I like the idea i read a while back (somewhere on techdirt, I believe) of Microsoft, Apple, and Google buying up the major music labels and then withdrawing them from the RIAA, since even their own self-serving interests are more in line with consumer interests than the interests of the labels. Then once the music labels are dealt with, focus on hollywood/MPAA!
I really think that many non-tech people equate the two. My mom will say "Let's Google it", then use the default Bing search without seeing any irony. A work associate was compaining that her "Google bill" went up; after asking her what she was paying Google for I finally determined that she meant her ISP. She has never heard of Google+, but regularly uses Facebook. She has Hotmail but not Gmail. And she had no clue that Google owns Youtube. So maybe when Fithian says "Google made its point", he really is saying "the internet made its point."
But then again "the internet" do not have deep pockets for him to plunder like Google does, so he has to say "Google" even if he knows the difference.
Sorry for any semantic satiation from reading the word "Google" 10 times in one post.
Those thieving pirates stole my idea right out of my head. I thought of this months ago for my hometown, but just because I never bothered to figure out how to implement it or find someone to collaborate with who could implement it is no excuse. Someone owes me! I now no longer have this idea and will suffer grievous financial distress.
We've had the same problem with Wal-Mart. My wife took our daughter's senior pictures with a Kodak point and shoot, and Walmart didn't want to print the images for us because we couldn't prove we had the copyright on the photos we took. They eventually did, after I showed them the metadata showing that it was indeed a Kodak that they had in stock, and convinced them that no professional photographer would be using that to take pictures for sale.
I'm using version 9 (although Yahoo and some other sites keep telling me I need to upgrade to 8!) I've tried compatibility mode with no luck. It does work with Firefox and Chrome; I just never have been a huge fan of those even after using each for several months. But even if I use turntable.fm with those, the plurality of users (and possibly the majority of facebook users) probably use some version of IE. The problem may be something unique to my system, but I have not found a place to report it as an issue (and the forum post I tried just turned to an IE bash, with nothing useful).
At work we just finally upgrade to IE7 last year, so i guess no Google+ for me there. :) (As iff our web filter would let that pass anyway!)