maybe Ditto should move their operation to India or China and ship the glasses/contact lenses from there. bangalore has some cutting edge factories that specialize in optics.
I just recently bought a US600 pair of sunglasses from Oakley that are made in India from their store there for US120. If Ditto wants to sell in the US and avoid the patents issue I suggest they move to a friendlier country.
Mike, while you are in Spain why don't you tell them if they buckle under for the US on copyright it will be only a matter of time before they'll be turning over all their assets, rights and IP for the domestic industry to Hollywood.
People will waffle about the little stuff but when you say "Do/Don't do this or that and you will lose any domestic movie, TV or other industry in the country and all the profits and benefits thereof." people will sit up, take notice and take action.
It's like the TPP–US farmers have just said they want full access to the Japanese rice and beef markets (no tariffs, no quotas and no subsidies for the Japanese farmers) and I'm wondering how long it will be before Abe backpeddles on this suicidal (for the LDP) treaty.
Atari mai! there Brian you got it right regarding Japanese interests. We don't care what you "gaijin" (gaijin=dumb fucking stupid foreigners) thinks or what your companies do–unless it's Chinese or Korean companies infringing on our IP.
The fine is of course disproportionate due to the Japanese system where value must be put upon everything and everyone. Because of this value concept a schoolteacher or coach can get a suspended sentence for hitting a killing a bad student or a poor athlete. The reason they get the light sentence is because the victim was seen as worthless for contributing to society. On the otherhand, a crappy song by SMAP worth potentially millions of yen will net you a hefty fine and decades in jail because SMAP are a valuable commodity to their recording company.
(translation) PRC Government says to Apple "Roundeye, your IP belong to us!"
And the really funny thing in all this is Apple will complain to the US Gov't about this and the response will be for the DOJ to turn around and slap Kim Dotcom around again.
In Japan we know that the US is a paper tiger. How do we know this? Look at the Senkaku Islands issue. China would never have come into Japan's backyard if they didn't know that the US can't protect our mutual interests in the region.
the indie music scene is floundering, it's hard to practice, record or find a venue to play in if you are an indie musician. The big companies like Jonnies, Broccoli and Sony are killing off the live house scene and independent studios.
The Governor of Tokyo Blinkyhara (Ishihara) has a long term vendetta going on with any business which plays live music or promotes dancing to mixed or sampled music. Hopefully this will change now that he's resigned in favour of national politics and the possibility of an actual conflict with China.
That's one of the reasons for the low sales. The price of a CD has jumped up into the ¥5,000 bracket and the prices at the iTunes Apple store are 3-5x what they are in the US. A lot of people here will watch/download the DVD or listen to the CD on youtube before making a purchase.
And you're spot on as regards the quality of the music. I doubt any American or European performer would work for the wages a Japanese musician makes. And that's reflected in the quality of the music they put out.
Well being Japan the first thing you would do would be to bow very deeply and mutter repeatedly "Sumimasen" and "Moshokegosaimasen" and repeat this until your voice is hoarse and your forehead is a massive bruise.
If this doesn't work and your shareholders are still mailing you bullets, you will take the next step which is to jump off a high building or step in front of the Chuo Line Express.
Your successor will then quietly pay off the police to start making mass arrests. After 21 days of no sleep, little food and water and being subjected to other nastiness there will be lots of confessions and your company will make up the shortfall.
Right now, in Japan, this is the closest thing to a mass boycott you will ever see.
So, in the closing statement I hope the owner of Digital River stood up and gave the final closing speech when the verdict came down.
"Your Honor and Respected Members of the Court. I'd like to thank you for your judgement, unfortunately Digital River is unable to pay one red cent of this judgement, we will not be paying our legal representatives or any other legal fees or obligations incurred because of this judgement. We are immediately declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 11 Title 11 of the law, all employees of the company are forthwith made redundant, we apologize to our customers and creditors.
Then I expect the company's spokesman/president or whoever to turn to the representatives from Nexchange and tell them "Inform your clients they'll get their money when Hell freezes over!" and then turn to the judge and ask him "Your Honor, you've just destroyed a company. Are you happy? Are you proud of yourself?"
If even a few companies did this the courts would get the message and there would be fewer patent trolls doing this shit.
This does open up a major can of worms. What would stop the Russian Federation from sending in a company of Spetsnaz and a few of the Special Prosecutors from their Ministry of Justice on the sly to "arrest" and "extradite" US businessmen accused of committing crimes in Russia?
Could you see the shitstorm that would ensue as a official spokesperson from the Russian Federation goes live on CNN as the raid is being carried out at the company HQ and the board, Chairman, CEO and his executive staff are being shown being arrested by the Russians and having the Russians stating that they are using the same precedents as created by the DOJ in their prosecution of Megaupload.
The convenience part is the only thing you got right. If you think I'm waiting 5 years to see Game of Thrones Season 1 legally in Japan then you must be crazy! And if you think I'm going to spend ¥5,000 for a CD at a brick and mortar store in Shibuya you need to be locked up with all the other price gouging lunatics.