"What's he's hoping for is making the Internet one way, a content delivery system only."
This is, in a nutshell, exactly why the content industry is failing to adapt. They have always controlled the flow of their own content and the reality is the world doesn't operate that way anymore. No amount of legislation will put this genie back in the bottle. Techdirt, at it's heart and soul, is all about how to operate a business in this new reality because it is so obvious that the old methods simply don't apply. Not because everything must be free or we'll just copy at our own discretion (or lack thereof) but, because the content customer base is not being given the content they want, in the format(s) they choose, with the freedom to do as they wish with it, for an honest and reasonable price. The internet gives people the option to seek content elsewhere, at different prices, in almost any format and sometimes this content is free. Sometimes, it is the exact same content the gatekeeper could have sold if they knew how to deal with the new business methods and distribution models to service the customers that are waiting and willing to pay for their content.
"What he's going to get is the complete destruction of the Internet."
What he wants is complete complete control of the internet as a one way content delivery system. The problem is he doesn't understand how that whole internet system thingy works and that their is no magical bottleneck where he can set up his gate and collect the tolls he feels he is entitled to, just because he said so.
"If the people floating these petitions around spent even half the time providing easy access/information to/about non-democrat, non-republican alternatives who might actually do something they might actually be worth taking seriously."
If you can guarantee that ICE and DHS will leave my perfectly legal website alone I might be willing to go that route. However, I don't think that's a guarantee anyone could keep.
The thing about stifling free speech through over zealous and downright illegal seizures is that you have no idea what might have been done without such heinous acts acting as a deterrent.
Jobs was the ultimate Value Added Reseller. He tinkered with things until they worked in such a way that they would command a higher price to make them lucratively profitable. He did it well.
I'm not a Jobs fan or even an Apple fanboi (I don't own a single Apple product), but I do like to give credit where credit it is due. Jobs has earned a tip of the cap from me for helping advance modern consumer electronics.
Tony thanks for the insider commentary. It's refreshing to see some truth about how these things happen and the difficulties the recording companies face from an insider such as yourself without hearing all the crap that the "paytards" assume to be the truth.
It takes some courage to come in here and even admit your previous position, it takes integrity to do it with class.
We may not agree on everything - or anything for that matter, but you have earned my respect for your level headed and honest approach. Thanks!
Agreed, this doesn't need to take up any court time, no lawyers required.
Amazon made a mistake that could in no way be attributable to the other party.
Amazon should make out the $12822.19 check and pay the man. All instances of copyright claims would just be water under the bridge and hopefully a lesson well learned. Amazon should be thankful it wasn't downloaded 61,000 times!
Just to drive the paytards crazy, sometimes Amazon charges $0.00 for music! I download all kinds of free music from Amazon. I keep the stuff I like in my locker and I toss the stuff I don't like. The labels don't see a dime from me and they likely never will again!
Epic fail in reading comprehension AC, they are trying to break what's already in place!
"We have an expression in our country: If it ainít broke, don't fix it. It would be misguided, in our view, to break with the system that has worked so well for so long."
"Indeed. And yet, SOPA clearly tries to break a regulatory and technical framework for the internet that has been in existence for quite some time, and which is likely responsible for the amazing growth and success of the internet industry within the US."
Been hearing that for years from the paytard side.
I am vehemently opposed to any process (bill/treaty/Executive decision) that intentionally leaves out the "due process" part of our legal system to hasten an agenda based on lies, mis-truths, and incompetence.
Not a single study or industry citation on IP infringement provided by the content side of the table remotely comes close to the facts when viewed by third parties, including government institutions. If the government says your studies are faulty and without basis, along with notable top flight IT industry insiders, it's a pretty safe bet that you have a credibility issue since those two particular groups rarely agree on anything. Mostly because the gov't is 10 years behind the technology curve and they really don't have any idea how these things work thus allowing a proliferation of horrific bills like E-Parasite, Protect IP, and ACTA.
The same dolts who want to hold the keys to the gate don't even know how to sell what they have behind the gate, to the people who want to pay for it!
"Throw them in jail! Take away their internet access!"
HELLO?! Make it available at a reasonable price and don't pretend you own the copy they paid for and you can spend your time counting the piles of money instead of sending significantly smaller piles to the legal offices you employ!
They will NEVER get it I'm afraid.
Queue the parade of "freetardo" trolls in 3...2...1...
Re: Oh, noes! Mike's gone all "open letter" on a /former/ Senator!
OK, you ignorant moron, time to set some things straight, such as your (in)ability to post ridiculous comments based on the totalitarian world YOU wish to live in and the rest of us FEAR living in. The very platform that you are having this discussion on - you know the website you loathe but visit daily to spew forth unrealistic crap about how everyone on the internet is a thief and a pirate - is exactly what they are talking about preserving. I'm not sure if you rode the short bus to school or had to wear a helmet your entire childhood but obviously someone didn't get the attention they needed as a child and now you seek it here, a place where you virtually disagree with everyone else. I'm guessing that setting is far more familiar to you than anything else - negative attention beats no attention, right?
Claiming "BUT I don't agree that you or your pals in the "internet industry" are actually building anything." is fundamentally incorrect just by the mere presence of your comment here on TD, which would not appear had "nothing been built".
There is a reality, whether you acknowledge it or not - it's still there. Your perception, being what it is, lost it's comedic value several weeks ago.
I can only wish that those who are blind to the unfortunate possibilities under this incoherent legislation are the first ones to suffer from its enforcement.
I want to see the tears on your face while they slam the jail doors on you, while you cry "But that's not what the law says! This isn't how this is supposed to happen! How am I suppose to know that clicking on a link would land me in jail?! It's not fair! I'm not a thief!"
Then I want to buy the sound track from the film footage that comes right after you hear that deep, husky voice in the back of your cell say "Hey Paytard, you look mighty cute in them overalls! Let me show you what a Donkey Punch is..." so I can put it on YouTube.