Huh... first sale doctrine. They sold the reproduction of the design to the player, for which they were paid. While they might hold copyright on the design proper, all reproductions of that work are derivative as the original is on a flat page and not a human body. Human bodies vary and might require different inks or patterns to get a similar effect. They sold that particular pattern reproduction to the player the first sale if you will. So wouldn't that mean that their interests are exhausted in that particular work.
Also worth noting is do they demand payments from anyone else who takes a picture that captures any portion of the tattoo at the center of this, or are they just boldly demanding cash from the deepest pocket they can find.
Copyright, it can do anything... its main superpowers seem to be making people greedy idiots & causing headaches.
Its like a simulation of what happened with the Patriot Act.
Is anyone shocked to see someone from DHS decide that the best course of action is to secretly spy on those they have power over and sharing that data with an outside 3rd party? Deny it is happening, find some "legal" way to justify it, say you are stopping and double down.
So who is going to use the Public Records Act request to start digging into what Big Sis has been up to and look for the secret list of people they needed to monitor more?
After speaking with animal interpreters we have discovered that "Betty's" real name is Naruto. We are filing suit to have all of the prize turned over to us so that we can protect the horses from the exploitative use by humans. Our goal is to license the photo out and use the proceeds to buy the entire country, force the humans out and establish the first horse empire.
Twitter finding more ways to beg someone else to come disrupt them.
Censorious douche screams jump and Twitter mindlessly jumps again. How dare you show people what I said to you!!! Lock him out and force him to bend to my will!!
Twitter no longer has any guidelines that make sense, and most "policies" seem to be driven by will this somehow make us look bad if we don't jump on it soon enough.
I look forward to Twitter trying to explain why this happened, but then having seen someone who sets policy for twitter siding with a 'foriegn correspondent' who couldn't figure out if the DPRK twitter feed was real or not and chiding them for not clearly marking themselves as parody. Someone paid to watch news outlets couldn't spot the parody... and expects Twitter to punish them for his failure.
They are just waiting for the first couple to die before they consider it might be time to let go.
The problem is like the weather, we all bitch about it but often do nothing to make it change. I can mention Sony and we all know the long list of failures... but people keep buying. There isn't a connected effort to remind the giants that at the end of the day they need to offer us what we want.
Game of Thrones gets hugely pirated, because of stupid deals locking up the hottest commodity in a system that doesn't work in todays reality. They are proud to be so popular, but are scared of making any changes to the old model to see if a new model might get them money from the "pirates". They get to whine about how they need more copyright to protect it while ignoring money they could be earning by embracing consumer demand.
Until enough people get pissed off enough to demand better, nothing is going to change. Perhaps maybe we should let go of the bait in the traps holding us.
Pity that most of the power has been stripped from these agencies that are supposed to protect the people.
All of these large decried agencies have seen their power stripped way in moves funded by those who might be forced to play fairly.
We have people dying because we can't check the drug trial data to protect people. We have people dying because we can't check food processing plants. Yet we have all of these industries complaining about regulations (that they ignore, then pay small fines after the bodycount gets high enough) yet no one ever asks them about the multiple cases where people were harmed by these 'benevolent' corporations who cut corners to make a buck while gambling with peoples lives.
We know these things are a problem but the system is so jacked that there isn't enough political will to put citizens ahead of campagin warchests.
Somewhere in a darkened room there is someone who is actively trying to kill Hulu. The PR machine will fire up and tell shareholders that cord cutting doesn't exist because we totally offered a cord free version, and those idiot cordcutters (who don't REALLY exist) never used the service. They will not mention that they did everything possible to annoy those consumers by removing content people wanted to see. They will then raise rates to make up for the bad investment in Hulu, working on creating more cord cutters.
The biggest problems they are facing is the idea that no one would forgo seeing their content or find a different path to it.
Consumers want to get the content and are willing to pay reasonable fees. Cutting off all of the options has 2 possible outcomes, they goto a competitor who has content or they will find a way to get the content outside the "rules". The cartels are so focused on locking down & keeping control over the content they miss that even die hard nonpirates are getting fed up. The cartel thinks if you watch it on a tablet during your commute, its a public performance and they need to get extra. They stream lesser quality to avoid someone finding a way to "steal" the stream, making people who want to pay them unhappy when the stream stutters.
For far to long they have been the only game in town and the big firey sky rock hasn't clued them in that things have changed. They made sure they didn't have to compete and now their asses are bonded to the laurels they were resting on and they can't compete. Willing to bet some industry insiders are still saying privately the internet is just a fad that is gonna die off soon.
In the meantime everytime they insanely cut off access they drive one more person to the realization they don't count. That person will see others who are watching things they can't, and learn how its done.
If your a big player you have a following, and don't need what "LPW" can do for you, but if you are working a genre that isn't as popular or are just starting out I have a world to help you.
In return for sharing a portion of revenue with me, I direct viewers to you. I have information prepared about what makes a good let's play video the tools & things you'll want to consider. "LPW" is subdivided by genre, skill levels, and all sorts of demographic details to help viewers find your videos. As the "LPW" gets more popular "We" can speak with studios about getting games for you to play. If you get big enough to have your own following, we'll miss you and hope you will keep in touch with us. There is so much content pouring onto the net crafting a good touchstone spot to start with helps everyone, and putting the time into keeping bad ones off the world but offering valid reasons of why it didn't make the cut this time improves it even more.
That is what it could have been.
Not give us 20-40% and plaster our logo all over your videos or face the takedown monster & the "we own this" mentality of launching attacks on you.
The idea could be executed very well, as long as those in charge don't get drunk with power.
Because someone is making money from having that loophole open. No one wants to spend money to fix the voip "problem", because fixing it has costs that would then cut off income, and we can't let their income change... what are a few people with guns to their heads over corporate profits?
There is the irony in the Representative not getting the full Swat response, which can lead to the belief that the problem is the swatters not the fact that a single phone call can have a squad of heavily armed men showing up for a hollywood style firefight, finding none, & then "expressing" their displeasure at the innocent targets.
Swatting is exploiting a system. "Untraceable" calls that appear to be local. Making claims that seem questionable but because everyone fears liability if this one is the 1 in 1,000,000 calls where it is real. The police get to do the full court roll out of their new toys that they like to find ways to take out for a spin. Put this all together and all it takes is someone pushing a single domino.
Swatting is stupid. No one can fully explain why there exist the loopholes that make it (and all sorts of telemarketing scumbaggery) possible, or why every department needs surplus military equipment they want to use at every possible moment. Passing laws to make it more of a crime still aren't fixing those problems, it will just make those doing it find more loopholes to exploit so they can keep playing the "game".
Thing One - There was an idea that would/could have been beneficial if executed correctly.
Thing Two - The picked the worst spokespeople.
Thing Three - We've been promised awesome things and then screwed when they pull of the mask.
Thing Four - Despite the benevolent claims, they have shown a history of being bullies & possessive over things they think they "own".
It is really hard to separate these things to discuss them.
Announcing something like this and the only portions you have figured out was how it would benefit you... bad thing. Even if the underlying thing could be a great fantastic thing the idea is pretty much dead for now. They are going to be in full on spin control and make the idea toxic for quite a while.
I look forward to a day when Google finally gets pissed off enough to drop a country from the index. Replace all results with we'd show you stuff but they insist we pay for making it easier for you to find things. They don't want you to see their content, so we've respected their wishes.
How long until the public screams loud enough to be heard over the corporations who keep demanding more and more special rights even when they are nonsensical.
It can be the ultimate right to be forgotten, your government is this hostile so we've forgotten you all exist.