Wow — this is amazing in and of itself, but also (for me, at least) due to the tone and accent of her reading voice, which sounds so much older and more austere (or perhaps just formal, in the manner of old stage actors) than how I think of her in my head. It makes me wish I could hear all of my favorite dead authors read their work (which will no doubt be possible in ___ years).
“Stories never really end…even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.”—Cornelia Funke (via kari-shma) (via quote-book) (via point-of-extinction)
I have been trying to change it up in my life lately, and have been attempting to use positive affirmations. I find that I connect to those thoughts more easily in song-I decided to plow through my journal and make my own affirmational? music-so here is the first of a whole slew of ‘em.
The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:
That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.
That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire family could be denied to the internet — and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications, and their means of earning a living — if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial or counsel.
That the whole world must adopt US-style “notice-and-takedown” rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused — again, without evidence or trial — of infringing copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material, just by accusing it of infringing copyright.
Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)