I wonder what Steve Gibson the computer scientist thinks about all this. Will we see Gibson vs. Gibson, a defamation suit?
More seriously: The theory that as manager of the manager of the company he'd have power to hire/fire would constitute a big loophole in receivership proceedings, if left standing. We that allowed, he could hire himself for 1 hour at an hourly rate of $whateverisleft.
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Even worse, people will get so fed up with this that the only 'entertainment' left will be Dancing with the Twilight Stars; their combined fandom alone has the requisite masochistic tendency to put up with all that abuse.
This would seem to be the kind of thing that will send their lawyers into a panic, and we know by now that logic and legitimate uses for a product go to the wayside when a record industry lawyer smells some billable hours.
The PIAA - Pizza-bakers Association of America - has already initiated lawsuits against purveyors of frozen pizzas. It's also considering filing suits against recipe websites, because it's clearly a travesty for people to download pizzas for free.
... or something.
On a more serious note I wonder how gas stations will cope in an ever more plugged-in world. Will they too start suing electric/hybrid car manufacturers and charging stations left and right?