no, you can't say we "reserve the right" to do something and then say "just kidding". by saying that you "reserve the right" indicates that (a) you have thought of it and (b) you have every intention of doing it under some set of circumstances. otherwise, there would be no reason to reserve the right.
i know that this seems extreme (it is!), and the people of the will feel the pain sooner than the mayor. in the end, however, the mayor will feel pain when he is up for reelection. this will be true especially after several lawsuits have drained the city coffers and they cannot afford to maintain the streets.
"in the second most powerful position in the world"
seriously, with the exception of dick cheney who was pulling the strings on w, who really thinks the vice president has any power at all? true, the vice president is the second highest position in our government. however, the position of vice-president has only one very limited power and one not used very often at that.
"If everyone just "does without," how does this improve the situation for either the content creator or the customers? Once you've taken the piracy out of it, all you've got left is a set of lousy options that do nothing for everyone involved. If rights holders are happier merely saddling up their high horse and riding to the nearest moral peak, so be it. Riding that horse won't make you any richer, though. All it does is further separate you from your potential income."
maybe i'm a defeatist, but it seems clear that the lesson comes across loud and clear. you screw with the customers and they will go away. right now with all the pirating there is always that to blame. if people just ignore/boycott products that are priced wrong or come with unacceptable strings attache, the resulting lack of sales will send the message. right now they all can say, "but, but pirating!" the illusion of getting the pirates to pay up goes away and the legacy players might either learn or go away when they can't adapt.
since when have you supported paying people for their "story" unless they wrote it. in fact, you are the one that regularly rants on about people who feel they deserve to be paid just because somebody made a story about their life.
this level of inconsistency is becoming a problem, mike. i really like this site, but i'm starting to be unable to trust you to speak coherently because you are too busy trying to nitpick the xxaa's at any cost, including your integrity.
let them lock up their "culture". do we really want it? personally i would rather watch someone like louis ck who understand what it means to create culture. free ideas get out and prosper, caged ideas wilt.
i'm not usually very good at choosing early winners, but i am usually pretty good at identifying tipping points. this, my friends, was the tipping point. finally someone in media power has put themselves (however reluctantly) out there and finally proven that non-drm isn't just for niche players.
what i find amazing is that in a world that we are told and shown by our leaders is so corrupt, people for the most part are pretty honest and honorable when given the opportunity. more magic from the person who made magic cool again.