Baby’s First TechDirt Shoutout

Hidden Within The TPP: The RIAA’s Secret Plan To Screw Musicians Out Of Their Rights

While musicians spoke up and were able to get this part of the bill repealed, it should be abundantly clear that the RIAA and Glazier in particular have always been anti-artist, and are focused on figuring out ways to help the recording industry screw over musicians even more. While he lost the termination rights battle, Sarah Jeong and Parker Higgins, over at EFF, have noticed that in the leaked version of the TPP’s IP chapter, there appears to be a hidden attack on termination rights.

To Allies of #NotYourAsianSidekick

As a personal guideline, I always accompany the airing of grievances with constructive suggestions. Quickly, the three things I think allies of #NotYourAsianSidekick should do:

  1. Be aware of, and speak up against, the Model Minority Myth.
  2. Stand up against the anti-Muslim backlash. Yes, this includes paternalistic anti-hijab stuff.
  3. Call for immigration reform.

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Bloviating For The Public Good

Dudebros on the internet like to retreat into “Socratic logic” styles of argumentation to justify all kinds of awful opinions. Once you get to “You’re being irrational” or “Is what I said not logical?” or “That’s not an argument,” you know you’re in for some bullshit.

After four years inside of a philosophy department and three years at law school, I have a pretty okay bullshit detector when it comes to discourse (I wish this applied to poker as well, but it turns out those are completely different talents). As far as I can tell, 99% of these “logical arguments” are riddled with fallacies, assumptions, switch-and-bait redefinitions, inconsistencies, and just plain old willful stupidity. And a lot of the time, this written garbage is used to justify misogyny.

But sometimes bloviated pontification can be productive. Here is a particularly excellent example of great discourse from the great philosopher A.J. Ayer, known best for his work on logical positivism:

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Quasi-scientific logical long-windedness is good for many things, though its primary effects are to delay and to confuse. Use those powers for good, my friends. E.g., to stop rape. 


Bless you, Professor Ayer.

On Making Up The First Amendment

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This is a parody.

It’s not a very funny parody. Feel free to read through it, but it would be a waste of your time. There are five kinds of jokes:

  • oh noes men are being oppressed by feminists, this is reverse sexism
  • oh noes feminists are so loud and illogical and emotional and they will never get anything done
  • oh noes social justice language is weird and doesn’t make any sense to me ha ha ha
  • pick a stereotype hailing all the way from second wave feminism. yawn.
  • rape jokes

You know, about what you’d expect.

Users of Bitbucket have asked that the repository be removed for being harassing.

Cue the immediate misuse of the word “censorship.” (From Bitbucket).

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Termination Rights in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

I co-wrote this piece on termination rights in the TPP.

Regardless of the intent behind the provision, it is clear that the lack of transparency regarding the TPP is a problem. In 1999, much of the outrage was directed at the manner in which the Glazier amendment was added to an unrelated bill—“No hearings were held, no public debate took place, and no member of Congress sponsored the act[ion].

When intellectual property policy is taken up in the trade context, that very lack of democracy and transparency becomes the standard.