Anti Anti-Piracy Seal

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Nick Schaffner — aka 53×11 — is an artist who supports File Sharing. His latest effort is Rouleur, an eclectic mix of music composed on the computer using samples and synthesizers. Or as he describes it, "Beats to ride a bike with:"

Nick allows downloading of his tracks, and notes that "You need something to alert your customers that they won’t face 20 years of prison time for letting a friend download your album. In an effort to combat the Anti-Piracy Seal, I have created an alternative logo for artists who aren’t concerned with file sharing and federal level copyright infringement."

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53x11Be sure to check out a few of 53×11‘s tracks off the new album:

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The Cyber Elite 50

Here’s a fascinating list of the top 50 cyber elite — the most influential titans of tech, and a great guide for how investors should put their money to work.

#1 is Bill Gates, and with good reason. Hasn’t he and his company done so much for internet technology? Of course he’s at the top of the list. Think of all the innovation  Microsoft is responsible for.

#2 is Nobuyuki Idei,  President and co-chief executive officer of Sony Corp. ‘Cause really,when you think of "Cyber," doesn’t Sony immediately pop into your mind?

#3 is Steve Case of AOL. ‘Nuff said.

Worldcon’s Bernie Ebbers is #11, GeoCities founder and chairman David Bohnett is #16, and
Lucent Technologies’ Chairman and CEO, Richard Mcginn is #18. Then there’s Eckhard Pfeiffer, Compaq’s CEO at #21.

Be sure to watch VC Ann Winblad at #22. Latest investments: "Keep an eye on Biztravel.com, Liquid Audio and wedding services and information site, The Knot." Oh, and she once dated BIll Gates.

And yet — somehow — the guys at Google got overlooked in this list. (I wonder how that happened?). 

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am pulling your leg. I left out one small detail: The list is from Time Magazine’s 1998 most influential Cyber elites. The point I hope to make is just how caught up in the moment the financial press can get (btw,that’s a new category I am introducing with this post).

Magazines love lists, and while this might make entertaining reading, its a classic example  of exactly how dangerous it is to follow these sorts of rearward-looking junkets for investing ideas.

While the list as investing advice is laughable (Gerald Levin of Time Warner! Christos Cotsakos of E*Trade!), some of the quotes contained within are outright hysterical: The fawning over Eckhard Pfeiffer’s plans for Compaq. 

But this one is truly my favorite:

"WorldCom is here to stay."

 

The full 1998 list can be seen below:


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