I have always likened the current copyright system like a pair of pants. You buy the pants brand new (circa 1790). As you wear them, you notice holes in them, and start to patch them up. Eventually (now) your pants are more patches than pants.
At some point, you have to realize that the pants need to be tossed out and replaced.
Honestly, this seems so incredibly moronic, that I actually hope that they try to enforce that trademarked number, only to have their trademark completely rendered invalid by a court. I assume that any judge with more than 0 brain cells can figure out that trademarking a NUMBER which coincides with the YEAR is a blatant overreach of the trademark system. Perhaps it can lead to trademark reform...
Yes, actually it does. Separation of Church and State. Since the schools are state run, they must be separated from church. In addition, it is not the government's policy to support one religion over another. And teaching Intelligent Design in schools does exactly that.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Too Far" - they always say that.
Apparently you do not understand what theory means in science. It is not the same as the 'layman's' definition of theory. Making a statement like that shows people that you have not actually made any effort to learn the material which you speak out against.
Yes, that makes your argument and argument from ingnorance, which, while allowed, puts you in a weak position.
However, science class is about science. I do not have a problem with a religion class, or a philosophy class talking about these sorts of points. I do have a problem with a science class discussing it, because there is no science involved. If there was science involved, then there can be a point made, but there is not.
For the record, in science, a theory is scientific hypothosis which is supported by evidence.
It would depend on how EMI set up the licences and how they were distributed to various music sites/blogs. However, if they want to control WHO gets host the MP3's then they should have specifically stated so when deistributing these MP3's. By not doing so, they shot themselves in the foot as it were.
Australia, in 1996 enacted gun control after a mass shooting there. In fact, it took them a whopping 12 days to enact the legislation. In 1996 they had 521 gun deaths. The next year, the number dropped by 84, and has steadily since.
You know what stops gun deaths? NOT HAVING GUNS!!!!! America is swimming in an ocean of weaponry, with more guns per capita than ANY OTHER WESTERN NATION! The primary reason so many people have guns, is because there is little gun control.
While I am not singing Wal-Mart's praises, but Michael does have a point. This is the free market at work. By lowering prices, Wal-Mart has given themselves a competitive advantage, and if other stores cannot follow suit, they will fail. This is reality. Of course, Wal-Mart has a track record of treating employees badly. This is where the government needs to step in and enforce their regulations.
Wal-Mart has suddenly found itself loosing sales to online sources, who can undercut even Wal-Mart's "Low Prices". If Wal-Mart can't compete with these online stores, then it will also fail. This is the free market at work.
Don't get me wrong here, I am no fan of Kim Dotcom and I have never used Megaupload for any purpose. That said, what happened to him is even more tragic.
This is a case of government doing what their financial backers wanted, despite lack of evidence of any wrongdoing. Oh, there was reasonable suspicion, but they went ahead and broke the law to nab one person.
While I personally think that Dotcom is a slimeball, he does have the same rights to privacy, security, and freedom that we all do. Those rights were violated by a government bent on taking him down, regardless of the cost.
And that cost is high, because now the government feels empowered to do this to anyone. Maybe you'll be next Mike, maybe Out_of_the_Blue will be next. When our rights are violated like this, and no one stands up to it, the government will feel justified in continuing it.
So, despite my dislike for Mr. Dotcom, I support his fight against the seizure of Megaupload. He has become the champion for rights in the digital age. He is far from perfect, but he is what we have.
I remember back in high school, reading Mr. Orwell's 1984. I remember thinking that it would never happen. Now I am older, and wiser, and looking at the world we live in today, I am very afraid that Orwell only got one thing wrong. The year.
You are looking at the bowls several hours later. The first bowl probably did attract the most flies, but the content was not dangerous, so the flies came in, consumed and left. They can and will return.
The second bowl has bad food in it. It gives them indegestion, and in some cases, fatal. This is why you will find some dead flies here. Most flies will not return here, unless there is no other choice.
The third bowl has plenty of dead flies, but, these are flies who will never sample from any of your bowls again. These flies will not return, for they are all dead.
Now, you say bowl three is the winner, but, if all you do is put out bowl 3, you will loose in the long run, because once all the consumers of your content have consumed once, they will never do so again, and you will go broke.
Yeah, Bowl 1 is the winner here, because they will be able to return time and time again, consuming your content, and paying you in kind.
Bowl 2 is the second, as they will consume the content, but only if they absolutely must, and even then, it doesn't sit quite right. Some will sample once, and never again.
Bowl 3 is the clear looser. Once sampled, you will never get a repeat customer. Great long-term business decision.
Of course, I believe your post was satirical in nature, and for that, Kudos. If, for some insane reason, you are being serious, then you need to take an economics class. Stat.
I have rarely heard any music in the last 10 years worth purchasing, and even then I don't. I tend to listen to the radio for music when I am in my car, otherwise, I listen to my music collection which I legally ripped of the CD's I own. Most of the music I listen to was made in the 80's.