I applaud your fervor for trying to do something to correct the issues, even if it means "one step at a time", but the problem is the "fix" is covering an issue that, in my opinion, isn't as relevant as the rest of the law.
If someone came to you an claimed patching a leaky hole in a dam is fixing the dam, how much credibility would you put into the remark?
The hole obviously indicates there's a problem with the dam, just as the anti-circumvention clause indicates there's a problem with the law.
I know I should be much more supportive, but I suppose I'm just tired of getting my hopes up only to see the crushed as either not enough people stand up to repair the dam or that the faulty contractor bribes enough politicians to make the issue go away another day.
This is what this law does. It pushes the bigger issues away for another day, and until this day arrives, businesses (who are trying to serve those very customers complaining they can't do with their product as they want) are being closed down due to the much, much bigger problem of the DMCA: take down notices and false claims of copyright ownership.
Bigger fish to fry, and this law seems to be going after goldfish rather than the white whale.
Good luck with this fight, but I hope no one minds I sit this one out.
Of course they're being paid more. When these businesses hire lawyers to shake down $2k+ from people, why sell DVDs and airtime when it's much more profitable to screw over innocent consumers (some are even dead!).
I suspect a raise will occur this year, since business is booming.
This isn't going to change a thing. Having read some articles on this yesterday, the most laughable comment was that "By displaying their prices, customers can then choose what facility they want to visit."
Sorry to curse, but these legislators have no clue what they're talking about (no surprise there).
Anyone who has insurance knows we're locked into a very specific group of health care facilities. In order to save money, we're required to stick with these facilities and physicians.
And the hospitals know it, which is precisely why they charge what they do.
Should the law pass, I still won't have a choice to select the hospital which charges less for the same procedure.
But thanks, government, for pretending this is an issue Americans need so they can sit back and fume they can't make a choice because their insurance prevents it.
To think kids today are going to school is the bigger issue. They're prisons. I mean, they have to literally toe the line worse than actual prisoners do.
It's moronic at its best. Strip away the arts, recess, and now imagination, and we're actually looking at the future of even more shootings since these kids will not adapt because a black mark tarnished them for life.
) How much infringing content was on Megaupload? Impossible to answer, since legitimate sites were uploading their content to it as well. No one can answer this question, and pretending otherwise is a lie.
) How much money did Megaupload pay to the owners of such content? Depends on how the account was set up, genius.
) What did you know and when did you know it? It's called the DMCA take down request. Seriously, are you really this stupid?
) How could you remain blind to the infringing content? Because there's no way to know if it is infringing. By pretending that everyone doesn't have a license is pretty foolish. We trusted our customers, most of whom don't understand how copyright is abused. Sorry, used.
) Do you feel any personal responsibility over the presence of infringing content? Why should I? I offered a service. How people used that service was not my concern. By your account, every person who fires a weapon into a school should have the gun maker held accountable. Hopefully, you realize the stupidity of this situation.
) How many millions of dollars did Megaupload get from that infringing content? Not a penny. We derived our revenue from ads and premium accounts.
) How many millions of dollars did you Kim Dotcom personally get from that infringing content? Not a penny. Didn't I just answer this question? You seem to think I personally uploaded this infringing content and distributed it. Either you're pretty daft or you don't understand how web services work.
Either way, we're done with this interview. You obviously have no clue what you're talking about.