Seems like it's only a matter of time now before one of these people turns coat fully and starts working with a federal prosecutor to get amnesty for themselves and send the rest down the river. Probably already happened.
P.S. Dear HBO, stop putting un-skippable ads for your other shows in front of stuff i watch on HBO Go. You already have my money. Making me watch ads for other stuff i already have access to makes me LESS likely to keep giving you my money, not more.
Ok...that's still a kind of putting the cart before the horse worst case scenario, but I find it to be pretty compelling. It's a more plausible slippery slope than the one that first popped into my mind.
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.