Matt Mason – The Pirate’s Dilemma

By Neil McCormick

I received a tweet from @pkellypr this morning which contained a link to a videoclip of a lecture Matt Mason gave at Game Based Learning 2010.

You can follow the link here

Or alternatively I found another lecture he gave on the subject:

I also downloaded his book as well and have started to make my way through it. If you want to read the book you can follow this link

There is no set amount for downloading the book so in theory it can be downloaded for free. It just depends on your conscious.

Its quite funny, because only in the last few days; after the newzbin ruling came out my self and a friend debated by email a similar arguement as that portrayed by Matt.

Here is the Newzbin Press release

Newzbin Press Release

“We are very disappointed with the judgment. Regrettably the court has accepted the distorted and flawed evidence that Hollywood presented. Contrary to the finding of the court our site has not deliberately sought to index infringing material, nor to assist those of our users who use it for that purpose. The site provides a generalised search facility for binary content found on Usenet and not just infringing material. Any of the material we index can be found on any one of thousands of sites on the Internet so pursuit of us is a futile waste of everyones time and money.

Sadly the MPA are stuck in a technology stone age. Rather than addressing their own broken business models & monopolistic commercial practices they seek to curtail innovation and freedom on the Internet. It is notable, for example, that the MPA are the sponsors behind attempts to introduce Chinese internet censorship into the UK through the Digital Enterprise Bill. Perhaps if they used their energy providing what people want, rather than buying laws to sustain their own house of cards, they might have a stronger future. We certainly reject their attempt to use this decision and our site as an excuse for rushing through undemocratic laws in a wash-up just before an election.

We lacked the limitless legal funds and legions of lawyers the MPA had and that is the only reason for their win. That said, we are looking at our grounds of appeal and how we move forward to continue to provide innovation and useful search resources for our users.

Ultimately, the dinosaurs of the content industry will need to face reality; the sad thing is that winning cases such as this only damages them and puts their own future in doubt.

We will have more to say when we have digested the case and we shall put up a legal page with more details in due course.”

The judgement can be seen on the Bailii site:


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