I know that this was said in jest, but it's not that far off from a real solution. Patents and copyrights are gov's way of attempting to introduce scarcity into an area where it wouldn't otherwise exist (ideas). Would people suddenly stop innovating just because someone else might be able to take and expand upon their idea? Would music stop being created or books stop being written just because those authors wouldn't have artificial monopoly on the distribution of their work?
Is there a real, actual justification for the continued existence of copyrights and patents?
I like the concept, but I would look at it from the perspective that everyone's vote is worth "1", but younger people have a multiplier on top to increase their vote's worth. Maybe then politicians wouldn't look so much at only catering to the senior vote.
Let's say I live in MA or NJ and spend the great majority of my commute driving on the local Turnpike. That is essentially a private road to which I'm paying more money to access. Should I still be taxed on mileage driven?
The fact is there's very little chance for a silver bullet to exist and any tax will adjust incentives and therefore behavior.
And what will it take for him to realize that he's not just wrong, but that he's harming the actual stakeholders?
You (incorrectly, IMO), assume that Biden is ignorant and not deliberate in his use of terminology. I would imagine he understands the difference between stakeholder and beneficiary quite well, it's just that he desires to put up a front to the American people that he's doing something to benefit them, when in fact everything he's doing is to harm them (us). Besides, he can get more money from the Content Industry than the American people.
Chertoff, when asked, did say his scanners would probably not have caught the underwear bomber, so he was being quasi-honest... certainly more honest than the people who swore up and down we needed these devices to stop terrorists from boarding our planes
"They will enter the country as "flight students" and then fly hijacked planes into buildings killing thousands."
- They did that one time, and as tragic as that event was, that many people die EACH MONTH from car accidents.
"They will cross the border from Canada as tourists, with a trunk full of explosives."
- And how many people have they killed that way? NONE
When will you wake up and understand that the intent of the terrorists isn't to kill everyone (that's an impossible goal), but to watch our country go bankrupt trying to swat a mosquito off a hippo's ass; They want us to destroy the very fabric of this country in a feeble attempt to prevent a mosquito from biting us again.
The terrorists are winning precisely because we're reacting exactly as they knew we would -- doing exactly what they knew we would, and they're laughing all the way to the bank.
Imagine if we had saved the horsebuggy industry when cars became commonplace?
An industry should save itself through innovation. If it can't, then it should die and those resources be reallocated in a more efficient manner. As usual, any time the gov interferes in the market, it creates huge inefficiencies. That's not what we need.
That's not entirely true. Simply building something that operates in a WordPress environment doesn't mean I have no choice when it comes to what license I distribute my work under. However that's what WordPress wants you to feel - that you have no choice but to comply with what they say. Certainly there's no case law that supports WordPress' stance, even if they found a law firm that agrees with them.
WordPress is taking the supreme overlord approach and saying if you don't do as we say then we'll drag your name through the mud and make your life as difficult as possible. If distributing a theme under the GPL caused harm to WordPress, one would imagine they'd have filed a lawsuit by now.
It wasn't until after the online debate between the 2 of them that the copied code was discovered, so my apologies for lack of clarity. But the behavior by WordPress isn't new. Matt from WordPress and Chris from DIYThemes (Thesis) have been sniping at each other since WordPress took the legally untested stance that all themes should be released GPL 3 years ago.
WordPress exerted tremendous pressure on devs since then to conform or else you'll be publicly bashed at nearly every opportunity.