I think the great scammer interest kicked up to a higher gear when everyone and everything started having facebook accounts.
Denture cream, discount stores, eggs, bandaids and even ketchup. Facebook pages all around, and TV spots with a little "follow us on facebook and twitter" tag shoved in the end.
Marketers are trying to be "hip" or whatever the kids say today, and this might be encouraging a somewhat less computer savvy group of people to use these sites. Not that we are talking about fools, its just that without experience it is easier to fall into the "allow this mystery application to access your facebook to watch this video" or "Sign in to Cutecatvideo.ru.scam.trap with Facebook!" traps.
And where there is an increase in prey, there is an increase in lowest-level predators. Like the way spam became the criminal money making engine it sorta is After more people started having email accounts and home computers.
And like email, we will start to see more actions on the part of the service providers to screen these attacks, filter them out of our consciousness.
And with a single signature you managed to kill the good-will that many people had towards your product.
I wonder what you could have done with that three-quarters of a million dollars if you had not spent it on lawyers.
More importantly, why are you trying to encourage legal changes in America when you are having your biggest (from what you seem to be saying) problems in China (where they will happily hang you with your own infringement claims, laughing as you challenge a chinese manufacturer.
What about other, Positive branding models?
Build relationships with your dealers. Keep a database on your site of the Best Places To Get Strung Out With D'Addario. Ok, thats a terrible line. Pay less to a lawfirm and pay someone to come up with a better line, then Use it.
"if you're not buying at Xinhao Music Superstore, you're not playing on D'Addario"
To stretch a metaphor, its like you were sponsoring a Klansman for political office. It does not matter that you really like his position on property tax issues, you are now stained with everything attached to this massive list of companies known far and wide as bullies. Why? Just so they could claim to be representing "small business"?
This lineup of child-laboring, sweatshop-running litigious monsters.. and you.
Be careful what company you keep, if you want to keep your company.
I know TD loves Nine, heck, they hired her to write for the site. I totally disagree with her opinions, and more importantly, I think she doesn't realize the implications of her actions and ideas. I sort of picture her the same way I picture a squeegee punk kid on the street, thinking they are somehow doing good by smudging your windows and squatting in abandoned buildings, wondering why everyone else doesn't live that way.
Haha, anyone who i disagree with or can't understand is a vagrant child! I can belittle their every action and opinion by calling them a punk who is too dumb to understand why I am so right!
You managed to be insulting and dismissive without ever making a swing at, oh, i dunno, expressing why you think Nina (not Nine) is wrong. Or why you obviously think Techdirt is wrong.
Why not try something like.. "I think Nina is wrong about A. I think A is X instead because of Y and Z"
not "I think Nine is wrong and dumb and a stinkyhead"
Re: Re: Re: According to the Yahoo News article I read
"Nabbing rentals during a key period"
Thats right, i forgot that all movie studios run rental companies as well.
Wait, they don't?
So.. Redbox and the like are Increasing their business, by buying lots of copies? Or they were. Because as business gets worse for these entities, they will no longer be buying those copies.
Weird. So studios/distributors are happy that someone else is doing badly, even when that means that they themselves are not benefiting in any way?
Sure sounds like business that is good for consumers and the industry alike!
Actions taken inside the geographic area of the United States, performed by agents of the United States government inside a building built on the soil of the United States, against a citizen of the United States who was lawfully traveling home to the United States from a country which we are not at war with or having any standing terror alert against..
These actions can be declared to be "outside of American jurisdiction" by a simple wrinkle of law?
And being held, against your will, for an indeterminate period, with no right to leave is not being "arrested" because this same United Stated Government organization, which has proclaimed that it does not operate under US jurisdiction, also claims that a Citizen has no rights while being so detained.
You can say all that and still say that it is the victim who was being foolish? that he should expect such treatment for being thought to be connected to a group who has not been charged with any crime?
And thus liberty dies, with the applause of the confined.
And for all the people who assume this article is trying to say that dedicated cameras are dead and quickly point out the costs of camera vs iphone.
Firstly, the retail costs of the iphone are meaningless to most people. They are not paying retail, they are paying some pittance plus contract costs forever. Also, an iphone (phone, apps, camera, everything) can be seen to have more utility.
Someone who would never go out and spend 400 on a camera might spend that on a combination phone device, and then Discover the camera function (and then go out and buy a dedicated piece of equipment)
more people have creative technology is good.
no one is claiming all camera ops will be fired/cameras smashed due to this amazing breakthrough.
The end result? 20 years from now, the US will likely be begging countries like China and Russia to provide them IP, because the US companies stopped being able to afford to do it.
Where is this particular attitude always coming from?
"IP" is not corn, or precious metals or vats of chemicals.
Its a kludge of different government monopoly systems and lawyer-feeding restriction engines.
How will "US companies stop being able to afford" a system that would hopefully become less restrictive and costly?
Is your problem that "Those Dang Red Chinee an' Ruskies is gonna steal all the really good ideas"?
pssst.. little secret. They are pretending to follow our lead on the patent road to self destruction because we are showing them what a wonderful blunt instrument it is.
Strip away the magical candy shell of "Intellectual Property" (which is only rarely intellectual and usually has nothing at all to do with actual property) and address the issues that are crippling us, or else we Will be licensing everything from china. Not because they invented it, but because our own broken system is an invitation to eventual ruin.
Congrats to anonymous coward. A new year, the same old lies.
Ah, since you are the font of all knowledge can i ask for something small?
like a citation?
go on, prove everything you said and keep that moral high ground.
*Patents are almost always based on research
some statistics? press releases from an independent party?
*infringement is rarely accidental (ie: anyone claiming independent invention is a lying thief)
anything to back that up? Still waiting to hear more about your inventions, by the way. if someone is going to the trouble of Stealing them (meaning you no longer have them?) they must be vital. Do i have one of your inventions in my cell phone? in my car? in my entire state? was it.. gasp.. stolen?
And to round it all up, thanks for proving someone can sound like an idiot, even when posting their name and a list of credentials they feel make them important.
i would not be terribly surprised to see some of this kind of language revealed in more of these threat letters, or at least the responses to the people unlucky enough to actually respond to them.
"tell you what, you sign here and here. That means you agree to keep the one dollar a month payment secret. if you don't keep it secret, we will come back and have a judge force the rest of the two-hundred thousand out of you, got it?"
next day there is another press release about the Dirty Pirate who agreed to pay two hundred thousand dollars because he finally realized he was a villain and a terrorist. huzzah, success, champagne all around.
sure, on a long enough timeline starvation and semi-starvation make you lose weight.
This is incredibly unhealthy, unfortunately.
Your uncle was not simply slimming down, his body was also attacking, eating basically, his own organs, muscles, internal fat (the stuff you need) and everything else in its struggle to keep the energy hungry brain alive.
Whereas eating small meals, spread out through the day and keeping your overall calories to below what you are burning encourages the body to Slowly, over time, pull out that stored energy from fat And increases you metabolism to keep it in its prime
in other words telling the deep primal body regulating systems that you are being active because you are hunting down small bits of food all over, so you must operate at peak.
Instead of eating a single large meal or one or two large meals, which could be telling your body that you are stuffing food away, trying to retain as much energy as possible, so bury this stuff in the fat cells and get ready for more!
*all data sourced from partially remembered health sciences courses.
Re: Re: Re: !!!? Our government is getting smarter?!
i'm not a poopy head, you are all poopy heads, you poopy heads!
thanks for your input, ronny, but we were not even talking about you. Can't you agree that when damages are justified they should be assigned according to some formula, some concept that actually makes sense from a legal standpoint?
Hey, i was wondering.. where can i buy some equipment containing your brand-new-to-the-world patented technology? Who has paid you, and what does it do? can i have one trucked over immediately, or does it have to be shipped in via monorail?
Or anything else you claim to have created? anything?