* that 'under penalty of perjury' thing gets taken seriously
* there is some punishment for perjury that has real teeth
* lawyers, who should know better, should also receive serious sanctions for misusing the DMCA
This could be the first case that could make bogus DMCA filers think twice.
Of course, I would still like to see a $150,000 per instance, statutory penalty for filing a bogus DMCA. If the DMCA itself has teeth, then the penalty for frivolously misusing it must also have teeth.
As the article explained, the context was clear. It was understood by the party it was directed to.
Sometimes (not always) a short statement can be enough to make reasonable conclusions about someone's character. I could provide an example that would 'Godwin' this thread.
Why do we need to worry about trying to stop things like this from happening at a societal level? It has probably always happened. Just not at quite such a large scale.
Have you ever heard of someone becoming 'the laughingstock of such and so city/county/whatever" ? This kind of thing could always happen when someone says something massively stupid. Then after time to back pedal, decides instead to double, triple, quadruple down. And then make legal threats, and attempt to censor anyone repeating the facts.
This kind of thing always will happen as long as there are people who 'speak their mind', and have something terrible, ridiculous, or factually untrue on their minds. ("the moon landings were faked!")
As a Forbes contributor, I would think that Coppola would be able to write her own apology.
Another hypothesis is that Forbes saw the blowback and nicely asked her to write an apology. Or offered a pre-written one to choose from.
This would not be the first time that Forbes had a contributor who wrote something factually unsupported like "What SCO Wants, SCO Gets", which was massively incendiary. Then years later sort of, kind of apologized via "Snowed by SCO". Then shortly after moved to The New York Times.
Is the world quickly becoming worse than the worst fiction?
Example, the movie GATTACA.
Similarly, Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a guide. But that warning could surprisingly apply to the US. Continuous never ending war. Ubiquitous surveillance. Just wait until all TVs have built in webcams for your live chat convenience. The government seems to all but control the media.
How soon before the US mandates DNA collection?
Could it really happen?
Yes. Bad things have happened in history. Things people didn't ask for. They were just born into a world that was bad.
Long, long ago, I saw a Dilbert cartoon, possibly from one of the books in dead tree format. That cartoon explained that Marketing is what one does when one finds that they have grown up and have no useful talent or skills.
I hate freedom so much that if I happen to watch an over the air news broadcast and an ad appears, I hit the mute button. Usually I see news recorded earlier on my TiVo and can just fast forward which demonstrates my deep abiding hatred of free speech.