Is this Apple's fault? Google's fault? They're just gaming the system and blaming either is another way of saying it's not *my* fault.
But it our fault: we through our ignorance or disengagement with the democratic process have created the rules. Many people here are engaging with politicians and trying to make a difference. Many of us are not.
Speaking from personal experience, this is just the way it is in India. If you could have done something and did not the bureaucracy will go after you - that it would be cost prohibitive is not a defence. The courts often agree.
Its kind of like the joke "A man can spend his life building bridges. Do they call him John the Bridge Builder? No. A man can spend his life raising crops. Do they call him John the Farmer? No. But you fuck one goat . . ."
you can spend your life making bad decisions but piss your pants just once . . .
I lost all respect for the peace prize when they gave it to Obama before he'd had a chance to actually do something. The award has become a bitch to European politics. And right now the Europeans are terrified that cheap Chinese labour is going to effect their standard of living.
So they give the price to a Chinese activist/dissident. And China reacts predictably.
Of course they could, but going out and negotiating with each individual rights holder for each individual work takes up a lot more resources than simply selecting a track from the pre approved library. It's a cheaper not to.
To be fair, no small number of those that claim to support the free movement think "free as in beer" too. As long as there are its going to be difficult to deal with the misconceptions of those that oppose the idea.
I wonder whether there should be more effort in explaining things to the people that support exploiting the new reality.
"Google does offer open platforms, just not for their search and the reasons behind that are not totally clear"
"Google" didnt become a verb because of open software, it because a verb because their closed algorithm was superior to anyone else's. Why would they open it and invite their competitors to be as good?
I wonder how much this is an artifact of teaching methods.
If you've been taught out of a text book your whole life and marking passages and writing notes in the book are part of that, changing your learning method by the time you get to an MBA is going to be hard.
I dont expect it would bother me. We borrowed texts from the school in high school and dark and terrible things were threatened to anyone who dared to mark the books in anyway. Even when we had to buy the books in uni I wrote my notes separately in loose leaf.