Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
from the recurring-characters-and-crossover-hits dept
Another short week, but this time no shortage of votes! We've got lots of high-scoring comments that racked up points in both categories, starting with a clear winner that took first place in both the Funny and Insightful categories. The comment comes from our post about Sony's new plan to combat used game sales (and, potentially, piracy) with RFID chips. In response to the claim that "if piracy was not a big problem this much effort would not have been put into reducing it", an anonymous commenter served up a delicious allegory:
If giants were not a big problem, Don Quixote would not have put that much effort into fighting them.
That's so apt that someone should derive an adjective from it...
In second place on the Insightful side, and also scoring reasonably well on the Funny charts, we've got another anonymous commenter on the same post. This AC took a line from the post and rewrote the second half to be more accurate:
"Sony seems to have found a way to prevent secondhand sales without having to" ... resort to things like adding value to their product(s).
This is Sony we're talking about, after all.
If anyone at the DOJ losses their jobs over this they can take comfort in knowing that they will have a cushie job waiting for them at an MPAA affiliated company.
Not to mention at the MPAA itself...
For the second Editor's Choice, we go all the way back to last Sunday's comments post, where I enlisted the help of our readers in finding more details on the UK's home recording laws. That Anonymous Coward succeeded, and dug up the relevant statute:
28 day limit in UK. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/48/part/I/chapter/III/crossheading/miscellaneous-broad casts-and-cable-programmes/enacted
68. Incidental recording for purposes of broadcast or cable programme 3. That licence is subject to the condition that the recording, film, photograph or copy in question— b. shall be destroyed within 28 days of being first used for broadcasting the work or, as the case may be, including it in a cable programme service.
But then there is section 70
70. Recording for purposes of time-shifting The making for private and domestic use of a recording of a broadcast or cable programme solely for the purpose of enabling it to be viewed or listened to at a more convenient time does not infringe any copyright in the broadcast or cable programme or in any work included in it.
And they even have laws covering PHOTOGRAPHS taken of broadcasts... *boggle*
That's the act as it was originally passed. As far as I can tell from the most recent amendments, that particular text has, mercifully, been removed—though it still serves as an excellent example of the nutty ways people react to technology.
On the Funny side of things, we've already had the first place winner, so we'll go straight to second place. Upon learning that the fiscal cliff deal included tax breaks for hollywood, Aria Company inferred a pretty clear message:
Dear tax payers,
Feel free to copy those movies and TV shows.
You helped paid for it.
Sure won't hold up in court, but we can add it to the looooong list of reasons that a lot of people understandably don't feel all that guilty about piracy.
I've mentioned before that I enjoy the way intellectual property abuse has developed its own dramatis personae of notorious figures, and for Editor's Choice we've got two cross-referencing comments typifying that very trend. Friday morning, on our post about the ongoing fiasco surrounding Prenda Law, S. T. Stone delivered a devastating quip:
Even Charles Carreon pities these guys.
Apparently Carreon was bitter that Prenda Law was getting all the press.
Lawyer jokes used to involve bus crashes and ammunition shortages—but these buffoons have managed to turn themselves into the legal world's most popular punchlines. Now that's a legacy.
That's all for this week—see you tomorrow!