Funny, I've occasionally and briefly considered how nice it would be if politicians were similarly certified so the voters would know whether or not they're competent to hold the office. Then you'd need to certify the voters to make sure they're competent enough to understand the politician certification process.
Then I rejoin reality and laugh it off. If he wants to stimulate discussion, get a Twitter account or a blog. Legislation at any level is the final step, not the exploration.
This passes in the U.K. the day after J.K. Rowling states "I'm quite sure in the not-too-distant future, I will bring out another book." When she was hungry, she was publishing a book a year. Then every other year. Now it's been 3 years since the last (and counting).
Yep, those Harry Potter copyrights have really encouraged her to keep contributing to the arts and sciences.
"To me, piracy is something adventurous, it makes you think about Johnny Depp." So the entertainment industry says they need a new word because they themselves glamorized the term "piracy".
If they still argue "inciting infringement" should be a criminal act, maybe they should be held to the same standard if "inciting piracy" by making murder, rape, and actual theft on the high seas glamorous.
Touching on the topic of bloggers breaking the story (which I realize isn't the primary point of the post, but it is a prevalent thread throughout many discussions here): Maybe what we're seeing is the development of the fifth estate. Because the media has become such big business it's no longer possible to consider it an unbiased watchdog. So we now need to watch the watchers. The main question in my mind is "will the blogosphere develop enough core discipline and credibility to be that watcher?"
As soon as KOIN used public radio spectrum to broadcast the content, it became public property with certain caveats of use granted to KOIN(aka copyright); but not full property rights. As such, the discussion of said broadcast falls under fair use regardless of whether or not (in this case not) the discussion medium is public or private.
...if the labels would put up their own lyrics sites I could use with confidence that I'm not installing malware just by visiting the site. Of course, these would be the same labels responsible for the rootkit debacle, so I guess they killed that Golden Goose a long time ago. Sigh.
Put a spring in the bed to make the mattress or futon gently roll the sleeper to floor, waking them up and depositing them in the safest place in the room (most people stand up when woken by emergency, putting them fully in the smoke layer.)