dot-commie

dot-commie

(1) A person who believes everything on the Internet should be free. Such people have no problem displaying copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder on their own websites or distributing it to others.

(2) A derogatory reference to Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft for implementing search engines in China that conform to the Chinese government's policy of blocking websites deemed inappropriate. In early 2006, representatives from these companies, along with hardware maker Cisco, were called before Congress and questioned. All claimed their behavior ethical and above board because they brought significant benefits and advantages to the Chinese people regardless of the imposed restrictions.
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Where once it was fashionable to laugh at the so-called "dot-commies" who struggled (and often failed miserably) to build businesses out of showcasing short films or other fare on the Internet, the apparent undesirables now have become attractive must-hires.
At the same time, it's been a rough few months for those who have boldly predicted the demise of the music business under the onslaught of the dot-commies.
Long-simmering tensions between artists, record labels and dot-commies are poised to boil over at the summit, which is stacked with one panel discussion after another, pitting foes from the opposite ends of the digital music divide.