Isn't one of the big selling points about gun control the fact that many people want to be "armed" in case they need to protect themselves from the government? With Homeland Security they ""... focus a little more on that, domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government". Shouldn't this mean that Homeland Security should be monitoring members of the NRA?
Tim said that with regard to an angry customer base "For companies like EA, the customer base is large enough that it can usually be shrugged off". But can it? An angry customer based can be ignored if it is quiet, but what about when it is vocal?
The SOPA protests last year became very vocal and very visible. They made an impact on society because they were so vocal in their disagreement. Is the problem with EA not the fact that they ignore their customer base, but the fact that their customer base expects this of EA and, as a result, does not do anything about it? What if a "Don't Buy EA" movement were started that was vocal, visible and large? I think that at that point EA would have to deal with their customer base. With the recent unexpected departure of their CEO changes are on the horizon and it may be the most opportune time to speak out.
To be honest, from the piece that I read it really looks like they are talking about iTunes and not necessarily podcasting in general. For example, Apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available seems more like iTunes than anything else. So, when is he suing Apple?
Or, rather, the Science Fiction Writers of America:
Short Story: Less than 7500 words
Novelete: Between 7500 and 17,500 words
Novella: Between 17,500 words and 40,000 words
Novel: Over 40,000 words
So, what we have here are people selling a "Novelette". The definitions were, I believe, originally created for the Nebula Awards.
As for the benefit of a novelette or "e-Single", it should be a very inexpensive way to determine whether or not the author, their style, or the subject matter are something you are comfortable with and enjoy. If, however, Publishers get hold of this they will try to turn a large novel into a lot of novelettes and try to get more money out of the audience for the same price. Imagine Fall of Giants by Ken Follet coming out in 25 pieces at $0.99 each instead of the $9.99 novel.
... when your competition is China, Pakistan, Libya, Jordan, Russia, Vietnam, etc. I see that many countries that are more "enlightened" than the U.S. where never surveyed. If the U.S. did not end up near the top of the list I would have been very surprised. However, I have no real confidence in the report as being nearly as accurate as it could be due to the sponsor group and the lack of information about how the USA was scored.
I'm a little confused. I went on to the UltraViolet site and tried to register an account. I couldn't because there is no option for Canada. I can register if I am in the United States or the United Kingdnm but not in Canada. So, is this because:
A) Canadians are too smart to go for this
B) The MPAA has no understanding of their target audience
C) The MPAA has too many legal hurdles to overcome to offer their own movies in different countries
D) All of the above
The Alberta government is publishing all of its travel expenses (http://alberta.ca/InternationalTravelExpenses.cfm) although this is as a result of a scandal earlier in the year with regard to a high level member of the government abusing his travel expenses.
But as Eric Newton said "If it’s public, it should be just there"
As a Canadian I sometimes need assistance in understanding American "rules" because every so often they don't make a lot of sense. So, from what I can gather, even if you are merely accused of copyright infringement from an automated bot that may or may not be accurate, you start rising up the escalation ladder in this "Six Strikes" process.
So, for example, if someone knew the IP address of NBC.COM (22.214.171.124) and then started to accuse NBC.COM of infringing on their copyright by going through their provider, they could take NBC off the Internet? And this seems logical to people? If someone knew the IP Addresses of the NBC executive team they could adulterate the process to get all of them "barred" from the Internet. And the copyright industries don't think that this is going to turn around and bite them in the butt?
I would like to thank the MPAA for helping prevent damage to the Canadian economy. As I am sure that they know, IMAX is actually a Canadian invention from a company that is not part of the "motion picture and television industry" so it is very heartening to know that they love the technology so much that they have adopted it as their own.
As for filming at 48 frames per second, the first movie to have been filmed that way (The Hobbit) was directed by a Kiwi. The first director to state that they were going to film this way was a Canadian (James Cameron).
As for 3D, who the heck cares?
Anyway, thank you MPAA for your honest and accurate commentary.
If we extend to copyright law, if you got 50,000 people to tweet a single word of a short novel to the same hashtag, although none of them are truly guilty of copyright infringement for a single word, collectively they are guilty? And, through the mere fact that Twitter allows this to happen, Twitter is guilty of inducing infringement?
In a recent news story on CNN, they commented on Uber and it's entrance into the DC marketplace. The comment that struck me as being astute was when the reporter asked the question "Should consumers be forced to pay a price so that the earnings of some workers won't be affected?" While the answer in the Uber case was "no", the question is applicable to technology in general.
The MPAA thinks the answer should be "yes". The RIAA likewise. Like the taxi industry in Washington DC, there is an expectation that the introduction of new technologies should be done in such a way as to cushion the impact of that technology upon their pay cheque. Therein lies the problem that the 21st century needs to deal with: how to get people to move to a new job. Perhaps the education system needs to change so that people can get trainer cheaper, faster and on demand. Perhaps the funding of education from a municipal/state/federal level needs to be altered to pay for results instead of attendance.
Abraham Lincoln, in the Gettysburg Address, said that:
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
What he said with regard to the survival of the United States is just as relevant when we talk about the survival of the Internet as a medium for unfiltered communication. Yes, some of that communication is vile filth, but some of it is pure magic. You can't see one if you don't see the other.
Voltaire said "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Many Americans have embraced that slogan. Many American soldiers have died defending that right. Is the Internet the straw that breaks the camels back? Will soldiers go to war and die, protecting free speech, while the average American sits and home and is fed the information that some small group in a boardroom wants them to hear?
Seriously, so Apple might introduce a new pin connector with the next iPhone. So what? If you want the new iPhone you buy new accessories. If you don't want the new iPhone don't buy it and use all your existing accessories. Some of the docks you could buy for a version 1 iPad don't work with a version 3 iPad just two years later. I didn't see mass protests in the streets and an Apple Spring occur.
To say that there is nothing to gain, when all that is even guessed at is the fact that it goes from 30 pins to 19 pins, seems to be more of a shot in the dark more than anything else. What if the new pin connection is required to allow it to implement new features that luddites have never dreamed of. To be honest, Leigh, this doesn't sound like a typical TechDirt article, but more of a "I saw the Microsoft Surface and it uses standards so I hate Apple" article.
"Don't innovate because that might leave people behind" is a quaint and antiquated idea, but if we followed your lead there would be little to no innovation in the world because at some point we would have had to leave people behind.
Now, if you'll excuse me, the horses need watering before I hitch them up to the buggy and drive them to work.
Why not pay Google 37 billion to setup such a system and pocket the extra 213 billion.
In many respects that is what ContentID is supposed to do. Perhaps Google should be setting up a relationship with the MPAA and RIAA. For every item blocked by ContentID it is considered a "lost sale" that is being recovered. As a result Google obtains a "finders" fee of 10% of the recovered sale.
This finders fee would go towards the creation of new technology to "recover" lost sales for other industries like tourism (all those pictures about Hawaii are stopping people from going to Hawaii) and the restaurant industry (all those pictures about food are stopping people from going to restaurants). There is precedent for this, after all we've told the tobacco industry to post pictures of people who have had bad things happen to them due to smoking.
Congratulations, fairusefriendly, I think you've hit upon a revenue stream that sees no realistic limit.
I would like to apologize on the behalf of the rest of Canada. Most Canadians can actually make better analogies. The only thing I can think of is that he was either trained by the patent judges in East Texas or the Dutch anti-piracy judge on how to make nonsensical analogies. To his benefit, however, his political ties are deep in the technology sector being a "Member in Good Standing of the Outdoors Caucus" and "Vice-Chair of the Auto Caucus". Both of which use technology. Sort of. (Is there a Windows 8 Metro interface for shotguns? And how about that SYNC software in Ford cars?)
Please keep us up to date on what happens. Like one of your other posts mentions, I am grabbing a bucket of popcorn and watching what happens. What I think would be particularly interesting to know is how long it takes to get the page back into circulation. What impact does it have if people can get pages down faster than they can be restored? What happens if I type in "TeamSkeet porn torrent download"? Is this page now going to be the subject of a DMCA takedown notice? If it is then we've now discovered a way to take down any page on any site that allows comments. Denial of service via DMCA attack (DoS via DMCA (TM) )
This is how most pictures of Paris should look. Please note the subtle modifications to the picture to ensure that it follows all of the latest guidelines and policies put in place by the French courts.