Of course, they are collecting content too... you just need to look at the term "content metadata". This is information pointing to information within the content. This can often be the entirety of the message - and NSA has by a childish sleight of hand rebranded it as takeable. This stuff is, and always was content.
It is my opinion that DRM is simply an inducement to try to break it - for most of the best crackers - this is all the fun. The really funny thing is that if the DRM is crackable (almost all of it is) people will crack it. No amount of legislationcan fix the fact that DRM has fundamentally failed.
And the really silly thing is - most cams taken in the crowd are unwatchable (any idiot can see instantly that Google Glass would make for a pointless experience - but then ICE aren't staffed by any idiots, they seem to have especially stupid ones bred for them) - most cams are taken from the project booth.
The purpose of copyright is to maximise the prooduction and distribution of artistic works... There are massive abuses of copyright where it is being used for precisely the opposite, not least the corruption that goes into the legislative process to do all sorts of nasty things like stealing from the public domain. When the copyright industry make themselves worthy of respect, they will get some. In the meantime, I spend quite enough on entertainment and won't be told what I can do with my stuff.
I think the point about "content metadata" is that they have extended the idea of metadata to cover absolutely everything.
So when they say "we only collect metadata", this can more succinctly and truthfully written "we collect data without restriction"
When they redefine known and highly specific words with such a broad brush as that, you come to realize that nothing they say can be trusted. If you go back through all the NSA statements with this reinterpretation, you will find them pretty vacuous.
To have impressed me, he would have had to stop the metadata collection. Consider: - it has not stopped a terrorist attack - it has not contributed to stopping activity - everything used to date could have been obtained at least as well with targeted surveillance - at best, it may provide useful data in the future.
Now, you could fill a room with monkeys and let them type for 10 years. It is highly likely that the output from Monkey typing would have provided precisely the same benefits - no more, no less. Whenever this is true, it is clear that whatever you are doing is pointless.
Unfortunately, this pointless activity which has massive financial and social costs, has not been stopped... why on earth not?
They did that. The old radio model (still running) had the con they called the chart. it was supposed to be a reflection of what was selling. It was actually a list made up by the labels... That is what they want for search
The reason the unauthorised sites show up so much is because they are relevant. The reason that even with a lot of meddling that remains the case, is that there are so often no relevant links that are authorized. If RIAA and the labels would like to change that, they might want to start distributing their works in a manner that people want. iTunes has already shown it doesn't have to be free.
The problem is that they have become so fixated on the haystack, and obtaining every possible view of it, that they aren't really looking for the needles. I'd also question whether TAO would be more expensive. You'd save massively on obtaining, storing and sifting the haystacks - a task that that appears to be totally valueless. If you just retasked the haystack money to TAO you'd be better off by exactly that amount.
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