I used to subscribe to Pandora in 2010-2011 until I found out I wasn't using the service, and I used it from 2007-2010 before then as a free listener. This debate isn't new, it was center-stage back in 2007 when the original totally retarded rates came into effect. And now they want to make it WORSE? Could we at least try to make the corruption less blatant?
The explosion of creative media in all its forms is more a battle for attention than a battle for money. I personally hate uninteractive media, hence my attraction to forums, books (where my mind creates the visualization), and video games, and aversion to movies and television.
I think that Nick Mason and Ed O'Brien are terrific starting points. As a fan of Pink Floyd sight unseen, I'm happy to see their drummer standing up for the artist's right to have access to their own work.
It means that if the United States government is the litigant (someone educate me if it's possible for the US to be the defendant in patent cases), that the legal costs recoupment clause is null and void. Since the United States typically only prosecutes direct violations of law, it's just a way to keep this law from overriding already-existent law dealing with the US government's role in legal cases.
Why is it even set up like that? Why do we have a system in place where they could functionally monitor everything, even if by the letter of the law they're fine? The spirit of the law is being crapped on in every sense of the word, and somehow that's alright?
Being patentable and actually being patented are two different things. People have explicitly declined to patent inventions, particularly ones related to the internet's structure, and by and large those refusals are the reason the internet has succeeded as well as it has.
No, it's moving at top speed, it's just managed to defy the laws of physics after careening off the tracks, plowing through several cornfields, and seemingly going airborne before nose-diving into a volcano.
Yes they are. This new-fangled internet thing is just the youth of America's way to stick it to their parents. Nobody mature or serious ever bothers to use the worthless pile of self-effacement that the internet obviously is. Right?