unless someone can point me to another country's people who sued first ...
Well, there was that Magna Carta thing, and I think Brutus and his merry band of senatorial assassins may be prior art.
I'm so going to enjoy watching this case. Over a thousand peed off with the blood of the Samurai boiling through their veins.
Also, I didn't know this monstrosity would be secret for another four years after it's in effect. What a con game this is! They've got a secret, invitation only club going on in TPP. Imagine having the inside story on what effects this will have four years ahead of everyone else. Best gov't money can buy!
So basically, your the guy all the trolls can now point to as the free loader who just wants everything to be free and doesn't want to pay for anything.
You say that like it's a bad thing. He's just one data point saying the system can't function correctly due to his/her "reason X." Hollywood can try to paint every freeloader like him/her, but nobody should believe them. It can't work for me for entirely different reasons; perfectly legitimate ones to me. We're both just noise in the overall system. Hollywood will never devise the system that'll get a penny out of either of us. We're not the ones Hollywood should be focusing on. Becoming one of their customers is simply not going to happen, for us.
Building a cage of DRM around your stuff to keep him/her out is not going to work, and it is going to annoy those who do want to try to go with the system. Why anyone would want to annoy their target market just to spite some tiny minority of oddballs, I can't imagine.
The public, or even those that are meant to represent them, may not be able to stop the spy agencies and others that see the public as enemies or tools, but we can at least do what we can to make them work for it ...
Freedom is not a 9-5, Mon. - Fri. job. Eternal vigilance is all that keeps tyranny away.
I would sincerely beg you Murricans to stop exporting your exceptionalist !@#$. When even your Congress is beginning to get a clue, Canada's just rolling out its C-51! You need to do better keeping your !@#holes in line!
Look on the bright side. We'll never need to care about this silly thing again. Done, done, and done. On top of that, perhaps the membership of the AFA is looking askance at its union reps thinking, "You jerks made us look like idiots in this!?!" Perhaps a bit of turnover in the list of reps is in order.
The committee requested the full "selector" list of targets provided to the BND by the NSA. The committee was told that the US would first need to be asked permission for the list to be revealed to the committee (even in confidence).
No, they don't need to ask the US for permission. This's a German gov't inquiry into the actions of its security service. The US has no standing. Its interfering would be insulting. If the US doesn't want its secrets to get out, the US should stop handing out secrets to its foreign partners over which it has limited control at best.
You seem to be stating that its laughable that Apple created a music store when i can get on Safari and pirate music, and that somehow Apple profits from that act.
It's true, they did profit from it, but only incidentally. He's complaining that shovels don't have to be used to dig holes. You can kill people with them. He wants you to not be allowed to infringe with a computer.
... so a self publishing musician can make a living on sales that would result in a label dropping a musician.
Now there's a good sideline for a geek. Offer a service to area artists, get 'em a web page, record a couple of tracks (or examples of their work), flog them around hoping they sell a few CDs from the website. Forward fan mail to the artist. Could even do it on spec.
I don't get this. A guy living down the hall from me just got a recording session and cut an album. I suggested he put two tracks up on YouTube, and you'd have thought I was an axe murderer coming at him. WTF? It's free advertising and marketing. If they like the two tracks, they might want the full CD he's selling. No, to him, it sounds like he's being robbed.
Why would a manufacturer decline to include designed obsolescence in the form of reduced or eliminated functionality as a means to force a hardware refresh?
Because said mfgr would want me to buy from them at my next purchase?
A geek watching the history of vendor lock-in in computing is the last person you want to try to convince of that silly argument. The machines that inter-operated best with the others flourished. The systems that governed themselves with open, defined standards are the most robust.
The ones that reinvented the wheels attempting lock-in are the most fragile and easiest to suborn.
I'm a longtime fan too, but be realistic. They're musicians and poets. They're not philosophers, or pragmatic and practical.
I suspect the label's guy took Waters' business manager out to lunch and harangued him with the MafiaAA's party line, and now it's been passed on to Waters to be his talking points. I doubt he even suspects his good name is being used, or for what.
The littler artists out there should just ignore what these kept prima donnas babble on about. They're not relevant.