Monsanto should never have been granted a patent on a "food" product in the first where here they are trying to patch nature. Sure they made a nice product but this is nothing special in the modern world meaning that brand name sales would have been enough.
Thankfully other countries are not as stupid as the United States who by allowing food and software patents have just turned the whole system into a ghastly joke.
"all possibilities" As in not the one they want to present?
"scrapped" Because you don't like their opinion?
"their job"? They already have jobs that do not change if they win or lose where they are not even asking for Government funding.
"not necessary"? The public is no longer blind and millions of them are angry. These people are here to explain why they are angry so why not just listen?
I would hope the most logical arguments would win but does not the copyright power elite hold large lobbying funds to stop them through lawful corruption?
Still the Copyright Cartels may want to take a back seat on this one knowing their extremist view has been pushing too hard and where a little rebalance will make everyone involved happier. I am doubtful they will call off the MAFIAA but they may want to save their funds to the bigger fights.
As I have been involved in the fight against zealous monopoly market control via exclusive copyright since 1997 then I am ecstatic to read such news.
Back over a decade ago even seeing lawmakers and politicians undertake such a discussion was only an impossible pipe dream that no one could imagine. We could only help people to achieve their fair use entertainment desires while being very critical of the market structure that existed.
That was the seed from an even older seed that helped to shape the situation that we have now in terms file-sharing, news, political action and even religion. The countless thousands of people who work daily should be proud of themselves for simply helping others.
As I can see the big picture then now is not the time to see huge changes in copyright law when odds are that political lobbying will stamp out our desires. Now is only the time to take this amazing step to have politicians listen to our rational greed-free demands. The change has begun and some will indeed listen and understand when we have no desire to harm content creation only to... free the market.
Look at what we have achieved so far when hundreds of millions of people knowingly defy unjust laws. We in our anger have killed SOPA and PIPA while putting ACTA in a coma. Around 13 million people stopped SOPA as much of the Internet blacked out. Then 200,000 people did indeed march against ACTA in Europe. Wow those furious people left their keyboards behind to take down that near unstoppable trade agreement that the Commission tried to sneak into Europe as a 'fish'.
As I said I am ecstatic when I can see that wherever work is needed that people do step up and take their place. We need to change the World and I won't lie to you when this is a massive change still falling close to impossible but we can change the world and all we need to do is to take our place and to be there at the right time.
Be happy, new ground has been broken, where the MAFIAA are running scared. Keep pushing, let them run.
It would be good to do something nice for Federal Judge Otis Wright where he has done a good job in this case and he can always choose himself what he wants made.
He of course got involved when this Alan Cooper signature fraud started to become clear. He wanted to see how deep that rabbit hole went where he did uncover a lot of what went on and who played what role. Setting RICO and IRS investigations on them is going to put Prenda and their shell companies under the microscope for years ahead which could well end in criminal charges and punishment.
Judge Wright does seem an Internet friendly Judge who is knowledgeable on the social matters at hand where even his recent rulings can be used against the US 6-strikes scheme.
The law view in recent years has been skewed by pro-copyright propaganda so we should certainly welcome and promote a Judge who stands up and says this is what the law actually says and his conclusions were very damning so far as to put BT sharing as a system that cannot be litigated in Court except in the case of very high data that is quite unlikely.
Just think what would happen if a 6-strikes appeal was taken to Court in L.A and Judge Wright got to handle that case when could not the whole scheme face destruction? So we should make Judge Wright happy where the EFF should guide such an appeal to his door.
This is the Copyright War and that is a battle we should fight to the benefit of millions.
Also no MegaUpload staff has the required skills to preform a detailed media check to confirm the copyright status of a suspect file.
Had he said "look there is an infringing file here" then someone else would soon ask "Where is your proof that this file is infringing? Maybe the rights holder themselves personally uploaded it where it would cause criminal damage and customer interference to delete it falsely".
Since there is no evidence here, where the law does not require a confirmation check, then the file would remain until the rights holder confirm it is an infringing file through a DMCA take-down request.
You do make a valid point when companies cannot assist people with committing a crime. However, MegaUpload is protected by DMCA safe-harbour, where until such a time it has been proved by a Court Judge that they have committed offences warranting safe-harbour removal, then Mega has no crime to answer to when there is simply no infringement done by MegaUpload.
To try and work this any other way is to try to both ignore and violate DMCA law.
"I'm sure there was influence and pressure that went into this, but painting it as a case where Chris Dodd called up Joe Biden and said, 'Destroy Megaupload' is probably a massive exaggeration"
I would more term that somewhere between 100% valid and a little exaggeration.
Let us remember that Joe Biden is a huge sucker for the anti-piracy propaganda where very early in the Presidency he had a big meeting with the MPAA (no doubt about lobbying funds) where right after that Joe Biden stated to the press...
"But piracy is theft. Clean and simple. It's smash and grab. It ain't no different than smashing a window at Tiffany's and grabbing [merchandise]."
As I am a supporter of the so called "piracy" culture then it is damned depressing to hear the back-up leader of the United States make a total logics failure and to not even understand the law at hand.
The US Administration by obvious political mandate then joined in to the Copyright War with the DHS's ICE programme which we know as "Operation in our Sites".
So at last we come to the MegaUpload case when obviously the MPAA had a big problem here for two reasons. First is that MegaUpload was very popular with the pirates where we really need no other reason for the MPAA to go nuclear. Second is that on this service the pirates were winning. Sure Mega complied with DMCA take-down requests into tens if not hundreds of thousands but the pirates could upload a new copy and distribute the link in mere seconds.
Clearly a major thorn to the MPAA but then we add on SOPA and PIPA which was aimed to target such foreign services. I can say until the Internet freaked out that the MPAA who lobbied SOPA hard was expecting an easy pass and why they put it on the quick route.
One thing I damned well know about a new law coming into affect is that the Copyright Cartels will always use this time to bully and harass the market. Do you not think they would not single out a key example to scare everyone... like... MegaUpload?
Naturally SOPA was a big deal and Chris Dodd could easily contract VP Joe Biden to say "lets hammer down this theft of millions of our media starting with criminal MegaUpload?" Joe Biden has no reason not to say "ok, lets do that". Out there somewhere is that truth but the odds of us getting Dodd or Biden on the stand under oath is remote.
We do at least know one other fact about VP Biden when he did indeed authorise an attack on the file sharing market to cut of site's advertising and payment services. It is sad to say that we have seen the affects of that one often.
This is the War on Infringement. The US Administration headed by VP Joe Biden got involved. Mega was destroyed by political mandate. All this ignores the actual law, but law is not their point, only bullying through law abuse.
Mega's lawyers now highlight those facts for all to see.
Wow I have never seen someone use their facebook page as their own personal FAP site before but that is teenagers for you.
After reading what he wrote then I am not surprised that people wanted to talk to him even if just to point out he can only say "fuck the Government" so many times and in so many ways before the Feds start knocking on your door.
I can't blame them for arresting him when after the Boston Bombings they will be extremely keen to avoid any copy cat events where they will certainly strike against any perceived threats.
With that said then after a virtual slapping to scare him then they should let this mostly harmless teenager go under some strict warnings.
My greatest concern in all this is that they will overreact where I am sure in holding him under terrorist laws he has been denied access to a lawyer who would simply tell him to shut his teen mouth and to take the fifth. As a result they may want to provoke him into saying things no wiser person would like "he will kill them all" and "he fucked their mothers"
So while his initial FB rant provided no specific threats towards anyone they may use these days to guide him into damning himself. I can only then hope the Judge recognizes his big bad teen mouth and complete lack of offence weapons.
I have been checking and the UK has law against self-incrimination under the "right to remain silent" which means you can refuse to answer questions posed by the Police or in Court.
Be aware though that refusing to answer the Police and instead only revealing your defence in Court can be used against you if the Jury conclude that you used this delay to fabricate a story.
In this regrade the best thing to tell the Police is that on "legal advise" you refuse to answer any questions. If you wish to be more forthcoming then it is best to have the Police submit questions in written form where these questions and your reply can be parsed through your lawyer. Just keep in mind that answering some questions and not others can be used against you as if you did have something to hide. So in general a blank refusal to answer questions is best and I could name 10 good reasons to validate this concept.
This has been limited under law in some examples such as if you are arrested under Terrorism laws.
Keep in mind that the Police can lie including trying to trick you out of your rights.
The EU's Human Rights Act does not mention self-incrimination directly but separately the EU Court has found "the right to remain silent under police questioning and the privilege against self-incrimination are generally recognised international standards which lie at the heart of the notion of a fair procedure under Article 6"
None of this addresses the fact that a UK law exists that directly says that if you refuse to hand over your passwords to the Police then they can stick you into prison for up to 5 years. Can this really violate the other?
The Government grew tired of encryption hindering Police investigations where they made this law thinking that the only people who would want to face a default prison term would be dangerous terrorists and pedophiles.
I will have to dig out that exact law but I am thinking though that this law is a "lie" that simply cannot he upheld when faced with international standards against self-incrimination. They are trying to compel you to talk and that is unlawful.
This I believe is why as far as I am aware no one has ever gone to prison for this. The Police would much prefer to fool people into submission with their scare law than to have it challenged in Court and struck down.
I just wonder if such a self-incrimination reason would also apply here in the UK? They after all have a law that says if you don't hand over your password when asked then they will just stick you in prison for a few years anyway!
Privacy = Prison.
Maybe there is better hope under the EU Human Rights Act but I have yet to check.
That was a rather misplaced reply when there is a big difference between a President firing a Congress appointed special investigator charged to investigate Presidential abuse of power and a President cleaning up the law abuse that is being done in his name.
Should Obama not act then we can only conclude that he is fully happy with the DoJ pressuring ISPs to break the law.
I well recall that when President Obama took office that he promised us all that he would respect the law a lot more than his predecessor did.
I think we can now see the truth behind that statement when had he been serious he would soon be down the DoJ firing those responsible and threatening to shut down the entire department if law abuse continued. Or even to go as far as suing the DoJ and these ISPs in Court.
The US Administration is a very worrying sight these days and what I most fear is a madman at the helm unleashing the full power of the USA on to their own citizens before turning to the rest of the World. Hopefully we never see that day but the US Administration is primed for some major abuse.
I have been saying for a decade that the US Government has been spying on businesses where this is only one of many examples. A good reason for organizations to flee the country or at minimum to aim for full encryption.
I do welcome Congress to open debate on Copyright matters when getting the ball of change rolling is what we most need instead of all these shady back-room secretive agreements.
Little can be worse than it is already if you want TPP(A) as one dirty example. Sure the copyright side would fight for changes they want but that is fair even if not by much.
Keep in mind they simply cannot ignore the public these days unless they want millions contacting them in protest and hundreds of thousands out on the street protesting. We are the destroyers of SOPA and PIPA where ACTA is also fatally wounded.
So if the House wants open debate then face the fact that we are armed, ready and able to put on a damned good show. Our concerns about copyright law are already being heard and that is a good thing.
This does make me sad when barely a week can pass without another story about false DMCA censorship cropping up on one of these pro-Internet news sites. This then is only the tip of a very large iceberg when many more people either do not spot it or have no idea how to complain.
Then no matter how much damage this broken DMCA law does to the Internet then here are members of Congress doing nothing to fix it. Indeed they seem quite happy with the damage being done when crap like this is just natural fall out from rights holders protecting their media.
I can see with my own eyes that the system is scaling up to breaking point when vast censorship happens every month now is a major social disaster. When, where and how this explosion happens remains to be seen but the DMCA will never be the same afterwards.
Then lets recall Google's mantra of 'do no evil'. So on the same day they get fined in Germany for unlawful spying we have this case where Google's handling is so shoddy that there is no way that they can claim to be innocent in the mass censorship that occurs.