for the USA to lose all competitive advantage in the world markets.
Much as the current administration would like to think that USA law = world law, it currently doesn't and this is a sure-fire way to ensure it remains that way. It would be just too good an advantage for other countries to give up.
As an author you are supposed to have a 'better-than-average' command of written language. As you obviously didn't understand, or perhaps bother to read, the sites FAQ's I am lead to the conclusion that your grasp of written language is well below average. This doesn't make me want to read anything you have written.
Re: Response to: Calvin on Apr 12th, 2012 @ 4:50pm
I think it boils down to how fine a line you draw between inspiration and copying. I think we'd all agree that if someone printed a copy of the Harry Potter books but with a different author named on the cover it would be considered plagiarism. How much do these pair of songs differ and how much difference does there have to be to change it from plagiarism to derivation?
Do we make more progress in discussing this if we call it plagiarism rather than copyright infringement?
Erin seems to be as upset by the fact that she's not recognised as the writer of the original song as she is by the lost revenue. The second version doesn't, to my untutored ear, seem to have bought a lot of originality to the party. So why not heap the scorn on it that plagiarism attracts in academic circles and shame the copiers into changing their ways?
The solution has already been available for a number of years
I have been running a couple of solutions for a number of years.
Under my flat panel TV I have a small form factor Linux box connected via an HDMI channel to the TV. If I want to watch TV I use the handset to switch channels and if I want to use the computer I switch inputs and use the wireless keyboard/mouse. The computer is connected via ethernet cable to my server and router so I can watch films using XBMC or browse the internet.
On my desktop in the study, with it's nice big flat panel screen and high spec graphics card, I've got a USB TV card and I simply run Kaffeine to watch TV in a window while I'm surfing.
I'm not sure what the 'Interactive TV' is supposed to be bringing to the party that isn't something that's already been available for a number of years.
It's not just the 18-30 age group that is angry about this. My parent's generation fought and died to protect their children and future generations from fascism, unfortunately it seems they ended up fighting against the wrong enemy.
My wife paid for my eMusic account with her credit card. Does that mean that only she ought to be able to listen to the tracks downloaded from there ?
What about our Lovefilm account, again it's paid for with my wife's credit card. So does that mean I'm not allowed to watch the film's we rent ?
Here in the UK the police regularly use the millions of CCTV cameras in conjunction with number plate recognition software to flag up and follow 'vehicles of interest'.
So I guess in this country they don't really need to attach GPS devices and the use of CCTV and number plate recognition doesn't require any form of warrant at all.
I spent about 30 years working in the IT industry, mostly as an independent consultant, I never considered membership of the BCS necessary to enhance my professional appeal or helping to progress my technical skills.