True, there's a cost. OTOH there's a cost to not doing it: the cost of fighting to get your content put back up, and the cost of not having your content available while you're fighting the takedown. If the offending parties never suffer any penalty for doing it, they'll just keep doing it and bleed you dry in the process. Slow or fast, pick your poison but you will have to pick a poison.
If you're a nice person who turns into a flaming jerkwad when you think nobody can know who you are, you're not in fact a nice person. You're just a flaming jerkwad who's good at covering it up because you'd be ashamed for people to know you're a flaming jerkwad. This is why so many "apologies" for incredibly stupid unintentionally-public statements are phrased the way they are: the people who made them aren't actually ashamed to have made the statement, they're just ashamed that their having said it became public knowledge.
NB: everybody has at least a bit of this flaw in them. The key is to just man up and accept this fact. It'll get you a bit more respect, and give you the chance to direct your attitude at targets that've done something to deserve it.
I think in those cases that more creators need to demand a copy of the DMCA notice and pursue legal action against whoever issued it based on a false claim to be authorized to act for the copyright holder. 17 USC 512(c)(3)(A)(vi) requires a statement under penalty of perjury that the person filing the notice is authorized to act for the copyright holder, so hold them and the courts to the law. Yeah it's expensive, but that's the only way it's going to get stopped.
That's the problem: the cameras don't hold the driver accountable. They hold the registered owner accountable, without any evidence the registered owner was the driver. Compare this to when a cop writes you a ticket after pulling you over: they take the information from the driver's license of the person behind the wheel, and issue the ticket to the actual driver.
Seems to me that if your uncle's right, the DC cops could make a killing just by dropping a few cops off at an intersection and having them wait for drivers to do what your uncle describes, then flip the lights to a 4-way red and amble up to the cars and start issuing tickets. Put the announcement on the morning news: "We'll have enforcement teams at 8 intersections during rush hour. Good luck guessing which 8.". The tickets will be air-tight.
Users don't buy Internet service for the ISP. They buy it for everything else out there. The ISP's service is just the pipe as far as most people are concerned. If the ISPs degrade service too far, people will start looking for another ISP to get their pipe from.
The major choices for broadband here in San Diego are Cox, Time Warner and AT&T. TW and AT&T ought to worry that, when looking at houses I could possibly buy, one of my criteria is "located in an area serviced by Cox" because I just don't want to deal with the ongoing headaches I'm sure to have with the other two.
Part of it's a string of high-profile problems in California where private schools took in payments and then closed their doors, leaving students out the money and not getting any of the classes they paid for. One of the highest-profile was Silver State Helicopters in El Cajon (San Diego area) that closed it's doors abruptly after students had paid $70K each in tuition. Around the same time a private business college here did the same, the tuition wasn't as high but it hit a lot more people. A large part of the regulation was simply to make sure that private schools didn't keep doing this, that if they weren't able to provide the courses students had paid for they had a mechanism in place to insure students got their money back or at the very least could get their classes at another institution without having to pay again.
If you think the BPPE isn't necessary, I find it interesting that the problematic closures happened in the 2007-2009 timeframe. That's the time between when the previous regulatory body, the BPPVE, ceased to exist because the previous laws governing private postsecondary schools expired, and when the new law formed the BPPE to take over the regulatory role. I have a hard time crediting that as mere coincidence.
It doesn't quite work that way. I can live in California, have all my servers in California, do absolutely nothing myself that would cause me to do business in the UK, and yet you could come along and force me to do business in the UK merely by accessing my Web site. And I can't block you, because you can go through Tor or a VPN and make your IP address appear to be from anywhere in the world you want. I'd literally have to block everything and then whitelist only IP blocks known to belong to network segments physically in the United States, which I can't reliably do because that information isn't known (nobody but IBM for instance knows exactly which of their assigned netblocks is allocated to which physical facilities, assuming they even map them to physical facilities).
The problem comes from trying to take a different view of on-line businesses vs. brick-and-mortar ones. A b&b business can't control where it's customers live, but we treat it as doing business where the business is located regardless of where the customers come from. On-line we abandon that and try to treat the business as being located wherever it's customers are, not where the business is. Why? Why not treat a b&m business as doing business wherever it's customers live instead? Because, obviously, that would cause exactly the kinds of headaches on-line businesses are subject to, and we consider those headaches unreasonable. So why do we suddenly accept them as reasonable?
Yes, and those companies are wrong. You have to take reasonable steps to protect your trademark, but one of those reasonable steps can be to evaluate the usage and determine that it isn't confusingly similar to your trademark and thus doesn't warrant any action at this time.
Because companies would move the equipment, damage it in the process, then try and claim they hadn't done anything (how many times have we heard that from users?), move the machine back to where it was originally if need be and try and get the manufacturer to cover the repairs. So rig the equipment so there's no problem if it's left alone, but if it's moved significantly it locks itself. If the owner's followed the service contract they'll never have this happen because they'll have you there during the move and you'll unlock the machine as part of checking that it's installed properly in the new location. And if you get a service call for a "faulty" machine and it turns out it's been locked because it was moved, the owner can't try and make you foot the bill for damage they caused. Most of these machines that I've dealt with can have the lockdown disabled, and the manufacturer will do exactly that for you if you're not renewing the service contract (although they'll also usually require you to sign a statement that you understand the equipment will not be covered by a warranty or service agreement after this point and if it needs repairs it'll all be on your dime).
I was taught to do something similar on cars. I'd chalk-mark parts before work was done, so I could tell afterwards if they'd moved stuff they shouldn't've or failed to move stuff they ought to have. Worst case was catching a dealer trying to tell me they'd put a completely new transmission in (manufacturer recall, the transmission was to be completely pulled and replaced, housing and all), but there on the "new" transmission were the exact chalk marks I'd put on the old one marking the alignment with the engine and the drive shaft.
There's another reasonable reason to lock a machine like this: there's some fairly delicate parts in these machines that can be easily damaged if the machine's not moved properly or isn't placed and leveled correctly. Most manufacturers already say "If you don't have us assisting in moving it to make sure everything's done right, we won't do repairs on it and won't support it from that point on until we've come in and done a complete prep-and-install on the machine to make sure everything's right again. And it will be at your expense.". It's much the same reason companies I worked for put ShockWatch tags on expensive equipment we were shipping, to be able to tell when it arrived whether it'd been mishandled. Policy was that if it arrived with a ShockWatch tag showing red, we were to document everything including photos and make sure the damage claim form was filled out and signed by the driver before we accepted delivery. If they'd broken it in transit we wanted their insurance to be picking up the tab for replacing a hundred grand worth of tool, not us.
That's one of the problems with ad networks: Yahoo has no direct control over what ads get carried and may not know exactly who's placing ads on their site. That's one reason I'd never allow an ad network onto a site I run, I want to know who I'm dealing with and I can't if there's a middleman in between.
They aren't losing me. Frankly, both the Democrats and the GOP are about as bad when it comes to personal rights. The Dems are somewhat better, but neither's particularly good so that point's a wash. And the Dems are closer to my positions on all those other issues. So why in the world would I abandon any hope of progress on those other issues just to fail to make a point about personal rights? I hold no political loyalty to the Democrats, but as long as they're a better choice overall than the GOP I'm going to tend to vote for them. The only time I wouldn't is when there's an even better overall option who stands a reasonable chance of being elected. But I'm not going to spend my vote on someone who's got no chance of being elected unless there aren't any other acceptable options. I'd rather get 70% than lose 100%.
An example is the San Diego mayoral primary. The GOP candidate "won", but didn't carry a majority because the Democratic vote was split between 2 candidates (one of whom had withdrawn and endorsed the other, but once the slate is set candidates can't be removed). Unfortunately for the GOP the rules are that if no candidate gets a majority then the top two go into a runoff election, and the people who voted for the #3 Democrat are... unlikely to vote GOP against the #2 Democrat. But you can see the issue: if I vote in favor of a candidate I 100% agree with but who isn't going to poll enough to even be in the running, I may end up seeing the candidate I 100% disagree with elected over the one I 70% agree with. Which is one reason I favor preferential voting, where I rank candidates in order with my vote going to my highest-ranked candidate who's still in the running and if no candidate has a majority the one with the fewest votes is dropped from the field and the votes re-tallied until one of them wins >50% of the votes.
I'd note that as a tech one sure sign that the presentation is content-free or deceptive is the speaker using tons of jargon in place of explaining just what their product does. Think "buzzword bingo" and the like. If I were in a position to do it, I'd probably respond to a lot of salescritters trying to peddle their cruft that wouldn't solve my problems but woud net the sales guy a big commission with exactly the same response Obama gave. Especially if you're giving a presentation to someone you know isn't a technical specialist themselves, you don't go using a lot of jargon only a technical specialist would understand unless your whole goal is to bamboozle them into making a decision without understanding what it is they're buying.
The precedents are too solidly behind "at the border you aren't in the US yet, so due process doesn't apply". My solution would be 2 SSD drives: one with my actual system and full-disk encryption, one with a vanilla freshly-installed-and-activated copy of Windows and nothing else. Before heading across the border I pop the actual system drive out and ship it to where I'm going, and pop in the vanilla drive for ICE to search to their hearts' content. They can't even legitimately complain, there wasn't a blessed thing standing in their way of a complete search of every file and every byte of data on the laptop. Except of course for there being nothing interesting there, but that's their problem.
It's probably the dynamic pages many news sites use. The picture may have been on the page when Google crawled it, but now that image has been replaced by another in the database behind the dynamic images so what you're seeing now isn't what Google saw originally. Think about a news site with related-stories lists down the side, or you-have-recently-viewed lists (you can imagine what that'd do with a site crawler).
More importantly, why if it was so critical to search first and get a warrant later did the cops wait 3-4 hours before going to search? In that time they could've done what they did later: go to the judge with the tip in hand and get a warrant issued. Were I a judge, the fact that the police had time to get a warrant issued and didn't would've killed their arguments dead right there.
That argument was lost when the voters passed the matter into law. The majority of society there decided it wasn't acceptable for businesses to refuse service to certain classes of people. We've done it before, deciding it wasn't acceptable to refuse service to blacks, or to Chinese, or to Catholics (yes there was a time when businesses in heavily-Protestant areas would refuse service to Catholics).
Here's the thing: when you're running a photography business you aren't taking the pictures you want to take. You're taking the pictures your customer wants you to take. And that is the critical difference. If there's any speech involved it's the customer's, not yours, because they're the ones choosing what is to be photographed. If they want the family car photographed, you as the photographer can't decide that the house would make a better subject than the car. If you do, they get to sue you for breach of contract because you weren't hired to photograph the house. So if they can dictate something as basic as that, how is the photograph speech of any sort on the photographer's part?
I don't know. If a straight couple hired a photographer and they left the camera out of focus, only took pictures of everyone's feet, only took pictures of derp faces, would that couple have grounds to sue for failure to complete work as contracted? It seems to me that they would, since that kind of stuff fails the test of a minimum quality of work one could reasonably expect from a professional photographer offering their services as such to the public.