It's not blocked, it's not removed, it's not censored. It's just hidden from view, restored with a single click. Nobody is kept from reading the comment. You don't have to sign yourself up for the People Who Want To Read All The Comments list to see them. The only way someone will know if you read it or not is if you reply.
The report feature is intended for "abusive, spam, trollish, or otherwise inappropriate" content. Maybe if you would put your arguments forward in a way that wasn't trying to insult everyone else here, people wouldn't find your comments abusive/trollish. Plenty of dissenting comments remain unhidden when they're actually civil about it.
Re: HOLY COW! Thanks RIAA for protecting me from tyranny!
If that's what you think about Pandora, I'd love to hear your thoughts on old school broadcast radio.
Oh no, this radio station is FORCING me to listen to half an hour of nonstop ads! And they play songs I don't like, and they don't let me skip them! I can't turn it off or change the station or they'll EAT my SOUL!
How is the 10% of their income more important to them than the 10% I pay of my earnings to me?
Well, if somebody's literally living paycheck to paycheck, barely making rent/utility payments and having to carefully budget what they can afford to eat, I'd say that 10% of that money is pretty damn important to them. A lot more than to somebody with a $50k/year job who has $40k/year of expenses, for example. Sure it's always nice to have as much extra to save as you can get, but to some people it's a matter of survival, not convenience.
Eh, I just go ahead and turn my phone off and leave it in my backpack when I get to the airport. Anybody who knows me enough to call or text will either know that I'm traveling or not be surprised at the lack of a swift response, so it's just easier for me not to have to deal with any of it.
...Initially we thought about telling them their copy is an illegal copy...
How can it be an illegal copy if the copyright holder itself is making it available for free download? I would think that would at the very least be an implied license for it.
Also, I wonder if their piracy and sales rates would have been different had they not released their "cracked" version of it. The majority of the responses that I've heard are that it's a slightly worse version of a game that's already available for free. Could be that nobody would have bothered to crack it, leading to a much lower piracy rate. Even then, would more people have bought it?
So how do you determine where the line is? Would you think it ok if I paid them to come install the antenna and set up the web server, but on my property? How about if they offered space for me to rent for an antenna, but I had to come out and personally install an antenna and server I had bought myself? How does the same exact result (transmission to a single person over the internet) get to be a private performance one way and a public performance another?
The broadcasters give it away for free to those with antennae to receive it.
And Aereo is renting out antennae to receive it. If I set up an antenna at my apartment connected to a personal web server that only I could access, would you argue that I needed to pay a retransmission fee if I were to stream from it while on vacation across the country? Why should anything be different if I'm paying someone else to set up and maintain the antenna and server instead of doing it myself?
Hmmm, punishment of causing death by reckless driving... Let's just say we're in Georgia for the sake of easily available sentencing data. For those of you who don't know what the blue letters in the previous sentence are for, Georgia's law prescribes 3-15 years of imprisonment, with no parole for at least 1 year, for killing another person with your vehicle while driving recklessly.
So with the above suggestion: Look at a billboard? 3 years in jail! Have a kid in the back clamoring for your attention? 3 years in jail! Glance at your phone to make sure which road you're supposed to turn on? 3 years in jail! Hell, look down to read the directions you've written down for yourself so you don't have to use your phone's GPS? You guessed it, 3 years in jail!