I wonder how the lawsuits will affect their bottom line.
All that is missing now is a tone deaf quote from the leadership how they feel the USPTO made the wrong decision and they will keep enforcing their patents until SCOTUS rules in their favor.
I suggest that WB & BMG might want to look at the history of those they hire, and question the wisdom of pouring more money into the black hole. There have got to be better write offs you can get that will not open you up to lawsuits or more ridicule for having hired a bumbling bunch of idiots to sabotage your shitty reputation further. Unless you really want to win the trophy away from the cable industry.
I've been following copyright trolls since the first proto-troll days. I laughed at the Hurt Locker cases, knew they would do porn next.
Giggled hysterically as Evan Stone went up in flames, and felt much anger that no one ever mentioned him admitting in a media interview he was participating in the swarms assisting in the spread of the content he would threaten to sue over.
ACS Law in the UK had a server glitch, and the emails really shed some light on how shady this entire industry is... and yet they are allowed to proceed with nothing more than we say so as evidence.
I saw Steele|Hanslalalmabob & wonder boy Gibbs admit in court that they mislead the court in their original filing and the court needed to let them get MORE evidence to prove their case with wildly broad subpoenas.
I watched a Federal Judge ignore due process, the rule of law, and exceed her authority. Then had to wait for the Appeals court to FINALLY set it right, but the damage had already been done to the Does who were railroaded by the court who bent to assist "copyright holders".
I've been sued for defamation for my opinions, yet an officer of the court can file a document calling me a psychopath & other "nice" things on the record in a case to justify trying to hide their antics from public view.
There are so many problems with this and the courts are loathe to do anything until it is much to late for many. Given the amount of cash 1 firm got in a part of a year for 1 film that was well in excess of the maximum $150K, perhaps it is time for the law to close this loophole.
As exhibit C in the past included titles that suggested incest, underage, and bestiality titles... Remember it is just a list of other things they are allegedly infringing upon, some of which might match up with hobbies and interests they post on Facebook.
Being able to claim a long list of "hits" on 3000 titles makes it appear the target is guilty, then add THEY LIKE FOOD!, there was a martha stewart cooking school episode. THEY LIKE WATER!, there was an episode of Flipper does Dallas.
How many 1 second (or less) hits, can one pile onto the record to get to 51% probable? Which such crack evidence as they liked a page on facebook about cats and this video pussy raiders of romania OBVIOUSLY proves it was them.
I'd just like to point out that one of their local lawyers called a judge an asshole in his courtroom, she is still filing cases for them. Many judges seem to have boundless patience for these antics from the lawyers, and very little for the targets... afterall the lawyer said they stole porn they have to be bad people... otherwise they wouldn't bring a lawsuit against them.
There are still people this far after the first election who are chasing the dream that POTUS is a kenyan terrorist turning us over to Islam, and just as soon as they can get the REAL birth certificate...
It works because we can't see outside of ourselves. My current favorite example is 3 people at a table representing rich, middle, poor. There are 12 cookies. Rich takes 11 cookies and tells middle the poor guy is gonna take his.
The "punishment" for these itty bitty little lapses amount to nothing. They still threaten Exhibit C, they just don't file it with the case. They claim it shows all sorts of things, but it is meaningless to the case.
Conjecture and guesses keep these cases alive. The rules are only for the little people when they get found to be in default, no questions about service even when they can't be bothered to name & serve a defendant in under 5 extensions.
Got a shitty film, want to still make lots of money? Partner with our name changing firms & experts... it will magically be online and monitored for - before it is ever released. Money will come pouring in, trust us.
They roll in and blanket the town with flyers & ads talking about how it will kill children, raise the dead, and keep Obama president for 3 more terms. (I've seen examples of some of the flyers online, and I am only slightly exaggerating)
They promise all of the wonderful things they COULD do but will not if the muni builds out. Annnd a couple free months of HBO thrown in and boom a bill protecting their monopoly and doesn't require them to live up to any promises.
Cut to a couple months later where people figure out they were lied to and somehow they actually got worse service now. (Cuts had to be made to recoup the cost of the advertising blitz, and once they made back that money they noticed they liked having more money and looked for more things to cut).
The big players refuse to service areas. They demand laws saying they MIGHT come into town so no muni systems... then leave them bereft.
Even shitty muni service gives you the ultimate power for consumers, "Comcast you suck I'm going with my other option". Comcast might actually give better service if people can leave them for another provider.
We just had some idiot running a cable system who wants to drop people who DARE to try and get the best price possible by threatening to switch providers. When you feel you no longer need customers and don't need to compete... a real business would fold if not propped up by laws protecting them from the real world where if you are a shitty provider you fail.
And if the muni-system fails, gee the whole town is wired what to do what to do. Lease it to an upstart to recoup the buildout?
We've secretly recorded everything about every person inside the US, and we haven't caught 1 Congress critter doing anything wrong (that we would prosecute because why bribe them when you can just rattle off the mistresses phone number?).
I don't think anyone actually knows everything that all of the agencies are up to, and that should scare everyone. They lie to the people. They lie to the media. They lie to Congress. They lie to those who are supposed to be providing oversight. They lie to Judges (even the rubber stamp ones).
Slippery slope (there I said it, move on) is proven. We gave up some rights to be safe, and they have gutted everything we thought we had.
For years they have screamed how unfair it was, and once they stopped them... they never came to town to meet the market demand. It really is time for there to be drop dead clauses in these special rules protecting them, that if they do not meet what the locals could offer the law blocking it dies. In a perfect world the old guard would be forced to pay for the build out they couldn't be bothered to do in return for locking the public into a service they aren't delivering.
The other problem with this idea is anyone thinking it might motivate the players to step up their game. Given all of the cash they have been paid already (and sweetheart deals) they have proven they will just take the money and walk away scot-free. They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy, and willing to outright lie.
They need to face actual competition, and the only players who can even get on the field are municipalities. People will discover pretty quickly that you can have much more than the old guard wants to offer, at better prices. If the old guard doesn't want to adapt, they will fall and soon there will be new players to replace them as more stupid rules locking out competition fall to the pages of history.
The system protects itself at the expense of those it is charged with overseeing. There is a balance to be wanted in proving facts before firing people, but when outrageous conduct gets not a peep the entire office should be considered flawed.
There needs to be no special protections offered to those who violate the rights of others, someone leading the charge against another who violates the basic tenants should face the entire weight of the law.
The system is not fair as is promised, and we need to restore the rights of all.
Or in the alternative, perhaps punish those who are abusing the legal process and work in reforming copyright so that there is no longer actually an incentive to make a bulk of your income via "speculative invoicing"?
Sometimes the best solution is the one that is the hardest to work towards, but copyright trolls (no matter the form) should be a huge red flag that the law in its current form is broken and the innocent & the guilty (I never said everyone was an angel) are being harassed in these schemes while the law turns a blind eye to creating the problem.
And none of this has ANYTHING to do with citizens being raised to trust cops, if you are in trouble find a cop they will help. While this was a good idea once, it no longer is. Look at the people who seek help for a loved on in distress and the cops just shoot them rather than waste time on someone mentally ill and in crisis. (And yes they do it to those who are no threat at all).
We have warped police into this paramilitary group of enforcers and given them the keys to the kingdom because we don't even pretend they law includes them. We give them pass after pass, and until it is their child, spouse, loved one who gets their ass beaten the target must have been asking for it because police never lie.
This jury makes me ill, and I pray not a single one of them ever requires the "assistance" of these fine upstanding officers who know that even being taped they can still do horrible things to you and walk away.
Those playground bullies, grew up and got government jobs. The difference is now when you stand up to them there is an entire system dedicated to crush you for daring to point out they were full of shit and just trying to scare people into giving them their lunch money.
No matter what charges they bring or the circus they put on, the most important fact that needs to be shouted louder than anything else is they can't protect the data they demand. The are illequipt and unprepared to do it. They are inventing more and more punishments to distract from the simple point, they haven't got a clue what they are doing. It doesn't matter how high you pile the charges, because the next one to get the data won't let you know about it... they will use it and the citizens will suffer for this ill conceived notion that if we have all the data we can magically somehow stop all bad things.
This is all fall-out from them buying the law they want. They imagine a solution and try to create laws to force others to make it happen for them. It doesn't matter if what they want can't be done, shouldn't be done, will cost billions... they want it done yesterday.
For far to long they have been given their way like a spoiled child, it is high time we send them to their room without supper and tell them they need to cut the lawn themselves instead of demanding everyone else do it for them.