Author Archives: Costa Botes

About Costa Botes

I'm a freelance film maker based in Wellington, New Zealand. I make mainly long form independent documentaries about characters I find interesting.

Another myth about online piracy exploded.

Does piracy act as promotion? Common sense (and real world experience) says NO. Magical unicorn economic theory (the kind they teach at Silicon Valley) says, “sure it does”. Can’t introduce this topic any better than the first couple of paragraphs … Continue reading

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DMCA: Denying Monetary Compensation Always | MuseWire

Originally posted on The Trichordist:
Who Benefits from the DMCA? The ISPs (Internet Service Providers) who are facilitating all this trafficking of stolen material are completely off the hook because of the safe harbor provision. Imagine a company that helped…

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When Sharing is not Caring: The myth of the Sharing Economy

We now routinely have politicians prattling on about the need for ‘disruption’. They are regurgitating misleading propaganda. If they understood the true consequences of disruption and the so called ‘sharing economy’ they’d shut up very quickly. This is an amazing … Continue reading

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A New Dark Age: Shedding Light on Where the Internet is Taking Us

It’s hard to swallow that the Internet, a wondrous creation replete with promise, far from democratising culture and ushering in a new golden age, is actually doing exactly the opposite. That a kind of digital deforestation has been going on, … Continue reading

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Time to Wake Up

This is a remarkably clear sighted and thorough summary of how Silicon Valley has used the internet to transfer wealth from creatives to themselves, and set about transforming culture and politics to suit their own aspirations. http://illusionofmore.com/jonathan-taplin-sleeping/ Don’t care about the … Continue reading

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Conversations with Copyright Infringing File Sharers

Conversations with copyright infringing ‘file sharers’ By Costa Botes (and a bunch of anonymous freetardists) Below is a selection of comments directed at me by people unhappy with my stand on copyright infringement generally, and online file sharing particularly. It’s … Continue reading

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Creative Commons for Dummies

You might have heard of Creative Commons? It’s been promoted as a pathway to universal enlightenment, freeing up information and creative work for the betterment of mankind. Right? Wrong. The shabby truth is, it’s a bullshit solution to a non-existent problem. Anyone … Continue reading

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