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A senior German Pirate Party executive who once described intellectual property as "disgusting" has resorted to the DMCA to thwart pirates. Executive board member Julia Schramm [bio] has written diatribes against what she calls "the content mafia". That was before she snagged a €100,000 book deal with Random House, the publisher …

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The best news

I've read this year. Princples, I've fucking heard of them.

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Yawn...sorry.

"My name is Julia and I live on the internet. I'm pretty happy, have friends that I know and can only digitally off whenever I want. I can be anything on the Internet: Mafia boss, Barbie, Hitler, owner and a little green crocodile. On the computer I am God. And I feel great - great evil, cold and calculating. From a young age, at 13 or 14, I was aware of the seemingly endless possibilities for constructing identity. The Internet was the place where I saw everything for the first time: love, sex and betrayal. Enlightenment, freedom and politics. There, talk, laugh, cry and think I do. For I am a child of the digital age, I am the one that comes from the Internet. And that's my story. "

Sounds like a load of tedious, self-indulgent shite to me. She certainly shouldn't worry about people stealing it.

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Re: Yawn...sorry.

She certainly shouldn't worry about people stealing it.

I noticed quite a few people on the TorrentFreak forum who said they planned to download and seed the torrent, but didn't intend to read the book. This could end up on the top of the download charts, as well as winning top place for the least read.

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Re: Yawn...sorry.

I got as far as "My name is Julia and I live on the internet", and skipped the rest

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Re: Yawn...sorry.

Something tells me that Mr. Orlowski didn't pick the best part of the book to quote. Far be it from me to suggest that he would do something like search for the absolute worst bit he could find, but I suspect that he searched for the absolute worst bit he could find.

And I wouldn't put it past, er, the media, to yank something out of context entirely - for instance, a character within a book can be self-indulgent and full of shit without the book being so. Shocker, I know.

Additionally, judging a book based on a cherry-picked, one-paragraph, automatically-translated excerpt consisting of a single quote from a character is possibly - actually, almost certainly - even worse than judging it by its cover.

Would you slate a movie after watching five seconds of one of its characters say something stupid - via a "DO NOT WANT"-quality subtitle? Perhaps you would, if you personally disliked the director, but that doesn't mean it's at all a reasonable thing to do.

The difference between Mr. Orlowski and me is that I make no claim to know the quality of the book in question; the similarity between us is that neither of us have any knowledge on which to base an opinion.

Plus, I find it rather strange for someone to whine about the hypocrisy of an author who disavows copyright and then benefits from it, only to then imply that such copyright shouldn't apply anyway because the work is lousy. Which is it, then? Are you in favor of copyright or not? Or do you think that only things you consider worthwhile should be copyrighted?

Or do you just not particularly care as long as you have a whipping boy to help justify your haughtiness?

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She is only a kid.

She is 27 and comes from the "it's not fair" generation.

She has a degree in Political Theory.

Malcolm Tucker: Oh, it's make-your-mind-up time, Ollie! I mean, what do you want to be? Do you want to be a prick that works here for a year, then goes away and joins a think-tank to write "oh, on one hand this and on the other hand that", or do you want to be a soldier?

She is Think Tank fodder.

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Re: She is only a kid.

And quite typical of her generation. A snot nosed little child who wants things HER way...and when they DON'T go her way...she whines like a baby.

Poor, poor little girl...welcome to the REAL world...stop crying...and GROW UP BITCH!

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Re: She is only a kid.

BACK IN MY DAY, etc etc etc.

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What does it cost to be polite?

Gentlemen (I assume),

I have noticed that, unsurprisingly, a significant number of comments here contain personal attacks and disparaging remarks against the lady in question.

Chances are you had never even heard of her before, let alone actually met her, and all you've got to go by is a biased article from some journo who writes *opinion* articles in an IT red top.

In light of that, what sort of contribution to any kind of discussion is a comment such as the above ("snot nosed little child", "GROW UP BITCH!", etc.) supposed to make?

And incidentally, €100K is rather a lot of money for a book and not the sort of figure I would expect a non-celebrity, non-established author to make. What is the source for that number again, please?

Thank you.

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Re: She is only a kid.

I agree with most of what you say but 27 years old is NOT a kid. I know people of 21 who are far more mature and rigorous in their thinking than this. B17 or 18, you start to lose the excuse of being a kid for your views. There are people with intelligent views under that too, but that's the cut off limit where you can say "X is a kid, it's understandable". Indulgence past that point is just going to spoil someone.

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Re: She is only a kid.

h4rm0ny, actually, the amygdala - the portion of your brain required for understanding and acting on long-term consequences to actions, among other things - isn't fully-formed until one's late 20s. 18 isn't a magic number of maturity that government miraculously glommed on to when deciding when people instantly become mature (eg, taking racy pictures of 17.99999-year-old = pedophilia and instant horrible death; taking racy pictures of 18.0000-year-old = good on ya mate and awesome business!). And cherry-picking cases of 17-year-olds who are mature is farcical; just because I can point out a 12-year-old who makes mature decisions doesn't mean that 13-year-olds are almost entirely immature idiots.

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privileges pussy*

Uses a root account? Sudo vagina?

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The way to extract the best from German Google translations

Is to translate them back and forth between English and Deutsch until they create something both poetic and highly offensive!

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so, publishing house protects rights on stuff it decided to publish. Colour me surprised!

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privileges pussy

According to Google, "privileges pussy" appears mostly in this story. Probably didn't at the time of writing though.

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hypocrite too harsh a term? Live by it and die by it - whatever "it" may be.

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"Of course, Schramm herself may know nothing of the copyright policing - and as you read this, may be engaged in a consciousness-raising liquid-feedback session with the company's lawyers, to free the material. Or she may not."

Why not ask her?

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She wanted an appearance fee.....?

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yeah, we'd LOVE to hear her views on this!

like a proper interview with this p... p.... Damn, this filthy "p-word" can't translate between my brain (brian?) cell (uno) and my keyboard-connected fingers. Cenzorship, ja!

P... P... PIRATE, there, I said it!!!!

but hey, seriously, I mean, why don't you, in the spirit of Investigative IT Journalism, try to contact her and ask for an interview perhaps? And please don't forget to ask her to clear up the meaning of this pussythingy, for the record.

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"Why not ask her?"

enigmatix,

You could argue that she's already answered. About 100,000 times. She's taken the cash from 'the copyright mafia', in exchange for the rights. Unless she argues that she's trying to bring the system down from the inside...

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Genuinely confused

> describes Schramm as ... post-gender feminist

Okaaaaay, feminist I get, post-gender I sort-of understand - but both together? it sounds a bit like the conflicts you'd get with a "vegetarian" ham sandwich.

If this description was merely meant as a collection of right-on buzzwords to press the buttons of the terminally trendy ("I live on the internet" - good grief), I could see the point of it. Maybe she's just having a laugh at everyone's expense, but it's lost something in translation.

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Not if it's wafer-thin ham.

Credit to the incomparable Caroline Aherne.

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Re: Genuinely confused

Yes, that's where I cam across the concept. One sandwich shop I used to frequent sliced their ham so thin you could see through it. I presume the place was run by the sorts who believe in homeopathy - so the thinner the ham, the tastier it would be. Though the question then has to be asked: why didn't my ham sandwich have an overwhelming taste of tuna?

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"privileges pussy"

I guess we'll just have to wait for some native German speaker to rock up and provide us with a translation from the orginal that hasn't been garbledgoogled to find out what it really means.

I'm guessing something like "pampered kitten".......

Hmm, need a "Tower of Babel" icon?

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Re: "privileges pussy"

I'm assuming that poor translation also explains:

"have friends that I know and can only digitally off whenever I want"

I tried to parse it and ended up with someone who was only capable of digitally offing herself, but could do so at any time. Maybe if you are a privileges pussy you get nine offs before losing your privileges.

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FAIL

privileges pussy = selfish twat

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privileges pussy

"Any guesses"?

Yep, "priveledged kitten" would be my guess (as in someone that's priveledged and cuddled to protect them from the big mean world).

The diminutive of cat is the same word as for kitten in German, hence the translation's confusion I'd imagine.

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Liquid feedback

Isn't that discussing the matter down the pub at lunchtime with a pint or two to ease the sharing of ideas

or,

the results of an excessively well lubricated discussion

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Re: Liquid feedback

Liquid feedback is what happens after a vindaloo...

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Disappointed...

... by the dryness of 'liquid-feedback'.

I was sure a 'a consciousness-raising liquid-feedback session with the company's lawyers' was going to involve stupendous amounts of beer.

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As it's international talk like a pirate day

All I can say is keel haul the scurvy dawg

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post-gender feminist

WTF is that? Did she used to be a man?

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Re: post-gender feminist

That would be post-gender-reassignment.... Either they missed a word or it's just a load of twaddle... (I vote latter..) There appears to be a lot of this uncommonspeak amongst the "social media aware" generation... I can't believe I'm too old for this shite...

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What a load biased of rubbish.

The Pirate Party doesn't stand for not allowing people to make money from what they create. Its more than downloading a song shouldn't bankrupt you.

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@AC 10:18

You must be new here. As soon as I saw "by Andrew Orlowski" I already knew exactly what the piece would say. He actually surprised me and was more restrained than usual.

.... Although the cory reference was a bit weak, considering BoingBoing is US based and can make use of 17USC107 for news reporting, while the DM is UK based and there's NO such provision there for any kind of fair use

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Due dilligence...

... of a pirate: Check that your publisher aren't too infringement notice-happy.

The blurb introduces the book as about as interesting as a zuckbook page. But! As a book! In the digital age! Mustabeen one heck of an elevator pitch. On the other hand, she did get paid for it. The title reminds me of cow clicker somehow.

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Never heard of this nobody...

But, now on principle I fully intend to download this "Book" illegally and then "burn" it...

AC for obvious reasons...

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Re: Never heard of this nobody...

By this I take it you mean download it, print it and the then burn that.

Please do not burn any electronic device you download it to, that would be silly!

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Re: Never heard of this nobody...

I wouldn't even go that far. Think of the fun you could have downloading it, and then dragging it to the trash/recycle bin over and over...

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"I can be anything on the Internet"

Except apparently a normal, morally-sound human being. Nice one, kid.

Which is why I can't be arsed with aliases these days. I don't want to be Hitler or a little green crocodile when I'm online - it's enough trouble keeping one head going, without inventing new heads to put on! So I don't need anonymity, bcos there's nothing I'd say which I'd be ashamed of having quoted back at me.

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Re: "I can be anything on the Internet"

Really good point.

Also, for anything you say that is really contentious, people will make it their mission to expose the real person behind "littlegreencrocodile27@hotmail.com", so you might as well just use your real name and stand behind what you say.

The only exception to this is if you go up against people who will try to hurt you in real life, but that requires a whole other level of commitment to maintaining a separate online identity. Whimsical mask wearing isn't much help at that point.

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the orignial german "Privilegienmuschi" does indeed somewhat translate to priviledged pussy

she explains what she means here: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=de&tl=en&twu=1&u=http://juliaschramm.de/2011/10/30/wahrheit-und-normen/ (in short: she's from a financially secure, western, heterosexual, white background; so she was set from the beginning to have it easy)

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Oh look

a load of self obsessed old shite, from somebody who does anything useful

What a surprise

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Re: Oh look

Do you mean Andrew or Julia?

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I can be anything on the Internet: Mafia boss, Barbie, Hitler,

Hmm, Barbie as in Klaus?

With all due credit to "Rat race"

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She should resign from all her positions and quit the party

Either that, or break the contract with her publisher. (Which would cost her quite a bit.) Both should be prefaced with a public apology; the current situation is a disaster to the cause she supposedly works for.

I'm not holding my breath though...

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"There, talk, laugh, cry and think I do" - Also does Yoda impressions it would seem!

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I think you'll find

That's an artefact of the translation from the original German.

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Re: I think you'll find

I think it's called "a joke" - - ya kno', comical take on an obvious translational anomaly that bears a resemblance to the speech inflection of a small green Star Wars character. Any of this making sense? Ringing any little bells? Thought not.

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Curse you! Now I hear that green muppet's voice saying, "Privileged pussy I am! Yes!"

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