The ISP's that filed a joint brief are as follows. TimeWarener, Cox, and Verizon. I am very glad to see this is getting heard. I cannot quite give citation but my gut tells me that the RIAA may be involved with Prenda some how.
I think that this bill is directly designed to allow better consumerism in the market. Currently, cable companies have to spend a lot on specialized equipment to scramble out digital cable signals which are more easily transmitted over QAM. I don't really think cable companies are as big an issue as major broadcasters because cable companies have to pay for extra equipment to descramble signals for us. A truly strong economy is marked by the amount of affordable consumer market spending that con occur without loans. That being said this bill is designed to do just that. It provides us a means to be free of the mercy of broadcasters like Viacom and CBS who demand higher and higher costs for crappy extra channels nobody likes.
I personally think if anyone tried to write these stories from Prenda's point of view the, either A) It would cause a serious author severe writer's block on how to defend Prenda, or B) It would be a really really comedic parody...I think the the latter in that contex is the only thing one could do.
Oh it gets deeper from there....apparently a former RIAA lobbyist who somehow ended up as a Federal Court Justice apparently approved initial discovery on IP Addresses on multiple John Doe's so AFHoldings (AKA Prenda Law, AKA Lightspeed Adult Entertainment/Lightspeed Girls) could get users' personal ID from ISP's....AT&T, COX, TimeWarner, and Verizon all filed a joint brief to the 11th circuit of appeals in the US Supreme Court to have Justice Howell's decision reversed.
Emulation is...at best...grey legally because one can file a copyright on ROM dumps pertain to making computers run...Apple did this with Pre-OSX Mac OS systems. Each computer until Mac OS8 came out...had an EPPROM that contained the system identifier (Gestalt ID), and Some form of the QuickDraw/Color QuickDraw/QuickDraw32/QuickDraw 3D API's (depending on the system).
Each emulator is different...just because they emulate the same software doesn't mean that emulators are all coded the same...ZSNES for instance is coded in C+.....SNES9x uses GTK+....FCE Ultra uses BASIC...NESTopia uses C+.
Also...after seeing that the only difference in the PS1 and SNES versions of Chrono Trigger (in code) was a simple interpreter..one could surmise that that it isn't one bit hypocritical to use one's own code to emulate older software platforms.
I can understand Nintendo's stance on pirated software for their current devices...which happen to be the DS handhelds...good luck copying WiiU discs...it's physically impossible... I can't recall Nintendo complaining about ROM's and SNES emulation though as those aren't all that current. And most ROM's are covered by certain preservation clauses in the US Copyright act allow them to exist in the legal grey.
The type of fraud mentioned is mostly stuff like charging us as out patients on our bill, but charging us as over night stay on our insurance forms. It happens all the time. My mother works under contract with a company in the state if Ohio and a few other states here in the US to basically recoup and recover bad claims so that hospitals stop doing this. So don't anyone dare try to fucking conflate this issue to copyright. Hospitals have to follow strict guidelines concerning a patient's personal information which is why this data WILL NOT BE RELEASED PUBLICLY
Calm down y'all...the type of fraud mentioned is mostly stiff like charging us as out patients on our bill, but charging us as over night stay. It happens all the time. My mother works under contract with a company in the state if Ohio and a few other states here in the US to basically recoup and recover bad claims so that hospitals stop doing this.
What's really sad about those two statements is this:
When I make a referral to a patient to a psychiatrist....it's usually because I sit down with them and actually analyze what is going on with them and get to know their quirks...but all in an onjective mannor. Before I make the referral, my analysis usually checks in with reference materials I have on hand just in case I feel that medication is needed...after which, if it is so deemed, I refer them to a psychiatrist so that they can get treatment. You have to be liscensed to do that so you don't endanger people's lives.
Lets see what Dr. Phil does that violates typical practices of actual psychologists.
1. Client confidentiality...you loose your lisence for doing that. His show is public...no confidebtiality what so ever for his "clients".
2. Part of renewing your lisence requires you to be up to code with current DSM standards and diagnoses. He has not renewed his since his show started.
Oh and I do charge about $150 for a half hour session....