Totally unworkable. Explain how fines could be tied to income in a simple system. Does the cop ask my income when writing the ticket? Do I declare it? Or are you suggesting the absolutely ridiculous system where the federal government sends my income tax return to the municipal government? What a bureaucratic nightmare. Plus, all my data would be shuffled around to people who should not see it, and could potentially fall into the wrong hands.
The solution to big government is not bigger government.
Jail time is ridiculous. Some people, especially those in more precarious financial situations, can lose their jobs if they are forced to miss work. This is highly regressive. And will just fill jails up with normal people.
Using a percent of annual income sounds good, but is totally inefficient. What, they are going to look at my tax return?
I have yet to see any evidence of takedown requests. But Bic's response is clear: "point out that it is a fake" and remove it, "if necessary". That doesn't sound like a takedown to me. It just sounds like a company reasonably trying to point out they didn't write this fake letter. Parody is fine, as long as people know it is parody.
I think they responded properly and Digiday are either idiots or assholes. Look at the response, "This letter is by no means an official document". So obviously Digiday asked, "Hey, is this an official document?"
Are they braindead morons? Of course it isn't an official document! Why the hell are they asking this? More likely, they were going for the gotcha story, where they ask an idiotic question and then post the ridiculous looking answer. And Bics answer is very clear. If someone like Digiday, who should be familiar with fake customer service letters, is asking Bic about it, maybe other "morons in a hurry" will be confused. So Bic asks people who post it to clarify it is a hoax. A very reasonable request. Only in Tim's mind, could this be unreasonable.
So in addition to cops, Tim hates corporations, too, I guess.
I think "love of money is the root of all evil" is a ridiculous saying. Money is simply a medium exchange for work. Is "love of work" the root of all evil? Of course not.
If someone wants something, like a lamborghini, and they work hard (or make smart investments) to get it, who am I to say they are greedy? Frankly, most people who claim others are suffering from Greed are themselves suffering from Envy.
So let me get this straight? Everyone on this board thinks it is okay for a deranged man to antagonize cops? So if he did pull a gun and start shooting, you'd be okay with a few dead civilians? While the cops were doing what: trying to talk him down, karate chop him, tackle him, or maybe just shoot for the knee? Give me a break. This anti-cop 20/20 hindsight nonsense is typically of Tim. Maybe 1 in 10,000 encounters with cops go wrong, so all cops are bad, right? Pathetic.
Journalism is much easier to do with access, and criticizing the powerful people you are reporting on makes access much more difficult. I can sympathize with large news organizations having to pander a bit to those in charge. This is the dilemma reporters have:
If you have integrity but no access, nobody listens to you. If you have access but no integrity, nobody trust you.
Juicers and extractor are not healthy. The reason fruits and vegetables are good for you is fibre. Fruit without fibre is basically a glass of fructose. You know, the crap in high fructose corn syrup that causes diabetes?
Re: Heh, heh. At last you're suspicious of "Google has no way".
The "Rich" don't care about you, unless you have money to spend (I'm assuming you don't, because you post here day and night). The government does care about you. Google, and other businesses, are victims, just like the rest of us, of an out of control government.
Ironically, copyright was already very long in the early days of Hollywood (75 years in 1920). So the example you give can't possibly be why copyright is the way it is.
However, even with our insane copyright laws, Hollywood just takes existing works and changes them slightly to screw over writers. Look at Underworld and "The Love of Monsters", and Knocked Up and the book "Knocked Up".