If the FBI needs to entrap people to keep us all safe - let them do it. If the FBI needs to break iPhones to keep us all safe - let them do it. If they need to use National Security letters to bypass constitutional protections to keep us all safe - let them use them.
However, after 15 years of giving the FBI everything they requested to keep us the safe, they are not keeping us safe. People are dying because the FBI are not doing their job.
The only question that matters is if the FBI is doing it wrong, or if it is simply impossible to stop terrorists with the current approach (surveillance, pre-emptive arrests, killing their leaders overseas).
In the first case, the security agencies need to be motivated to deliver what they promise, in the second case, they'll need to be cut back to free up resources to implement other strategies to keep us safe.
For 15 years we have been asked to give up freedom in return for security. Security that has not been delivered.
It is time to introduce accountability into the equation, and put Mr Comey and his peers on notice. Every time people die, they have failed, and they need see conquences!
1. If the remastered version is so different from the original that it warrants a new copyright, shouldn't it be released as a cover version under the name of the engineer rather than the original artist? When I buy a Beatles CD, I expect the Beatles and not the work of an anonymous computer expert.
2. If the engineers add so much creative value, do you pay them royalties for every copy sold instead of a engineer's salary?
While I am absolutely with the authors on this one ...
... I had my academic thesis printed for free - the publisher got the money from VG Wort's copyright fees. Saved me several hundred euros at the time.
If publishers did indeed give more money to authors in the past, they will be in a tough spot now that suddenly they don't get reimbursed.
For future contracts, it should not be a problem for publishers to adjust their conditions. Unless, of course, this makes authors realize just how much they pay for how little service they get from their publishers.
Perhaps there lies the real problem the publishers have with the decision.
... can you look a judge in the eye, swear by the life of your mother and the holy bible that you can save mankind from terrorism, impending doom, drug trafficking and other evil if only he will force Apple to crack a phone ...
... and then come back a few days later, to call off the show after you miraculously found a spare key under the doormat where you had not thought of looking before?