I'm inclined to disagree with this sentiment, and if permitting is not considered unconstitutional than perhaps it should be. I don't have a problem with a permit as a voluntary request, but making it a requirement is most certainly unconstitutional. All mandatory permits can lead to is censorship, other than the gatherers providing the courtesy of notification. If the permit is declined that's censorship. If the permit allows an institutional response to the assembly that alters the scope or presentation of the assemble, then that is censorship as well.
I think you missed the assault of the elderly woman by the officer. He had no right to place his hands on her. Her swinging her purse was a response to being assaulted. He is the one who should have been arrested and charged with a felony.
In the 80's if you wanted a track you had to listen to the radio with a tape deck and record the song you wanted to hear on a blank cassette. You then shared this tape with your friends ensuring they didn't have to pay for it either, because, you know, we were kids and couldn't afford to pay for it even if we wanted to. And that is single-handedly why music doesn't exist anymore because home taping actually did kill it... oh wait...
Pandora and Spotify give the artists something from people that would otherwise be giving them nothing in many cases. This is progress in the right direction, and if you can't see that then I don't know what to tell you.
I'm all about you guys experimenting with new models for revenue generation and all, but I have to agree with some of the others here that I do not like this new format with the pinned post staying up top. Hopefully a less intrusive method will be found, but I'm an adblock, noscript kinda guy, so maybe I'm in the minority...
"So console gamers can disagree, can complain, but it's going to happen. It's been proven successful on the PC platform, and while you probably won't see the sales and indie development, due to control, it will benefit all.
The only one benefiting from used game sales are the scumbag stores who deal in it while destroying the industry."
It's only successful on the PC because of the sales and indie development. Those 2 factors are the only thing that is offered on the PC platform to compete with free. Without services like steam and gog, all of a sudden the pirate bay would be getting a much greater increase in traffic. Those services add value to the consumer by providing them with convenience at a reasonable price. The console ecosystem has no intention of providing this benefit, so what makes you think this move will be good for anyone other than the game publishers?
You mean like average citizens and journalists have being arrested for filming police officers, or throwing water balloons, or posting rap lyrics on Facebook?
DNA should not be collected without a conviction because these days the police can arrest anyone for anything. The charges may not hold water, but its a moot point once they've violated your rights and put you in a biometrics database. How can you possible be ok with this?
IANAL but I don't believe this would be considered entrapment. As the owner of the copyright, his offering of the films online would be considered an authorized use. To then turn around and demand money from these authorized downloaders to keep Prenda from publicly releasing their porn habits would be a classic example of extortion. Actual legally defined, no argument to the contrary, extortion. Time to buy some stock in PopSecret... this is going to get good!
I was kinda thinking the same thing. This is a cross post from another blog site, so my guess is they have some kind of deal where they get to cross post a story every week and the other site chooses it...? Like you said, it's good to have a new reason to hate Starbucks, but I don't see how this post fits Techdirt.
Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on May 30th, 2013 @ 8:27am
This is exactly how it should work, but I think even you can agree that this is not what is currently happening. All new changes to laws have been beneficial only to the content owners that wrote and paid for said changes, continuously diminishing the rights of the public. These changes are extremely slow and attempt to react to a technology that has normally surpassed itself by several generations by the time the reaction becomes codified, and then the now outdated change is attempted to be applied to the newer innovation like squeezing a square peg in a round hole.
The reality of the situation is that no amount of legislation will ever change the fact that the internet can be used as a giant copy machine. The content owners are not trying to compete on a realistic playing field. They have this notion of what they want things to be like and think that additional legislation will solve their problems, but this line of thinking is quite similar to living by a river in Egypt. Until they realize that their only option is to compete with the reality of free, they will continue to fail.
This is exactly the point of the article about hindering innovation. Every time a new startup comes up and tries to fill in a gap to provide a service that there is clearly demand for, they are blocked at every turn in the best case scenario, and sued out of existence in the worst. If the content owners were truly providing the innovation and the services their customers want, then these startups wouldn't even need to exist since the demand would already be met. The content owners have repeatedly shown their desire to work against their customers, not with them, and trying to claim anything to the contrary is truly the definition of disingenuous.
I disagree... The quote Mike was referring to was absolutely ridiculous. I thought Mike's commentary was quite fair and rather tame.
Lanier said: "Of course jobs become obsolete. But the only reason that new jobs were created was because there was a social contract in which a more pleasant, less boring job was still considered a job that you could be paid for. That’s the only reason it worked. If we decided that driving was such an easy thing [compared to] dealing with horses that no one should be paid for it, then there wouldn’t be all of those people being paid to be Teamsters or to drive cabs. It was a decision that it was OK to have jobs that weren’t terrible."
Mike said: "I'm just left shaking my head here because this statement is so ridiculous and so ignorant that it, alone, should cause people to assume that Lanier knows absolutely nothing about economics or history."
I think this was a pretty fair assessment of what he said. In my head I was thinking something like: "Mr. Lanier, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
It really is a sad state of affairs that this is even an issue requiring a petition. Hopefully the goal will be reached, but I don't think this is mainstream enough to get promoted where people will see it like happened with SOPA and the Library of Congress. Although, with 300 million blind people out there, only a very small percentage would need to be made aware to get the signatures...
I humbly request that the Chewbacca Defense now be called the Nazaire Defense. I feel Chewbacca and Wookies in general are disparaged by the original naming, and that they would provide a significantly better defense... albeit one of laser crossbows and being beaten with droid arms.