I've found a similar situation with my own site (lame plug I know but it's relevant!)
I commonly post to links where you can download mp3s of the songs I transcribe (fileflyer, zshare...etc...)
I've been threatened multiple times in regards to this, while I maintain it's perfectly legal. Between free speech (servers and I are both in the US,) fair use and the fact that all I'm doing is searching Google and posting a link I find that's already out there (I have nothing to do with otherwise!)
...I'm VERY interested in the outcome of this suit.
Mike! When are you going to allow us to block useless, trolling, flaming and generally NON-productive comment posters? (See parent.) I'd really love it if I could never see another comment from this trash again.
However, Apple is the sole producer of both the hardware and software. It isn't violating anti-trust because there are certainly other options out there (ie: PCs)
Apple's argument is that you can't have one (software) without the other (hardware.)
Apple's real point of contention is that they can jack the price of their hardware to 400% manufacturing costs, which is how they make a large portion of their money. With a competing hardware provider, their software (sold cheap) isn't going to make them the same gobs of cash.
Apple: "Our product is both hardware AND software, you can't sell one without the other."
Psystar: "F--- you, we don't have to SIGN anything to get your software, and it's perfectly legal to resell..."
Plus, a ton of market research is done to find the ideal cost of trivial (see: non-essential) items such as this. Much like Starbucks coffee at $4 a pop, if an iPod were inflated artificially then I wouldn't be surprised to see a considerable (noticeable?) dip in sales, ultimately hurting them in the long run.
I have a TV, a PC hooked to said TV via DVI cable, and a solid internet connection. I don't pay for cable, I use:
http://www.hulu.com/ -- Last Comic Standing, Family Guy, American Dad, Simpsons, Scrubs, The Office... http://www.joost.com/ -- The National Geographic Channel is almost as addicting as the History Channel used to be for me, though there's a lot of other stuff too. http://www.southparkstudios.com/ -- Every single south park episode is available to watch. Paraphrased from Matt Stone and Trey Parker: "We got sick of having to pirate our own show, so we had our website guys hook us (and all of you!) up!" http://www.myeasytv.com/ -- Only have tried a few times when bored, but seems to be full of stuff.
...and of course the various Youtube, BreakTV... and Bittorrent sites out there that can get me shows within minutes of airing!
All domains I either at one point owned and lost OR straight up wanted. I researched and found they were all available at the time of search, and within days of searching they were unavailable.
This happened to me all 3 times, using multiple different search engines, so I STARTED using GoDaddy. I'm still not sure which search was the culprit, so if you want a list of those I used (to avoid) just email me...
While this is not the same as bidding on domains to jack prices (which is incredibly unethical) I DO trust GoDaddy to not sell the information about what was searched for, and they haven't let me down yet.
Note: I say had, because in 7 years of me owning the .com I made a grand total of $250 in advertisements (and I was told that was EXCEPTIONAL!)
Didn't even cover hosting costs and I'd rather my visitors feel like they are on a homepage than a business (I don't care about making money off the site.)
Come to think of it, the ads might go back up now that Adblock is around simply because people have an opportunity to opt-out from seeing them. Hmm so is this a case of Adblock INSPIRING the use of ads?! I believe so!!
Plus, think of the bandwidth you're saving not having to load the flash files and all that.
I also use PeerGuardian that acts as a firewall. If you turn on the "advertisers" list, then the sites don't even resolve to their IPs (they resolve to your own localhost) so you don't even download ANYTHING!
Google Text ads don't bother me, and in fact I've unblocked them from adblock. I don't mind clicking the occasional link to help a webmaster out if they actually give me ads worth clicking.
Um, it's called a tribute album. They aren't making money off of it, so they aren't freeloaders. They paid for all expenses out of pocket, and the musicians were eating the cost of the time and energy they spent.
Personally, I'm all for covers and remixes, I believe that you can truly create a new and beautiful song using and existing foundation. Do you think that sitting women were never a subject for artists before Da Vinci came along?
Prince is a talented musician, but that doesn't have any bearing on his credentials as a copyright lawyer... or a winner for that matter...
Transparency in government is the only way to reduce corruption. Lifetime terms work for the Judicial branch, but every other branch needs that check of being temporary to ensure the pool doesn't become stagnant.
It's websites like this that inform people like ME what's going on in government that will ultimately reduce corruption. It also falls on you, the US citizen, to write your representatives and tell them where YOU stand, because ultimately that's who they answer to (whether they act like it or not.)