It must be remembered that for most of copyright history, the legal limited monopoly called copyright was supported by the cost of entry to markets that were prohibitive for the private non-commercial user. For commercial infringers, these were small in number and manageable in the court system.
Today, all manner of commonplace devices can do the task. The mistake they make is in thinking that the law was ever a deterrent to casual infringement (sharing of culture, in effect). It was not, it was simply a capability that few people had. Starting with cassette players, that has gradually changed so that today everyone has the capability. That the law says I can't make a cassette copy for the car or rip a cd to my phone of something I have already paid for is silly and unenforceable.
It is a shame that there are idiots are so oblivious of this that they will torpedo a law change that costs them nothing and is in real the tiniest step towrads the 20th century.
Of course she has a score of 400/400. This is a score of the threat level to the fearmongering collect it all NSA/FBI/CIA collection activities. It is not a score of the threat of terror related issues against US nationals.
Might as well give GEMA what they want. Notice and stay down means everything gets taken down - even the stuff GEMA wants up. There can be no middle ground on that requirement. The current status does not in effect change and GEMA gets paid nothing either way.
'The FISA Court, however, finds the appeals court's analysis "flawed" and reliant on "mischaracterizations."'
And this is really insulting. The entire bulk collection program is based on deliberate rewriting of the dictionary to mean totally different tings (those "cute" interpretations). While I'm am pretty sure the Second Circuit decision militates against FISA courts legal characterisations, I'm pretty sure they are interpreted correctly against any English dictionary and the intent of congress.
So, those "cute" interpretations are set to continue... what a surprise.
Reminds me of the Iraqi information minister claiming with a straight face that the Americans had been repelled with American tanks pushing in behind him with little resistance. NSA has about the same level of credibility on this issue.
There are two things that would fix the vast majority of actual problems we see in copyright today: - put terms to something that isn't nuts. 10, 20 years, tops - require registration (which gets rid of most of the silly cases people will only register what has real commercial value)
Neither of these are in. I understand that these are political impossibilities at the moment - which is, as you say, not Reda's fault but a systemic problem.
As an individual, I can ignore copyright as the travesty it is, but there should be companies building businesses off the public domain that can't because stuff is locked up for forever -1 day, or should never have been locked up in the first place.
You would think there was a lesson here for the US gov: 1. You can hardly blame the Chinese [if it was them] when NSA is doing same 2. There is no excuse for not securing deeply personal info in your possession. Businesses are required by law to do that. Encrypt the data, air gap the really sensitive stuff 3. Breaking that encryption for your own purposes pretty much invalidates 2. Encryption is useless if it has a back door. Unfortunately the response to this will be nothing but red faced silence. What should really happen now is that the US get rid of all the intelligence staff compromised (this is a way bigger risk than Snowden) and start again. This lot are so corrupt, that is probably a good idea anyway.