In reading the Huffpo article it became clear after two or three sentences that trying to follow Peak's ramblings wouldn't be worth my time. Stupid is a force of nature for which there will never be enough sandbags, and sometimes all you can do is just move to higher ground lest the stupid carry you away.
It's very simple; create a 501(c)-something group like the Authors Guild, Graphic Artists Guild, etc., etc., and get yourself in good graces with the WIPO cabal. Of course, once you begin receiving a slice of the non-title specific dark money sloshing around from all these "licensing agreements," you'll be expected to faithfully attend the dog-and-pony show conferences and conventions on copyright, and extol the virtues of copyright maximalism and the evils of piracy.
I just did a search on TD for "reprographic", and was surprised to get pretty much zilch. Millions of dollars in reprographic rights royalties, and of particular concern, "non-title-specific" fees, comes into the U.S. from IFRRO organizations and winds up in the hands of rats such as the Authors Guild and Graphic Artists Guild, who then get to do wonderful things with it in the name of "artists rights" and "copyright reform". I would think that this money would be on somebody's radar screen around here.
I know that the Graphic Artists Guild has received upwards of $500,000 per year, which it spends with little accountability to anyone. This free money sloshing around, courtesy of European copyright law, is something that needs more sunlight.
I'm sure Netflix will be fine, since without enough competition in the market they can pass at least some of the costs on to the consumer without killing off too much demand.
I doubt there will be any sudden catastrophic loss of net neutrality that wrecks civilization. Verizon's win is only a moderate-to-small disaster, as I imagine providers will just slowly turn up the heat so as to keep all us frogs from jumping out of the pot, and simply make a handsome profit for providing crap service in whatever time it takes for the FCC to redo its rules.
I did illustration work for a game developer, had a nice relationship with them until they sent a new contract written by the tall whites. They demanded ownership of ALL WORK created by me while I was engaged with them, unless I declared what was not to be their property and submitted samples. No need for additional proof that aliens are indeed taking over.
You have no excuses for not knowing all this. Seriously; if you had any brains, it would have clicked when you started seeing rights contracts containing "media existing anywhere, throughout the universe or in any alternate dimension(s), . . "
The problem with power is that it's not a question of less or more. Smaller government means a vacuum for others. Do you think Goldmad-sacks wouldn't finance their own army, and use it for fun and profit, if they could?
I suggest you think about who keeps spreading that nonsense and why. Geez, if I had a nickle for all the times I've heard "small government" mindlessly repeated, I'd be an oligarch by now.
If the Authors Guild is receiving reprographic rights money through the Authors Coalition, then it could be just play money, money to burn. I know the small handful of jerks running the Graphic Artists Guild have been able to keep GAG members entirely in the dark about approximately $200,000 in repro funds it has been receiving annually, which enables them to engage in all sorts of mischief without much accountability to anyone.
Speaking of mischief, as a plaintiff in ASMP's suit against Google, maybe GAG will find it has spent its money just as wisely as the Authors Guild, should the ASMP case come to a similar end.
In doing some personal investigative work, I came across KEI's list of insiders working on ACTA with past USTR Ron Kirk. One person of interest to my research was on the list; Sandra Aistars, Time Warner VP. In December 2010 she became the executive director of the Copyright Alliance, maximalist astroturf created by the Nickles Group, LLC.
It turns out that Ron Kirk and former Sen. Don Nickles together were co-chairs of the COMPETE Coalition (electricity utility association) just prior to Kirk becoming USTR. Seems a logical conclusion that Ron spoke to Don after becoming USTR, and recommended Sandra to head the Alliance. "Hey Don, I have a great lawyer for you, . . "
Learning of the one degree of separation between Ron and Don seemed noteworthy at the time, particularly since Nickles is such an outstanding example of lobbyist for the maximalist. Since then, though, it's become obvious that the "revolving door" is more of a NASCAR track, with the object being to go around just as fast as one can. Do they have a trophy for who's fastest? Would make for a nice awards gala in D.C.
I see that IATSE is a member organization of the Copyright Alliance, according to their website. You should make your IATSE brethren aware that aside from being rabid copyright maximalists and astroturf for MPAA and COMCAST, the CA is quite the den of anti-unionists; very apparent when you look at its parent organization, the Nickles Group LLC. It's my guess that these people probably love nothing better than destroying unions while at the same time making money for the MPAA and their other old-guard media and telecom clients. Probably provides them with some yuks at ALEC conventions.
It's possible that Rep. Goodlatte is really willing to harm Nickles' #1 client. It is after all a matter of that crazy dance politicians do with a multitude of competing interests. I'm starting to suspect politicians are not entirely consistent across the board in whom they support.
As Reps. Goodlatte and Coble are consistent supporters of the Copyright Alliance, a.k.a. Nickles Group lobbyists representing Intellectual Ventures LLC at their real day jobs, I'm thinking there's stuff under the surface that needs careful examination.
I'll have to pass this on to a few "friends" at the Graphic Artists Guild, which sucks off the teat of Reprographic Rights money coming in from abroad. Geez!!! If people are allowed to exercise Fair Use, then where the hell are they gonna get their money-fer-nuthin'?