I don't think so. Right now we know it's "legal" under section 215, but if that sunsets and they keep doing it, we still won't know it's on going, and we will be back in the dark about what authority they will be claiming it's legal under. Repeat claims of "we don't collect blah blah blah under this program".
- No BitTorrent. With BitTorrent you're not just downloading; you're also forwarding what you've downloaded to other random users. In other words, publishing.
Which is kinda weird if you look at it; it's not like you are making a zillion copies and spam-mailing it to otherwise non-active recipients; you are fulfilling a request by someone else obtaining their "generally acceptable" downloaded copy....
But I suppose it makes sense if you take the color of the bits to matter; i.e.: it doesn't matter if the authorized publisher is handing out DVDs door to door, if you get it from the pirate bay, it's unauthorized. Or, more simply, it doesn't just matter what you got, it matters how you got it, even if you have every legal right to have it.
That's not to say you won't be charged/sued anyway of course. And the anti-circumvention clause is still awful because it rests on the possibility of infringement instead of actual infringement. But in this case I think you are clear because the technology does not protect access to any copyrighted work.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Simple fix that Netflix could do...
oh yeah, i don't doubt it. i used to be a navy nuc so i am aware of a lot of sources of radiation all around us.
but in defense of the lead aprons, while today those machines don't put out a lot of xrays (http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/pdf/sfty_xray.pdf), i don't think the same thing was true decades ago when the laws that required them were made. Unfortunately I don't have any ready sources; and it wouldn't surprise me to know that am xray or two was even back then comfortably under background. we are talking about the same public/country that put a 30 year moratorium on new nuclear reactors after three mile island, even tho no appreciable effect of the leaked contamination or radiation has been measured. but, you know, "radiation", it's invisible, and it causes cancer, so it is scary.
wait, are you trying to tell me that people just adapted to a new situation? there was no act of congress, no court order, no executive branch facilitation? what kind of crazy bullshit are you trying to pawn off on us here?
I can probably help answer this with my vast store of rampant speculation.
TV Shows are for the most part created with the understanding of needing to support advertisement slots. They script, direct, and shoot around these blocks of times just like you work around a physical pillar. So plot developments and scene changes are broken into these time boundaries, like acts in a play. Some shows try to stretch a dramatic moment over the commercial break, so you leave with a closeup of someone's puzzled mug, and come back to the exact same spot in time. (Some shows have also adapted to this in the extreme by replaying a few moments before the ad breaks; then there are shows that rewrite history during the replay... but ignore those for now.)
Now we throw in consumer devices that were created to automatically skip ads in recorded shows. It has to have some way of detecting these ads (if it is to be worth a damn), and to do that it probably uses some measure of the signal that indicates the commercial video is not "native" to the show. Perhaps it will detect an excessive number of black frames with zero audio, or an audio base frequency shift, or the picture colorspace is different. (I have no idea how Dish's Hopper works btw. rampant speculation.)
To combat this (consumers are not seeing our ads! o the horror!) the show producers and ad networks try to make the ads feel like as much a part of the show as possible, at least as far as being able to fool the software.
So the hulu devs have a couple of easy choices. They can just automatically insert ads at certain time markers (offset a bit to avoid splitting any contiguous voice patterns), or they can try to find a scene break where the background is drastically different. Or (as I don't watch hulu either) they can go the extremely cheap route and just put ads in at 18:00, 28:00, 38:00, and 48:00....
Slightly off topic, even though I don't watch a lot of TV anymore (or movies really), I am occasionally blasted with a thought while watching a movie - you know the cognitive-emotional roller coaster you go through when a great movie is adapted to a crappy cable network and they shoehorn the ad break into the last part and it completely destroys the flow of the plot's tension? Yeah, at those moments I am thinking "this is exactly where Lifetime will put 5 minutes of ads"... and it has the exact same effect of pulling me out of the movie for a bit.
I think there's a very good chance that in the MS-Ireland case the person in question is *not* a US citizen. MS made the analogy that it would be like Ireland issuing a request for a US citizen's emails from servers on US soil.
But you also have to watch what country your emails are in. For example, Australia has gone full retard, which upsets me because I've already paid for my fastmail account; but regardless I'll be switching to runbox soon.
Isn't this the same thing that ended up shutting down Ladar Levinson's lavamail? "Oh, you can't tap a single email address? then just give us the keys to all your encryption. We promise not to look at anything we shouldn't...."
Shame it doesn't work like that in the other direction;
Because it would take too long to find the specific documents covered under this FOI request, we now request all documents in your department. We promise not to look at any documents not covered under the FOI request. Honest.
> The reality is that ISDS does not and cannot require countries to change any law or regulation.
This, from the same people who profess that the threat of the possibility of 50 years behind bars in no way forces someone to plead guilty to a crime they didn't commit.
This, from the same people who profess that the threat of a fire wiping out a place of business in no way forces a business person into buying "fire protection" from Ma's Boys.
This, from the same people who believe that the threat of some innocuous series of events being strung together to make anyone *look* guilty of anything in no way forces someone into modifying their behavior, making them less free.
This, from the same people who believe that the threat of having their unpopular proclivities and activities exposed to those that have power over them in no way forces someone to modify their speech, thereby making us all less free.
This, is about what I expect from them these days.
I think you are selling this example short. It is something that a lot people have had direct exposure to. Normally when you start a discussion on fair use, you have to fill in back story, when the work was created, the copyright it falls under, what fair use allows, and how some example is fair use.
With this you can side step all of that and just point out that technically the photograph is under copyright, but fair use allows all these articles to be written with the original and remixed images, immediately - no waiting for some gatekeeper to give each and every newsie, blogger, and facebooker permission to make their point. Take out all the pics and the articles would be very hard to follow - you would have to go back to the original pic, and could only imagine the photo manipulations.
a while ago this one also made the rounds; it is my favorite. No matter how much I tell myself that the labeled squares are the same shade of gray, my mind automatically "corrects" it to what it should be.
I think you have the right of it. I would like to point out however that the CYA approach only seems reasonable because this legal tort domain in These Modern United States is batshit crazy. It's purely a defensive move on FedEx's part.
Just like PayPal cancelling a business person's account because someone made a payment to them with a joke of a memo "for cocaine".
Yes, it's the same stupid that gives rise to "zero tolerance" policies, and yes, FedEx would undoubtedly be on the receiving end of a lawsuit for exercising common sense.
well computers can't hold copyrights so that won't be a big deal. computers can probably infringe on copyrights tho, and in causing untold trillions of dollars of global economic damage because copyright infringement will probably lead the computer to be summarily executed on the spot.
this is it exactly. if the people in power were in any way intellectually honest or even consistent, it would be a different story.
But in These Modern United States: citizens are people who have rights (insofar as they are granted them anyway) and responsibilities (that are imposed on them); corporations (that in many senses "own" citizens) are people that have rights but no responsibilities; and property (that citizens own and are empowered by) have responsibilities but no rights.