The report by Bob is opinion and copyrightable. ...what opinions Bob put in that report is not copyrightable.
That makes no sense. If what he put in the report isn't copyrightable what about the report is copyrightable? The paper he wrote it on? You say the opinions are copyrightable then in the next sentence they aren't copyrightable.
Yup simple, by the same fallacious logic the RIAA/MPAA members use in all there dealings on IP concerns.
Intent of what exactly? Intent of serendipitously saving information that people were openly broadcasting over the radio? This has got to be one of the most ridiculous witch hunts in a while. And it's propagated by people like you claiming to understand and using words like "intent" to sound all legal and nefarious to scare people who have an even less understanding.
If I were writing the software I would have written it to store potentially useful data also by default as long as it cause no issues with the primary function of the software. It never hurts to have too much data while not having enough is unfixable. If you don't need it you throw it away.
The data was placed out there, by the owner of the data, publicly available to anyone with a wireless network card. The only way intent is relevant from criminal perspective is if the intent of the data capture was to use it for illegal purposes. Good luck with that.
This is like suing Google because someone found they could read the note they put on their front door in the picture Google took (I shouldn't mention it. It'll be the headline tomorrow). You can't arrest someone for reading a note you put on your door where anyone can read it even if you're stupid enough to put your credit card number or SSN on it. Now if someone uses it illegally it's a bit different. The key is that the collection of the information was in no way an issue either criminally or from a tort perspective if you placed it out in public. Especially in the case of someone driving by randomly collecting it. To claim otherwise shows a clear ignorance of what happened. This explains the political grandstanding about it.
Everything I've read about this (except this article which doesn't get into details) stated that the data was encrypted but using the old WEP encryption. By 2007 this was easily crackable using off the shelf tools.
So are you forbidden from remodeling by the covenant. After all if you make changes to the hose it no longer embodies the developers ideas and therefore would qualify for a separate copyright.
No actually that's a derivative work and you have to pay them everytime you make a change...along with everytime you have company over. Cause then it's a performance of there work sharing it with other people.
lol, only as long as they take on liability and maintenance on said items as well.
So book and song writers and movie makers have liability and maintenance responsibility for the products they sell us? So if a book or movie has factual errors they should fix it and ship me another copy for free? Song writers and performers should have to ensure my 8 tracks are still playable on my new iPod? Cause those 8 tracks I bought 40 years ago are completely useless now.
If the concrete has lumps in it that's just part of the creative process. Oh and you're only allowed to look at the parts of the house I want you to see before you buy it. No sampling allowed. That's illegal. And if part of it falls down, well that's just too bad for you. You just need to repurchase that part of the house so you can actually use it again.
Shouldn't the architect get a cut too? Designing a house is creative work. And the engineers who designed the windows...and the doors. And the guys who poured the concrete. There's a certain amount of creativity in how you mix, smooth and level concrete. And the carpet guys. Figuring out the cuts and seeming and edging carpet is creative work. What about the guys who created the software used by the all of the above. Creating software most assuredly is a creative process.
Hmmm...this is never gonna end. Everyone should get paid anytime anything get sold.
I think they have a twisted value system if think art is the only thing one can create that's worth something. I create stuff that's worth something every day. I dare say that what I create is worth far more than a book or music since it actually adds to the overall society in an actual material way, actually improving the tangible aspects of society. A ditch digger generally is digging ditches that improve infrastructure adding to the ability of everyone in society to make a better life for themselves. They just don't have specialized laws giving them a ridicules level of control over the ditch they created such that they and their offspring get paid for 100 years every time anyone happens to use the ditch they created.