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.
"Less than half of domestic violence victims who felt like they were being tracked on their mobile devices didn't say anything to anyone?"
In a society that supports the premise that 'she was asking for it', this isn't that shocking. Women often don't make a fuss when they have a heart attack, not wanting to 'bother' anyone. Do you think they want to face a group of men who are supposed to serve and protect, given the standard horror stories that clutter the media about the treatment many of them seem to get? We've seen rape victims threatened with prosecution (in fact IIRC there was a recent case where they were forcing a victim to testify or face huge jail time and more horrors). We've heard the stories of women who recant allegations against their abusers, because the system that promises to protect them often fails to do so. A TRO sounds good, but a piece of paper won't keep you from being shot, stabbed, beaten, or many other horrible things. Many victims think they can walk the tightrope of keeping the abuser of on an even keel easier than reporting and getting help.
Funny how many PDs can afford tanks, but can't manage to protect people in these types of situations.
People have always spied, the tech is just newer, better, faster now. As a society we haven't adapted to these things. We like to pretend these things don't happen, it was just an outlier, it isn't THAT common, and anything else we can delude ourselves with to pretend it isn't a real problem. We are really good at ignoring things that haven't happened to us directly.
The problem isn't the tech, the problem is our response to victims. We need to believe them, not belittle them. We need to provide the tools to police to find these pieces of tech, and the legal system needs to consider that someone willing to go to these lengths is actually a threat that a court order isn't going to stop. Punishment might deter some from pursuing this type of evil, but the system needs to deal with those who will go forward anyways.
But society wants to focus on the 'good' they think these things can do and ignore the all to real 'bad' it allows. Just ask DiFi how much her ass chapped after telling us being spied on was a-okay, and she figured out they spied on her too.
The others got most of it, you also managed to miss that Prenda was publishing peoples names on their website calling them guilty before the case ever got heard to increase the pressure to make them settle. You missed that their 'neverwrong' system "caught" at least 1 woman who did nothing wrong... and only after the media started asking questions they magically corrected that error after hounding her day and night to pay them for a 'crime' she didn't commit. You missed the flat out lies in their settlement letters, misrepresenting the law to ratchet up the pressure. One might question how an officer of the court is allowed to LIE about the law.
Didn't you hear? They claim they got NO MONEY. They all worked for free.
They would not be collecting anything in those cases if the court had been made aware of the fraudulent documents filed in the case... or maybe it still wouldn't matter. Lawyers would NEVER knowingly do exactly what Prenda has done time and time again in court after court, so it doesn't matter.
See cause one might think that a sham transfer with a fake name to a corporation might give rise to the idea that the accused never got to face their accuser. This shame document made it difficult for anyone to challenge and facts in the case. How can one investigate when the ownership is hidden? How are we to know there isn't another document in a folder somewhere where 'Alan Cooper' sold off the copyrights to someone else and they kept suing while not owning the rights to do such.
Must protect the legal system... even at the expense of the people it victimized. Which is why it is nice that even with all of the other details now known about this, the victims if they wanted to try and sue to get back their money now can't bother to argue that the case was a shame because fraudulent documents don't matter in that district.
But in the grand scheme of things I am a nobody. I am merely a nym, born to give a voice and hope to others. I worked with the other nobodys - born of frustration, victimization, terror, fear - to try and change what was wrong.
I don't use the term nobody's to downplay what the community accomplished, just that we were supposed to be the powerless.
We could throw a party, and none of us would know each other. We could walk past the important players in all of this, and we are just faces passing by. Being a nobody has let me deflect a bunch of the standard attack the messenger gimmicks.
Remember that next time someone tells you the problem is to big for anybody to solve, sometimes it doesn't take anybody - it takes nobody to fix it.
how bright can they be? A bunch of nobody's from the internet laid waste to their ability to terrorize people and pointed people where the bodies were buried. Then they sued the nobodys, and made our claims get way more attention... and we weren't making it up or embellishing (well not to much, still think he is a manniguin.)
*stares at you* "Additionally, if the "useful someone" is unable to reveal themselves then their usefulness is questionable"
I give you Evan Stone, Prenda, Malibu Media, and a host of smaller copyright trolls my anonymous comments helped stop/hurt. I give you 6 Strikes, where I helped with bits and pieces of the full story. Yes I am a flaming ass, I troll with the best of them, but to pretend I've never contributed a single thing is dishonest on your part or calls into question your ability to ignore things that don't support your narrative.
Yep no revolutionary ever... Who was that Poor Richard asshole anyways?
Yeah because it is not like some author wrote a buncha porn under a name that wasn't her own... oh wait.
Perhaps they should get a better poster child for forcing real names... like that guy from Googl... er nevermind.
Perhaps it would be best for people to learn a simple concept. You do not have some magical right to not be offended, you are not special. Attempting to control other peoples feelings and comments is as useful as selling out your novel to become a Dan Aykroyd Rosie O'Donnell vehicle.
It would be easier for you to be believed if the Star Wars franchise had finally recouped.
Perhaps the problem with the "low budget" films is the fact they try and follow the failing model used by the big players because they have the insane belief that is the only way for a film to make money. Perhaps if they handled their own distribution with a company who didn't offer them a crappier deal to make sure the big guys don't punish them they would be better off and get better market penetration... or perhaps crap films make crap money because... they are crap.
Perhaps it is time for the ISPs to take a risk. Shut down. The law is pushing them to do the impossible or face liability to appease certain cartels. Perhaps giving the people a reason to apply pressure to the government to fix this broken insanity might be the right thing. Talking about it, showing example after example hasn't managed to get them to balance the law... perhaps having irate voters calling for them to be replaced might remind them of their duty to represent the people and not just corporate sponsors.
I'm more frightened that the agency that wastes huge money on snakeoil solutions is now advocating arming those people who have the mystic talent of looking to see if your a bad person. How soon until we have a report on them shooting someone based on we thought they were bad?
So let us just do the easy thing to benefit the public in these situations. Require that the content industry has to make available a digital copy on demand to people who purchased the material. That way no one has to break the law, and it reenforces that the public actually has the right to format shift.
Plus it might cause the cartel leadership to have a stroke and be replaced by people who aren't insane.