“Once upon a time, the U.S. patent system served a useful purpose. It was meant to encourage inventors and innovation. Ha! Boy, was that a long time ago. Now patents, especially software patents, serve only as bludgeons for patent trolls–companies that do nothing but own patents and then threaten to sue or sue, companies that actually do something with ideas-and big companies to beat up on smaller ones.”

via Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues – Computerworld Blogs.

“The first episode of the new science fiction drama Pioneer One has debuted and it looks like a hit. The pilot wasshot for just $6,000, raised through the micro-funding platform Kickstarter, and the production is being supported through donations on the show’s website. Donations can be made on a sliding scale with ‘bonus’ rewards for each level, such as an MP3 of the opening theme and deleted scenes. The show is being distributed through file-sharing systems such as BitTorrent and LimeWire thanks to VODO, the group that also helped produce it. Is this the future of television?”

Slashdot News Story | Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama “Pioneer One” Debuts.

Hell yes! You tell ’em where to stick it, girl! These bitches are running an extortion game.  If anyone else tried to do this, that’s exactly what it would be called.

Judge may dismiss 4,576 of 4,577 P2P defendants from lawsuit.

“Governmental power joined with wrongheadedness is something terrible, but all too common. Realizing that many of our leaders and their constituents are economically unenlightened sheds light on the troubles that surround us.”

via Daniel Klein: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? – WSJ.com.

I, for one, do not welcome our government overlords!

CNSNews.com – Senate Democrats Pass Bill Allowing Govt to Collect Addresses, ATM Records of Bank Customers.

This is, dare I say it, quite a fair and balanced writeup of the current state of the recording industry.  It’s so nice to know that levity still exists in parts of cyberspace.

“The large recording companies are struggling to find a new business model that is anywhere near as profitable as the old one used to be. Other parts of the music industry are doing very well,” says Oberholzer-Gee.

The Record Business Blues – Magazine – ABA Journal.