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Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement

2007 - 06 - 01

Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including “attempts” to commit piracy.

“To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated,” Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.

The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries, and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with prerelease piracy.

Psych meds drove my son crazy

2007 - 05 - 21

Psych meds drove my son crazy
Until he was 17, my son was unique and funny and odd. He was difficult in some ways but incredibly easy in others. He washed the family’s dishes precisely, went to bed at exactly the same time each night, and sorted our mail into careful piles. He did fairly well in school — above average in math, a little below in social studies — and spent his weekends playing tournament-level chess. He was a loner, but sweet and articulate and very close to his only brother.

Until he was 17, my son was unique and funny and odd. He was difficult in some ways but incredibly easy in others. He washed the family’s dishes precisely, went to bed at exactly the same time each night, and sorted our mail into careful piles. He did fairly well in school — above average in math, a little below in social studies — and spent his weekends playing tournament-level chess. He was a loner, but sweet and articulate and very close to his only brother.

Then junior year came. He met a girl, he went to a dance, he thought life was better. And for a night it was. Then the dance ended, the girl decided she was interested in someone else, and the boy became depressed.

Was this cause for alarm? I thought not. Teenage boys routinely get depressed over girls and fickle friends and school dances. It was painful, but I assumed it would blow over. When it didn’t, after six months, I took him to a psychologist who recommended a psychiatrist who put him on a newfangled antidepressant she said would have the added benefit of controlling some of his obsessive tendencies, like stacking the dishes and sorting the mail.

I didn’t want to control those things — to me, these weren’t symptoms, they were characteristics of my son. And I’d fought for 17 years to keep him drug-free. But the psychiatrist and the psychologist and several family members insisted: He’d become unhappy, his routines were getting in the way of his developing a social life. This pill, they said, would help him.

Instead, he gained 30 pounds and began to lose his mind.

Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement

2007 - 05 - 15

Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including “attempts” to commit piracy.

“To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated,” Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.

The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries, and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with prerelease piracy.

I CD e il Compagno Kalashnikov

2007 - 05 - 10

I CD e il Compagno Kalashnikov

Cosa succede in Florida quando si vuole vendere un compact disc usato in un negozio specializzato? E cosa accade quando invece in un altro negozio si vuole comprare un AK-47?

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Oggi, dieci anni dopo, in Florida le cose filano lisce come prima, almeno per chi vuole comprare e vendere armi. La polizia deve distruggere dopo 48 ore ogni registrazione e alle fiere di settore puoi venderne e comprarne liberamente, così come tra privati.

Se invece ti sei ficcato in testa l’idea malsana di vendere o comprare compact disc usati in un negozio dello stato che fu di Jeb Bush, allora puoi metterti l’animo in pace: sarai trattato come il peggiore dei criminali o quasi.

Nel quasi ci sta che, prima di comprare il tuo cd, il negoziante ti dovrà chiedere un documento d’identità, prendere le tue impronte digitali, registrare l’acquisto con tutti i dati che individuano te e l’oggetto e tenerne copia per qualche anno. Alla fine ti potrà pagare, ma non più con soldi veri: solo con buoni acquisto. Il negozio poi per rivendere il tuo cd dovrà aspettare almeno un mese.

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