More proof of they are unable to try cases. If there might be any chance of losing, they worry about their reputations & bonuses more than the law.
Of course their targets are 'Bad People™' so they shouldn't enjoy the same protections as 'Good People™' under the law, despite that whole everyone is equal under the law thing.
Of course this is never a problem for 'Good People™' until someone decides they are a 'Bad People™' because they need another slam dunk conviction for their next bonus level. Then those newly minted 'Bad People™' are left wondering why the entire story wasn't told & why information was withheld and suppressed.
The system is failing. Its been failing for a while, and no one has the will to demand change because they fear soundbites about being soft on crime. The problem is its not very hard to tell the difference between the 'Good Guys™' and the alleged 'Bad Guys™' because some of that the 'Good Guys™' are doing things much worse than the 'Bad Guys™'.
"people don't have a right to use the service. The operator can change the user agreement at will" So you can sell them something & then change it as they wish. So you say something mean about Ford online so they can change the agreement and take back the tires? They can remove the software that handles the drive by wire controls? You don't have a right to use that because someone at Ford got pissy?
Someone who has paid you to use the service has every right to use that service, and pretending that this owner isn't a childish fuck who just tanked his company is a joke.
I expect to see more people returning the devices because the idea that this idiot can have a bad day and remove the server at a whim leaving you with nothing... well played.
I doubt the terms and conditions say, if you leave a toxic review we'll cut you off, and even if it did the courts have ruled these sorts of clauses are unenforceable.
The item is a brick, it has been blocked from functioning as it was advertised as working. Not for lack of payment, not because the company went under, but because someone got butthurt.
Of course the company might come crashing down because there are going to be a flurry of returns & some retail channels will say no thanks to carrying the product because its to much of a hassle to deal with.
Congress, doing everything our corporate sponsors need done.
We can't have real people providing oversight that our contributors feel MIGHT be bad for them. Just because its been run like crap & they lied all the time is no reason to allow it to be fixed. We need to make them unanswerable to any oversight, because then we can truly embrace the corporate law.
It is a pity that Congress has no idea what copyright is, instead believing those paid to expand it to the detriment of the public who suffers when the terms are extended to protect imaginary profits.
The court should make the RMCP produce a report about what was gained from winning this stupid case. The court should then bludgeon the RCMP with it repeatedly.
This strikes me as the same sort of thinking behind the ZOMG make Apple unlock the phone, because it might contain cyberbombs to kill us allllll!!!!!!!! Oh wait, there was nothing useful.... but we paid a pretty penny to learn that.
What in the actual fuck is wrong with these people?
I admit the court case numbers only generated a minor bell in my head, but the Judges name... I know that well. I know he's not in CT.
How the hell do you think submitting forged documents is going to work out for you? He can try to claim some stranger did this just to screw him, but considering the amount of butthurt displayed in the police report... that won't work.
My prior experiences not withstanding, I'm pretty sure forging court docs is a REALLY bad idea. Taking a sitting Judges name in vain... oh so smart.
But when trying to defend your reputation - forgery is fair game I guess.
And the music swells and Ms. Streisand sings.... People, people who forge documents, are the dumbest people in the world....
I await the press release form next week about how Spotify, is stealing even more money from artists.
Somehow the RIAA managed to maintain power & relevance when their 'work' is about the same as ice delivery men for ice boxes.
The RIAA is lying to you. Your label is lying to you. You are making money, but your shitty contract allows them to rob you blind. They support 'rights' societies that use royalties due to you as personal piggy banks.
We aren't going to pay you $5 each time we hear a song. How much do you get for each YT hit or radio play? Why should another format pay you more? Because they manage to make a profit?
If the RIAA cared about you why did everyone else do the work to build streaming, YT, music sales? For the cut they and the labels take shouldn't they do more?
Enjoy making less money as you get less coverage & less likely to be discovered by new fans. Be sure to blame everyone except yourself for this drop. Music has changed, and the writings been on the wall for years. You should never expect to make the same amount you get for a plastic disc as a digital file that costs next to nothing to sell.
You don't need the gatekeepers and the sooner you figure this out & demand better contracts or leave the gatekeepers in the past where they belong the sooner you will make more.
The internet doesn't have to be your enemy, look at the huge acts who use nothing more than social media & YT to build a following. Maybe stop taking advice from people who tell you the sky is falling, while increasing their cut of your profits.
If only attempts to abuse your Trademark could result in you losing it. One does wonder if companies would be so eager to pay lawyers that promise them total control over everything, when the result could be losing the mark. It might even kill off some of the parasitic lawyers out there who file what they know are pointless lawsuits just to get paid. It would work better than the alleged oversight from inside the system.
Isn't it amazing that the champions of the free market working it out, do so very much to keep those markets only for their contributors?
I doubt many of them give 2 shits about this issue they didn't bother to look at past the receipt for the contribution. Getting handed money & being able to convince the masses that this is just undoing the evils Obama force upon them keeps them going.
Of course now that they are starting to figure out that this isn't the good thing that was promised, they are still doing the mental gymnastics to make it the other guys fault.
Lets be clear. Your elected representatives sold you out wholesale. Your ISP will be able to make a shit ton more money off selling this information. It will not lower your bill, in fact they will probably charge you more to pay for tracking everything you do online. Most of you will not have an option to move to a different carrier who promises not to do this. (Hows that free market choice working for you?) This extra money won't pay to improve the service. You will hit your pointless data caps that much faster as they inject more advertising and homing beacons into your connection. So you'll get to provide them millions for your browsing history, get more targeted intrusive advertising, and go over your cap & have to pay more...
Perhaps its time to consider that perhaps it isn't all Obama's fault, and they've trained you to blindly support what they say when they blame him.
They were paid a pittance to allow corporations to make millions, if they had any respect for you they would have demanded larger 'contributions' before selling you out.
Patreon - where they don't have archaic contracts subtracting the cost of broken vinyl for your YT releases.
The **AA's should start getting worried. They are losing control they have enjoyed for years as the only game in town.
Imagine a world where we had Patreon-like systems for collecting the cash & paying promptly without taking massive cuts. Imagine if they could displace the 1000 little, scandal ridden, rights societies. Bring a sense of logic to copyright & not waste tons of cash hunting down a YT stream that some music was heard in the background of but wasn't the focus of the video.
Treating fans like fans, not living in terror that some kid would sing their cover of a song & rob us blind.
Imagine artists being able to do as much or as little as they wanted to with social media, and not having a 'team' pushing the messages of the sponsors who paid enough to get a plug.
Like I said before, a very smart person would be courting artists who are in contracts that might end soon. Create a model that benefits the artists first & takes a clearly detailed cut for the overhead that isn't inflated with hundreds of little cuts.
The internet, they feared it for good reason. It removes the need for gatekeepers who belong in the past.
Everyone had a laugh at the stories about people calling Obamacare utter shit & how the Republicans had to fix it with the ACA. Because they called it Obamacare for so long people think it is different than the ACA. When you tell them they are the same thing they start looking for ways to pretend it doesn't matter.
Trump claims to have created all of these jobs & money. Media calls him out and his base, primed with the mantra of fake news, just assume it is a hit piece and wrap themselves tighter in the Trump delusion.
His supporters think the country is doing much better while ignoring anything that challenges that view as being fake.
This really is approaching the levels of the meme where the cartoon shows the titanic, someone screaming iceberg dead ahead, and the other people screaming fake news.
I think we should keep calling this BS out, but the biggest thing we need to work towards is breaking the imaginary story that Trump always tells the truth & to disagree is fake news.