It would have been nice to see someone who caused the problem have to deal with the results of his action.
Its a pity that the court ruled against the law as written, because I'm willing to bet there are plenty of bar card holders in the state house who could have been pressed into service the same way (and might have then fixed the problem they caused).
The pity again is the public, who blissfully think everything is fine. The bad guys are getting shafted like they deserve, and they aren't be forced to pay for them to have competent representation. Of course the flip side of the coin comes when they find themselves in the system and expect the system to be fair to them because they are good people.
Paying for public defenders should be one of those things that can't be cut, like water treatment. It is something required, not a frivolous boondoggle that can be whittled away at once the public forgets it was ever promised to them.
Because looking busy means we are productive. Perhaps its time for some reforms to stop shit patents & patent trolls from being able to extract millions in East Texas because it was easier to approve it than to deny it and keep denying it over & over.
How entertaining it will be if the target isn't behind the blog.
Not only will the citizens be paying out the nose for violating the rights of an innocent, but the odds that an offical willing to be this shady won't try to gather any data he can from the devices to gain leverage are low.
One would think that investing a portion of the settlement into a forensic review of the system would be a wise move, and might add more 0's to the settlement.
It almost sounds like there should be some sort of "department of justice" to come in and make sure that they know their duty & live up to the letter of the law. Willing to bet that given the overreaction, there is a really big fire that the smokes been pointing to.
I've read stories about assaults & robberies... Please provide links to stories about murder & rape cases.
Imagine if instead of defaulting to someone on the sex offender registry (which has been stuffed with people who have never harmed or tried to harm a child) that they added the 'out of the way' pokestops of routine patrol patterns. Or contacted Niantic and pointed out that specific pokestops are in dangerous areas, could they be moved to better locations?
This is grandstanding for the soundbite, to solve a problem that doesn't seem to actually exist, so that people on a list (who many of us would never have agreed to put on that list) have their world crushed that much smaller. Would citizens think this was such a grand idea if they knew they were paying to keep someone who peed in an alley in jail because of a game? Would citizens think this was such a grand idea if they knew they were paying to keep someone who kissed their 1 yr younger girlfriend in jail because of a game? Would citizens think this was such a grand idea if they knew they were paying to keep someone who mooned his buddies in jail because of a game? Would citizens think this was such a grand idea if they knew they were paying to keep someone who decided to send a naked pic to a significant other who was 2 yrs older in jail because of a game?
Maybe instead of rushing through policies to grab soundbites, perhaps look at how broken they have made the registry. When an alley peeer gets the same rejection for a place to live or work that someone who actually raped a child... the list is broken.
I really wish that more of the cheerleaders would look at the actual numbers.
Imagine what would happen if an artist, who just blasted YouTube for being the devil, looked at how much money was sent on their behalf to the industry and saw that they are actually earning enough to make it worthwhile... except there are these middlemen who are nickel and dimeing that income down to the final number they get paid.
Death of 1000 cuts, bleeding the cash out of the pipeline. Keeping the artists blaming the wrong people. Taking a cut to pay for the laughable anti-piracy programs. Paying a cut to an industry group that makes it harder to connect with the fans, by spreading lies to keep themselves relevant. Paying a cut to buy laws that hold back technology & punish paying customers, and encourage people to stop playing by the rules. Paying a cut to cover the vinyl record breakage for each YouTube viewing.
Perhaps it is time the artists stop looking where the industry tells them to lay all of the blame, and ask questions about why this far into the internet age, everything is still based on the golden age of the 60's. The only people ripping them off is their own industry, and its time to blow the contracts open and ask why they are paying protection money to those causing them the most harm.
As others have mentioned, many people don't have lawyer friends or a friend who has had need of a lawyer.
People, often to their detriment, assume that being a member of the bar is some sort of reflection that they are good guys. (My long running most favorite lawyer anecdote - Lawyer in prison for murder for 8 years before the bar moved to disbar him.)
Guessing that being in extreme pain, most likely on pain killers, that doing a deep dive into people wasn't on the plate.
While consumers should check them out before signing, shouldn't those charged with providing oversight actually do that job?
But you are all Good People (tm), so you should have nothing to hide... unless you are enemies of the state.
Anyone working to ensure privacy is an enemy of the state, and we must discredit them with any tools we have. We aren't smart enough to figure out his real name and history, so we went with the KKK to create an associate in the minds of Good People (tm) to turn against him.
We can not allow Good People (tm) to actually have the rights we let them think the law provides for them.
Perhaps they have gotten confused about what they are supposed to be doing, I mean this isn't supposed to be a celebration of the whistleblowers they've taken out for daring to point out the bad acts that must be covered up.
Invent "different" companies to execute the shakedown, funneling the cash back to the parent company. If anything goes wrong, sacrifice those "different" companies... since they are hollow shells with no assets left no harm comes to the mothership.
They spend so much time screaming how people are stealing from them, yet think nothing of stealing from the public. They took something that did not belong to them and worse than most 'pirates' actively made money off of them. Commercial copyright violations, copyfraud, and an extortion scheme... yet I bet there will be no one championing the public in this by fixing the laws.
I do hope the case goes forward, given the number of photos they stole from the public from this one photographer it would be wrong to not vette all of the photos they claim ownership over. Willing to bet she isn't the only photographer who's work they illegally profited from, she was just the one they were stupid enough to go after.
They try and elect people to a government that tells workers that even if the information is widely available to the public it is still secret & they can face charges.
They have the worst infosec practices, despite paying way to much money for the best of the best. When security by obscurity fails them, they invent boogeymen to scare people from looking for themselves... (seems to be a common policy of governments).
Heh Amazon ad offering the rental for 2.99 and to purchase for 9.99
I think part of the problem is that Sony has no problem once the movie is out there complaining piracy hurt the bottom line (and not hollywood accounting screwing people) but in this case since it got out there early they just sorta gave up on it.
It looks like they decided against a regular release and then dumped it direct to DVD. This means there was probably little to no advertising to promote the move and in turn raise awareness of the non-profit & its message. The other 4 movies still got pushed, and had many more DLs...
I give them points for trying something, if it'll stick remains to be seen.
2nd Verse, same as the first, a little bit louder & a whole lot worse...
This is the case that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people filed it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue litigating it forever just because, this is the case that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people filed it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue litigating it forever just because, this is the case that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people filed it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue litigating it forever just because...
Its a pity that doing business with a blacklisted country doesn't have any punishment attached to it.
Perhaps they hired a better lawyer who told them how badly their first lawyer had screwed them by drawing much more attention to their income from selling to rebels and repressive regimes that most Canadians would balk at.
It would be a pity if discovery for the case lead to an audit of more images they claim to control, and showed a pattern.
Wouldn't the DoJ be forced to pursue claims similar to the Megaupload clusterfuck? A business stealing others content, committing copyfraud, profiting for years. IP is our most valuable asset so the total destruction of the Getty empire would be a fitting result for those who abuse the law to profit from the works of others.