Oh FFS, when is the lawyers making themselves seem needed bubble finally going to burst?
At some point a corporation is finally going to ask why the hell they are paying for litigation this stupid (and if they aren't perhaps the shareholders might look for those with the common sense required).
Corporate law for the benefit of corporations?! What could go wrong?
I still remember when some people tried to disagree with my assessment of 6 Strikes that charging $35 to 'prove' people were serious in disputing claims and those claims then going before an arbitrator selected by CCI was nothing but an illusion of legality and justice.
Given the insanity that is copyright/ip CafePress's response is about average. Every business is worried that any delay will trigger massive lawsuits & fines. (and end users are expendable, more will come to replace them) How broken is the system when an obviously flawed notice is just accepted because the penalty only applies to 1 side.
CafePress screwed up in going above and beyond, but clearly the rightsholder failed to deliver a proper notice. CafePress letting the Estate (I do hope these recent takedowns encourage him to write more now) take the heat is them doing the best they can to avoid owning responsibility.
Which do you think matters more to the business model, protecting your non-infringing stuff or keeping the business open? While a lawsuit against CafePress might not succeed, bleeding them of cash until they fall is a time honored tradition in litigation.
Why does it come as a shock that the IP has more value than Veterans? We don't bother to keep our promises for their service We deny & delay medical care We have more of them dying when they get home than in any of the stations we sent them to We expect them to die quietly and not cause any problems
How DARE these freeloaders expect to be able to have pride in their service to the country!
They pay lip service to how much their sacrifices mean to us, and treat them like shit. If we cared why are there so many nonprofits providing support & assistance to these brave men & women who did things for us.
Stupid knows no bounds, and if they had any honor inside the DoD they would trace how far up the line this goes and actually hand out punishments to all involved. This is another slap in the face to those who deserve so much more.
I was only seeing part of this (I don't follow all of the lawyers, but saw enough) and my absolutely favorite moment was when the clue lightbulb over seobro's head slowly started lighting up. That moment when he understood that he had shot past fucked at ludicrous speed & was actively making it worse with every passing tweet. STAAAAHP cried seobro as he took a breath to notice that he'd managed screw his client(s), his company, himself and perhaps digging to find the bottom of the quicksand wasn't a good play. Seeing the realization that he'd screwed up dawn on him was a wonderful moment.
Perhaps the FTC would like to send over a copy of the paperwork they dropped on Roca Labs.
Their actions paint a picture of a company willing to lie to their customers. One wonders how they stay in business until one remembers that even baseless legal threats work on many people.
I wonder how many times this company violated customers rights with this "legal" silencing of customers who did not get what they were promised. If only there were state agencies empowered to look through the records to see how many times consumers paid and got nothing other than a legal threat for their fee.
They didn't do what I wanted, so I tried to find someone to make them do it. They said something that offended me, so I tried to get the college to expel them. They do something I don't agree with, so I tried to force them to do it my way.
Everyone gets a ribbon. Everyone is special. Everyone has to do what you want.
Welcome to Entitlement Wars. Where players will appeal to every possible higher power to make others do what the player wants. The player is the only important person, and if the rules don't benefit them they are wrong & must be changed. The Player claims others have similar rights, but want them revoked when they disagree with the Player.
Perhaps the life lesson for her is that maybe some people shouldn't have access to games on their phones & in-app purchases. The larger lesson for society is that perhaps we've gone to far in telling people they are the center of the universe & can expect the world to conform to that idea.
Ford has decided to not allow you to buy a car, because you might drink and drive. GM has decided to not allow you to buy a car because you might drive it to a political protest. McDonalds has refused to allow you to buy coffee, because it might give you the energy to write a congressperson.
They sort of went the opposite of neutral, they refused to fill an order because they wanted to avoid a political controversy (that might have screwed up their business plans).
If they wanted to be neutral, they should have just made the sale. Allowing corporations to keep control over what end users who purchase their products do is reserved for the copyright cartels only.
Well to be fair there has been a spike in violent crimes, committed by cops, being reported. Now that both sides can have cameras, it becomes clear that they can no longer spin narratives by editing or deleting footage and giving officers days to make a statement after being able to review all of the "evidence" available.
Slowly the public perception of the breathless reporting about the horrible things "criminals" are doing are being exposed as cops power tripping on those historically not able to fight back against a system that discounts their version of the story deferring to those charged with upholding the law (who have been shown time & time again violating those same laws).
Treating those who would record the interaction as taunting rather than people who are very afraid of those charged with protecting & serving them explains the problem. If you are unable to do the job when there is a way to hold you accountable, that is very telling. Tone deaf leadership of Unions & Governmental oversight who blather about these made up problems, while covering up or discounting bad actions by those *few bad apples" (who aren't that few from appearances) do nothing to help.
This is the Us vs Them mentality, the problem is it is out of control. Every stop is now treated like there is a missile wielding terrorist in the car, just waiting to strike so we need to get them first. Getting fed up with being stopped multiple times for imaginary reasons and not staying in your place is seen as challenging the officer who doesn't think you have the right to question anything. They have all of the power and anything that is seen as a challenge is a threat, and they respond as such often to the detriment of their targets who no one by cops sees as threatening.
The cynical side of me would like to point out that perhaps their "support" isn't enough to get him to to listen, and they should throw more money on the problem to fix it. (This is how government tends to work.)
The other side wants to point out that until he did something they disliked they were willing to fund this moron. It is clear he either doesn't understand what he is doing, or he is doing exactly what the other side is paying him for.
Play both sides against each other, reap the profits. Perhaps this is why we have such a screwed up system, they refuse to consider anything other than the lobbyists tell them (often ignoring common sense) and when push comes to shove they trot out something meant to terrify people into blindly supporting stupid positions.
His ideas seem to be designed to benefit the few at the expense of the many, giving tools that will be abused to protect corporate people.
Why should we not trust a group that rather than press charges like we would face, allow their brother officers to retire with full benefits? Why should we not trust a group willing to ignore the new hire was run out of a different PD before all of the excessive force complaints couldn't be swept under the rug? Why should we not trust a group willing to lie repeatedly, even in the face of video showing showing they lied? Why should we trust a group that will lock normal people in a room for hours at a time to get statements, but give their own days & review of the notes/video to make the narrative work?
Much like the national security wonks, they forgot what they are supposed to be doing and now live in a fantasy land where they are superheroes with special powers. We gave them all of the toys they dreamed of, but not the rational thought or self control required to keep them from trying them out at the drop of a hat. Your rights don't matter when they need to try out the riot gear.
And the entire business model of making claims to snatch the advertising revenue, only to let go when the monolith finally thinks something might be hinkey...
The problem stems from the belief that there are billions of dollars that magically will appear if they manage the control of it just right. This leads to the insanity where zomg someone might not make a few hundred they deserve!!!
Rather than try to solve the problem, they don't dare look at the failing model they instead try to force everyone else to bear the costs and burdens to play inside the rules.
People want to share, and this is/could be a huge boon to the corporations but now that we have to have "Stream Safe" as a fscking game setting. The news would like to report from outside of the venue, but they have to overdub Happy Birthday in the background because someone MIGHT hear a snippet of a song.
We have beloved tv shows we want to own, but have to accept them being different than our memories because ZOMG millions! Now games won't sound like what we saw, because someone owns the rights to the pew pew noise the gun makes, and someone else owns the rights to the footsteps, and someone else owns the musical stinger... and no one will just sign contracts to deal with reality... because everyone deserves the millions, that don't exist, in their bank account.
People are so terrified of imaginary terrorists and the threats they pose, that they are ignoring the very real downsides.
More people would turn out screaming if some talking head suggested this bill would bring Sharia law to the country, but the idea of the government trolling even deeper into their lives doesn't get a blip.
When will the people finally notice that the government has been lying to them for a very long time, that all of these things to "protect us" are done in 3rd world dictatorships we talk about as being inhuman, that we've slid so far down the slope that there is no out anymore. We are no longer free, we are no longer brave, the amber waves of grain are owned by corporations who need us to give them more handouts, and we spent more time focused on stupid things than the serious sellout of our liberties we claim to care about.
Rather than voting to support platforms founded on fear of others getting more, perhaps we should vote on real issues. If we started trying to cause 83 vacancies and fill them with people who care more about those who voted them in rather than narratives that are harmful to citizens we might have a chance.