I think its interesting that just this morning my daughter had a twitter post linking to a picture of her over priced coffee drink. Any chef complaining about people taking pictures of their food is actually worried about other things rather than his IP. Our culture revolves around sharing information and with so many people carrying easily used cameras on their phone with the ability to instantly share their thoughts and experiences via social media.
A few years back was working for a company that was involved in a legal fight of another company using one of its key patents. The legal fight was drawn out for a for years costing the company lots of money in legal fees. Eventually the owner was vindicated and won the case. A couple months later a large percentage of the production workforce was laid off. Saying what if is silly but a lot of money was thrown at lawyers over the course of that patent dispute.
Just as a random thought, what do you think the odds are of the publishers actually using their own products on e-readers and experiencing the frustration versus the RIAA and MPAA doing the same with their respective products
I got rid of the cable boxes about 6 months ago expecting the kids to be upset, not even a wimper about missing jersey shore. The kids (2 of em) have been to 3 movies in the last year and its been since Star Trek (the new one) was released that I went to a movie.
As loud as they are screaming about piracy and lost revenue guess what thats really all i know about the entertainment industry. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it fall...
When i was in Salt Lake City in 00 or 01 (i think it was) there was a independent dealer who tried to open on Sundays, the other dealers forced through legislation because it was anti competitive since they couldn't be open on Sunday's due to religious reasons.
I'm not ignoring the fact that the US tends to be a bit heavy handed in trying to get it national way, but singling out the US walking in to an AA meeting and pointintg out one guy and saying that's the drunk. Good going Columbo.
I have a hard time believing that they are braindead, no one should be allowed run multimillion/billion dollar industries with that level of obliviousness to reality. There has to be a point to this strategy. We just don't know wha the plan is. I'll be honest I'm starting to entertain global century long conspiracy theorys to explain their strategies.
I don't know the truth of this but I remember being told a few years back that the red that Raytheon corp uses in its logo is a trademarked color. A quick search on Raytheon red and trademark doesn't show anything in Google.
Apparently there is such a thing as color trademark though or at least there's a wiki entry on it. Further proof that ip lawyers have been mucking up the system for a long time.
What would happen to the video game industry. We'd still be stuck playing doom (or whichever fps was actually the first tank battle on the atari maybe?). Every FPS game out there is built on that simple concept of game play with improvements and innovations (like jumping) on the core concept
7 hours per weeks of tv for a employed person at say $70 is $10 per hour of tv vs say 21 hours for an unemployed person per week at the same price point works out to $3.34 per hour of tv.
The employed person will be more likely to have the extra money to go out to a restaurant/bar for dinner and drinks with friends or to go out to a movie or many other activities. Time is a finite resource.