The DMCA has no provision for fines or penalties. However, there is precedent for the argument that companies are entitled to administrative fees for processing legal claims.
Let's say Google charges a $10 fee for processing just the patently bogus copyright claims. According to Google (as quoted in this TD article), about 37% of all claims are bogus. And according to Google's own stats, they received 13,956,302 removal requests just last month. That gives us 5,163,832 bad claims, times $10 is...$51,638,317.00. Per month. Times twelve is $619,659,808 per year.
$619.7 million dollars is chump change for Google, but still...
David Murfee Faulk, a former U.S. Navy Arab linguist, said in the news report that he and his colleagues were listening to the conversations of military officers in Iraq who were talking with their spouses or girlfriends in the United States.
According to Faulk, they would often share the contents of some of the more salacious calls stored on their computers, listening to what he called "phone sex" and "pillow talk."
Both Kinne and Faulk worked at the NSA listening facility at Fort Gordon, Georgia. They told ABC that when linguists complained to supervisors about eavesdropping on personal conversations, they were ordered to continue transcribing the calls
Sir William Berkeley, royal governor of Virginia in 1671, put it very plainly: 'I thank God,' he wrote, 'there are no free schools nor printing and I hope we shall not have these hundred years; for learning has brought disobedience, and heresy and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them...God keep us from both.
The freedom to think, and to publish new ideas, is directly proportional to a citizenry's ability to resist its government's innate desire to control that thinking.
The internet is the new printing press. Who controls it is up to us.
1."It takes a village idiot". As part of his probation, David is told to help clean up the internet for the children. He shows up at the local secondary school with two pieces of black cardboard glued onto sticks, with which he attempts to cover up the 'naughty bits' appearing on student's computer screens. 2."Arpeggio in B-Flatulence". Claire runs afoul of copyright law after her dog farts out a show tune in public.
After discovering Larry (Pytor Gundavich) hasn't left his room for two weeks and is masturbating 20 times a day whilst watching online porn, the lads embark on a mission to make watching internet porn an opt-in registration throughout the UK. Hilarity ensues when the Ministry of Dirty Pictures announces the entire population of the UK is now named "Mr. Smith".
is that a government can take away your freedom and/or kill you on a set of ever-shifting whims. What can Facebook do without repercussions? Sell you out to advertisers?
The US government has outsourced way too many functions, has become far too intertwined with corporations, to understand that even asking this kind of question is the failure of a government to separate itself from those who see the public merely as data points.
As you note, today's SOC hardware is adequate for most computational tasks. The key to making this work is the one thing Shuttleworth doesn't mention in his pitch: reconciling the fundamental difference between how the phone OS and the desktop OS are used, and more importantly, perceived.
That would depend on the OS. Riding in a Microsoft car would give a whole new definition of "computer crash". And what thoughts would flash through your mind seeing the Blue Screen Of Death going 75 MPH?
The current generation of lawmakers and judges have little to no experience of digital merchandise and thus have no referents to frame their thinking. Perhaps when law libraries are digitized (and the costs to own are the same as physical copies) new understandings will evolve.
It explains much. Based on the video evidence in the instant example, I would surmise Mr. Sevier's complaints arise from three facts:
1) The pornography shown in the video never reaches its natural conclusion, i.e the "money shot", or the "happy ending". Studies show watching pornography without these necessary concluding scenes leads to congestion.
2) The pornography clips shown in the instant video are all from the 1970s, which, as everybody knows, had terrible color saturation issues and poor production values.
3) Mr. Sevier freely admits to participating in an "electronic group", which, again as everybody knows, leads to a proliferation of comments starting with "Dude, the 80s called..."
Separately, none of these items are harmful in and of themselves. Together, they create a "Toxic Trio" of symptoms comparable to psychosis.