Companies can be wound down. The assets could bring a portion of the cash back when sold off, not to mention the spectrum made available to a new company. We could extract maximum citizen value from it.
With all of the billions we've paid them haven't we paid them enough to actually take the company?
There is not the will in the private sector to do this, but they gladly gobble up any cash offered and fail to deliver on the promises. If I pay someone to build my house, and they just throw a cardboard box on the lot there are all sorts of recourses to get my money back or force them to honor the contract. Perhaps it is time we start demanding accountability with OUR MONEY. We've funneled billions to all sorts of providers who can't even meet the modest goals, it is time to stop filling the trough and perhaps take some of these prized porkers to the slaughterhouse and pick up some cute new piglets who might do better than the old tired hogs.
I wonder what Google could do with a portion of the billions we've handed out, I'm not sure what we'd get but it couldn't be worse.
The Internet announces plans to tell France to fuck right off.
Creating liability beyond the parties actually responsible is just trying to make someone else clean up the mess. They can blame "the Internet" for all of the horrible things, not the intolerance they are breeding in their citizens.
In the rush to find someone to hold responsible and declare mission accomplished, perhaps it is time to take a good hard look at how this happened and how much hard work it will take to ACTUALLY work towards a real solution rather than a soundbite that seemed like a good idea at the time.
There is making a profit, and then there is the level of obscene we consistently see. Even after they extract several times even the most wild cost estimates, they seek even more. Then there are the games where they pay others to stay out of the market, or make a tiny change to renew the IP control... meanwhile people suffer and die.
India has the political will to actually put the needs of the many over the needs of a massive corporation to make sure the CEO gets a bigger bonus paid for in human suffering and death. Now they will pass more laws trying to make sure someone who needs the drug can not possibly import it from abroad, keeping health costs inflated & causing even more misery.
The settlement really needed at least 3 more 0's and an actual apology.
In our breathless rush to stop terror, we revealed that we are xenophobic racists. That we willingly hand control over to people who can wrap themselves in the flag and never be held accountable for violating citizens rights because terrorism.
We've already seen the comeback of McCarthyism, but no one wants to call it that. If you are critical of the government, that is a reason for them to open a file on you and dig through your entire life for daring to question the powers that be. Not accepting the narrative of the fatherland is working against the state and needs to be investigated & stopped by any means... even violating your rights so they can send a chilling message of submit or else.
So this is written to give Palintar (sp) a new revenue stream?
"long list of materials that could be used as explosive precursors." Like the hundreds of everyday household items that can be turned into weapons by those with the know-how?
Perhaps if the TSA wants to make us all feel better how about they turn this program on their own officers who seem to keep getting caught violating citizens rights, stealing, selling access to controlled areas, pulling guns on the street, misusing their identification and prove that they can clean their own house before we allow them this sort of insane access to hand over yet another blank check for private companies to compile data on citizens seeing if they might be a risk to the country (and help us write a really nice dossier).
OMG TERRORISTS!!! is a tired trope, and this is yet another attempt to craft the big brother country where not agreeing with the monied interests is a crime.
Isn't copyright wonderful? Giving them this unfettered access has totally crushed copyright infringement and lead to a golden age of German film & culture. Oh wait...
Secret systems given the power to act as judge, jury, debt collector undermine the actual system that is in place. Allowing them to collect on accusation alone with "evidence" that can not be questioned perverts the laws that are in place. Perhaps it is time the people point out to their elected officials that they are supposed to correct any flaws in the system rather than just give one side everything they demand.
I have a very good feeling that if the law were adapted to the reality of todays market & consumers rather than a bygone era, they would get content into consumers hands at the time, format & price the consumer wanted. This would end much of the infringement. It is impossible and stupid to think that it can ever be completely stopped and rather wasting more time and law chasing an impossible goal, perhaps removing the rewards that allow them to ignore consumer demands might make them deal with today not 150 years ago.
While much of this is creating giant useless haystacks, how much of it is running the budget to the last penny? Government types have this strange mentality that if you don't hit the budget cap, then they are giving you to much money & cut it back. How many of those running these different departments are just sucking up everything they can remotely justify to make sure they get more in the next funding round. Collecting & storing all of this data is a great way to burn cash. Trot out 1 or 2 needles that fell into your lap in a press conference and the powers that be oooh and ahhh and sign off on the next years larger budget & expansion of powers.
As we saw in the coverage of Palintar (sp) they tools they developed in house to search & sift the haystacks suck so badly that they have to pull in an outside contractor to help look for the needles.
Its not worked the first 100 times, POUR MORE MONEY ON IT!!!
Then we can justify everyone's salary increases, because we are doing more to fix the "problem" rather than deal with the reality of we are to focused on keeping control forever over content we "sell" that we forgot we are supposed to give consumers what they want.
How many millions will keep being poured into the **AA's before someone dares ask why? They can never deliver what they promise and those wasted millions could have developed digital marketplaces that would have beat Apple, Google, Amazon to the punch... but the technology is scary bad juju that we must fight to stop.
If I went to court with the documents being used by the Germans in this case, my ass would have been found in contempt and I would be facing criminal charges for lying to the court. Do the same thing but have a JD and some hand-waving happens and it is suddenly okay.
By not pursuing what was fraud upon a court, the reputation of the courts have taken yet another hit. They do not like these cases, do not trust the plaintiffs (with good fucking reasons), yet still manage to let them walk away from clear fraud. This is not a case of a oopsie we meant this not that, this is nonexistent corporations, nonexistent people filing statements with the court... and the court remains complicit in its roll as a cog in a business model extorting cash.
It is better that 100 guilty men walk free, than a single innocent man spend 1 day in jail. It is better that we let them just have the names for 100 ip addresses, than consider that an officer of the court is boldly lying to our face even when the evidence is clearly presented to us.
IP is our greatest asset, it turns porn, box office busts, and straight to dvd d rated films into huge money makers. No one will ask where the files came from, no one will ask how they IPs were found, no one will ask why the expert doesn't exist, no one will ask why the company is a ghost, all you need is $400, a list of IPs, and a boiler plate filing and the magic happens.
When someone tells you why copyright is just fine, show them these cases and ask how they can claim it isn't broken.
but rightsholders are special magical creatures granted super special rights because millions of dollars vanish out of the economy every time a copy is made.
Pay no attention to the millions being stolen from other business models having to kowtow to the demands of these special creatures who have paid more for their government representation that everyone else.
Copyright, so important that everyone else has to pay to protect it.