from the prenda,-prenda,-prenda dept
So here we are at the end of another week and what a week it was. We started off Monday with April Fool's Day and there were a couple of fools to be found. How Viacom expects the judge to keep a straight face when blatantly misconstruing the clear regulations in the DMCA is beyond me. And NATO... WTF? As a home based employee, I'm lucky if wear pants on any given day. There's no way your run of the mill "hactivist" is going to wear a uniform. Of course, the biggest tease of the day has to go to Mike's reminder of the looming appearance by Prenda Law in Judge Wright's courtroom. After that article posted, I barely got any real work done as I was scouring for other opinons. Of course, that drove me to follow Popehat on Twitter which turned out to be one of the best decisions of the week.
Tuesday started out with a hint of the logical disconnect to come with a follow-up story about Paul Hansmeier and his attempt to branch off as a professional Class Action Objector. I'm beginning to believe he's gotten to the point where he really believes the words coming out of his mouth are true - a scary proposition. Of course, we didn't have to wait too long for the extinction-level event to take place. Prenda showed up, plead the fifth and left - all in less time than it takes to get a pizza delivered. They pissed off the judge and gave me (via Ken/Popehat) my favorite phrase of the week: incandescently angry. Ken White's analysis was, to put it mildly, also a great read. We now get to wait for the delivery of what we hope to be a nuclear (but well reasoned) response. Of course, that agony ended up being tinged with anger at seeing how Congress is planning to debate CISPA behind closed doors. A government of the people, by the people and FOR the people? Not lately...
Wednesday gave us a follow up to a prank from Monday which led to my 12 year old son asking "Why are people so stupid?" Even in 6th grade, he understands enough basic chemistry to know what that is. Of course, in our panic driven environment these days (if you see something, say something), you have to wonder if it was an inevitable outcome. And speaking of outcomes, does anything think this could possibly have a good one? Of course, predictions seen on Techdirt could never come true, could they???? We also had the USPTO offering a final rejection of an Apple patent that Samsung supposedly infringed. Since the case is still rattling around the courts, who wants to bet this adds another 2-3 years to it's duration?
On Thursday, I had a combination of family and work matters intrude, but did manage to catch what turned out to be my Favorite Techdirt Comment of The Week. In a follow-up story to DMCA takedown by Prince, Mike posted a link to the video in question and an analysis of why it was Fair Use and how the takedown should have taken that into consideration. Of course, we had a few copyright trolls show up to which reader S. T. Stone gave a rather comprehensive reply, garnering a First Word. Trolls being what they are couldn't let it rest, but S. T. Stone came back with a second, just as eloquent and insightful response. Well done!
Nothing like finishing out the week with a little insanity where the EFF helpfully points out that based on public statements from the DOJ, it's illegal for a 12 year old to read the New York Times online, but perfectly fine if he reads the print version. Cue the dog with the tilted head/WTF? look on it's face. And of course, how can we have a week without the entertainment industry telling us how we're doing it wrong? Wait... I know... I've got the perfect solution to the music industry financial crisis - bands just need to sell ads to be placed in the middle of their songs!!! All they have to do is take their own advice now and we'll all be saved. Yay!!! Something tells me they're not going to listen though. Oh well - back to waiting for Judge Wright's incandescently angry order... :-)