Archive for March, 2012

size matters

Well we are almost done this semester and I still haven’t summarized SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and WIPO. It seems like it would be beneficial for me to do this in order to pass the exam in a few weeks.

it's always C

SOPA: Stop Online Piracy Act – SOPA was a bill introduced in the US that would force ISP’s (internet service providers) to block websites from their customers. Websites that allow for illegal downloading or infringe on copyrights (which is literally every website) would be impossible for citizens to access. The Act also would make it illegal for search engines, such as Bing and Google, to link users to sites that infringe on copyright and piracy laws. Finally Advertisers would also be blocked from buying ad space on websites that the US government blacklisted as infringing.

ACTA: Anti Counterfeit Trade Agreement – ACTA is similar to SOPA only it was established as an international agreement. Basically ACTA is an international agreement where-as SOPA was/is more of an American Bill. The problem however, as Strangelove has mentioned countless times in his lectures is that the nations signing the ACTA agreement are not those that are responsible for the majority of the pirated content on the internet. China for example refuses to sign the ACTA agreement and they are one of the largest illegal content producers in the world. For this reason ACTA has thus far been unsuccessful.

WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO is part on the United Nations, it is a section of the UN devoted to the protection of intellectual property. Because it is a part of the UN this makes it an International affair, and similar to ACTA China is not part of WIPO and therefore does not abide by the regulations WIPO represents.

WIPO Headquarters

well this has been a short post, but sometimes its not the size that counts, its how you use it.


that bubble is going to pop

Today in class we spoke about the internet bubble of the late 90s and early 00s. When the bubble popped (as bubbles typically do) it caused the markets to lose a trillion dollars.


Strangelove talked about how the internet bubble caused the markets to collapse. He explained that the crash was caused by the investors foreseeing or betting that the internet was going to replace in store shopping. Retail shops and things of that nature were said to be doomed. However what the investors failed to account for (apparently) was that everything on the internet needs to be delivered or shipped to the consumer. Gas is expensive and gas runs the trucks and planes that deliver said product. The reason that “bricks didn’t turn to clicks” as mentioned in lecture is that it just was not economically feasible for things like groceries to be delivered to every household every week. Plus to add to that, people like to shop. I for one enjoy hanging out in shopping malls and walking around stores when there is nothing else to do. People enjoy spending time out of their houses with other people.

I asked Google Images to find me a picture of 'people shopping' and this came up on page four... seems legit

I enjoy the stock market and learning about the mistakes of investors in the past. I did some research on the dot-com bubble and what really caused it to collapse. Through this research, and I use the term ‘research loosely’ I found that according to Wikipedia (don’t hate, it’s a blog) there were a number of companies all competing with the same plan to monopolize their sector. Meaning that everyone was competing for complete control of their given business sector on the internet. Basically Sony, Panasonic and  several other corporations were planing on becoming the only internet source for products such as headphones and televisions. Unfortunately when everyone is planning to be the sole owner of an industry, especially a new industry, two things are needed. 1) money, lots and lots of money and 2) space, your company need to be the ONLY company in said sector. Unfortunately for those investing in the internet in the late 90s no corporation had both those things at the same time. Space was, from my perspective, probably the most difficult of the two things to acquire. Big corporations practically print money, especially during a bubble, and therefore I feel as though the constant competition is more or less what destroyed the dot-com bubble, greed is a bitch.

you can thank the people of Occupy Wall Street for this little number

So that hopefully works for today, this makes the fifth blog I’ve written so far this year. I should probably get my shit together soon, I have notes written on what I plan on blogging about, its not just a matter of actually writing them.

in other news the weather is nice out finally and Abe Froman the Sausage King of Chicago is back doing his thing outside of Taberet. If you do not understand this reference to Ferris Bueller you should probably re-evaluate what you're doing with your life...