You wouldn’t be reading the coverage of the so-called Afghanistan logs—in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and The Guardian—if Nick Davies, a senior contributor to the British paper, hadn’t tracked down WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Brussels one month ago.

via The Story Behind the Publication of WikiLeaks’s Afghanistan Logs : CJR.

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“It was in this country, the land of the free, that the federal government actually added as part of its Constitution a total banning of liquor, wine, and beer from sea to shining sea 1920 to 1933. The 1920s roared, in any case, with organized crime, speakeasies, police corruption, rampant criminality, and alcohol abuse.”

via Repeal the Drinking Age – Jeffrey A. Tucker – Mises Daily.

Massachusetts federal judge Nancy Gertner just slashed the damage award against admitted P2P user Joel Tenenbaum from $675,000 to $67,500. In her opinion, she drew a fascinating parallel between Tenenbaums conduct and that of bars and restaurants who dont pay up for a license to play music in public. Why arent they hit with tremendous six-figure fines?

via Double standard: Unlicensed bar music vs. P2P users.

“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.

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.

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.

“Why is this inspirational history ignored in the current controversy? I can think of only one reason. So-called progressives at heart are elitists who believe – and want you to believe – that nothing good happens without government.”

Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act: Was he right? – CSMonitor.com.