Are you an american citizen? Yes sir, so far..

Been watching lots of movies lately.. in fact, in the past four days, I have watched:

*) Men In Black
*) Scooby Doo
*) What’s the worst that could happen?
*) Smiling fish and goat on fire

Actually, the first two were rather comic – two movies in a row with talking dogs, even. I was actually the most impressed by Scooby Doo. I don’t know what it is with the movie remakes of 70s television shows, but this has to be one of the better examples of the genre..

I did, however, find myself more than mildly incensed by the 4 minutes (approximately) of full motion video advertisements taht preceded the movie.

In other thoughts..

You know, the christian church is what you get when you make god in man’s image.

Saw the great patriotic happenings at Gasworks park with P. – truly brilliant fireworks. And, being someone with a criminal record for fireworks posession [and someone who helped put togeather a fireworks show twice]

On a side note – what I want to do with the mpeg library..

is make it a library.

I know, tried that. The music companies went nuts. But we could do something that couldn’t do.

We could hold the physical assets.

If you have the physical CD, do you have the right to play it to ‘one’ person, for the cost of providing that service? (i.e. operating as a non profit corperation)

This opens up another interesting hole for you to slip through – because you don’t have to be *one* nonprofit. If only 1/1000th of the napster crowd are dedicated enough to set up a independant library service, you suddenly have a LOT of nonprofit orginizations to squash.

But the software has to be bulletproof.


In the meantime, I seem to be repeating myself. I suppose this is what happens with senility – I’ll stop having new ideas shortly, and then I’ll just repeat the two dozen or so old ones I’ve had over and over in subtily different ways for the rest of eternity..

2 Responses to “Are you an american citizen? Yes sir, so far..”

  1. gekko Says:

    hmmm…kinda like a radio station or Spinner, or whatnot, only its radio on demand. Do they have to have a special liscence to play their cd’s or is that a part of the whole glory of being sponsered by the record companies. Heck, maybe if you wanted their buy-in (hard to get anyways, feels a bit like selling out, but may keep their lawyers off your back), perhaps you could feature certain songs that they want you to push…like a list of music available on demand (for listening to, not download maybe), and whatever the record companies are shoving down the public’s throat getting priority places in the library.

  2. sheer_panic Says:

    Well, the whole idea is that you would not be a for-profit organization, nor sponsered by the record companies. I’ve seen both of the above tried, and I didn’t like the way either one worked out..

    But in theory, if a library holds a physical copy of a CD, it holds a ‘seat licence’ to that CD – so it can hand out the CD, or a backup copy of the CD.

    We take this further, and figure that by streaming audio, to one person at a time, a library is ‘handing out’ a ‘backup copy’ of the CD in question.


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