I attended a private screening of a yet-unreleased new movie today, hosted by the director of that movie. At the end of the screening, the filmmaker shared with me that a rough cut of this film had been leaked to BitTorrent, with the screener blurb marking ("PROPERTY OF #### FILMS, DUPLICATION PROHIBITED" or something) clearly placed on every frame. The filmmaker was upset about this and asked what they ought to do, if anything, to try and stem its spread, or deal with whatever unknown damage the leak might cause. Here's the interesting part: their concern mostly stemmed from the fact that this was not the final cut or mix of the film, and the filmmaker didn't consider it a finished work. For them, it wasn't a perfect enough, complete enough, final enough product. And I'm confident this wasn't a faked "leak" designed to drum up publicity. I told them I'd ask someone with expertise, but then thought it might be more interesting to ask all of you. If you were advising this filmmaker, and you knew they wanted to do the right thing by the internet community *and* by the film and all the people who worked on it -- what would you do or not do, say or not say? By the way, the film was amazing.
Tim Wu, the Colombia University law professor and anti-trust/competition expert who coined the term “Net Neutrality,” has published an open letter to Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Rogue archivist Rick Prelinger writes, “Oakland students planned to paint a mural on a dark freeway underpass in their city. The project is stalled because Caltrans asserts copyright to murals on its property. The details are a bit sketchy, but there’s a petition here.
Steven Boyett writes, “Humble Bundle has released a unicorn-themed Bundle, with proceeds to benefit the World Wide Fund for Nature and Fauna & Flora International. For as little as $1.00, you can get Ariel, by Steven R. Boyett (full disclosure: that’s me); Unicorn Mountain, by Michael Bishop; Homeward Bound, by Bruce Coville; and Unicorn Triangle, […]
Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]