They didn't seize the content ABS claims copyright to, they seized the domain names that the site ABSOLUTELY "owns". As such the "owner" does loose control of their property.
Also, your use of "much of the material" implies that you aren't sure that the site is 100% infringing... Yet, 100% of the site is supposed to be blocked. So your implication that "it's clear who owns the rights" is questionable.
Seems like your response is "clearly NOT on point".
It sounds to me like the minister was trying to say "we aren't going to save the URL you visited, just the IP address". While "better", in many instances it's pretty darned close to the same amount of info.
Let's assume for the moment that everything is as the photographer describes. He put the camera down, turned his back and the monkey picked up the camera and took a bunch of pictures. Let's also assume that the photos the monkey took ARE public domain.
Now for the question... If the photographer looked through the "hundreds" of photos the monkey took and picked one and post processed it, can he legitimately claim copyright on the resulting POST PROCESSED image?
About 20 of those hits were listed as DLPhotoLineup hits... I'm not 100% sure, but I assume that means that his photo was included in a photo lineup! NPR says in this article that some people believe that this practice lands innocent people in jail.
The collection agency is going to take a cut. So, the newspaper pays Google, Google keeps half of the money and gives the other half to the collection agency which takes their cut and passes the rest back to the paper.
Oh, and don't forget bank charges, time, accounting, legal disputes, etc.... Yeah, the only one that wins is the collection agency.
1 - you don't "test" with live client data! 2 - Would GS expect to be able to call the USPS and say "ummm, we mailed a statement to the wrong user, will you make sure it isn't delivered for us?" 3 - you don't "test" with live client data!! 4 - email should NEVER be assumed to be secure during transit unless you fully encrypt it 5 - you don't "test" with live client data!!! 6 - Once you've sent it to the wrong address, YOU sent it to the wrong address. 7 - see steps 1, 3 and 5!!!!
I've seen some reports that say that Google and Apple settled and others that say that Motorola and Apple settled.
If it is Motorola / Apple that settled, it really doesn't mean much as Google kept the "good" mobile patents. Besides, Apple might be hoping not to start a patent war with Lenovo (which has thousands of patents NOT related to the mobile world). Who know how many patents that IBM sold to Lenovo that Apple is worrying that it might be CONSTRUED as infringing.
No one said they hired a crew.... The US has Corps of Engineer guys pretty much everywhere (with equipment, supplies, etc) that are very skilled. Match a few of them with a couple of spy types, and I can absolutely see the events described being executed.
With that said, I'm with you on the still needing proof, but it's certainly possible.
Could it be that Congress saw how much of a hot potato SOPA was and how many people got ticked off and might not vote for them, so they are offloading the blame on the executive branch if TAFTA (etc) pisses everyone off.
Nah... couldn't be. That would mean that they are smart enough to SEE that people are likely to get pissed off and they are too oblivious for that.
We all know that to some extend Obama is "responsible" for the NSA. However, saying that he should know exactly what is going on is a little like saying that the head of General Motors should know details about the janitorial staff in one of the production plants.
There is a reason leaders (both corporate and political) have underlings... As a human being, you can only process so much information, you have to be able to trust the people under you to do what YOU think is right and NOT blow smoke up your skirt when they disagree.
Obama's big mistake is letting the NSA top dogs blow smoke and figuring out that there may be a fire.