I know...i know...slippery slope and all, but isn't this just talking about local mass transit authorities getting more information from the TSA?
From TFA: "Speier said the bill would increase information sharing at "fusion centers" between TSA and local law enforcement and emergency management officials....Transit riders probably won't see more TSA agents in subways or bus stops, though, Speier said. The expanded TSA role falls more on analysts, she said."
As much as i'd like to see the TSA scrubbed entirely, and despite the newspeakishness of "fusion centers" I'm not freaking out over this.
Congratulations "Aye" voters - you just got on my "do not re-elect" list! You've joined the illustrious ranks of unrepentant SOPA and PIPA supporters. I want Obama to veto this piece of shit legislation, but your opponent in your next election just got my vote no matter what else happens.
"We review a substantial amount of claims every day and the number is increasing significantly. It's been rather challenging. We have millions of videos now using our songs as soundtracks and keeping up is getting harder and harder."
I hear you saying that the situation current copyright law puts you in is untenable and that you would like to see comprehensive copyright reform take place. I applaud you for your progressive attitude when so many in your industry are focused on backwards, money-grubbing punishment schemes that harm the artist and the consumer alike. Thanks also for your heartfelt apology and pledge to never let this sort of thing happen ever again - that sort of thing, when it's sincere, really goes a long way towards establishing a positive relationship with consumers.
Oh wait...you say the only copyright reform you want is more copyright and you didn't actually apologize or pledge to do better? In that case it's a solo bird salute to you. Stop trying to get ahead of the story and spin it and start fixing the problem or you're just another asshole in a vast sea of them.
When life gives you lemons, charge life a handling fee for those lemons, write them off as a lemonade-making business expense, claim an organic food producers' tax credit, and then sell the lemonade. Don't forget to charge for the cup, a modest pouring fee, and a bathroom access fee. You'll need that money to pay lobbyists to get laws passed outlawing those cute little kids on the corner of the next block.
Note that you'll probably lose money on this whole venture, but hey - write-off, plus it's more evidence of the economic harm those kids are causing you. Win-win.
Lesson: Do not conflate copyright owners with content creators and be especially suspicious when the owners who are not creators start pretending to be concerned with the welfare of the creators who are not owners.
If you were super rich and played the VOD movie on a non-stop loop on 20 different sets and paid for each play on each set and 100 more idiots like you were willing to do the same then this might be a viable revenue stream. ...And the theater owners still wouldn't have to worry about it because it would only be taking a few hundred butts out of their seats.
This looks like it was written by Mark Zuckerberg.
Damage to the marketplace? Drag everyone else down with them?
That doesn't seem to be a logical or supportable claim. What does that mean in this context? What would this look like if it were true? Will a failure by Google drive people away from other Social Networking services?
The platform stuff is all very high-level and important, but the biggest problem with Google+ is that all the casual u
sers are still on Facebook.
They don't want to learn a new system, even if it is a better one (debatable). So you can be on Google+ and only interact with other early adopters or you can be on Facebook and communicate with practically everyone. In the short game, Facebook seems to be succeeding at maintaining its market share by making it hard for people to switch and because Google didn't make it easy enough to interconnect. Time after time Facebook enrages its users, but they (we) show that anger by posting a status update about it and then continuing to use the service. The alternative is cutting off a significant avenue of socialization.
This will probably fail in the long run, but the question is whether Google can get its high-level platform shit figured out in time to take advantage of the eventual diaspora or whether it will be some other players.
Ellison came up in an era when publishers, studios, and corporations in general really were out to screw artists...so really no different from now. His broad claims of ownership are (in his view) really just defensive measures against a predatory industry.
He also has an ego the size of Jupiter and assumes that not just companies, but pretty much everyone is out to get him. The internet generally validates these views by providing him with equal measures of ass-kissing and abuse. Maybe it's because the present doesn't match his visions of how the future should have turned out, but for whatever reason, he just seems kind of incompatible with modern life.