09.01.21

António ‘Gap’ Campinos Explains His Plan to Indoctrinate/Brainwash the Public About So-called ‘IP’ (Misleading, Vague Term, Also a Deliberate Misnomer)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Intellectual Monopoly, Patents, Videos at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It has become fashionable to toss copyright, patents, and trademarks—three separate and different entities involving three separate and different sets of laws—plus a dozen other laws into one pot and call it “intellectual property”. The distorting and confusing term did not become common by accident. Companies that gain from the confusion promoted it. The clearest way out of the confusion is to reject the term entirely. “

Richard M. Stallman

2014 Tony:

Video download link

2013 Tony:

Video download link

Summary: António Campinos, back then at OHIM/EUIPO, is talking the typical propaganda about “IPR-intensive industries” (joint propaganda with Benoît ‘Vichy’ Battistelli and a convenient lie we’ve remarked on many times in past years); he also works on perception manipulation, just like large corporations are using schools or schoolteachers to brainwash children for Hollywood, using grossly misapplied words like “piracy” (Campinos uses that word in the interview). We’ve noticed that he keeps talking about “gap”, even several times in succession; not much has changed since [1, 2] (Gap-pinos).

08.27.21

Richard Stallman’s 2014 Talk in Espoo, Finland

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Videos at 2:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Now that we publish many articles about Finland, which would be the victim of European software patents (Nokia and Finland aren’t the same thing!), it’s worth recalling the above talk, which mentions — inter alia — copyrights and other matters as they pertain to Finnish society (recordings from the same trip can also be found here)

Richard Stallman in Helsinki, Finland; Photo under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of Ryynänen Tuomo.
Photo under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of Ryynänen Tuomo.

08.21.21

Patenting Software and Patenting Music

Posted in Patents, Videos at 8:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ad080d6da1733c347004bde53d5441e4

Summary: Dr. Richard Stallman explains why patent maximalism inhibits progress, restrains freedom, prevents creativity, and hinders actual innovation

Richard Stallman Explains Why He Protests and Condemns the EPO (for Promoting Software Patents in Other Continents, Too)

Posted in Australia, Europe, Patents, Videos at 7:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7fa4e449339520265766a7e9227a6f87

Brooklyn 99 Set the bar too low: Software patents improve innovation; Name a program you wrote; Program? I don't code.Summary: A Free (libre) version of an old video in which Richard Stallman explained to Australian media what rogue EPO officials were up to in Australia

THE EPO‘s promotion of European software patents is nowadays disguised using fashionable buzzwords like “Hey Hi”, but this kind of promotion goes a long way back and moreover predates Benoît Battistelli. In recent years, under António Campinos, the EPO openly bragged about promoting software patents all around the world. Being immune (diplomatic immunity), these tyrannical ‘public servants’ can get away with almost anything!

“Being immune (diplomatic immunity), these tyrannical ‘public servants’ can get away with almost anything!”In the interest of preserving history, as well as format shifting (to a freedom-respecting format and away from Google’s spying/prying eyes), we’ve transcoded the video above. Yes, it’s a Google format, but it is Free (libre) and approved by the FSF, even endorsed.

In Old Video From Egypt, Richard Stallman Explains Why It’s GNU/Linux Rather Than Just Linux (for the Whole System) and How It Started in the 1980s

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, GPL, Videos at 5:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b80282e412e14793b5748792fef2ab5c

Summary: In order to tackle revisionism (rampant in the media this month) we’re reproducing in a Free format an old video; the relevant part is spanning about 5:40-6:20 (minutes:seconds) from the start

08.11.21

Prof. Moglen at OSCON, Speaking to O’Reilly: Open Source is a Waste of Time (Distracts From Software Freedom)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GPL, Videos at 5:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link (and an archived copy at IA)

Summary: To cut to the chase, the segment of interest is 4:07 to 8:23, as noted here; the video itself is hard to find any longer, even in official channels

07.27.21

Recording Videos With Webcamoid on GNU/Linux

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Videos at 6:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum a6b04443e9e526b453959dfe3be5ca26

WebcamoidSummary: A lot of people use OBS Studio or similarly high-profile Free software that’s mostly designed for live streaming; but this video is a bit different as it takes a look at Webcamoid, which not many people even know about, explaining the current setup that’s used to record pretty much every video we make

THe first Webcamoid video we made followed earlier ones about GTK-RecordMyDesktop. We were very inexperienced at the time (NoiseTorch not used yet and webcam captured with considerable lag through the framebuffer), but we learn along the way and we still use very low-cost equipment. The gear is available on any cheap laptop and the programs we use cost nothing (they’re also free as in freedom, never mind the price).

“We are hoping to get back to the old pace of about 3 videos per day.”We’ve come a long way since making videos about the EPO back in December. Our journey hopefully helps explain how to make videos fast, on the cheap, using nothing but freedom-respecting software. A lot of the pipeline (processing, transcoding, uploading, indexing) is done through shell scripts with ffmpeg, rsync, and other phenomenal (scriptable) bits of software.

Without some forms of automation we would not be able to produce as many videos per day. We are hoping to get back to the old pace of about 3 videos per day. This past week was exceptionally slow (about a dozen in a week).

07.26.21

Video: How to Follow All Our Channels (Interactively) From the Command Line

Posted in Site News, Videos at 5:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 9e18d73723ad24a0c372077fc8517d30

Summary: We’ve been enhancing the access possibilities/options for #techrights and other IRC channels, partly because we want to encourage more people to wean themselves off the DRM-ready Web, the monoculture, the bloat, the surveillance, and centralisation in general (the Web favours centralisation, which is exacerbated by the bloat and other topological dynamics)

THE addition of aggregated logs yesterday morning has meant that even without an IRC client or a Web browser it is possible to track all our channels, either from thew command line, a text editor, or something else, as shown in the video above.

“We plan to publish more articles instead of messing about with logistics.”There was already a file for #techrights (updated every 5 minutes in http://techrights.org/irc and in gemini://gemini.techrights.org/chat/index.gmi), but its scope was limited to one single channel.

The community of Techrights is still as strong as ever. We’ve managed to endure and survive the semi-exit from Freenode (merely a fallback now), which means we’re also moving in the direction we explored/entertained a year ago (IRC de-centralisation).

In the background of the video one can see blinking lights, which indicate IPFS status. I wrote a program for it. It works reasonably well after all these months.

Techrghts post number 30,999It has now been 3 days since the BT kerfuffle (and two weeks since having to replace my keyboard and learn this wholly different one), so we’ve managed to become a lot more productive and a lot more focused again. We plan to publish more articles instead of messing about with logistics. This will be post number 30,999 (see screenshot on the right).

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