Wired: Transit officials in New York and San Francisco have launched a copyright crackdown on a website offering free downloadable subway maps designed to be viewed on the iPod.Words can't describe how much this disgusts me. I can't believe these public agencies have the audacity to so flagrantly abuse copyright law. Whoever is behind this should be fired immediately. Copyright law provides incentive for artists to do what they do, nothing more. Is the transit authority going to stop making subway maps? Yeah, right. These agencies have completely betrayed the spirit of copyright law by twisting it to stifle innovation. The letter from the SF BART says, "There is a widespread belief that materials published by public agencies such as BART are in the public domain. This belief is incorrect." Aren't these public agencies? Doesn't it makes sense for these works to be in the public domain? I really wish William Bright, the iPod Subway Maps maintainer, would take this to court. I'd chip in on a collection to cover the legal bills. The saddest part: Bright is holding off on posting the new maps he created because he's afraid the agencies may come after him for infringing their "color copyright." I can't blame him.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
I usually don't go into detail about my private life (who would want to read that?), but after a good deal of deliberation, I've decided to go ahead and blog about this. Hopefully other won't make the same mistake I did.
A couple weeks ago, some sicko with a pregnancy fetish copied some of Krista's pregnancy pictures into his own Flickr account which contained various pictures of other pregnant women titled with fake names (the title on Krista's photo was "Emma"). He also commented on and tagged as "pregnant" some of the photos in our account. I only found out about it because he was clueless enough to add me as a Flickr contact. I guess he didn't realize rebranding pictures of the mother of my child as pseudo porn might piss me off. His account has been cancelled, but there's no telling who else is out there. The whole experience made me physically ill.
I originally made my photos public so friends and family wouldn't have to sign up for Flickr, but the convenience no longer outweighs the risk. I've made all of our photos private (with the exception of those in my blog badge). If you'd still like to see them, email me and I'll be happy to send you an invite, or you can just send me an invite from your Flickr account.