Re: First problem is corporations collecting the data.
That's all you got?
All you can say in defense of your precious government is that someone else might be worse than the government?
A sane person who realized that the blog was about legislation currently being discussed, might actually consider the legislation. But you chose to whine because the author didn't choose to focus on a something else.
Re: As I've said, "transformative" is the key problem:
A whiny guy once said 'you can't reasonably use someone else's work as the central part of yours!'.
Fail. From the beginning of known history, people always use ideas and concepts from other people and build upon them. That is a reasonable, logical and beneficial system.
People who feel that the government should grant monopolies to the one who does something first, and lock those ideas and concepts down, are promoting an unreasonable, illogical and malignant system. That system does not advance anything but greed, enrich lawyers and discourage new artists.
Of course, since you are paid by the beneficiaries of the malignant system, it will never be in your best interest to consider this.
Re: Re: "It's completely over the top," so I suspect it's a plant,
I picture him peering out of his dirty kitchen window, a pale figure not unlike Mr. Burns from the Simpsons with burning red eyes and a stringy comb-over. He peers out across his brown grass, seeing the neighbor kids playing and running around, and plots revenge for the noise they are making. Then he darts back to his computer to teach those kids on techdirt a lesson on how things work in the 'real world'.
"They will never suspect what I'm going to say next" he chortles, "In fact, not even I can suspect what it will be, because it will be completely out_of_the_blue!"
Pretty sure the Pet Rock was a gag gift, nobody I know remembers it as anything but a joke... The lava lamp on the other hand, was interesting to watch and can be used as a night light. If anyone spent much time watching their pet rock, then I hope they got the help they needed.
Apparently you missed the entire point of the article.
It's not that Wortham did something morally wrong, it's that the LAW is wrong.
This sentence might help unclog your cognitive dissonance: Just the fact that Wortham could find herself on the receiving end of lawsuits (both criminal and civil) over both of those laws (and considering her public admission to the key facts, she might have a difficult time pleading innocence) shows why those laws desperately need to be fixed
Too bad your hatred of anyone that doesn't worship IP is interfering with your comprehension.
Yeah, and by that logic, if you don't lock your house, then the police are welcome to walk right in, and browse your computer, unless password protected, and look in all your closets and drawers, unless locked.
Lock everything or post a sign saying 'private' or else you have no right to privacy.
Re: Mike, is your "position" that we really need the names
Because everything the gubermint does is good, holy and just... There should never be any oversight or transparency, the gubermint should be able to do what it wants, and the peasants need to shut up and show some gratitude.