As the saying goes, [Citation Needed], [Citation Needed], [Citation Needed].
Now, you are correct on one part, people are waking up to the 'most massive media deceptions in American history', but that 'waking up' has little to do with Snowden, and everything to do with how eager the MSM is to eat up and regurgitate the USG's talking points, and never, never call them on their lies, with a few notable exceptions.
People are also slowly waking up(slowly due to an unfortunate amount still believing the MSM's job is reporting, rather than PR and spin) to the fact that the government has been lying directly to them about their actions for years now, and is about as trustworty as a clinically diagnosed kleptomaniac in a curio shop with no cameras or staff.
So evergreening(believe that's the term), attempting to break the deal of patents by extending the duration with a useless bit tacked on so they could pretend it was new enough to warrant another patent, yeah, if that's the case no wonder they got it shot down.
After a court case proving that their actions are illegal, sure, but before, no, even if someone's actions appear on the surface to be dicey, they still deserve to be able to defend themselves before being silenced by mere accusation.
Before worrying about extending lives, it would probably be a better idea to focus on improving the ones we have currently, with stuff like better healthcare, clean water, enough food... you know, the little stuff that's just kinda important, yet still problematic in numerous places around the globe.
So in other words you basically just got a pat on the head, told 'The grown-ups are talking, go back to your toys, there's nothing here for you', and shoo'd off.
Always nice when a politician is that open in their contempt for the intelligence of the people who voted them into office, it's a moment of honestly that's more often than not quite rare when dealing with that lot.
They say DRM is here to stay for their products? I can accept that. Of course in return my money will also be staying safely in my wallet, or spent on products put out by companies who don't show such boneheaded contempt for their customers.
They keep their DRM, I keep my money, I'd say that's a win-win all around.
A nice simple list of congresscritters who obviously are just aching to exit out of that boring job and into the exciting world of lobbying, hopefully come next election people will remember this and help them out by voting for someone else.
My first thought was it could make any future 'trade deals'/negotiations difficult, if they get a reputation of refusing to honor the terms in them(the US apparently does so all the time, but few countries are willing to stand up to the US sadly), but considering it's a 'trade deal' that got them into this in the first place...
If I believed for a second that that was intentional, I might agree with you, but I strongly suspect it was just some EA exec moron who basically burst into the Bioware offices with a 'Hey peons, I've just had this great idea for the ending to the trilogy, much better than anything you could have come up with!'
That would be the one where those large businesses make sizable 'donations' to the people pushing corporate sovereignty in 'trade agreements'. When you're getting paid that much, all sorts of otherwise crazy or corrupt stuff starts to make 'sense'.
Funding patent trolls allows them to remain squeeky clean when asked in court whether or not they're going out shaking down their competition with 'dubious' patents, while allowing the troll to do the competition crushing for them.
Not to mention providing funding means the trolls aren't likely to go after them with their massive numbers of incredibly vague patents, so it's a win-win all around for big companies like that, they get to indirectly harass and attack any competition before it can get off the ground, and defend themselves from suffering the same fate.
Might be tin-foil hat territory, but it wouldn't surprise me if the biggest groups against tax simplification were rich people and companies.
With a simple system, they'd pay their taxes, and that would be it, however, with a more complex system, there's all sorts of loopholes they can use to reduce, potentially drastically, the taxes they have to pay out.
Close, but if you suspect you've got a spy/mole in your company, you don't fire them, you just shift them to a job/position where they don't have access to any sensitive information, as if you fire them, then you've got to track down the replacement spy/mole.
Given that telling the NSA about a security vulnerability that they might not know about is pretty much the same as telling a local gang about an unlocked building full of expensive stuff, and for the same reasons, yeah, not telling the NSA anything seems like a good strategy there.
So, say I took a photo of a crowded area, say a public beach, who then, according to your view of copyright law, owns the copyright on the picture? The one who took the picture(me in this case), or the people in the picture?
As far as I'm aware, the only way for the subject to own the copyright over a picture or video would be for the person being photographed/filmed to have made a deal with the photographer/cameraman beforehand, hiring them and explicitly laying out the transfer of copyright, otherwise the copyright goes to the one 'fixing' the picture/video by making it, not the person in it.
It's beyond me why any reputable news agency would want to have anything to do with that scum.
Report on the weather patterns in foreign countries, have a segment about grass and the different shades it grows in, compare migration patterns of various species of birds, anything would be better than asking a torture-happy, law hating sleazebag like that his opinion on anything.