking to a bona fide high-end (former Krell owner) audiofiend my friend. 

NotApplicable's picture

Why would anyone watch movies anyway? Reality is obscured enough without filtering it through their programming.

Idiocracy is probably the last movie I watched, and that's just because it was a documentary.

williambanzai7's picture

I would say I am piqued by one or two mainstream Hollywood films a year. The rest is garbage. There are many independent films that interest me however, and most of them can eventually be viewed on the internet.

My interest is primarily in film classics, and by classic I mean good movies.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Banzai7, You gotta find that picture of Osama Bin Laden sitting on the floor watching TV in Pakistan! That would be a classic! Make the TV a monitor instead with a black out message or something.


"Who is Tyler Durden?" Priceless! 

williambanzai7's picture

I believe you are referring to this...

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Yup! You are da Mahn! Funny az hell!

CompassionateFascist's picture

Guess he wasn't anti-semitic after all.

johnQpublic's picture

how about cancelling your internet and cable, or entire bundle if thats the way you have your service provided?(assuming this crapola gets passed)


that is my intention

i've had enuf of the barrage of advertising on my tv and internet anyway, so if them thar theys want to pass sopa/pipa i will be cancelling my entire bundle


if i want on the net, i'll get it for free by hopping on an open wireless network...but i wont be paying anyone


though, i have to wonder what level of success they'd have since they cant even effectively shut down the child pron that gets funnelled onto the net

heaven forbid we should have that AND people expressing their opinion both at the same time

williambanzai7's picture

Despite the constant barrage from Verizon, I have managed to help my parents contain the cost of television, phone and Internet service. Here is the secret sauce.

No cable TV. ASDL Internet. Netflix simple one disc out plan. Digital TV antenna and decoder box. Skype.

Fuck Verizon

blindfaith's picture

Cut the cable off 12 years ago, gave my TV to Goodwill ( felt really bad about that, should have trashed it).

I have dial up and if I can't see or hear it with dial up...I don't need it.

No fancy iphone etc to track every movement you make for the next year and how long you were there.

No online banking or bill paying.

No slavery for me, thank you.

Man do I sleep like a baby.

williambanzai7's picture

I do lots of uploading and downloading. Dial up would kill me. I am able to manage fine with a clean ADSL line because I don't do video.

johnQpublic's picture


but blockbuster three out at a time


and fuck comcast too

got a great antenna for picking up wifi

up to 6000 feet away...forty net costs at all

lotsa open wifi out there

Silver Dreamer's picture

I salute you William for the superb and important work you do.

andyupnorth's picture

My cousin from the US drove up yesterday and my family had him over for supper.  At the table, he told me that he would vote for anyone but Obama...  His #1 concern is the economy, and would vote for anyone who would make it better.  (BTW, my cousin is a well-off engineer in his 40s).

I told him that the foreign military occupations are driving up the cost of living.  He disagreed, saying that the military was securing the foreign resources, which in turn provide the US with cheap resources (namely oil).

I was more than happy to explain to him that the Military Industrial complex has a tremendous public cost on the American Public, but the "freed" resources are then taken by large, for-profit, Private companies.  These companies then sell the resources for a high price in order to generate tremendous profits.  There is therefore an extraction wealth from the public that is funneled into a few large corporations.  This means that the military is a tool used to increase the assets of corporation, and meanwhile drive up the cost of living because we are competing against the military in purchasing oil, metals, etc.  I said that if the military was suddenly disbanded overnight, the price of oil, steel, copper, etc, would be decimated.  My cousin agreed and said that this makes sense.

I then told him how policies and legislation would have been identical under Obama, Romney, Bush, McCain, etc, since these scumbags are all bought by the same people; and that Ron Paul is the only candidate who would shrink the military and the Federal government, and simplify the legal system, and get rid of the Income Tax, all of which would stimulate the economy and reduce the cost of living.

Then I told him about the "indefinite detention of Americans" bill that was signed on December 24th while everyone was away for the holidays.  My cousin was shocked because he had no idea about that and had heard nothing about it.  Then I told him that the IRS/Income Tax and the Federal Reserve bills were also signed in 1913 just before Christmas when all the senators and congress were on holidays.  I could see that his mind was starting to get enlightened. 

Then I let him play with my new remote-controlled helicopter and he probably forgot everything.


NotApplicable's picture

I'm curious, what was his opinion of Dr. Paul?

andyupnorth's picture

No comment or visible reaction... Indifferent? Ignorant? He never heard of the guy? I don't know...

I'll ask him point-blank tonight...  I'll get back to you by tomorrow (hopefully) with his response.

NotApplicable's picture

Thanks. I like to hear how widespread (or not) his message is. I'm still surprised by the number of people who know nothing about him (though I guess that beats the ones who only know the smears).

andyupnorth's picture

My cousin says that McCain was more honest than Obama, but people voted for Obama rather than voting for the "right" guy.

So he's implying that McCain and Paul are comparable, and therefore the people will vote for Obama again. What a totally idiotic chain of thought!! That's total non-sense!!  I know my cousin is a smart guy.  So how could he have such poor reasoning?!?

So what do I say?

- So many people are disappointed by Obama, and therefore the masses would rather vote for Paul.  However, the paid-for-shills in the Mass Media would vouch for Obama.

- McCain is a big government, big military, yes-man pushover who will do anything his handlers tell him to do.

- When Palin dropped out of the 2008 race, her handlers were transferred to McCain.  Different puppets, same puppet masters.

- Ron Paul is a physician who's properly educated in economics, unlike McCain who knows nothing about economics, but rather is brainwashed by the military industrial complex and a push-over to his billionaire wife and the "elites".  Obama is a lawyer/liar and has been a CIA agent since his "community-organizing" years; he knows nothing about Truth and Principle.

- Both Obama and McCain flew into Washington to see Baby Bush and tell him that they approve the $700 Billion bank bailout/theft.  Ron Paul opposed the bailouts; in fact, he opposes all bailouts!

Even if I were to prove that McCain and Obama and Bush are essentially identical, then what?  Is it even possible to convince my cousin to vote for an honest, educated guy when he is constantly being told by "reputable" sources that this honest guy would not be able to beat Obama?

Can I make him vote based on principle and Truth, rather than just picking from the two leading contenders who were hand-picked by the powers-that-be?

Perhaps I could send him some links on Thomas Jefferson, Frederic Bastiat, and Ron Paul video clips.

I don't know... the brainwashing seems so ingrained...


All you American Ron Paul supporters really need to pick up the intensity and educate your brainwashed neighbours...

andyupnorth's picture


My cousin says he's good, and would make a good president with very reasonable and honest views.  However, he would not be able to be Obama in a general election.


So what do I say? That if it were between Obama and Paul, everyone would know who the crook is and who the honest guy is, and yet they would still somehow vote for the crook?

williambanzai7's picture

I'm steering clear of that iPhone controlled helicopter. I know a compulsive distraction when I see one ;-)

andyupnorth's picture


But what does the "C" on Chaplin's uniform represent?

Careless Whisper's picture

@ andyupnorth

dewd, not knowing what this © is, could get you detained. for your own safety, please learn your "alt" keys. that one is "alt" 0169

EPIC, mister banzai.

andyupnorth's picture

That's a serious fail on my part... I guess I'm used to seeing it in a tiny font...

williambanzai7's picture

Take a careful look at the corneas in the Kubrik image ;-)

williambanzai7's picture

That is the copyright symbol.

the grateful unemployed's picture

is the copyright symbol copyrighted?

V in PA's picture

Since this is question and answer... Why are the central vowels (a, u) lower case in BLaCK OuT.

Magnificent job by the way. ©

williambanzai7's picture

That is my calling card ;-)

metastar's picture

Thanks WB. I'll be sending some of these images to congress. No doubt they will be put into my file.

Shizzmoney's picture

Great stuff here as usual, bonzai!

I expect the bill to either be

a) Backed on to another bill that will need to be passed, like an unemployment extension.  The UEIGA (ban on banking transactions on gambling) was put on the back of a Port Securities Bill in the middle of the night by Bill Frist.  Its happened before.

b) Pass it in 2013, when the political environment calms down a bit (I do part of the reason why OWS gained steam is b/c of elections coming up).  The reason why alot of politicans are backing out is because this is a big election year. Paul Ryan, who won by a big margin last time around, is now in the fight of his life in WI due to his lust for killing Social Security and other programs (despite collecting from SS when his dad died).  He supported SOPA until his staffers saw the internet (and WI voter reaction - see: Scott Walker recall) and said, "We might wanna hold our support off for votes".  As much as he changed his view, he only did so to secure vote from young/tech savvy Tea Party+Libs in his district.  Don't mean he'll switch back once hes back in office.