Apple comes out looking fine. It is hardly Apple's responsibility to make sure Ireland's laws are valid. It would be like if a company in the U.S. got a massive fine because a state law that it was following all along was eventually found to be unconstitutional. Blaming the company for following the law is pretty ridiculous.
You've got to have at least one token item in their somewhere that the lobbyists can make a big fuss about and you put through anyway, make a big thing of how you don't answer to them and say "See, we aren't in their pocket"!
Copyright isn't a black and white concept. It doesn't have to be either "we have it" or "we don't have it". The purpose of trying to get people to associate copyright with theft is to attach all the emotions that are attached to the concept of theft to the concept of copyright infringement. This helps with things like extending copyright law over and over (if it's "stealing" then it must "belong" to the copyright holder, and having copyright expire is taking something that "belongs" to them, right?) and it helps whenever they want people to make sacrifices of freedom (especially other people's freedom) in the name of controlling copyright infringement or when they want to put in levies to compensate them for all the money that is being stolen and such. It's basically propaganda.
Techdirt and most readers aren't necessarily anti-copyright, but for the most part they will certainly not agree with the direction that those lobbyists are trying to take copyright, and their campaign to associate copyright with theft is part of that agenda.
"In fact, it's quite troubling that they seem to think that anything that directly expands copyright automatically benefits "rightsholders."
Thats because you are conflating rightsholders and creators.. The rightsholders they are talking about are their customers.. The ones that don't create anything, but hold the rights to stuff made in the past. Things that help creators don't help them and things that help creators publish their own works *really* don't help them.
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This is basically the press doing it's job. It calls out the blatant lies that they can spot from a helicopter view for all politicians. It's not their job to make sure the same number of them come from all sides.
Yeah, but they could really do this in a way that make everyone's lives so miserable.. I mean even a simple system of paying a small amount to register stuff indefinitely after it expires would probably accomplish the same thing without needlessly depriving everyone from being able to use all the rest of the work that no one is benefiting from having locked up at all.