I'm not sure where all this USTR bashing is coming from. We are all aware that these TPP negotiations are taking place. We are usually aware of where they are happening and some of the groups participating. We even know the general topic of the treaty.
How can you just discount all of that information being shared and not see that as the transparency it is?!?
We didn't just call him, we started a petition that he had to respond to.
He thanked us all for our concern, expressed that he shared the same concerns, checked his wallet for which businesses had given him large checks, and then said he would look for broad bi-partisan solutions.
As bad as I think this kind of fee/tax would be i'd enjoy seeing some country actually put this in place and then see a court case ruling that files over that network are not infringing as the license has been paid.
I know it'll never happen, but it'd be fun to watch.
One thing is missed at first that exaggerates the problem. The width % is not of the longest bar, but of the enclosing element. The max-width: 300px actually cuts the bars down so that they hit their longest length somewhere around width: 55%.
If I were him my next blog post would be something along the lines of...
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They were AAA rated because everybody 'knew' they were guaranteed by the US government (which turned out to be true) even though all parties would publicly deny that. This was because of the government run institutions (fanny/freddy) that issued them wouldn't be allowed to fail.
Without that government guarantee they wouldn't have a AAA rating.
You can put all the restrictions around getting money to congress that you want, but like water flowing through a sponge it will find it's way there. The government simply has too much power such that it is still worth pushing millions (billions?) of dollars there.
These contribution laws are like the contraband screening of a prison, except these are designed by the prisoners.
As you all are members of "the public" and we now have precedent indicating performances to "the public" are considered public performances, we will now begin charging all members of "the public" (aka 'you all') a license fee for the oral performance of copyrighted works during mundane hygiene tasks (aka 'singing in the shower', you know you all do it).
We don't need to actually show that you do, we can just assume that you make these public performances. It is up to you to provide evidence (ie proper recordings of every time you have showered) in order to avoid these fees.
I always thought the original argument was dead wrong anyway given that most (all?) "professional" music these days is made by recording each small piece several times and putting the best pieces together for the final product.
Doing a remix live just finishes cremating the body of that old and tired myth.