Hello! It has been too long since I updated Out of the Deep Blue, and I want to change that today. A lot of the design work I’ve recently done has been for startups whose content is strictly stealth mode until they are ready to face the world. The same goes of course for my work with secret shadow governments and hybrid car/dogs, which I will not mention here.
I do want to take part today in a small bit of internet activism. The same folks who tried to pull SOPA on us are back again with a new attack. The name of the site exposing this is “You’ve Been Owned,” and while the name borders on cheesy, the cause is important. It’s about your legal right to resell your own things, basically. If this goes through in the Supreme Court, it would be a disaster environmentally and economically, preventing people from selling and reusing old items. I will borrow this part from the site to describe it better:
It’s unbelievable, but trademark and copyright holders are trying to use a legal loophole to take away your right to sell things that you own. If we lose this fight, practically anybody who wants to resell products they bought — from Macbooks and iPhones to our clothing and textbooks — will have to ask copyright holders for permission first. And they’ll have the right to deny it! It’s bad for so many reasons: It’ll undermine Craigslist and Ebay, hurt the environment, increase incentives for manufacturers to move jobs off-shore, and effectively ban the traditional American yard sale.
I am posting this because we at Out of the Deep Blue firmly believe in reusing, and not in legal mandates to create more junk. There is also an excellent article on the whole thing here.