CISPA might be OK if those agencies get my data only if all of them ask for it at the same time (and each agency only has a fixed quota of requests per month, so they actually have to convince each other it's worthwhile).
Well, it is in Canada and Israel. So now we just have to wait for the CIFURAA (Canadian-Israel Fair Use Rights Activists Association) to lobby for secret negotiations on an international trade agreement "harmonizing" this with other, less enlightened countries, like the US.
Even just looking at the docket, I get the impression that Meltwater's legal team wasn't at the same level as AP's. Haven't read the filings yet, so I could be wrong.
Anyway, that's the weakness and the strength of the legal system: it's run by humans. If a judge doesn't have his own strong opinions about (or other familiarity with) the subject of the case, the arguments of the legal teams have much more weight.
Looks like those hundreds-year old pieces of paper are going to need replacement by new technology: cryptography, steganography, 3-D printing.
Funny how the advancement of technology both enables the government to infringe on the rights of the citizens on a previously unknown enormous scale, and also (could) enable the citizens themselves to take back the initiative.
> we are indeed having some weird site issues this morning...
Truly indeed. No trolls show up on a post which just begs for someone to claim that Mike is being a "pirate apologist" (when, actually, he's merely being critical of how copyright law defines infringement).
> This is the definition of your favorite tactic: FUD!
Wait a second, I'm confused? You're claiming Mike is a copyright maximalist? You know, like the ones claiming that without copyright/SOPA/DRM/DCMA/extension/harmonization/N-strikes/... (or instead that with VCR/P2P/proxies/encryption/...) the fundamental forces binding the universe/economy together would suddenly cease in an apocalyptic finale?
A bit reminiscent of the 2012 Ig Nobel prize in Literature:
LITERATURE PRIZE: The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.