Archive by month: January 2019

We have long opposed the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit. Two years ago we noted that in 2014, Hollywood took us for $64.5 million. In 2015, the cost in revenue was $72.5 million. The numbers are out for 2016 and we lost $88.8 million in revenue that year. Giving money to Hollywood is bad enough. Due to the industry's creative accounting, most films never make a profit on paper.  As a result, the film tax credits are never used to pay taxes accrued on the films. Instead, many of them are sold o...
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The first Mass. Mesh Net weekly tech meetup of 2019 is this Tuesday, 7-9pm. It will be at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. You can find them at https://massmesh.org/ including instructions for how to setup a mesh router.

 

HR.6729, which passed in the US House of Representatives, would have allowed warrantless searches of our bank accounts. Thankfully, it never got a hearing in the US Senate and now that the 115th Congress is over, it is dead.  Thanks to everyone who signed our petition to urge Senators Warren and Markey to put a hold on HR.6729. We expect Representative Wagner will bring it back in this Congress. Last time around, only Representatives Clark, Kennedy, McGovern and Neal voted against it. Represe...
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For the first time in 20 years, new works will enter the public domain in the United States. Copyrighted works entering the public domain were put on hold by the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, aka the the Mickey Mouse Protection Act, which extended the term of copyright from the life of the author + 50 years to life of the author + 70 years. When the term of copyright was 28 years with a 28 year renewal, 85% of copyrighted works were not renewed since the profit from the work wasn't highe...
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