File Sharing

  • Here are a couple of comments about the article “3D Printing: IP Vulnerability and Information Technology”, which are directly related to the EU research project DiDIY (Digital DIY) in which I am participating these days. In my opinion, THE most relevant paragraph of that article, the one that should receive more attention, is this:“It may also become more difficult to secure digital blueprints within the supply chain and companies who believe they will never give their suppliers or customers digital blueprints may be living in a fool’s paradise.
  • Saturday morning I discovered that a certain Web services company had integrally copied on their own website, without even proper attribution, most of the articles I have written for a magazine. Do they believethe biggest lie on the Internet? Even if that’s the case, no problem. I just did what I routinely do in such. Saturday morning I wrote them this email: Greetings, It looks like you integrally copied without authorization some tens of articles of mine from , as everybody may see by searching my name in your website with Google.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks)Don’t listen to popular wisdom and urban legends: in almost all countries of the world, installing on your computer or sharing music, games, movies or software programs with others is legal only if explicitly allowed by their user license.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) (continues from here) Is there a limit to this copyright madness? Is it madness? Some people see all this as a necessary evil by way of transition to a new, copyright-free age. They argue that, if the record companies sue their fans, alienating their audience and victimizing people who don’t even realize that what they’re doing is wrong, eventually those companies will go bankrupt and collapse.
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) The short answer is “yes, if they have no explicit permission to do so from the author of those files”, regardless of what those files are: songs, movies, games, texts or software programs. If you forget this, you may hurt both yourself and others.