I'm starting to think that all those drugs that the 'boomers did in the 60's completely dissolved their skin. This and many other articles on here seem to illustrate that nobody can take any kind of criticism anymore. WTH?
"Without international Copyright enforcement, Copyright may as well not exist"
Assuming that copyright is important (and I'm not willing to concede that point) it still has no place in a free trade agreement. Free trade should be about increasing trade opportunities between countries and copyright is by definition a restriction of free trade.
The other problem with that statement is that this assumes that copyright terms are the same for all the countries. It's not, and by making treaties that say all the countries need to adhere to all the other countries copyright terms, it ends up being a race to the most restrictive terms. This basically makes the legislative processes in each individual country meaningless as they wouldn't be allowed to make more public friendly copyright terms without violating international treaties.
If I remember my civics correctly, elections are held every 2 years. So if my math is correct, that means that half of congress and 1/3 of the senate are elected in each cycle.
Further math would tell me that means 33 Senators and 218 Congresspeople are elected.
33*$10,476,451=$345,722,883 and 218*$1,689,580=$368,328,440
This means a total of $714,051,323 was spent on the winning elections. Almost 3/4 of a billion dollars mostly contributed by businesses who all claim to be losing money to some illegal upstart of one sort or another.
So, what else could these companies have done with this $700K+? Well, the average wage in 2011 was just under $43K, so this would have employed over 16,000 more workers.
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"you are still having your 4th Amendment rights being violated by both parties"
Um.. no you're not. Google is not a government entity, therefore you have no 4th amendment protection from them sifting through the data you provide to them. What they do with your data is outlined in their privacy policies, but that is not a 4th amendment issue. You have no 4th amendment protection from a private company.