Old McDonalds field? Seriously, I think the "field" here is "being human". While the actual technology behind it may be hella complex, the idea is brutually simple and straightforward, and since he claims he owns the IDEA (which I was of the impression you couldn't, but maybe that's just copyright?), it's obvious.
"Although they had been a fully disclosed non-issue upon her hiring, [...]" (regarding the videos).
"In a letter to the Vice President/General Manager of Comcast Sports Net Chicago, team chairman Rocky Wirtz demanded that reporter Susannah Collins be removed immediately, [...]" (regarding the complaints they received).
Also from the article; this wasn't a complaint from some random viewer, it was from one of the owners. Not that it changes anything.
"it was to submit a complaint to google about websites that are posting lyrical content that is falsely described as Inspection 12 lyrics in order to sell ringtones."
As you say, the perjury part only applies to the claim that you own the copyright. But if you send notices against things that you admit you don't own the copyright on, then you ARE committing perjury.
Actually, all Hitler proved was that it's easy to increase the standard of living for some if you do it by stealing everything of value from someone else, and then use them as slaves. Who would have thought huh?
When I first heard about this lawsuit I got the impression that the difference between her real age and her stated age was closer to 15-20 years. While I can understand wanting to pretend to be under 30 for a while longer, by now those 7 years can't make that much difference, can they?
"[...] (and, one imagines, more likely to be blocked in those countries)."
Actually I'd say that they are LESS likely to be blocked. Google (Reader) is a HUGE target. If people using Google Reader start using different replacements, the result would be a big number of alternatives, which would be harder to keep up with for the censorship-happy morons.
The big flaw in your analogy is that shoplifting carries a very real loss - you loose your product. You stop someone and you keep your product - you have stopped the loss.
The loss, if any, with piracy is a loss of sale. So if they don't get that back, then they don't win anything on fighting it. They still loose, only now they loose the money invested in fighting piracy as well.
And no, it's not the fear of getting caught that keeps us on the straight and narrow, for the most part the risk is minimal.
I remember several years ago when my mom was (very) pregnant with my littlesister. We were shopping, and
I wanted a comicbook. She put it in her pocket since she had nowhere else to put it, and forgot about it. She didn't realize until we were at the car. Guess what she did, with her gigantic pregnancy-belly? She went back inside and payed for it. Not because she had to, not because she could get caught, not because it was easy (did I mention that she was pregnant?) - because it was the right thing to do.
I also remember realizing several years ago that it would be ridiculously easy to murder someone and get away with it - for the most part it's your connection to the victim that gives you away. But we don't do it, because we don't want to.