December 27, 2011

A preview under SOPA

I understand the necessity that companies would like to protect their brand from piracy and knock-offs, but SOPA is not the right approach to this. Allowing companies and individuals to shut down entire websites on a whim is worse than the DMCA takedown policies.

This blog post outlines what SOPA would be like, should the bill become law.

December 6, 2011

Digital Content Retention Policy

Last week I finally lived the nightmare that I've dreamt too many times. My single-drive, no-backup media drive bit the dust. Movies, TV-Shows, past music and photos... gone. Going past that, and having replaced that single-drive, no-backup solution with a Drobo, an interesting question stemmed from this story in the office: What's your digital content retention policy?

Previously, the only policy I've had on this is to keep everything I've digitalized. No matter how old, or how seldom I used it. I kept it.

With the crash of the media drive I've lost music that I've archived dating back to 2000, 370+ movies, several hundre episodes of TV shows. TV episodes and movies I watched once, and then archived. Why didn't I delete them? Was I waiting for that rare situation where someone visiting would actually have enough interest to go through the archive and find a movie they enjoyed? Is it a pride thing? I'm pissed I lost all my Battlestar Galactica, because I could state that I owned the series.

Now I'm faced with reestablishing said TV shows and movies. But, is it worth it? How long does one keep a TV season, a blockbuster movie?

With the music acquired over the years, I'd always imagined I'd form a sort of time line of my tastes. But movies and shows somehow don't bring forward the same emotion in me as music.

My point - what's your digital content retention policy?