Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the lingua-franca dept

Our first place winner on the insightful side this week is Stephen T. Stone with a response to one commenter's silly conspiracy theory about commenters' accounts:

You have issues. But let’s start with the whole “I hate Techdirt so much that I’m going to constantly surf the site and obsessively collect data on all its users to show Techdirt how much I hate it” thing and work our way out from there.

In second place, it's an anonymous response to another very stupid idea — the comparison of copyright infringement to rape:

...except that procreation isn't given to US citizens as a limited right; it pre-exists.

If you're making a comparison, copyright abuse (taking copyright that belongs to others for a fee) is way closer to prostitution than copyright piracy is to rape culture.

If we were just dealing with individual people, you might have a point. But asking permission of a company to use information they bought... usually doesn't go well, especially if you're not making a significant amount of money off of the proposal from which you can pay them residuals that offset the cost of tracking the license.

Trust me, I did an experiment at one point where I was doing a copyright-exemption-supported presentation of the state of copyright, but as part of the exercise, I went and asked a bunch of major and minor players for permission to use their works (since it's always good to ask, even if you legally don't have to). The likes of Sony never even responded, the small artists were delighted and gave their blessing, and some of the others like Warner sent me pages of legal documents where I had to outline exactly how much I would be charging, how large the audiences would be etc. (when I had already given them all the pertinent info). Once they realized this was journalistic reporting and I wasn't going to make ANY money off it, they didn't just say "oh, well then, you don't need our permission." Instead they demanded I cease and desist.

So. The symptom here might be Silicon Valley, but the problem is entrenched copyright behemoth corporations.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start out with a response from Thad to those who would dismiss Werner Herzog's comments about piracy because they dislike his work:

Herzog? Whether you personally like him or not isn't really relevant; he's a highly respected auteur in his field.

Which, frankly, is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if it's Werner Herzog or Tommy Wiseau. The quality of an artist's work is orthogonal to his opinions on copyright infringement.

Next, it's an anonymous response to Scribd's attempt to vaguely claim that its hands were tied when it took down the public domain Mueller report:

I hate writing like this. It's not unfortunate. They're choosing to disable the content prior to contacting the alleged copyright owner. There's no law in the US (yet) that requires anything like ContentID or BookID. You only have to respond to DMCA requests, which it's clear none of these were.

Over on the funny side, our first place winner is bob with another comment about the Scribd situation:

the real issue here is

[This comment was held for possibly infringing on someone else's copyrighted work. Please check back later after a human has reviewed the other thousand comments in the queue before this comment.]

In second place, it's our response to Universal's bogus takedown of the "Your Life Work" video series:

I love that series, my favorite was the one intended to guide workers into a career as an executive in the entertainment industry, titled "The Unrepentant Asshole".

For editor's choice on the funny side, we start out with an anonymous proposal for fixing Scribd's BookID system:

Clearly, the BookID system failed, as public domain material was allowed to be submitted. Luckily, the simple existence of BookID suggests a solution: a public domain filter. Before a work can be registered with BookID, it should be run against a filter of the entire body of public domain works, to eliminate errors. Luckily, as unlike the ever-growing body of copywritten works, the public domain is fixed and unchanging, that filter should be much easier to create. Of course, I would be remiss if I ignored the possibility of copywritten works being added to the filter's filter, so the public domain filter would need its own filter as well. Then I suppose that filter would again require a public domain filter, and so on down the line. I remain confident, however, that we will reach the asymptote of filtering filters prior to exhausting all computational capacity on the planet.

Finally, we've got Coogan unpacking the logic behind a federal agent's claim that overnighting a taped package via FedEx is suspicious:

"Lots of boxes with 'Amazon' on them, captain."

Amazon -> South America -> Columbia -> Cocaine

"Looks like we're working late tonight, boys!"

That's all for this week, folks!


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    FlatZOut (profile), 28 Apr 2019 @ 12:45pm

    These comments get weirder and weirder every week. There should be a subreddit based on our TechDirt comments.

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    ECA (profile), 28 Apr 2019 @ 1:08pm

    Anythinng you understand about Content ID is Worng.there is none

    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7648743?hl=en&ref_topic=2778544

    Please be sure to use the Copyright Match Tool responsibly. Misuse, including intentional or repeated abuse of the copyright removal process or attempted probing or reverse engineering of the match system, may result in loss of feature access or termination of your YouTube partnership. Just because we’ve found an upload that matches your video doesn’t guarantee it is copyright infringement. It is your responsibility to review each video and consider whether fair use, fair dealing, or a similar exception to copyright applies before you submit a takedown request.

    NOT WORKING...otherwise the Corps would be Banned by now.

    How Content ID works
    Copyright owners can use a system called Content ID to easily identify and manage their content on YouTube. Videos uploaded to YouTube are scanned against a database of files that have been submitted to us by content owners.

    Copyright owners get to decide what happens when content in a video on YouTube matches a work they own. When this happens, the video gets a Content ID claim.

    Where is that code, and how to get one??

    YouTube only grants Content ID to copyright owners who meet specific criteria. To be approved, they must own exclusive rights to a substantial body of original material that is frequently uploaded by the YouTube user community.

    YouTube also sets explicit guidelines on how to use Content ID. We monitor Content ID use and disputes on an ongoing basis to ensure these guidelines are followed.

    Content owners who repeatedly make erroneous claims can have their Content ID access disabled and their partnership with YouTube terminated.

    If you are a content owner and believe your content meets the criteria, you can fill out this form.

    And Still...where how is the ID created??

    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6005923?hl=en&ref_topic=2778544
    The Content Verification Program is designed especially for copyright-holding companies to issue multiple removal requests. Individual notifications may be submitted by following these instructions.

    You can fill out this form to see if the Content Verification Program or another tool is a good match for you based on your copyright management needs.

    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2807622

    read this yourself.. THERE IS NO CHECKING of Copyrights. Give me a Number to look up, would be a nice thing.. GET the corps to do the work, or Just DENY it, please..

    thsi system dont really work, and I agree with the above, GET the numbers for CR, for public domian FIRST...and Even post the Public domain stuff that can be FOUND(cause much has been lost or sold to private individuals..Hulu has a bunch you have to PAY to watch)

    GL folks..

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      That One Guy (profile), 28 Apr 2019 @ 1:31pm

      Re: Anythinng you understand about Content ID is Worng.there is

      Bloody hell man, really need to work on that formatting. Bolding some parts for emphasis is one thing, bolding and notably increasing font size is just overkill.

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        Gary (profile), 28 Apr 2019 @ 6:14pm

        Re: Re: Anythinng you understand about Content ID is Worng.there

        ECA comes from a planet where they haven't invented the written word, but he tries really hard. :)

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      FlatZOut (profile), 28 Apr 2019 @ 7:43pm

      Re: Anythinng you understand about Content ID is Worng.there is

      Those texts are THICC!

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      ECA (profile), 29 Apr 2019 @ 11:20am

      Re: Anythinng you understand about Content ID is Worng.there is

      I didnt mod the txt...
      I just copy paste...
      And it looks like someone edited it..Or its hidden and embedded..

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    Thad (profile), 28 Apr 2019 @ 9:57pm

    Jane Fonda, Daniel Shore, Jack Anderson...

    Hey, this is Richard Nixon's enemies list! You just crossed out his name and put yours!

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