"I don’t think it has to be a commercial purpose in order for it to be destructive to those who are doing the creating … I think misses the point," he said. "If I digitally unlock someone’s creation and I put it on BitTorrent, or I put it onto the web, or I circulate it with some friends in a university campus, whether I’m doing it for commercial purposes, for corporate sabotage purposes, for altruistic anarchical reasons that I think everyone should have it for free, the effect is the same."
Perhaps he is right. Perhaps “file sharing” does as much damage as illegally reselling bootleg copies (it doesn’t by the way). But that still doesn’t explain why I shouldn’t be able to rip a DVD and put it on my iPod.
I guess, yes, it stops the movie companies from making a profit on me buying my “iPod edition” of the film, but why on earth should I have to purchase another copy? Wasn’t buying it on VHS, then DVD, then Bluray enough?
When will these idiots learn that they’re not stopping thieves. They’re creating a nation and generation of thieves.
Much like we did for This Is It we are mirroring the streaming rip of Michael Jackson’s newest trackBreaking News. It will be removed once the album is officially released.
More importantly however, we are very interested on our reader’s thoughts on the authenticity of the track. A lot of debate is occurring regarding Jackson’s vocals on this track. So what do you think? Is it Michael Jackson singing?
Here’s my thoughts: I’m pretty sure that this is a Jackson penned track. I’m pretty sure the background vocals/hees/hoos/has are Michael Jackson. However I am not convinced the lead vocals are 100% Michael Jackson. Bits and pieces sound like him but most don’t. Which is strange because listening to other leaked tracks like A Place With No Name, Another Day, Where Your Children Are, it sounds 100% like the Michael Jackson I’ve known and loved for over 20 years…
That said, the song is mighty catchy and masterfully produced. Hopefully the rest of the tracks on the album will sound more like our man Mike.
Studies into dolphin behaviour have highlighted how similar their communications are to those of humans and that they are brighter than chimpanzees. These have been backed up by anatomical research showing that dolphin brains have many key features associated with high intelligence.
The researchers argue that their work shows it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing. Some 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in this way each year.
Dolphins have long been recognised as among the most intelligent of animals but many researchers had placed them below chimps, which some studies have found can reach the intelligence levels of three-year-old children. Recently, however, a series of behavioural studies has suggested that dolphins, especially species such as the bottlenose, could be the brighter of the two. The studies show how dolphins have distinct personalities, a strong sense of self and can think about the future.
It has also become clear that they are “cultural” animals, meaning that new types of behaviour can quickly be picked up by one dolphin from another.
In one study, Diana Reiss, professor of psychology at Hunter College, City University of New York, showed that bottlenose dolphins could recognise themselves in a mirror and use it to inspect various parts of their bodies, an ability that had been thought limited to humans and great apes.
In another, she found that captive animals also had the ability to learn a rudimentary symbol-based language.
Other research has shown dolphins can solve difficult problems, while those living in the wild co-operate in ways that imply complex social structures and a high level of emotional sophistication.
In one recent case, a dolphin rescued from the wild was taught to tail-walk while recuperating for three weeks in a dolphinarium in Australia.
After she was released, scientists were astonished to see the trick spreading among wild dolphins who had learnt it from the former captive.
There are many similar examples, such as the way dolphins living off Western Australia learnt to hold sponges over their snouts to protect themselves when searching for spiny fish on the ocean floor.