If not for the fact they don't keep them on computers because they can't secure anything, I would LOVE to see what all of the acronyms have and are using to keep our supposed representatives at bay.
If they walked out, perhaps it would have been best to demand the director appear and start answering questions... starting with what is the disciplinary action you intend to take against your subordinates for deciding they get to just walk out after ignoring straight forward questions. Or perhaps they think they can ignore subpoenas as well as they ignore the Constitution.
Well if you don't have to answer to anyone, of course you get to just walk out.
We've seen media outlets not report on things to keep access. We've seen lawyers talking to clients while being listened to. We've seen a program where they create fake trails to coverup how evidence was gathered.
How many more core protections can we hollow out until the entire thing collapses?
Which might be true to a point, but once you consider the number of people who don't have a couple hundred a month to piss away get a package to watch it on cable/satellite. Of course then you still suffer with the you have to watch it when we want you to watch it... because they are working on making sure that DVR solutions aren't that beneficial. One little programming slip, and you lose the first 5 minutes or last 5 minutes. Then you need to understand the neighborhood no longer gathers around the massive 8 inch set the rich neighbors bought (making sure little Jimmy never goes to college), they have massive screens in their pockets... and if the stars align right you might be lucky enough to have it offered (for an extra fee) for streaming... which will put you over your cap and push your cell bill to double your house payment.
Or... you click a link, solve a captcha, zip it over to your preferred device and watch it how, when, where you want.
At a buck a head, several million viewers is still millions coming in... cord cutting exists, perhaps it might be time to stop locking yourself into a dying platform and embrace direct sales. Better than neilson numbers to see how popular your content is, and I bet they might even pay an extra quarter for an ad free version.
Perhaps it is time to stop playing cloak and dagger about the deals and the actual numbers. Movies make hundreds of millions, yet somehow never make enough to cover the costs to make it. So horrible is the math that they need tax breaks to keep filming shows with the highest ratings.
It is time to force them to be honest, and reconnect with the market they take for granted. If you aren't making the consumer happy, you have failed in business.
But if it appears in a court document, the public might lose faith in the secret laws we use.
Opposing a possibly misused law, we've shown the 'checks & balances' to these secret powers are impotent, having to be filed under seal raises serious questions.
When everything looks like it needs to be a secret, perhaps we need to question that system. It is being overused and they keep pushing to hide more and more. Our Government decries dictators who hide things from their people, while trying to hide their own abuses of their own citizens.
We need to demand they stop and make it stop. They have gone much further than many of the dystopian fiction writers imagined, sliding down the slippery slope that was always warned of. We need to climb back up the slope even if it is hard and arduous work.
Oh look more of our so called 'rights' being ignored by those in power... how many more of these until we decide they should no longer be there "representing" us when they do such a piss poor job of it.
IIRC, and I'm old and forgetful, TF had a story in recent history where it looked like RightsCorp was not making much money from what they were doing. The business of rights 'enforcement' is being able to show a good balance sheet and sell out quickly.
Nearly all of the major players in this enforcement boondoggle have been started by people with ties to the industry, who sell the new snakeoil off and cash out.
Look at the history of DtecNet, that bastion of piracy fighting who demanded Google delist pages on HBO for having stolen content from... HBO. They spun up, acquired by another firm, acquired by yet another firm, and have the contract for 6 strikes. They say the pirates are stealing from them, I think they should look at the actual losses in paying for smoke and mirrors that do not solve what at its heart is a failure to adapt to what the market wants.
But then these aren't the brightest bulbs, I've jousted online with one of the VPs... his last name is Steele (no not that one) and I wasn't kind. He denied facts I could prove and dismissed me... like that other Steele (and Stone) did. I like my odds.
They will show the stats about the X number of 'infringing' videos taken down, but never mention how many were in error. Even if it was in error there is no harm to them to lie and claim they own the content when they do not.
They use the courts to make their target bleed money until they are willing to give them something the law doesn't require, then spin that agreement into showing how "easy" it is and everyone should do it.
If I were to download a movie the law allows them to seek up to $150K. That is just a single copy. They can steal (yes it is stealing they remove the original to being under their control) and the punishment??? Nothing.
Perhaps it is time to review what is happening but not just the ludicrous statements of rightsholders and look at the abuse of the public in the system and introduce inducements to encourage people who are wronged to fight back & punish those who abuse the system.
They supported these programs, why the sudden shame? If you are unwilling to face the aftermath of what you have done, perhaps you did the wrong thing.
This long term denial of bad acts committed in our name has made the fscking problem worse. The more they deny the more dangerous the world gets, when is enough enough?
Perhaps it would be better to take our lumps and stop these actions that we call out other nations for taking. To stop terrorists the government became worse terrorists against its citizens, cooler heads need to take over before some asshole pushes a button and we have a really long winter to finally silence the talk about global warming.
Maybe if we made the congress critters pay for their own service they would have a slightly better understanding of the real world.
They live in this gilded world, so far removed from reality, and think it is how it is for everyone else. I'd love to see the veins in their foreheads throbbing as they lose days waiting for a tech to show up to fix their problems. Imagine how fast TSA would be disbanded if they had to get fondled like regular people.
The problem is when they don't make the bad a crime until well after it is happening.
I don't think we can ignore things moving forward but we can't turn a blind eye to how it might be used for bad, otherwise we end up with things like the surveillance state the US has turned into. The people who are supposed to provide checks and balances turned a blind eye and accepted everything would just be peachy.