So if Warner Bros sends false DMCA takedowns under oath, but they are done by a computer, it's no big deal.
But Google's search results, done by a computer, are an issue of major national importance. Google's evil search results must be recognized as the tool of Satan(tm) that they are, and Google must be stopped from providing information that might be embarrassing, or hinder our obsolete business model.
One of the two above things is evil. The other is innocent and for the benefit of all.
While this billion dollar program may be only slightly more accurate, at least it does not infringe upon my patent.
My patent is for a method and system for making binary decisions based on the launching of a flat round decision support device into the air and making a determination of the outcome based on which side the decision support device lands on.
I will also sell these decision support devices. A basic model for $10 is made of copper and is decorated with a picture of Lincoln on one side. A more expensive $25 model has a picture of George Washington and is constructed using superior metals.
This is a valuable patent from which I anticipate making a mint (no pun intended).
This is NOT a lame software patent. This is a patent on genuine hardware contributing a genuine advance in the important field of executive management decision making which has major applications in the areas of business, commerce, sporting events and terrorist detection.
Changing the name to TechSoil won't help if some clue challenged judge decides that because of something that happened on some unrelated site, that all sites should lose their Section 230 protections if their name contains the word "Tech".
The fact that the word "dirt" is involved is pure coincidence due to the original site's name.
All websites need to worry about this.
Suppose that the original site, instead of being called "The Dirty" were called "The Low Down", "The Scoop", "The Ugly Truth", etc.
Then some moronic imbecellic self important judge somewhere could have ruled that any website with the following words loses Section 230 protections. (Even though they thought they had them.)
* Low * Down * Scoop * Ugly * Truth * ...and most importantly: The
So an innocent site named The Family Hour could be threatened. Think not? That is exactly what TechDirt is concerned about here. Suddenly a site that thought it had Section 230 protections is told it doesn't because of a single word used in the name of some other unrelated site, in some unrelated lawsuit. A lawsuit and case that you might not even be aware of! How are all website operators supposed to discover if they just lost Section 230 protections because of some unrelated court case possibly far away, and not newsworthy?
I don't know if, but I hope that, an argument like this can be useful to get this ridiculous nonsense overturned.
Everyone should be worried about this. If you think the scope of the worry is about sites having "Dirt" in the name, you are thinking too narrowly.
The RIAA would not be insane enough to ask for $75 Billion.
Instead, they asked for the perfectly reasonable amount of $75 TRILLION. More than the entire global GDP.
Obviously, Tim, you are under valuing the music. :-)
If the entire world cannot pay $75 TRILLION, then they should not be listening to music. If you can't pay, then don't download it and don't listen to it. :-) Feelthy pirates -- all music and movies ever created should be locked up where nobody can access them ever again -- to protect the artists.