Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the another-week-another-set-of-comments dept

Taking the gold this week in the "insightful" category by a wide, wide margin, was a short comment by Marcus Carab, which was actually a reply in a thread a few Re's deep (which is odd -- since most comments that win for "insightful" are thread starters, not replies). Since it was a thread, it requires a bit of an explanation. On our post about the hubris of a Viacom exec suggesting that there are no First Amendment issues with SOPA because it's "pretty easy" to tell what's an infringing site, we noted that this seemed kinda laughable, seeing as Viacom itself failed that very test in its lawsuit again YouTube, and had included hundreds of videos that it had uploaded itself, claiming they were "infringing." One of our usual critics retorted that this didn't excuse any infringement, and that was the comment that Marcus responded to:
No, but it sort of shatters every single argument about how SOPA will only target illegal content, doesn't it?
Short, sweet, and to the point. This is the problem. Supporters of SOPA think that they don't make mistakes on this. Everyone else has seen them regularly make mistakes.

Coming in second is another short comment, this one from an Anonymous Coward, pointing out one of the ridiculous outcomes of the SOPA debate:
It is an absolute travesty that we've reached a point where the DCMA is pointed to as a reasonable piece of legislation.
I actually had this discussion with a few people this week, and it's worth pointing out a few caveats. It's only one specific piece of the DMCA that people are now pointing out is reasonable: the safe harbors. Most of us still agree the rest of the DMCA is horrible. And the safe harbors were something that the tech industry fought really, really hard to get into the bill, because they were not there at all in the beginning. It's unfortunate that we now shorthand the good of the safe harbors as suggesting that the wider DMCA was "a reasonable piece of legislation." But, seeing as SOPA seeks to basically decimate those safe harbors, it's how the debate goes these days.

For editor's choice this week, I just couldn't narrow it down to two, so we're going with three. First up, is DannyB, explaining the economics of regional restrictions and why they work in monopolized markets:
The regions and territories is a mechanism dreamed up to maximize profits at a time when there was monopoly control of the distribution channel.

You point out the obviousness of how consumers don't care about regions and territories and the internet breaks these down.

But what doesn't seem so obvious is that regions and territories actually work! -- if you have and maintain a monopoly. You point out that if you don't like Lowes, then you'll go to Home Depot. What is not pointed out is that with music, you don't have a Home Depot alternative. You can buy from Lowes, under their terms, or not buy. Take it or leave it.

If a Home Depot competitor emerges, then a bogyman must be invented to control it. I will expand upon your example of the unlicensed hammers from Home Depot. Lowes will complain bitterly and get new laws on the books. After all, we can't have just anyone buying unlicensed hammers. Hammers are a destructive and dangerous weapon. You could kill someone with a hammer. A child could drop it on their foot or otherwise hurt themselves. Think of the children! People wanting to buy a hammer must undergo a background check and RIAA approved invasive patdown. The manufacture and distribution of hammers must be licensed, in a way that makes it burdensome or simply infeasible for smaller competitors to enter the market.
Next is an excellent breakdown from el_segfaulto, about his experiences in the software industry as it relates to the question of dealing with the "problem" of piracy:
I will agree that movies are big capital intensive creations, I write software for a living and although it isn't nearly on the same level, it does give me some insight. Years ago we stopped seeing pirates as people and more as a force of nature. You will never eliminate piracy just like you will never eliminate any crime. You can simply reduce it by using a bit of human psychology. In the software world this has been tried with varying degrees of success using intrusive DRM all the way to simple guilt.

For some of my consulting gigs, there is a direct correspondence to how often our software gets downloaded on TPB (for instance) and how many sales we experience.

Admittedly it's a little different for your industry (I'm assuming you work in the movie business). The difference is cultural, we have been sharing culture in the form of art, music, and performance for as long as culture has existed. To suddenly try and call it a moral and ethical crime is not going to work, you simply cannot fight hundreds of thousands of years of human nature.

My honest advice to you and others in your field is:

Understand that copyright is NOT a natural right, it is a contract between yourselves and society. We give you a TEMPORARY monopoly on distribution and you give back to the public domain. You have not been fulfilling your end of the bargain so please don't act surprised when society begins to lose respect for copyright.

Give the public what they want and stop trying to stifle the future. You had been living in a golden age for the last 80 years, you may have to do with less profits. Don't think of the present as a time of austerity, think of the past as a time of prosperity. Work with Netflix and give the public a low-cost alternative to piracy. Understand that you used to be able to charge an arm and a leg for entertainment, you cannot realistically expect that to continue in the light of technological advances.
The world, she sure is changing. And, along those lines, our final editor's choice comes from an Anonymous Coward, responding to the news of Viacom's CEO getting $50 million in stock option compensation this year, raising a rather obvious question:
$50 million would create a thousand $50K jobs. Is piracy really killing jobs or are executive bonuses?
Just a bit sobering. So, with that, let's jump over to the laughs. Leading the pack was the Anonymous Coward who put the end of EMI into a little ditty (you know the tune...):
Four major labels, complaining about free,
One defaults on debt, and then there were three.
Coming in second, was Jason Still, responding to someone defending a lack of due process in SOPA to the fact that police lock up those charged with murder before they're tried. Jason broke out the sarcasm:
You're right, copyright infringement and murder are INCREDIBLY SIMILAR! And since the solution to stop infringement seems to be "skip the legal system, I say they infringed so they automatically lose their hosting, domain names, etc" the same solution will clearly work with murder. We're going to save millions in court costs! What method of execution would you prefer when I notify the authorities that you may have murdered 77 people?
As for editor's choice, we've got an Anonymous Coward helpfully explaining SOPA to me in one sentence:
Copyright infringement is bad because it's illegal and it's illegal because it's bad, therefore the internet must be more like television.
Makes about as much sense as anything I've heard from anyone officially supporting the bill. At the very least, it seems more honest.

And, finally this week, we've got Atkray showing that he's caught on as to how crony capitalism works these days by passing laws to stop competition:
I can't help but think that if or when marijuana is legalized, we will have to contend with "Home gardeners are killing the marijuana industry"
And, on that note, don't do anything at home this weekend. You might just be killing some important industry. But, when you're done doing that, come on back and join us this week for some more spirited discussions...


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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 11:15am

    Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    don't do anything at home this weekend. You might just be killing some important industry
    I'm killing the personal entertainment consumption industry!!! If it goes under, who will content producers count on to continue to pay so many hours of attention?


    (subtle hint: attention isn't necessarily paid, it is bought by the purveyors of the content we enjoy with said content)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 12:03pm

    Nothing like some "special SOPA koolaid" to make the week go by. A truly classic horrible week at Techdirt, with nothing but whining and astroturfing from Mike. WTG!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 12:32pm

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    You were like 3 minutes late - you guys really need to decrease the latency on your auto-response-team. I hope you don't pay them too much.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 12:41pm

    Marcus Carab made the top spot? I can't wait for his biggest fan (you know who you are shill) to show up and show him how much he loves him.

    Come now, don't be shy. Let the verbal orgy of insults commence

     

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    Killercool (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 12:42pm

    Re: "astroturfing"

    You keep using that word... I do not think it means what you think it means...

    -Fezzik

    "Astroturfing" is when a company or group of companies arrange a fake "grassroots" campaign about a subject.

    When a company arranges a campaign about a subject without trying to make it seem like a grassroots campaign, it's just called a "campaign."

    That said, if the common folk get behind a company arranged campaign, it can become a grassroots campaign... UNLESS the company pretends it is grassroots from the beginning.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    fwiw,that's a quote from inigo...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 1:36pm

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    I just fucked the period out of you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:07pm

    Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Of course it's astroturfing. The freetards pay Mike with moonbeams and unicorn tears, and in turn he acts as if he shares their beliefs. Wait a minute, he's reverse-astroturfing! Genius! My moonbeam is in the mail Mike!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:16pm

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    "special SOPA koolaid"

    Is that what you big time lawyers drink these days?

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    moonbeams and unicorn tears
    Are those legal tender? I've got a laser I could shine into an envelope briefly, but a whole moonbeam? You must be rich! And, where do I find these unicorns? I've been searching for all of 5 minutes and can't find a torrent for one. What is your tear extraction method? Do you punch the male ones in the nads or is it one of those ruination of the earth crying natives kinda things? If its the latter, can you really just conjure up any mythical creature you want with a suitable mythical problem? I would appreciate a well thought out answer replete with germane facts to back up a detailed response if you have the time.

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:20pm

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    "special SOPA koolaid"
    I can't find this at the grocery store... Is there a special mail order form I need to use?

     

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    Planespotter (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:28pm

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    No one forces you to come here so don't let the door bang you on the head on your way out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    "where do I find these unicorns"

    pfft, you n00bs always need help. Here:

    http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-twitchy-online-game.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    I'm killing the entire restaurant industry. So far, since Friday, I've made kebobs, a fancy chicken and pasta dish, some chocolate pastries, and a bunch of other stuff. I cook for the week every weekend, much of it being considered 'gourmet'.

    I must be stopped!

     

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    Atkray (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 3:04pm

    Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    Oh the humanity...

    please stop an think of the children.

     

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    Anonymous Marcus, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 3:21pm

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    Since Marcus got the top spot, does that mean all of the ACs won top spot?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 3:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    HA! You amateurs! I'm single-handedly killing Coca-Cola Co. For a few years now I've been making my own cola, using their leaked recipe. Oh, and the the entire beer industry, since I make my own beer. Heineken is doomed!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    Too bad it isn't you making music or movies that's killing those industries...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    Show what you know, I make my own entertainment.

    Unlike you, I bet you don't make anything except shit

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:31pm

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    He makes frivolous lawsuits. So he does make something!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    (chance are, he's a lawyer).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    chances *

     

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    Keith_Emperor_of_Penguins (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    Jenner and Block *

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    Give 'em some credit, raman noodles takes some serious microwave fu.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:35pm

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    You know, Mike should start selling it as a drink. The Techdirt Kool-Aid Drink. Perhaps people can order them from techdirt's. It would be kinda funny and a humorous way for us to embrace the IP maximist name calling.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:36pm

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    order them from techdirt.com *

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:37pm

    Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    I did the same for a while. But with all the salmon I was eating, I knew something fishy was going on. That's when I got a handy little pamphlet and C&D notice from the friendly neighborhood restaurants to set me straight.

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:40pm

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    Ya, it should come with an "I'm a freetard and so can you!" t-shirt too. Hell, I would buy a couple of them!

     

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    Keith_Emperor_of_Penguins (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    You recipe pirates are killing the entire food industry!

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:43pm

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    Or, better yet, maybe there should be some sort of contest for user generated content to be put up for sale encompassing the freetard vs shilltard debates that are making their rounds through the comments.

     

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    Keith_Emperor_of_Penguins (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:44pm

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    Hey, you didn't pay the pimp. I'm going to get Milt

     

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    Killercool (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Yes. I realized it soon after I posted it. I am ashamed...

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:47pm

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    ... get Milton Waddams.

    FTFY xD

     

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    Keith_Emperor_of_Penguins (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    ಠ_ಠ

     

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    Keith_Emperor_of_Penguins (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 4:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    OPEN YOUR EEEEYEEESS I SEEEE.....

     

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    Milton Waddams (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 5:00pm

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    Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler...

     

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    Killercool (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 5:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Interesting. I frequent this site BECAUSE he shares many of my beliefs.

    Frankly, if not for the dissidents (not trolls, but truly dissenting voices), all that would be going on around here would be masturbatory choir-preaching. Dissenting opinions, when voiced as more than insult, give us a chance to examine and state, not just our beliefs, but why we believe them, and why you should, too.

    And even if not a single one of you self-hating Techdirt supporters ever change your mind, someone out there is wondering why this stuff matters. And all your insults just make them more likely to shy from your side, and ignore any real points you make.

    Well, any points you would make, if you ever made any.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 5:02pm

    Are "hundreds" and "about 100" almost synonymous?

    At least be consistent with factual assertions.

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 5:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It worked for Brawndo and Powerthirst.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 5:26pm

    Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Of course it's astroturfing, just done very slightly more upfront. But what is key is that Mike (and a very few others) attempt to act like they speak for an entire generation of musicians, movie, makers, writers, and website owners, when the reality is very different.

    The American Censorship Day crap is a perfect example. It's the same crew pretty much that was over "hiring" CEA to talk to the house members in Washington. The overlap on each of these is incredible. Not only that, it's pretty amazing to see that the domain used is registered "private", so that it is impossible to see who is heading up the campaign. Want to bet that one of the gang is the real owner?

    It's not a grassroots campaign, it's one small group of activists trying to act like the represent something bigger, but do not.

    After all, if the artistic community was in tune with Mike, his step2 thing would be a success. It's not, in fact it's a pretty significant failure to this point, worse than the previous insight community thing (you know, the one he quietly took out behind the barn and shot 2 years ago).

    So yeah... astroturfing. You tell me who really owns the American Censorship Day domain (and who is running it) and then try to tell me it isn't.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 5:28pm

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    Perhaps some shill organization can sell a shilltard T-Shirts to the techdirt shills. We can all wear pirate partisan freetard shirts while the shills can wear their shilltard shirts. We can get the Kool-Aid and they can get the Warm-Aid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 6:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    No what will doom your masters is me being able to do my own cable TV, my own radio and not paying you or any other loser for that LoL

    Say goodbye to affiliate fees.

     

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    DOlz (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 7:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    I've said it before, but it's still true. The rich and powerful don't mind class warfare, they just get upset when we fight back.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 7:44pm

    *tears up lotto ticket and throws it over shoulder*
    I swear I'm going to hotwire the Diebold machines again....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 8:12pm

    Why do IP holders have very little burden to ensure that their allegations are valid? The penalties against them for sending invalid allegations are very little. Yet the penalties for infringement are high.

    http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/11/12/0410256/warner-brothers-automated-takedown-notices-h it-files-that-werent-ours

    It's the high court vs the low court treatment.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 8:14pm

    The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Anybody else remember the old days? I remember “Weird Harold” and “Ronald J Riley”, who actually tried to pretend that they were offering up some kind of reasoned debate. Oh, and “angry dude”, continually popping in to taunt us with that “patent” of his, though he would never actually tell us the details.

    These days it’s all just passive-aggressive ad-hominem attacks—nothing you can really sink your teeth into. Their postings are nothing but noise, not worth the effort of reading, let alone a response.

    Where are all the good trolls?

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 8:56pm

    Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Perhaps we just need to form an independent group of dedicated mock trolls to entertain us (for free) to draw in the others. Its not likely, but it is possible that by promoting logic to often, we have effectively driven the trolls into hiding. We need to coax them out from under the interwebz bridges with unprotected children, err, minutely flawed arguments. Hell, if we wanted any trolls with serious talent, we might have to pay them to show up. I know the MAFIAA already sends in the shilltards, but they are like scabs in a union strike (save the part where they actually leave). No real talent or expertise there.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 8:59pm

    I would love to see a comment on the Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week thread win Funniest/Most Insightful Comment Of The Week the following week.

    It would be so meta.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 9:00pm

    Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Haha! I loved them. They were so fun to poke with logic sticks.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 9:14pm

    Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Anybody else remember the old days? I remember “Weird Harold” and “Ronald J Riley”, who actually tried to pretend that they were offering up some kind of reasoned debate. Oh, and “angry dude”, continually popping in to taunt us with that “patent” of his, though he would never actually tell us the details.

    Don't be so quick to assume that those 3 are gone. Actually, don't be so quick to assume that any of them are gone. Hell, don't be so quick to assume that some of the people you're talking about now are not, say, one of them.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 9:22pm

    Re:

    Are "hundreds" and "about 100" almost synonymous?

    At least be consistent with factual assertions.


    My understanding was that over the course of a few separate "removals," Viacom eventually ended up removing over 200 videos that had been uploaded by its own employees. Over 200 strikes me as "hundreds."

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 9:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    What I find so damn amusing about you, is how consistently wrong you are.

    Of course it's astroturfing, just done very slightly more upfront. But what is key is that Mike (and a very few others) attempt to act like they speak for an entire generation of musicians, movie, makers, writers, and website owners, when the reality is very different.

    Can you point to any instance where I have ever suggested we speak for musicians, movie makers, writers and website owners? Thanks.

    The American Censorship Day crap is a perfect example. It's the same crew pretty much that was over "hiring" CEA to talk to the house members in Washington. The overlap on each of these is incredible.

    Oh my goodness. Some of the same people who don't like SOPA and went to DC to protest SOPA are now going to take the same protest to the web! Conspiracy theory! Or, um, consistency.

    Not only that, it's pretty amazing to see that the domain used is registered "private", so that it is impossible to see who is heading up the campaign. Want to bet that one of the gang is the real owner?

    Or, you know, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and see who organized it.

    It's not a grassroots campaign, it's one small group of activists trying to act like the represent something bigger, but do not.

    No one in the group is pretending to represent anyone other those who agree to take part.

    After all, if the artistic community was in tune with Mike, his step2 thing would be a success.

    You may have your metrics for success, but under ours, step2 is doing just great. What's funny is to see how little you actually understand what we're doing, and why Step2 is doing exactly what it was intended to do.

    It's not, in fact it's a pretty significant failure to this point, worse than the previous insight community thing (you know, the one he quietly took out behind the barn and shot 2 years ago).

    Insight Community continues to earn us more revenue each year than I would guess you've made in your life time. Making dumb assumptions is dumb.

    Hint: not everything done via Insight Community is public.

    So yeah... astroturfing. You tell me who really owns the American Censorship Day domain (and who is running it) and then try to tell me it isn't.

    No. Astroturfing is if we pretended we were a grassroots effort representing every day people, when it was really set up by a big company. That's not happening at all. And, again, look at the names at the bottom of the website and you'll know who set up the campaign.

     

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    Jay (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 9:54pm

    Re:

    That happened. Capitalist Lion Tamer won with his troll schedule.

    Link

    ... Yeah, I'm a nerd that way. I remember that week because that was too funny NOT to mark.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 13th, 2011 @ 10:00pm

    Re: Re:

    I mentioned "about 100" because that was the number recently used in an article here.

    As for "slamming" VIACOM, obviously a mistake was made, but then in any company with so many employees you will find some who are generally ignorant of what they are permitted to do under company policies (even after they have been repeatedly briefed on what they are permitted to do and what they are not). I rather doubt that the majority who uploaded did so with the approval of VIACOM executive management and in contradiction of established and published policies.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Nov 13th, 2011 @ 11:11pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    As for "slamming" VIACOM, obviously a mistake was made, but then in any company with so many employees you will find some who are generally ignorant of what they are permitted to do under company policies (even after they have been repeatedly briefed on what they are permitted to do and what they are not). I rather doubt that the majority who uploaded did so with the approval of VIACOM executive management and in contradiction of established and published policies.

    Actually the evidence suggests otherwise -- that it was done quite clearly with permission from higher ups who knew that it was good promotions. But even so, I'm not sure what point you think this makes.

    Either way, your argument makes no sense. Let's take the same argument in reverse. So can we say that even though Google allowed infringing videos on YouTube it was done so without the approval of YouTube executive management and in contradiction with established and published policies? Seems like it.

    Kinda surprised you'd be a Viacom apologist.

     

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    Butcherer79 (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 1:24am

    Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    "These days it’s all just passive-aggressive ad-hominem attacks—nothing you can really sink your teeth into. Their postings are nothing but noise, not worth the effort of reading, let alone a response.

    Where are all the good trolls?"

    That's inbreeding for you, the troll gene pool being flushed down the toilet.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 1:51am

    Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Careful Mike. Those morons will start whining how you are invading their privacy any minute now cause you dare look at your logs.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 2:54am

    Re: Re:

    That's truly hilarious. :D

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 2:55am

    Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Mike, are you really angry dude?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 5:37am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    "Can you point to any instance where I have ever suggested we speak for musicians, movie makers, writers and website owners? Thanks."

    You never say it directly, you just act like it. You act like you know better, that you have a better solution, and your methods are those of the new artist.

    Your arguments against SOPA are how they will hurt the little guy, the "user content", and the up and coming artists.

    You praise, coddle, and support those who "get it", and angrily call out "the industry" at every turn.

    So no, I can't point to specific words, but as you have suggested before, it's not the words but the actions that count.

    " Some of the same people who don't like SOPA and went to DC to protest SOPA are now going to take the same protest to the web! Conspiracy theory! "

    No conspiracy theory - only to show that it's the same few talking heads (such as yourself) attempting to push something that nobody else seems to be working on. It gets to the heart of the astroturfing argument, because there doesn't appear to be much in the way of actual grassroots support for this thing, just the same few people and few groups over and over again.

    "You may have your metrics for success, but under ours, step2 is doing just great. What's funny is to see how little you actually understand what we're doing, and why Step2 is doing exactly what it was intended to do."

    I can only go by what is seen - that you are the leading poster by far, that most of the threads have been started by staff, and that few of them are active at all. Newest thread hasn't had a reply since Friday. Most of the less than 30 threads are entirely inactive, and most of them were propped up by staff such as yourself backfilling. So yeah, I guess it's a success, if successful means "ignored by most".

    "Insight Community continues to earn us more revenue each year than I would guess you've made in your life time. Making dumb assumptions is dumb."

    I doubt it, unless it's making 7 to 8 figures a year - which I also doubt. From what is visible, there is no activity since 2009. Now, if you are doing other work that isn't really insight community and tagging it as such in your books, well, then you are about as honest about it as the record labels are in account. Congrats!

    "Astroturfing is if we pretended we were a grassroots effort representing every day people, when it was really set up by a big company. "

    Seeing that you make 10 million a year plus on the insight community alone, I would say you aren't exactly a "small business".

    I looked at the list of "organizers", but many of them seem like astroturf themselves, especially the last couple which are pretty empty. Generally it's the usual suspects, which doesn't seem to suggest any grassroots support at all. Seems mostly astroturf to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 5:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Actually the evidence suggests otherwise -- that it was done quite clearly with permission from higher ups who knew that it was good promotions. But even so, I'm not sure what point you think this makes."

    Company policy may be anti-youtube, but some people who are under pressure to "get exposure" may have ignore it and uploaded videos anyway. In a large company (you know, one where you can't see everyone from your desk or the coffee machine) there is potential that not everyone is on the same page.

    As Google and Youtube, if it was only a small percentage of their activity, you might have something. That YouTube was essentially founded on infringing, it's pretty hard to hold them up as paragons of good behavior.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 5:42am

    Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    I'm killing the entire restaurant industry. So far, since Friday, I've made kebobs, a fancy chicken and pasta dish, some chocolate pastries, and a bunch of other stuff. I cook for the week every weekend, much of it being considered 'gourmet'.

    I must be stopped!


    Great. Next weekend make your own movie and watch it. Let us know how it turns out.

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    I make my own porn movies!

    Oh yeah! Gigity gigity

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:20am

    Re: Re:

    they probably downloaded the software from a warez site

     

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    angry dude, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:23am

    Re: Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Are you stupid? Mike never held a patent on anything because he couldn't invent his way out of a paper bag.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "That YouTube was essentially founded on infringing"

    That's a lie and shows how dishonest IP maximists are willing to be to spread FUD and get bills passed. If you got your way, Youtube and Google would never exist, for no good reason, and consumers and artists will both suffer.

    Youtube wasn't 'founded' on infringement. It's just that they weren't able to police all the infringement that happened on their network when they started. and no one is still able to police all infringement. That's not to say that they ever encouraged or intentionally facilitated infringement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    "You never say it directly, you just act like it."

    and you rob banks and kill innocent women and children. You never say it directly, you just act like it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Not apologizing at all, but just pointing out there is truth to the maxim that "the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing", and that this maxim applies quite strongly in large organizations spread out in diverse locations.

    Mistakes happen, so I am not inclined to tar a company as being untruthful when the persons who make statements are unaware of what was done elsewhere by someone they have very likely never even met.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    hahahahahahahahaha plop.

    The sound of your humor failing. I am not accusing Mike of a crime, I am only stating what his words and actions suggest. If you can't tell the difference, well, it sucks to be you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You need to go read up on the history of Youtube. Then you will understand how much your comments are full of shit.

     

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    angry dude, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    Why? Are films more valuable than food? Is the industry that keeps us alive by feeding us somehow less important that the industry that entertains us?

    I'm not a big TV/movie guy, but I'm big on food. I may try making my own movie (probably a bad zombie movie) because that does sound like fun. Thanks for the suggestion!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Hold on, I'm confused. Is Mike toeing the line for his corporate masters or is he calling out 'the industry'? Do you think he's making 7 to 8 figures ('10 million a year plus', which says he isn't exactly a "small business") with Insight or do you doubt it?

     

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    Greg G, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 7:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    mmmmmm beer... You must send me some.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    That's because, for the most part, you can no longer patent business methods (i.e. "Method For Extracting Persons [Including Self] From A Paper Bag"). Plus, the method ("Thru The Opening At The Top") was determined to be infringing on Apple's "Method Of De-Boxing iPhone 4S" and as such, the patent is only viable on various tropical islands.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 8:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    I see what you did there, Mike.

    Roflmao.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 9:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Mike isn't toeing the line for anyone, except perhaps for his buddies and friends in places like EFF, CEA, and others. His anti SOPA campaign here as been pretty much a talking points discussion from those groups.

    I don't think that the Insight community makes the type of money he speaks about. It has only 2 public posts since 2009, and anything done in private would certainly not be an insight community, just a bunch of overpaid consultants, racking up billable hours just like the lawyers they hate. But that wouldn't be "community", would it?

    I am trying to imagine what happened between 2009 and today that made millions on a part of the site that is entirely dead. It's a miracle, I tell you, a miracle!

     

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    DOlz (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 10:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Before you keep getting upset about the "organizers" not identifying themselves to your satisfaction perhaps you would like to tell us who you are or at least what group you work for.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 11:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    I am an anonymous poster, thank you. I don't work for anyone in the movie or music industries, nor do I work for any political action committees, "grassroot" groups, or any other type of protest groups. I am just Joe Citizen. Nothing more and nothing less.

    Considering these groups are making a statement and a challenge, don't you think they should openly identify themselves? It seems like a lot of talking heads trying to talk website owners into doing something they wouldn't do by themselves.

     

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    DOlz (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 11:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Sorry I'm using your standards here. Unless you prove to me you're not a corporate shill you are one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 12:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    well said, and count me in too. Come on AC, prove it (as you always demand or accuse other).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    Why should I? I am not writing this blog, I am not the one putting out ideas, I am not the one "fighting the system". If they want to stand up and be counted, why not admit who they are?

    I am Joe Citizen. What about you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 2:15pm

    Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    How quaint. Mike as always isn't shy to play fast and loose with his own rules.

    NICE! A truly classy guy.

    (and no, I don't call you tubby... )

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 3:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "astroturfing"

    "I am Joe Citizen. What about you?"

    Sorry, nobody is falling for that. Not these days Joe.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 14th, 2011 @ 3:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    Stay classy shillboy

     

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    Lauriel (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Awwww, I did it, its all my fault

    Be careful what you wish for. I'm sure there are many families who would get far more entertainment value out of getting together with a camcorder than sitting on the couch for an hour and a half watching a movie.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Nov 14th, 2011 @ 5:12pm

    Re: Re: Re: The Trolls Aren’t What They Used To Be

    See, it's comments like that which make it painfully obvious who you are. Mike doesn't have to do anything.

     

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