And does AMC have a Red Phone, or a Silent Alarm button under the counter, that notifies both MPAA and ICE whenever an individual theater operator suspects something? I can't picture part-time manager Brad looking up ICE's phone number in the yellow pages, on his own authority... there's got to be some rapid-response system in place. Try getting the Feds to respond to ANYTHING within 90 minutes... good luck. Guess infringement is REALLY important.
And what ever happened to, "Hey, you... stop that!" rather than federal agents?
Nice to see a check-in on this subject from the CEA... thanks for that. Lends legitimacy to note that it's not just IP libertarians and contrary-thinkers who feel strongly about this.
We should note a semantic problem, however, with characterizing the adversaries as "broadcasters". In very many cases, that term really ought to refer to the thousands of small station owners, sometimes mom-and-pop outfits, who try to serve their regions and communities with local programming. In my experience, they're not too concerned with monetizing their signal with per-subscriber payments from a cable system. That only comes into play when you're dealing with millions of subs; and that means that the true opposition... the villains... would be the media conglomerates, the Viacoms and Universals of the world. As you note, they're using the airways free of charge, and attempting to generate millions -- billions? -- in unearned revenue with cable carriage fees. That's a revisionist business model (translate: carpetbagger); the original idea was to monetize with advertising sales. Aereo is a threat to their double-dipping scheme.
But be careful about tarring small broadcasters with the same brush as greedy corporations...
Scientific American recently ran an excerpt from Adam Minter's book Junkyard Planet -- a terrifying snapshot of large scale recycling turning a city, and a region, into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, thanks to the convenience of so-called single-stream recycling in the US. If your gut told you it would be difficult to separate and recycle massively intermingled materials... and I think that's implied in this new initiative... your gut was right; the US shipped huge quantities of mixed plastics to towns like Wen'an in China, where poverty-wage workers would separate it, sanitize with caustic chemicals, and melt/process, all without any form of safety precautions or personal protection; leftovers and unrecyclables were burned in open campfires all over town. A fascinating read; and, unfortunately for those of us who believe in reuse and recycling, a profoundly troubling challenge to our comfortable, do-it-for-me culture.
This really is a puzzling attitude in light of Europeans' attitudes toward personal responsibility. To wit: visiting a medium-sized city on the Swiss/German border, my expat friend took us to a popular mountaintop viewing area, looking down on the town. Only problem... no guardrails, fences, or ropes surrounding the crumbling slope. In the euro-view, my host explained, if something happens, it's generally your own damn fault. Whatever it was... it's no one else's responsibility, not government's, just your own. Why would this be different? The content creator bears responsibilty, and not an intermediary.
Wouldn't it be great if the next great whistleblower leaked boatloads of ITAC documents and USTR treaty drafts? If everything was publicly leaked, it would be harder to deny the facts, and even the NSA had trouble keeping the smokescreen up once the facts were out.
But none of that matters if you're in collection, and the only way to clear your name is to pay a lawyer to bring suit. Pre-dated TOS; incomplete purchase; truth defense -- perfect case for awarding costs plus something punitive. What is the sound of one hand SLAPP-ing?
Doesn't like? They're a swell team! (Well, mediocre at worst.) It's not about liking the team.
How about a name change to the "Washington Drunken Ape-Faced Leprechauns"? Different ethnic group, similar slur level, but maybe they're less touchy than those we stole the land from and then annihilated. Touchy bastards.