I submit that my downloading an "unautorized" digital copy of a book I own is not illegal because I am obtaining that copy for my personal use (most usually for "Find" functions). Sweat equity doesn't matter, wider distribution does.
While I find that reading a physical book or my Kindle1 to be superior to reading a computer screen, I can't just CTRL+F a physical book.
In my world (which seem to become quickly smaller and smaller) freedom of speech is exactly that, including allowing hate speech. If you want people to stop hating each other or be driven by such speech, the solution is education. In other words: hate speech and its effect are a symptom not a cause.
Holy sensibility, Batman! That's the first coherent defense of and explanation for "hate speech" that I've ever heard!
(Excluding "slippery slope" of course.)
Eventually the paywall newspapers are going to realize that the only reasons to "pay" for news is to have access to:
(1) local news (2) in-depth and investigational work (3) an expanded-content CwF+RtB benefit to print subscribers (4) have a hard copy to carry around
If someone is internet-connected, at the very least he's going to have free access to:
(1) local news (via local television news websites)
(2) in-depth and investigational work at the Newsweek and Time magazine websites (3) inter/national news (via the big three cable news network websites)
Tell me: How much is a hard copy to carry around (only on the days you need it) actually going to be worth? I'd wager: Not much.
There's just not much reason for people outside of the New York Metro area to pay the NYT for online access except possible CwF+RtB content that is, by itself , unlikely to induce non-regional readers to purchase online subscriptions unless said CwF+RtB content is hands-down better than the Newsweek and Time magazine websites.
At most, I see the NYT getting a few more non-regional print subscribers out of this experiment.
Wow. I've been a TechDirt reader and Masnick fan for quite a while, so I've become familiar with the anti-TAM gang-up. I don't undertand the motivation behind it at all.
Yes, TAM is clearly an aspiring-to-professional-level contrarian, especially regarding the topics that Masnick tends to write about, so he might be a tad bit unpopular with the TechDirt crowd. That, I understand. What I don't understand is the mob behavior and sheer nastiness of other TechDirt readers towards him.
Generally TAM isn't ugly (resorting to personal attacks, etc.) until others, en-masse, provoke him without (apparent) provocation. Sometimes posters attack him before he even posts in a given thread (not this one, but I'm sure I've seen it in others).
Can someone explain the anti-TAM sentiment? Because I don't understand it, I find it distracting and a downer when reading TechDirt.
There are two broad categories of tax, (A) Direct tax & (2) Indirect tax.
A Direct Tax is a tax the payer pays directly to a payee (such as property taxes). An Indirect tax is the type of tax collected by a third party (such as a retailer collecting Sales Tax). Masnick is using Indirect Taxation as a metaphor for DRM-hidden/sunk/invested costs (in money/time/stress) that are otherwise not plainly revealed (such as price tags on retail goods that don't reflect sales tax). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indirect_tax)
#67 "Marcus Carab" is correct in that Masnick is using a new-ish word to describe a new-ish concept. In fact, I've listed several versions of X-Tax below that I've heard/used/read over the last few years. It's an off-the-top-of-my-head list, but it is varied. That this article's X-tax reference is not the first one I've encountered, and that I've been reading on the DRM topic for several years is why I referred to Masnick's construction and it's topic as "new-ish" above.
#53 "The Anti-Troll" is correct on the "Microsoft Tax" history, I've heard the phrase for years. I've also been doing PC work for years. Go figure.
"News at Seven gives you the news you want, the way you want it. Each day, News at Seven automatically generates a virtual newscast pulled from stories, images, videos and blogs all linked by a common news topic. News at Seven presents news, point/counterpoint, opinion, celebrity gossip and the occasional foray into the world of 3D gaming."
This was developed at the Northwestern University Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab). IIRC, you can choose many news topics, and also IIRC (from the article I read about it before it went live), the concept was developed specifically to be sold, when ripe, to a commercial entity for a profit to the University. If the concept takes off commercially, I can't imagine it would be difficult to automate the creation of a printable PDF version of one's customized news broadcast.