That was at one point the RIAA's approach. But that hasn't been the approach for a long time. I guess you've never heard of copyright trolls? Rightshaven? Prenda? Malibu Media? All target end consumers. 6 Strikes? Targets End consumers. There are other efforts out there. Techdirt loves to highlight them.
A general 9% tax on your internet bill =/= a 9% tax on online amusements. Even if your ISP determined you vist netflix, they have no idea what tier of service you get, or if there are multiple netflix accounts in a home (because some of the people are tenants with separate Netflix). Nor could your ISP collect a 9% tax on your itunes purchases, or 72 hour digital movie rentals or your purchase of books at amazon. Collecting at the ISP level would not work.
Re: Ford Motors fails to provide me with Crown Vic for $1, therefore I'm justified in stealing one. Those bastards. Not even end of year models at convenient price.
That isn't what was said. What was said is that the publishers knew that the higher price point would lead to piracy, and rather then choose a more affordable price point the publishers chose to encourage piracy. No where did he say that piracy was ok, nor did he suggest anyone go out and pirate ebooks.
Except because of a lack of price flexability and competition in the market, the publishers were capable of retaining a non-optimal price point above the stablization price for the books. This cost them sales, and overall probably cost them money, but likely lead to more sales then the price point would normally sustain. Because with many books, you have no other option. If your favorite author's publisher is only publishing through Apple at the heavy markup, you only have one option to get that ebook. They hurt their sales, but not enough that it kills their business, and now the books are selling for "what they are worth".
I would like to point out that Cadbury wanted a trademark on the specific shade of purple it uses in its UK packaging, which Nestle had started using with a new bar with the seeming intent of confusing UK customers. I don't otherwise know why "My Purple Bar" would be considered a good name for a chocolate colored chocolate bar. So while I agree the trademark probably was correctly not granted, to say that it was a ridiculous fight discounts the real questions about nestle's packaging decisions.
The problem with that approach is it only help for those first few shifts and even then not really. You can total your taxi in an at-fault accident and not get fired. Once your employed, its really hard to be not employed. The vetting process in many areas is a joke, and after it you still have no idea how good a driver is.
Well fuck. I just recorded a great rant about how gmail's free email can prevent my email from being handed to someone else (and somehow comcast's paid email can't), and then google goes and pulls this shit and just dumps over the entire theory. Yeah, technically they are very different services and what happened here is an edge case that is almost nothing like the Comcast cases, but hell. I just know someone is going to bring it up if I post that rant now.
I could buy their arguments (I wouldn't agree with them, just buy into them), if it weren't for the copyright levies. See, the levies are already paying legacy media companies for your second copy. You can't say you aren't. And therefore, banning personal archival copies on the basis that your second copy is lost revenue is bunk.
Obama has spent most of his term in office pandering to Republicans while at the same time giving lip service to the Democratic party. His biggest successes have supported republican policies. He'll just be showing his true colors when he signs in TPA without TAA.