Posts Tagged ‘Evolution’

Why SOPA is an International Threat

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The US Congress is going to discuss new bill called “SOPA”. A law proposal that, basically, would permit to entertainment corporations to generate an incredible censorship power over the Internet industry, so to protect their productions against piracy. The proposal is very big and in some parts quite complicated and for this reason attached the following video.

This proposal has been created with the will to help an industry by having a gain from the resources and time invested to create media content, but has been formulated by lobbyists and people that (in my opinion) doesn’t know what’s internet, and how it works.

The entertainment business usually consider Internet as a treat, mostly because they see only the “piracy part”, that prevent them on having the expected return on investments they got used during the 80s. This economical aspect make them blind, even when its the time to consider the possibilities that Internet created with its evolution (based on what people want), for example understanding that file sharing can be used as a new distribution channel. Has to be understood that that Internet brought, in a really short time, radical changes in every single industry, triggering a Darwinian evolution process, where business that didn’t evolve quickly are dying, but corporations want to keep their old business model in a world where traditional rules are not valid anymore.

If this bill would pass, corporations would have the power to close or obscure (depending on the cases) any websites just because its present a link or copyrighted material in their services. For example they would be able to create big problems to Facebook if an user post a “forbidden link”, or Youtube if an user uploads a homemade video of a child dancing a pop hit. They made this proposal because they are unable to target every single person, so they are trying  to target (and hit) every web services, that are user’s connecting hubs.

The treats for business would be massive, because entrepreneurs or innovators would start having fear on creating a service (or technology) that people could use to connect and share what represent them, like copyrighted material as movie clips. Like a domino effect, for this reason, they would start considering moving abroad, in countries where minor legal treats are present, so to avoid the possibility to see their venture closed down by a link. On the human side, every  person would be limited, because their sharing and communication possibilities would be reduced, making them having difficulties in finding information and updating themselves.

After this short analysis, you can understand that this is a global problem. Some web services, like Wikipedia and Youtube are used globally even if they are “American Property”, effecting the whole system and in a long term they would limit innovation. Then local politicians (that don’t know what’s Internet), looking at the SOPA success and pursuing self promotion, could promote similar laws in their own countries, starting in this way a total censorship.

Business need to evolve themselves, and understand how their old business model can embrace (and use) new technologies, and stop having fear of an inevitable evolution, that’s the reason why some people fight to maintain the status quo.

Internet and Economy… New Signs of Mentality Change…

Monday, June 30th, 2008

I was reading a really good post of a friend of mine (is in Italian and here is an automatic translation) about her experience on Flickr and on how people are sharing really good pictures of events… making sometimes professional photographers out of their jobs… and she was thinking about a win-to-win environment… and that made me think…

In the same moment that Internet was created, something happened, was created a life-style and the idea that “Everything on Internet has to be Free”… and we saw this idea evolve and create new trends and ways to share information and media together. Starting with the file sharing, Napster, Kazaa, DC++, torrents that made digital piracy grow… before that people have been using ftp access to share content… content not always really great and lots of time dangerous for your computer. Then following this idea of Free has been created other project and ideas like Open Source and Creative Commons, in a way to use Internet to make free things, to keep it free… everything has been created because Internet were providing a new way to communicate globally in real time using different ways.

Today we are witnesses of a change… there is still a lot of people that want to keep everything free… like services and news, but there are people that build services that people has to pay to use them… and they are having success and gaining. They looked at what Internet was offering (almost everything and usually in a bad quality) and they decided to charge for the same content but in an high quality, without any tricks or MalWare and also easy to use and to get.

What happens… the idea of “Content on Internet” is evolving… Internet people are not anymore totally against the idea to pay for content over the Internet… they accepted the idea that they can pay for content and to use it as they want… that’s little change of mentality happened because Internet has been opened to the masses… to everyone… to people that wants everything for free over the Internet and to people like my parents that has the idea to pay for what they are using… if they need the service and the service is going to improve something in their lives… and they has no fear to admit that they are willing to pay… something happened also on my mind… more I was growing and more I was working and gaining some money I started to purchase the tools for work and for my entertainment… before I was young and without money and of course I was trying to get everything for free…

So where is the point of this post… Internet economy is changing… for some reasons… that can be social for example like the entering of the Internet by Previous generations… that has the mentality to pay for what they are using… for the fact that Internet users are getting older and gets money to use… and can happen that they have the money to pay for what they were trying to have for free… and also for the fact that on Internet there is lot of “Information Pollution” without any quality… and people doesn’t want to waste effor and their time to find the right info or media… for example I use iTunes store to get all my music because I want my music right at the moment, and of good quality… without spending minutes to find a file that takes ages to download that isn’t what I was looking for and start everything from the beginning…

I have to say that the word FREE on Internet is not going to die or disappear… but the culture is going to change and people are getitng money for their job in a new way… with anew mentality…

For example you can find Hi-Quality pictures on Flickr for free and use them under the permission of the creator… but you can choose to pay a fee to own the copyright of the picture for your commercial use on iStockPhoto.com, and make people gain money instead of popularity… depends on the need that you have… but from what I can see people are willing to pay for a good service and they choose it when they think is the time for it…

Lot can still be written, but I have to say looking at the examples made, in my opinon We are evolving with Internet and Internet is evolving us that’s what I’m seeing but as I can see Inetrnet is so fast that ideas and opinion changes fast, maybe tomorrow will be found something different… anyway will write more soon…

Twitter as eLearning…

Monday, June 16th, 2008

A couple of day ago I have written about my idea of Followers, and how we learn from them… and a mean that I personally use to follow people is Twitter and, in my opinion, Twitter is one of the best way that people have available to learn from each other.

Before talking about eLearning we have to start thinking about Learning, that is the most important thing in the human history, is how we transmit knowledge from the old to the new and we elaborate this knowledge in a way to create something new… to change and evolve things. We all start learning at School, when we are students and there are teachers that we have to follow to learn notions, starting from the basics ones till the ones things that we want to specialize on. We have to follow (in a certain way we are forced to) some people and we learn from them…

Then comes eLearning that basically takes the learning procedure helping it with electronic and interactive methods and devices. Today we address eLearning with Internet, because Internet embraces the interactivity and the update of informations, having informations always up to date that can be viewed in different ways and with different devices… and more important thing we can share those information with other people that we are connected more or less directly… but we don’t share information, we share their link… Information can expire or become old… links never became old, because the info inside them keep changing, updating themselves.

On internet we are FREE to FOLLOW who we want and who we think is good to be followed and that can give us some better value and informations. On Twitter we follow people and we all broadcast different links that give us informations, it’s a collaborative learning, where we learn from each other… and we keep learning… dozens of links day by day that makes we grow and learn… proposed by people that we think they are smart.
Twitter is the best way to learn about Internet… because there is no single book that can explain Internet but Internet itself and any mean that can make us share links like Twitter is the best tool to share… we evolve as fast as we are able to share… and Twitter makes us share fast and Internet is the best container of Information and knowledge, dynamic and up to date…

Sell A Band… Just received an another great Result…

Monday, June 16th, 2008

More or Less a year ago I have subscribed to SellABand.com and till now I have believed in some artists that I believe they are very talented. This morning I received my limited Edition CD… I have written a lot about SellABand and I love it… that’s how Internet make people work together to make a dream come true… that’s how Internet changes the Copyright Law… that’s how Internet help the creative process… that’s how Internet improves the distribution system melting virtual and physical goods… that’s how Internet should work… Here is the picture of the envelope that they sent me :-) and become a believer :-)

Creative Commons for Health… Simply a Revolutionary Project…

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Just moments ago I have seen the project “The Health Commons” of science commons has been launched, and here is the video explaining what is this project and how it works…

This project is really the start of a new frontier in research and in a better life for everyone and for a better and faster research. That’s a project that will change and evolve what is research… research should be something unlinked from business, because everyone has the right to be healthy. What would happen is the cure for cancer or for AIDS would be found and shared in this way?

Just created a Facebook Group to support the project, spread the word… :-)

Night of the Leaving Copyright…

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

An Internet Friend of mine EddyPedro, tweeted this morning something that I wasn’t unaware. The movie of George A. Romero “The Night of the Living Dead” is free of copyright. The movie was released in the 1968, 40 years ago… usually the copyright should still be going… but… (after the embedded movie the why :-) )

I have found on Wikipedia this news: “Night of the Living Dead lapsed into the public domain because the original theatrical distributor, the Walter Reade Organization, neglected to place a copyright indication on the prints. In 1968, United States copyright law required a proper notice for a work to maintain a copyright. Image Ten displayed such a notice on the title frames of the film beneath the original title, Night of the Flesh Eaters. The distributor removed the statement when it changed the title.

That means that because of a mistake the copyright expired… in my opinion that is a great news… because the copyright is killing creativity and this mistake made possible the free distribution of a movie. This is how the media and the copyright should work. The movie can be downloaded here.

Second lesson learned today is that I’m doing a Thesis on Copyright and I was unaware about this fact, fortunately I have found this news thank to Internet and to the feed that I sue and I subscribe. Thank Eddypedro.

0.99$… Is this the deal?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

A couple of moments ago I have seen the last video post of Loren Feldman on 1938 Media… and I was really surprised… and sincerely not in a Good way… It’s more or less 5 months that I proudly follow Loren on his Blog, and I enjoyed really a lot his sincerity and creativity… I loved the puppet show… but I was shocked when he said that he is gong to charge 0.99$ for some of his episodes…

He has a good point, he has to gain something form his work… I think that he is right, period… but what it is strange to me is a couple of things. I always thought that Loren was something against in Gaining money from Blogging, saying to people that he gains money not by blogging, but by having a job… and that he blogs just for fun… and I still agree in this opinion. Then arrived the puppets and Zong, he got money for is creativity and got a sponsor… I’m really happy for him, but I think that something changed. He says that he is going to charge for some episodes 0.99$ and that is an experiment. The experiment involves his sponsor… to access to the content you have to send an SMS to the sponsor and the sponsor sends you a code to access to the content… so you spend 99 cents for a SMS that Zong will get a part of it (looking for  incoming carrier fees), of that money a part comes to Loren (that’s my guess anyway). So Loren is making money not only for himself, but also for the sponsor… that will be a good experiment regarding the possibility to distribute content over the internet using mobile services…

A couple of questions come on my mind… The code that Zong will provide expires after 7 days, so after that for you to see the content there is the need to send an another SMS. Now thinking about what iTunes offer… for 1.99$ I can get an episode of Lost, I can see it without any kind of restrictions… and Apple gets only a really small part of the profit from the selling. I really hope that the episodes would be really of hi-quality for the content and for other factors.

In my opinion that experiment is a try that can get to something different, but there is the need to consider that for a lot of people Internet has to be free and the included content that is generated. At the end the only ones that are going to pay are users that has some ethic about supporting the creation and the fatigue of the creator… like the people that buys the episodes of Lost on iTunes instead of downloading it on a torrent. It’s up to the user… but in my opinion 0.99$ are too much, there is the need of a great value of the episode, because if you  are following lot of video blogs and they start to do  the same thing of Loren a user is going to spend lot of money, and is not going to be cheap… following lots of people… so users would abandon and select other free platform and video bloggers.

For Loren will start a big marketing and creative campaign to create addicted users, that are going to pay for content… will see the result of the experiment… I have some doubt on some points… but there is the need to try…

TwitterCamp and Sharing Ideas…

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I’m going to be present and make a presentation at the TwitterCamp 2008 that will take place in Venice (Italy) the 19 of April. This post is not an advertising for this event, but a way to share a way of thinking with you all.

Twitter is not the best invention of the world… and it wasn’t so complicated to create the service, is a mix between a chat and a Blog, creating a Micro-Blogging environment. Simply it set up the rules of a quick and efficient communciation, placing limits in sharing ideas and opinions. Lots of time we share with people links, but creating a Post for everything that we wanna share would be just madness, would take half the day to open the browser and make everything happen. With twitter you can share information and links with people… then there are the evolutions, like Seesmic… that in my opinion wouldn’t have the same success… but this will be explained better in an another Post.

Then there is the BarCamp a conference created by users themselves… You subscribe and you present what you wanna talk about… and there are people that are willing to listen to you… they don’t pay to be there and they are interested to listen to you, because they don’t lose money in not listening to you, they can choose to do something else if they want to.

Put the two things together… comes out a cutting edge conference, about the latest news and happenings of the web, of people that know what they are doing. At that conference I’m planing to make two presentations, one about Twitter and their evolutions (Seesmic for example) and an another one about a theory that I have developed in the last month about a way to cut drastically the costs of the Web2 services (document can be found here www.we2bm.com) creating an healthy way to gain with the web. I will present there the idea, because sometimes ideas has to be shared with people that are interested in new standards and evolution, and not to people that has the habit to invest million of dollars.

See U April 19 in venice Italy… I will be there…

The Power of Imagination…

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008


“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.

On Internet big and original ideas beats the Big Companies and Money… Being creative is the real value… How much it is worth to know how to make things if you don’t know what to do?