Lawyers still don’t get it! Slacker Uprising is global.

When will lawyers get it that you cannot restrict content from being spread globally. Every time I want to access content from Singapore (or from Belgium when I still lived there last year) I get this message that this content can not be viewed in my region. But every time I find it on Youtube! Does that mean Youtube is not respecting copyright laws? Maybe. But more importantly with the state of the internet today it is impossible to restrict it on a technical level. This time again with Slacker Uprising from Michael Moore. You go to the site, you can’t see it. You go to partners like Lycos, you can’t get. You go to Youtube…and there it is.

And if it is not on Youtube, people will just post it on other video sharing sites. So, in my opinion, we shouldn’t point the finger to video sharing sites but to the lawyers who are still stuck in the old media days.

So please, stop thinking you can restrict people viewing content from anywhere because it simply doesn’t work. Lawyers out there, start thinking!


Singapore changed!


The people from Bates 141 have created an interesting map of all the things that changed in recent years in Singapore. They did this for the upcoming PSFK conference which will be held in Singapore next week. They have identified 20 major changes. Here are a few (that PSFK found the most interesting):

from agriculture to agri-tainment

Farms in Singapore are re-marketing themselves to suit today’s desires for out-of-the-world experiences. Called Agri-tainment facilities, these farms now come with modern and attractive amenities like spas, restaurants, and souvenir shops for visitors. So far, 8 out of 224 local farms have adopted this new culture.

from english to singlish

Singlish is a combination of English, Mandarin, Malay and Dialect that is spoken by the locals. Originally synonymous with improper English, Singlish now dons a new image. As Singaporeans become more educated and affluent today, they are embracing the local lingo as a national trademark. Singlish is now a symbol of pride and identity for our multi-racial society.

from power plant to power station

Built in 1927, St James used to be Singapore’s first coal-fired power plant, energising nearby shipyards, factories and residences. Refurbished and re-opened in 2006 as St James Power Station, it is now Singapore’s largest entertainment complex. With10 nightclubs and live entertainment spots, this new spot is adding vibrancy to the feisty night scene of the city.

When reading this I wonder why people still think Singapore is boring? In about a years time Singapore will truly be a 24h economy!

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links for 2008-09-15

  • Per their CTO, David Baar, Lat49 now supports all the major maps API's, and several of our largest publisher sites use Virtual Earth. Internally, we exclusively use Virtual Earth in the "region of commerce" selection interface for our advertisers. We are in a major build-out phase right now, having experienced ten-fold growth in our network traffic over the summer, with new publishers and some major new advertisers coming online regularly. The idea with Lat49 from the start has been to provide a means for publishers to effectively monetize their maps' properties with advertising that is directly coupled to what the user is doing and seeing on a map site.
  • Will the DECE come up with some kind of new DRM scheme, one that will require brand-new, DECE-enabled devices? And will Windows somehow be part of this new mix? Engadget is reporting there will be some kind of “rights locker,” where digital purchases will be stored. If that is the case, what does that mean for the forthcoming “Skymarket” Windows Mobile 7 app store, the Zune VideoX initiative or even Live Mesh?
  • Interesting analysis on the new Yahoo campaign.
  • Nice campaign from Yahoo. Especially love the 'Purple Pedals' stuff.