Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
from the riaa-edition dept
I have a right to free speech under the first amendment. That does not mean I have "Free Speech Property". Rights are not property. You can have rights over property, but the rights themselves are not property.Coming in second was an Anonymous Coward with a rather simple response to Sherman's request for "constructive alternatives."
Claiming that copyright is property is not intellectually honest. As a creator of a copyrighted work, you can claim ownership of the original work and you have property rights to the original work. However, copyright extends only to the ability to copy that work. That ability to copy is not property. It is a right. Rights can only be infringed not stolen.
Repeal the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.In finding my editor's choice comments of the week, I usually go through the top 20 ranked comments or so to find other gems... and this week, nearly all of them were from that same post. Apparently there was a lot of insight there. I particularly liked Jeremy Lyman's response to that same request from Sherman for constructive alternatives. Lyman noted that this appears to be jumping the gun:
Before we all agree on a solution we all need to agree on the problem.For a little variety I chose a comment from a different post for my second editor's choice. I went with fogbugd's response to the story of a questionable NFL takedown notice to YouTube, over a Chrysler Super Bowl commercial:
Bogus copyright claims and DCMA claims ought to be a crime. And content should not be taken down under DCMA until the person who posted has a reasonable opportunity to dispute the claim.I agree. I've never understood why a notice-and-takedown solution is better than a notice-and-notice system.
Leaving violations up for an extra day or two probably does little damage to the rights holder, but examples like this show how huge the damage can be to the person holding the video.
Moving on to the funny side of the equation, similar to the insightful, the number one comment was head and shoulders above any other comments in the voting tables, with number two having a decent bump over number three. But right up on top was an Anonymous Coward responding to a story about yet another study showing that release windows hurt movie revenues:
It's all about choice. See, by only providing content through locked down, time limited, location restricted methods, the studios are actually giving us a lot more choices in how we consume our content. Dirty pirates can only consume their content in one way: no encryption, HD, and worldwide. But the studios give us an unending stream of different choices that provide real value to their content. Maybe you want DRM that requires a constant connection to the internet. They have that. Maybe you DRM that limits you to only certain devices. They have that. Maybe you want content that's purposefully degraded. They have that. Maybe you want to be able to watch content only in the US. They have that. Canada? They have that too. Content that expires after 48 hours? No problem. Maybe you want to have to watch it in the theater? They got you covered. The depth and breadth of choices that the studios provide is something that the evil pirates just cannot cover. The other day I asked someone at the pirate bay for an encrypted copy of The Grey that would only play on my computer for a week and they couldn't do it!That's so good it feels like someone should turn it into a "commercial" and put it on YouTube.
Coming in second was Gwiz and his response to Marcus Carab sarcastically saying: "Yeah and we could totally herd cats if we just gave the catherders megaphones" in response to the claim that playing the silly game of rogue site whac-a-mole made any sense. Gwiz saw a problem with Marcus' plan:
Sorry, you are shit out of luck. DOJ/ICE seized all the MegaPhones because they were part of the Mega Conspiracy. MegaPhones have been known to be used to amplify copyrighted music to the unwashed masses. Despite the fact that MegaPhones are only tools (and inanimate objects no less), DOJ/ICE was able to convince a grand jury that they were committing criminal copyright infringement and had all the MegaPhones in the US seized and destroyed, for the children.For editor's choice, we've got another Anonymous Coward on the story about Lowe's demanding a license to link to its site:
Never heard of them.That one made me laugh slightly more than Benny6Toes suggestion of linking to Home Depot, using the term Lowe's...
And the final editor's choice funny comment of the week goes to Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), responding to one of our most frequent critics sarcastically expressing his belief that we "never cease to amuse," by pointing out that, under that person's own standards, there's a problem:
Well, why aren't you paying Mike for the entertainment? ...damn pirate!Indeed. Pay up.