“While we and record labels may agree that Pandora should pay a maximum amount possible of their revenue for music, it doesn’t mean that we agree that the money should be split 13 to one,” said David Israelite, the president of the National Music Publishers’ Association.
The objective view is that there is no competition among the music industry for market share.
Got a feeling that report is going to be waterboarded and will wind up holding a newspaper to the cameras and saying "I love the CIA the CIA has done nothing wrong and the CIA is protecting my freedoms".
This point cannot be stressed enough. Allowing Hollywood to muddle these terms into into some Newspeak porridge conflating everything with theft is doubleplusungood. I'm frankly surprised the NYT didn't call her out on this.
The judge highlights a number of similarly applicable cases, first comparing Baidu to a newspaper...
Personally, I would have been happier if the judge compared Baidu to, say, a foreign company not subject to US laws, and furthermore ruled that accessibility of a webpage to a computer located in country X does not automatically make the website owner subject to country X jurisdiction.
The NSA, the FBI and a parakeet walk into a bar and...shit. I can't think of one goddamn thing that's funny about this.
I get it they don't HAVE to report to Congress; the whole thing's basically a dog-and-pony act to shut people up (although come to think of it, it IS often funny watching them testify to Congress - it's like watching juvenile delinquents handing in their punishment essays on the topic "Why The Law Is A Good Thing" - lots of ass-grabbing and sly nudges going on in the back row there).
What I DON'T get is, where are the adults in this fucked up gang of torturers and gleeful eavesdroppers? 'Lord Of The Flies' is NOT a how-to book.