He's big, he's brash, he lives in NZ yet isn't a Kiwi, he owns a flash mansion, has (had?) 14 luxury cars and flies everywhere by first class or privately owned helicopter, he has (had?) loads of cash. So he's an easy target.
Hopefully Apple have dug themselves into a hole with all teh patent lawsuits they have brought in the last 2 years... I don't wish Apple any harm just wish they'd compete in the market place rather than in the court room. This settlement, if it sees the light of day, may be the beginning of the end... *crosses fingers*
Cool... just wait till after Feb and watch the TLC bring out it's own version... of course Laws will be changed to ensure than any new actor in the scene will have to pay a "license" and that TLC will collect said license and ensure that it is paid to the welfare fund of cabbies to ensure that their great grandchildren can benefit from a 5 minutes fare driven in March 2013 that cost $10.
Meanwhile a celebrity who made his ex-partners life hell and subjected her to all manner of violent harrassment was sentenced to 140 hours community service, if he had done so via social networking sites he probably would be heading to prison!
But But... after one month the NZ FACT team have proved beyond doubt that the 3 strikes law has HALVED copyright infringement in New Zealand!
So which is it? Does it takes months even years or does it take just over 5 weeks to see if the "shift" is really happening?
Maybe everyone downloaded more in August because they knew that in September their Government was going to try and prop up parts of the Entertainment Industries with daft laws that cannot be proven to benefit society as a whole?
Ahhhh... the old "lets just get rid of all laws because this particular law isn't embraced by a percentage of the population" routine! Wicked!
Laws only work when the majority of the population support them and feel a benefit in having them, when that support drops to a significant level the laws become unworkable and eventually unenforcable... which is where we are heading with Copyright.
Please do not conflate Rape/Murder with Copyright, it just makes youy look daft.