This seems insane to me. Are there other examples of this kind of thing from other email providers? Hotmail? Gmail? Selectively blocking someone's ability to email is absolutely crazy, could it be illegal?
I would love to see some actual data that supported what AC says above about "slowing" or "tamping" down piracy.
AFAIK, there is NO evidence that ANY tactic possibly pursued by the rights-holders will either slow or tamp down piracy. But I'm open to being convinced, I would just like AC to present something compelling.
Just another shoutout for Tom Bihn products. I have one of backpacks and it's so much better than any other backpack I've had that it's silly. The care and quality they put into their products are simply not copyable, at least not at much lower prices I'd surmise.
And of course the example should not be lost on the fashion/clothing world generally. Have great brand values and it won't matter if you get copied.
While this sort of thing does happen a lot, as someone who was a history grad student in a former life, I do find this case surprising. Figes is a *big* name in his field (Russian history), and certainly should be well above this sort of behavior. I don't know anything about him personally, but this comes off as incredibly petty and lame (and far more damaging to his reputation than any lame Amazon review could do).
How any serious social scientist could take this guy seriously is beyond me. This quote alone is ridiculous:
"We can now say with utmost confidence that regardless of research method -- that is experimental, correlational, or longitudinal -- and regardless of the cultures tested in this study [East and West], you get the same effects,"
Regardless of cultures? C'mon, that is just stupid. Any undergrad sociology paper would get flunked for saying something like that.
They can't do this, they would be sued for collusion immediately. In fact, it's one of the reasons they haven't been able to coordinate more effectively in the past. And of course, it's ridiculous on its face, you can't construct a monopoly on the news, especially in this day and age.