Thursday, September 14, 2006

Slashdotters Grill Beckerman

Just to let you know I've really been "Slashdotted"... a tough interview, and merciless pounding afterwards. But it was an honor to be selected, and going through it has been a lot of fun, kind of like a Friars Club Roast except without the "love" part.
-R.B.

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13 comments:

Reader X said...

I came here from there. Nice blog; I'd recommend it to others! That being said, you could've easily avoided the merciless pounding you received by reposting some of the excellent content from this site, instead of answering Slashdotters' questions with flippant, uninformative snark.

Ray Beckerman said...

See what I mean, folks, about how the Slashdotters have been mercilessly beating me up today.

Ray Beckerman said...

Thanks for coming over, reader x. I can take it. I have a thick skin.

llp said...

I think we would have appreciated it a little more if you'd given more information when the question didn't have an exact answer. For example, citing specific past or current cases the show just how divided the court decisions have been on certain questions. And frankly, saying "I don't know" to a very specific hypothetical case (see question 7, part 4) seems a little like laziness.

My other frustration was that some of your answers (especially in the comments) dismissed questions with a basic answer of "You don't have to worry about downloading or copying, because the RIAA only cares about sharing." In those cases, we're not necessarily wanting to know "Will the RIAA sue us for this?", but rather, "Does the law allow this?" There are, after all, some people who at least try to keep their activities within the confines of the law... plus a few that worry about the day when the RIAA starts caring about more than just sharing.

Reader X said...

No worries. Hopefully you've picked up some hits today. Work on the PR skills and all will be well.

eclectica said...

Beckerman answered some questions vaguely or in a limited fashion because he does not claim to know the answers to everything.

Ray Beckerman said...

I personally think that the guy who asked question no. 7 on Slashdot was an RIAA troll.

It was the only question or comment he'd ever submitted at Slashdot, his quesion was a trap, it was designed to throw the discussion off topic, and it did throw the discussion off topic.

The RIAA would love to box me in on what my position is on unsettled leqal issues, by getting me to make public statements on things like that, but I'm not rising to that bait.

I truly think that questiion was a setup.

Reader X said...

I dunno about a setup. The questions have to be modded up to make the list, and even then I think the Slashdot editors pick and choose among them to give you a list of ten. I also think there is a lot of reader interest on the specifics, so I don't know how it can be said that it threw the discussion off topic. I'm sure the RIAA would like to box you in, but never ascribe to malice that which can be attributed to stupidity.

Ozyman said...

Interesting that you think the RIAA was trying to trap you, I think that explains your responses. I do wish however that you would look into allofmp3.com, and give us your opinion on the matter. My admittedly weak understanding of the issue, is that they are following russian copyright law, and by buying from them, we are importing songs for personal use, which is legal.

Anyway, if I could have gotten one more detailed response from you, that's the question I would have chosen.

Ray Beckerman said...

I am aware of no rulings about allofmp3.com

eclectica said...

I'm pretty sure there are paid propagandists working for the RIAA and it looks to me that Beckerman is right regarding question #7.

Even the U. S. government which is supposed to behave ethically, has been caught paying people like Armstrong Williams to write articles that are propaganda pieces. So imagine what kind of funny stuff goes on from an inherently unethical organization such as the RIAA.

They got in trouble in New York state for their Payola by having RIAA employees call radio stations pretending to be regular listeners making requests for songs to be played. Those same pathetic lackeys employed by the RIAA have probably switched tasks to instead spam and promote the RIAA propaganda on popular boards throughout the internet.

News & Information said...

Beckerman could very well be right regarding #7..

Andrew Duthie said...

Ray, as an occasional Slashdotter, I just want to thank you for the discussion on the topic. The answers to the questions were reasonably interesting, but that you stuck around and responded to a significant number of follow-up questions is outstanding. My thanks to you for your work, and I personally appreciate that guys like you are out there dealing with very frustrating topics like this.

Your insight on corporations vis-à-vis how they benefit from the people distrusting lawyers has given me something to think about as well.