Well if they are going to tax you based on speed it's prob because you are capable of downloading more files. I'm not saying it's a good idea but if it did go through there should be guarantees they you would not get sued for infringement.
As far as blueray goes. I would rather keep my files in digital format and view them over the network. With drive space becoming so cheap why should I invest in another format that is more restrictive? Not to mention there less plastic recycle.
Even if you could trademark those other things how could you trademark Design/Develop? Looking at there site, some stuff is obvious and most stuff is just confusing. All they are doing is branding their services... nothing new here.
that patent is so wide open it seems as if they are trying to patent the Internet itself. hat it describes sounds like emailing to your phone and getting a text message.
1. A digital notification and response system, comprising:
a. an administrator interface for preparing and transmitting a message from an administrator to at least one user contact device;
b. a dynamic information database for storing the message, wherein the dynamic information database comprises;
i. user contact data comprising:
1. user contact device information; and
2. user selected priority information that indicates a contact order for the user contact device;
ii. user selected grouping information comprising:
1. at least one group associated with each user contact device; and
2. a priority order for contacting each user contact device within the group;
iii. response data comprising:
1. user response information that indicates individual user contact devices have received the message; and
2. response information that indicates when insufficient user contact device information exists to contact the user contact devices;
wherein the administrator initiates distribution of the message using the grouping information, priority information, and the priority order, and wherein the message is transmitted through at least two industry standard gateways simultaneously, wherein the two industry standard gateways are selected from the group consisting of: a SMTP gateway a SIP, an H.323, an ISDN gateway, a PSTN gateway, a softswitch, and combinations thereof, wherein the message is received by the at least one user contact device, and the at least one user contact device transmits a response through the industry standard gateways to the dynamic information database.
I'm no legal expert, but aren't the punitive damages about making sure the defendant is taught a lesson to not break the law again and not to teach others a lesson? Sure he won't infringe again but I'm sure $10,000 would have been more then enough. Effectively bankrupting him won't help deter others. Also he could just go bankrupt and I'd love to see how they would see a penny of that money now.
In open source communities this guy would be rewarded. It's the hard work of finding and correcting a flaw at no cost to the project maintainers that keep things free and secure over closed source projects. The kind of security hole this guy was talking about is not akin to leaving a door wide open. It's more as if you tell me you have the best lock and it's secure but I tell you I can jimmy it open. You don't believe me. So I jimmy open and figure out how to protect it from being jimmied open again then leave you a note letting you know how to fix it. While I'm sure I could still get arrested for breaking and entering there are some issues where it's better to have these kinds of people honest and let you know. I'm willing to bet that many others knew of the loophole and just used it without telling anyone which is the real danger.
Now which guy deserves to hang for it?
to me running advertisements are a loss leader. According to your logic I should charge for people to view the ads. This is asinine are best. Google wasn't the first to offer free maps. They should include map quest, Microsoft's maps, Yahoo!'s maps, and just about anyone else who offers free maps.
If they are going to make the content in a walled garden then it should be ad free. Why are people paying upwards of $150 a month to get bombarded by ads. I can understand ads on publicly available sites. It wouldn't take long for someone to setup a VPN to watch this content remotely.
Basically this should be ad free while you are on the cable network and ad supported off their network. They need to make this so easy for the consumer it makes setting up a private web server with self downloaded content a hassle in comparison.
This is why Hulu would have probably beat tv-links.co.uk if it were still online. Give people a legal way to reach this stuff easily.