Blocking access to any website that has "Wikileaks" in the title Perhaps the geniuses at the DoD don't realize that they are aiding terrorists with policies like that. They give our "enemies" a ridiculously simple method of hiding from the DoD, while they cover their ears and say "LALALALA I can't hear you"
These copyright thugs are no doubt better at extortion than ethical law practice. The mind boggles.
Is it possible to have a class-action suit against this firm, on behalf of all recipients of their pay-now-or-we'll-sue-you threats?
I remember hearing this young man describe his concept which I paraphrase roughly:
Lectures should be assigned as homework to be completed/viewed before "class"
The scarcity of in-person student and teacher "classroom" time should be reserved for student questions and individualized assistance from the teacher.
No. Patents last ~15 years, after which competitors can release knock-offs. And they have instructions... the patent. You are missing the point here. Ask your "friend" if he is "work for hire," who owns the patents he develops, and where the buckets of cash come from... investors? licenses? sale of research patents to Pharma?
On second thought, forget it. Enjoy your "live off it forever" kick back fantasy. I can't even make sense of your "if I" "should my editor not receive" "could not" "why... fire others?" bit of speculative free dis-sociation.
I have no problem with "work for hire" even though I didn't always realize those were the terms I was employed under.
Almost all salaried employees and consultants are "work for hire." Having your name attached to a job (producer of record, software product, website) is optional, and so is arranging "points" (royalties, stock options) in lieu of better up-front pay.
It is risky when some startup or other project offers you NO salary or up-front pay in exchange for lots of (potentially worthless) stock or future royalty (10% of zero dollars)
The "royalty" gamble should be the exception, and the norm should be good up-front pay with your role/title and choice of name - none/pseudonym/real name
No, if the book is not protected by copyright terms
No, if the book is "paper" (physical). Not (easily) copyable.
Yes, if the book is "electronic" (virtual). Perfectly, infinitely copyable. Your friend could torrent it.
More interesting questions, please. Such as "what if I make a fine art painting from someone else' photograph?" Not piracy, no "mass reproduction." The visual arts are quite pragmatic. No-one sues the makers of the perfect clay replicas of designer handbags.
I too am a big fan of The Pirate's Dilemma.
That said, pirate bootie is all about the copyfight.
There is a legitimate market for bootleg mashups.
Check out the Bootie SF "dance party" started in 2003.
It has gone global (France, Germany), with recent one-offs in Beijing and Brazil.
Rupert the red-nosed mogul
Has a very large empire
And if you saw his holdings
You'd see that things are quite dire
All of the other moguls
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rupert
Play in any mogul games
Then one bearish Christmas eve
Greenspan came to say
“Rupert with your gold so bright Won't you buy some bonds tonight?”
Then all the moguls loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rupert the red-nosed mogul
You'll own all of history!"
Labels (+ the RIAA) have their heads so far their arses they couldn't imagine letting lo-fi mp3s go. One thing you could have had is 2 simple (ISP-based?) music subscriptions, limited hi-fi and all-you-can-eat. Here is my vaguely related post about copyright and takedowns.
Instead of course we are through the looking glass, and they want performance royalties for ring tones.
iTunes laughs all the way to the bank... The big 5 labels and the RIAA should consider seppuku - it's the only honorable thing left.