The whole strength of the legal system is that judges are human and are largely free to use their, er, judgment to try to help the court system to, at least on average, dole out decisions which seem just.
That doesn't mean that other features of the system (e.g., the ridiculously high cost of even getting to court; laws being passed without the public's wellbeing in mind rather than that of lobbying special interest groups; ...) don't cause distortions and shouldn't be reformed. It just means that one of the things you criticize isn't, in the final analysis, all that bad.
I can just see this Purrington dude reading this article, seeing the section where the Wayback Machine stash of his old website is mentioned, and him getting so frothed up that he asks them to delete it immediately...
The question which supposedly is answered by inspection of the name isn't whether it's porn, it's whether its improperly licensed porn. I have no idea how the judge thought that argument was "well-plead"...
CISPA might be OK if those agencies get my data only if all of them ask for it at the same time (and each agency only has a fixed quota of requests per month, so they actually have to convince each other it's worthwhile).
Well, it is in Canada and Israel. So now we just have to wait for the CIFURAA (Canadian-Israel Fair Use Rights Activists Association) to lobby for secret negotiations on an international trade agreement "harmonizing" this with other, less enlightened countries, like the US.
Even just looking at the docket, I get the impression that Meltwater's legal team wasn't at the same level as AP's. Haven't read the filings yet, so I could be wrong.
Anyway, that's the weakness and the strength of the legal system: it's run by humans. If a judge doesn't have his own strong opinions about (or other familiarity with) the subject of the case, the arguments of the legal teams have much more weight.
Looks like those hundreds-year old pieces of paper are going to need replacement by new technology: cryptography, steganography, 3-D printing.
Funny how the advancement of technology both enables the government to infringe on the rights of the citizens on a previously unknown enormous scale, and also (could) enable the citizens themselves to take back the initiative.
> we are indeed having some weird site issues this morning...
Truly indeed. No trolls show up on a post which just begs for someone to claim that Mike is being a "pirate apologist" (when, actually, he's merely being critical of how copyright law defines infringement).