As opposed to... what? It's an open source program, people kinda need to be able to download it to use and modify it, locking it down so it wasn't publicly available would rather defeat the whole purpose behind going open source.
Uhh, maybe pick a different country for something like that, as GEMA has made abundantly clear, german politicians and judges tend to fall all over themselves 'helping' the legacy music industries over there, at times to the point where they might as well be officially employed by them.
Same thing really, retroactive copyright extensions are taking something that was in the public domain and making them secret, it's just you can (assuming the works are made available) pay to access them.
Well german courts have already shown a willingness to kick common sense and sanity to the curb when it comes to 'protecting' the recording industry in their country, certainly wouldn't be surprising to see them take similar actions against competition to large tech companies.
You know, I'd ask if the politicians pushing this crap on the public had ever read that book, but I've got the strangest suspicion that they've not only read it, but they liked the world presented in it so much they've been intentionally trying to bring it to life.
Isn't there a saying that goes something like 'the best way to repeal a bad law is to enforce it completely'?
So yeah, I'd love to see a whole range of lawsuits aimed at gun, car, and knife and alcohol manufacturers, phone companies, mail services... all claiming they are responsible for what their customers use their products/services for, maybe after a few lawsuits like that the insanity of rulings like this would be exposed for the crazy that they are.
Well, that or they'd dial the crazy up to 11 and start ruling that those services/manufacturers were also suddenly liable as well, though given whereas a smaller tech company might not have much political clout and lawyers, the same would not be true of the others listed, I'd find that unlikely.
So, I wonder how long it will take from the installation of such a surveillance system for the whole 'flash mobs' thing to come back into popularity, as people have fun pranking the system with false positives?
What's so idealistic about doing everything you can to make sure you never give money to a group or multiple groups that you don't like if you can avoid it?
It might be difficult at times sure, given the *AA's have so many branches out there it can be hard to tell what is and is not affiliated with them, but it's certainly possible to avoid intentionally spending money on what they push out, and therefor profit from, while still having plenty of entertainment options available from independent sources/creators.
People need to be able and willing to challenge rules or even laws that they believe are unjust or ridiculous, otherwise things will never get better, only worse.
Teaching kids otherwise does nothing more than turn them into nice little drones that will always do what they're told, a nasty situation for society and everyone but those making the rules and giving out the orders.
The whole idea behind 'zero tolerance' policies was a stupid one from the get-go, they might have well been called 'zero thought' policies, as that's what they actually are, just a way for those implementing them to avoid having to actually deal with problems on an individual basis, and instead just treat everything, from minor to major, equally harshly, whether or not what actually happened merits it.
But how many people are likely to buy their stuff if none of them have heard of that artist before, something passing out free mixtapes helps solve?
Advertising in the form of free mixtapes/samples/songs may not directly get an artist money, but such actions help deal with something far, far more important: obscurity, which is a greater threat and challenge to creators being successful than any other factor out there.
In this case they probably are telling the truth, but only technically.
You see the NSA doesn't need to directly collect that data on americans to have access to it, they just let some other country's spy agency (like say GCHQ) scoop up the data, and then get it from them.
Do it that way, and they can still get all that locational data, while still being able to claim that they aren't gathering it.
Users get 'strikes' for every violation(excessive swearing, harassing other players, whatever), and each user is able to set a 'strikes threshold', where once someone gets enough 'strikes', they are muted/blocked for players who's strikes threshold they've exceeded.
Of important note is that the second half, the 'mute/block' bit, would be entirely opt-in, so if someone felt they were up to dealing with even those that had accumulated dozens/hundreds of strikes, they could simply keep the filter deactivated, or set it so high that only the worst would be filtered out.