And perhaps it is well past time we stop accepting the 'ZOMG TERRORISTS WILL WIN' arguments to keep these things going and admit this has gone to damn far and needs to be undone & given much stronger limitations moving forward.
Doing it this way has provided very little benefit beyond soundbites with no reality to back up the claims, and it has cost far to much money & credibility.
What if the unicorn was real, and everything they have done has lead to to have precognition of all bad acts... but to protect the secrets & programs they still let them happen.
Sounds silly? What about the cases where they let "criminals" go rather than answer about stingrays. Or where they were unable to do parallel construction to make it believable they happened on the plot & didn't find it using a secret program.
Or perhaps they can not find the needle in the ever larger haystacks they create, & we need leaders to take a stand against blindly following the repeating pattern that isn't working.
If only there was a department created to deal with making sure justice was... oh...
Seriously, we need to demand that Congress stop just throwing money into the pit and ignoring the obviously serious problems in "their" house.
These are the people who are the first to say if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, yet they are doing everything (and then some) possible to hide stuff. Americans have lost faith in the government (and even many of the people who put all of their blind faith behind them are starting to ask WTF).
It is high time that they start doing what is required or start removing those who block it from happening. Refusal to do your job is grounds from firing for every other job (outside of Congress) in the country... start taking heads and remind them they can & will be held accountable.
And this is why the lack of a penalty for screwing up like this makes the system useless. They have no reason to be better. They can always claim big/oopsie/dog ate my code if someone actually notices... in the meantime all sorts people are having to deal with their pages gone and filing a counter notice (which is WAY more complex than sending a bogus claim) and hope that the don't double down on the bogus complaint (cause THAT never happens... like with a birdsong).
If they had to pay a penalty for each bogus claim & then file notices to fix what they broke then it might get better. There honestly needs to be a 'crying wolf' clause in the DMCA. If you send X bogus claims, you get a timeout.
And cue some little noticed rule change attached to a must pass bill that no one will notice a single added page in the other 2000 pages they didn't read making it a crime to gather/use metadata about Congress.
public statement by them, IIRC (I sometimes am confused), was that they felt that the court was wrong in its ruling about the subpoenas they are abusing and so they didn't have to listen until SCOTUS ruled on it.
So they avail themselves of the legal system, but only when it benefits them... otherwise it is to be ignored. And this is why they are being sued.
Well how about Superfish did they do something wrong? What about Komodia?
They created a certificate that signs basically ANY certificate it encounters and makes bad ones good in the process.
This is not a bug, this is defective and deceptive by design. At no point did they disclose everything it did to their buyers, no one would purchase a piece of software that makes you more open to being hacked but this entire piece of software does just that.
This is should be punished by the full extend of the law. They are hacking peoples systems & making them vulnerable. It no longer matters if this was a boo-boo or not.
The outcome is horrific, and there is no excuse for this. Sadly many people who have been hacked by this crapware still are unaware of the danger. This is one of those moments when they should moved to seize all of the records of this company and contact everyone they ever dealt with to alert them. The code should be dissected so that tools can be written to secure these victims systems and make everyone safer.
The creators need to pay the price for their hubris.
DMCA is broken. It was born broken & unfair. They ignored all of the concerns it would be abused. Oh look it is being abused. (this applies to so much of US lawmaking now)
We will never agree in a short period on fixing the DMCA, we all have our own deeply held beliefs. A much more simple temporary patch that no one should object to is adding a fine for a bogus request.
Google spends a huge amount of time, money, effort doing something they should not have to. These notices are assumed to be correct and must be followed ASAP under draconian penalties for not meeting the senders demands. There is nothing that forces those sending the notices to make them better, despite the mounting evidence they are being sent by bots with no verification what so ever. The burden in the system is on the accused to prove innocence ('Merika innocent until proven guilty was a thing).
We have sloppy notices like this on top of scammers abusing the system to make money by stealing cash by making claims and being awarded ad dollars and withdrawing them before anything bad might happen to them.
I think a small $5 a url fee for each incorrect url in a claim would improve things. These companies have "valuable" IP monopolies and $5 is not much compared to the value of the IP. But mounting piles of $5 bills might encourage them to target their notices better. Nonpayment of the penalties should also allow recipients to ignore future notices until the penalties are paid. It is a waste of someone elses time & money, and those sending bogus ones should bear those costs.
It is the system we are stuck with, like it or not. The LEAST that should be done is to force it to improve. This fine would result in a vast improvement in the notices, and lower the number of false claims protecting innocent 3rd parties who have done nothing wrong but have the word download in a url or on a page.
Given the sheer number of rejected claims submitted to Google on a daily basis (as the **AA's like to tout the growing number of submissions and ignore the large pile of false claims) Google could afford to roll out Google Fiber and cover the entire US. Call it double motivation for them to improve the notices.
Someone able to use his psychology background to dazzle a bunch of idiot investors & business types. See cause in those positions people with degrees are forced out and replaced with figureheads who answer to the shareholders above all others. It makes money, it must be good.
Lenovo released a removal tool, one wonders if they can't understand why people might not trust them. Perhaps they should have gotten a much more trustworthy company to release if for them... maybe Comcast.
But they were only trying to make the customer experience better.
More telling was poking around on the Lenovo forums I found an older thread where it appears this product was screwing up peoples net access and downloads, and they went ahead to patch it to make it work better. One wonders if the solution was the cert.